Hollywoods

The Art of Replicating Hollywood’s Famous Rides

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From the June 2020 issue of Car and Driver.

Some 2300 miles due east of Hollywood and a metaphorical world away from the silver screen sits Whittier, North Carolina. In the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains, this town with fewer than 6000 residents is surrounded by natural beauty as rich as any movie backdrop. That it could pass for a small-town set doesn’t make it any less surprising when you come upon a humble residential garage here that makes replicas of Tinseltown’s most famous cars.

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How ‘Hollywood’s’ Production Team Reimagined 1940s Los Angeles for Ryan Murphy’s Netflix Series

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As you might expect, Netflix’s new “Hollywood,” which debuts on the streamer May 1, didn’t have to travel far for production. However, the eight-episode series, from Ryan Murphy and his “Glee” collaborator Ian Brennan, doesn’t take place in contemporary Hollywood but rather in Los Angeles, just after World War II.

Production designer Matthew Flood Ferguson captures the 1940s beautifully. Not only did filming take place at many Los Angeles landmarks, but Ferguson also re-created long-gone institutions like Schwab’s Pharmacy.

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