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M onterey County is comprised of 5,280 square miles of some of the most diverse topography in the Golden State. That's a fact Hollywood moviemakers have been taking advantage of for many, many years, and more than 200 films have been shot here. The oldest are said to be two silent movies, "Hotel Del Monte" and "Surf at Monterey," shot on October 25, 1897, by film pioneer James H. White and the newest is the HBO series "Big Little Lies," starring Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman. White probably traveled light. He was working for Thomas Edison's movie company, making promotional films about tourist stops along the Southern Pacific's West Coast rail line. His hand-cranked camera was a one-man operation, and he merely had to set it up and start filming. In contrast, the HBO cast and crew numbered around 150, and involved several different locations around the Peninsula when they were here in January. Getting the permits required for disrupting public places such as Monterey's Wharf #2 and Asilomar State Beach, finding accom- PICTURE PERFECT Monterey County Film Commission Brings Hollywood to Town B Y M I C H A E L C H AT F I E L D Many productions filmed on the Peninsula are low-key, but some, like HBO's "Big Little Lies," feature crowd-drawing celebrities such as Nicole Kidman, seen here waving to fans. The crew returns in May. "We can't wait," says Executive Producer Gregg Fienberg. Photo: David Royal / Monterey Herald 106 C A R M E L M A G A Z I N E • S P R I N G / S U M M E R 2 0 1 6

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