Originally Posted by Randy Korstick
I'm always puzzled by this as all the TV westerns I've seen always use a combination of Outdoor and Studio work, some more than others of course but since they all do it I just accept it accross the board and can't seeing singling out a single show or studio. I have more of a problem with western TVshows using outdoor footage and seeing the same local hills and woods around hollywood or LA, Griffith Park or the Universal open Land used over and over and substituting it for the real west. In many ways I find this cheaper and more cookie cutter than studio sets. Its definately cheaper to take a short drive to some local location and film than it is to build expenseive sets from scratch. Maybe its from living all my life in Southern Cal and being familiar with alot of the locations that I just can't buy most of the outdoor footage as "The Real West". Also since I love and mostly watch films of the 30's to 60's studio sets are so common and I enjoy the work put into them more than finding them a distraction.
We'll have to agree to disagree on this one, Randy. Going all the way back to the early days of MGM and Universal, I always preferred the less expensive Universal Abbott & Costello
pictures to the higher budgeted MGM pictures for the very reason you mentioned - just in reverse. Studio sets can be very exotic and expensive, but at the end of the day they are still sets and they always come across that way to me. It creates a claustrophobic feel, imho, that just isn't something I find appealing. Sure, I'd rather not see the exact same location shots in LA, and the surrounding areas in California that do show up a lot in TV westerns, but I'll take them to a sound stage where I can clearly tell the road leading out of town is actually a big painted backdrop any day of the week. I just don't care for that type of setup. And for the record, I specifically mentioned Rawhide
because they didn't just stay camped out in LA, but actually moved around some and utilized some beautiful locations in other parts of California, as well as going out of state to places like Oregon, New Mexico, Utah and Arizona.
Gary "this is apparently a case of different strokes for different folks" O.