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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 6 107 modations for production staff, providing security and traffic control are all major logistical challenges. For help with that, producers turn to the Monterey County Film Commission. "We are liaisons between the public and the production team," says Karen Nordstrand, the Commission's director of marketing and film production. "Big Little Lies" is a television adaptation of the bestselling book by Australian author Liane Moriarty. The book is set in Sydney, but the loca- tion was changed to Monterey for this production, making it a no-brainer to shoot here. "Nothing looks like Monterey," says Executive Producer Gregg Fienberg, "and that's a good thing." Predictably, it's not that difficult to con- vince film-industry professionals to spend a few days or weeks working in Monterey County. The crew is returning in May. "We're all happy to shoot in LA," Fienberg says. "But to tell you the truth? We can't wait to get back there. It was a great experience for every- one, including the community I think, even though a film crew with all its vehicles and equipment can be pretty disruptive—especially with big stars like Reese and Nicole—to people's daily lives." The Commission was formed in 1989 for the purpose of bringing awareness to the diverse topography found in Monterey County and to smooth the way for production teams while they're here. It's a win-win: crews get superb scenery, world-class service and friendly hospitable natives, and the local economy gets a major shot in the arm. After all, all those people need hotel rooms, they need to eat and they might just do (Clockwise from top left) The Monterey Peninsula starred in Clint Eastwood's 1971 "Play Misty for Me;" Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor in Big Sur for "The Sandpiper;" "Basic Instinct" locations included Carmel Highlands; "Big Sur" used several locations in that area. Photo: © Corbis/All Rights Reserved Photos: Courtesy of Monterey County Film Commission

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