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Covering 160 miles of Oregon Coast: Seaside,
Cannon Beach, Manzanita, Nehalem, Wheeler, Rockaway, Garibaldi,
Tillamook, Oceanside, Pacific City, Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport,
Wadport, Yachats & Florence.
Love Affair with Oregon Coast Continues
- Hollywood's love affair with the Oregon Coast comes and goes over
the years, apparently happening in spurts.
again in recent months, with Monday night's episode of "Surface"
on NBC set in Seaside, and two films involving the Manzanita area
On the January
2 episode of "Surface," Oregon's coast was only referred
to as the setting for part of the episode: type ran at the bottom
of the screen proclaiming the location of that scene to be Seaside,
The scene involved
two of the main characters getting rescued off the Oregon coast
and being hospitalized in Seaside.
has gotten a lot of the Hollywood treatment this past year. 2005's
remake of the John Carpenter classic horror film “The Fog”
was set in a fictional island off the north Oregon coast.
No shots of
Neahkahnie Mountain or Manzanita were in the movie, as it was filmed
entirely in Vancouver, British Columbia. Still, use of the location
by mention is ironic, considering the rumors here of buried
treasure and legendary shipwrecks.
A movie filled
this year in Tillamook County does focus on Manzanita and its legends,
however. Bright Light Studios of Santa Monica, California, has been
filming “Tillamook Treasure” in Tillamook and Manzanita
since spring of last year, including footage at Fourth of July parade
The movie is
described by co-producer Richard Doyon as a family flick about a
family that moves to the area, and the daughter goes treasure hunting
on Neahkahnie Mountain.
the script with his wife, Portland native Jane Hall, who spent much
time in Manzanita while growing up.
the Oregon Film & Video Office, this association goes back all
the way to 1908 with "The Fisherman's Bride" in Astoria
- the first film on record to be made here.Here's a list of more
Oregon coast places on celluloid:
Lincoln City, the area saw the first wave of filming since the first
flick. It took another 60 years after Fisherman's Bride, but the
second movie filmed in the state was Ken Kesey's "Sometimes
A Great Notion" in 1970 (not counting parts of "The Great
Race" just north of Seaside in 1965). One famous spot from
the movie is a building along the river - where the Kernville Steak
and Seafood House now sits. In 1975, the Central Coast also hosted
part of Kesey's "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest."
"Hysterical" was filmed here in 1981, as well
as in Depoe Bay and Cannon Beach. "The Hardy Boys" filmed
a Halloween episode inside the Yaquina Head Lighthouse. The production
crew was later sued by state authorities because they trashed it.
You'll also find 1991's "Frameup" and the first "The
Ring" with tidbits of this area. "Fahrenheit 9-11"
had a bit filmed in Florence.
"Claire of the Moon" has chunks of the northern coastline
in it. Parts of "Point Break," starring Keanu Reeves,
were made in Cannon Beach and Wheeler (until a few years ago, there
was an antique shop in Wheeler that had an autographed photo of
Reeves on the wall, signed to the owner, calling her "Mom").
"The Temp" came out of this area in the early 90's as
Rock (Cannon Beach)
show up again in the annals of film history until 1981, with "California
Mix." Shortly after, it grabbed the lion's share of films produced
on the coast. "Short Circuit," both installments of "Free
Willy," "Kindergarten Cop," "Teenage Mutant
Ninja Turtles III" and of course, "Goonies" are part
of this town's history now. Parts of "Goonies" were made
in Cannon Beach as well. Most recently, "The Ring II"
was the last time Hollywood touched down here.