Located a mere 90 minutes south of San Francisco and 30 minutes from San Jose/Silicon Valley, the natural beauty – and quirkiness – of Santa Cruz County has inspired filmmakers over the years. In summer 1961, flocks of aggressive seabirds invaded Capitola, wreaking havoc among residents. Famed film director Alfred Hitchcock – who owned a house in nearby Scotts Valley at the time – used the incident for his movie The Birds. And filmmaker Jordan Peele was so inspired by 1987’s The Lost Boysthat he promised himself he would film a movie here one day. Us is due in theaters in spring 2019.
But until then, the Santa Cruz County Film Commission – a department within Visit Santa Cruz County – is proud to announce that this iconic beach town will make an appearance this winter on the big screen once again.
Bumblebee – based on Hasbro’s uber-popular toy line and produced by Paramount Pictures – was filmed partly in Santa Cruz, Marin, and Vallejo. With a plot line set against a soundtrack brimming with 1980s New Wave hits, scenic shots of the Golden Gate Bridge and the north coast of California, Santa Cruz County serves as “Brighton Falls” – the fictitious setting where Hailee Steinfeld who portrays teenager Charlie Watson, lives and works a part-time job as a food server at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk’s Hot Dog on a Stick concession stand. Trying to find her place in the world and dealing with the loss of her father, Charlie encounters Bumblebee, a Transformer disguised as a VW Beetle who was sent to Earth. John Cena and Pam Aldon round out the cast, with Justin Theroux and Angela Bassett lending their voice talent to the CG-rich Transformers characters.
Bumblebee is set to hit theaters on December 21, 2018, by Paramount Pictures.
For more information about the Santa Cruz County Film Commission, visit www.santacruzfilm.org.