From historic towns to stunning landscapes, Tuolumne County California makes for the ultimate filming destination within reach.
Small Town Charm in Tuolumne County
In the town of Columbia sits Columbia State Historic Park, the most well preserved Gold Rush town in California. It is fully functioning and is filled with businesses that fit the part. It is loved by all who visit. There is a rich film history in Columbia, especially from westerns like High Noon and Little House on the Prairie. The brick buildings lining Main Street harken to the past, while volunteers and enthusiasts can be found in 1850’s garb daily in Columbia.
Downtown Sonora frequently receives references to its similarity and small town charm of iconic locations. Courthouse Park, stands in the middle of downtown with views of the striking St. James Church, referred to fondly as The Red Church. Sonora brings the East Coast small town vibes to the foothills of sunny California.
MORE THAN YOSEMITE: THINGS TO DO IN AND AROUND YOSEMITE IN TUOLUMNE CA
by Bobo and Chichi
"Besides the buildings, the locals walk around in 1850’s period clothing making you feel swept away in a wild west movie or tv show. If it feels familiar maybe that’s because you have seen it in film as this town has been used to film many westerns including Behind the Mask of Zorro, The Shadow Riders, Little House on the Prairie, High Noon, The Lone Ranger, and many more."
THAT MOVIE MAGIC
by Alex MacLean
Film commission looks to revitalize industry in the county.
Bruce Alves was working out at a fitness center in East Sonora when he saw Clint Eastwood on the ab machine across from him.
"You can quote me on this, I increased the ab machine weight by 10 pounds from what he did," Alves said with a laugh.
The acclaimed actor and director was in town shooting scenes for his 1992 film "Unforgiven," winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture that year.
GO A “LITTLE” HOLLYWOOD IN THE HIGH SIERRA
by Alex Silgalis
Los Angeles might be the beating “heart” of the movie industry, but when production companies venture out into the High Sierra, something magical happens. It might be the impossibly deep blue skies or the dramatic scenery as a backdrop. No matter the reason, hundreds perhaps thousands of films have been shot across the region. Here’s just a small taste of real-life locations in the High Sierra made famous in movies. Or is it the other way around?
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 2, 2019
Contact: Bethany Wilkinson, Film Liaison, 209-533-4420
Katie Kirkland, Communications & Tourism Manager, 209-533-4420
Tuolumne County Film Commission Launches Online Resource Guide
The Tuolumne County Film Commission is keeping up with industry trends by launching an online Film Tuolumne County Resource Guide. The guide will provide production companies extensive insight to what Tuolumne County has to offer as a premier location for filming. Bethany Wilkinson, Tuolumne County Film Liaison, is gathering information from local film-friendly partners and compiling them into an easy to use guide. The Film Tuolumne County Resource Guide includes locations, caterers, beauty services, transportation, on screen talent, local film makers, and any further information that is helpful to film producers. Wilkinson states, “The Tuolumne County Film Commission is dedicated to showcasing what the county offers productions and studios scouting the area. This guide is one step in bridging the gap between studios and the public's involvement in bringing film shoots to the county and revitalizing a beloved part of our history.”