Another Clatsop County tourist attraction served as the scene for a Hollywood-style production.
A Culver City, California-based photography crew spent Tuesday afternoon taking photos of Toyotas as they drove up Coxcomb Drive toward the Astoria Column, according to a permit application filed with the city.
The company — James Lipman Photography — declined to provide specifics about the shoot because it involved a new line of sport utility vehicles that has yet to be announced.
The company hired BSD Enterprises, a local flagging service, to halt traffic at the top and bottom of Coxcomb Drive in three-to-five minute spurts as the photography took place. In the Column parking lot, the crew blocked off several parking spaces to allow for production.
The shoot was one of a few that have taken place in the county recently, including movies filmed at the historic Flavel House in Astoria and Coffenbury Lake at Fort Stevens State Park. Throughout the years, films such as “The Goonies,” “Kindergarten Cop,” “Free Willy” and “The Ring 2” have used the county’s scenery as backdrops.
Kate Karna, a film student at Portland State University, served ice cream for Column visitors Tuesday at the Frite & Scoop mobile cart.
“They’re doing pretty good,” she said. “It’s a great way to bring people in to the area.”
Potentially not as good, however, was the weather. A think haze of smoke from wildfires throughout the Pacific Northwest covered the city, limiting views from the Column.
The views were perfect a few weeks ago when a location scout scoped the area, but changing circumstances are not unusual for production crews.
“I think they’re worried, but I think at the end of the day they know things can change and they have to roll with the punches,” Karna said.