Steve Arklin Jr.
Owner/Manager, Rancho Deluxe Filming Locations
Located in the Santa Clarita filming community of Los Angeles, California, Rancho Deluxe is a premier movie ranch location with over 200 acres of property nestled in the mountains of Placerita Canyon near Melody Ranch, Sable Ranch, and Disney’s Golden Oak studios.
On the web: www.ranchodeluxe.com
How has the production side of the film and television industry changed in Santa Clarita since you became involved in Rancho Deluxe?
The production side of filming has changed in many ways since I first began working in the industry. In a very short amount of time, the film and television industry has taken off very strong across Santa Clarita, the nation and even the world. You see new companies, such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, etc., really opening a whole new perspective in technology when it comes to the new trend in the technology world.
I still remember not too long ago when these companies started and took a gamble, and in a short amount of time, have opened new windows for the entire industry to enter.
I think that Santa Clarita is ground zero when it comes to the film industry and we are just scratching the surface.
What are some of the significant factors that drive filming in the SCV?
Some significant factors that drive filming to Santa Clarita are, that the city of Santa Clarita is very film-friendly. We have an amazing team of people working in the city to promote the filming in Santa Clarita and the Santa Clarita film office does an amazing job of that.
Not only does Santa Clarita have a diverse look from deserts, lakes, forests, movie ranches, sound stages, but it has a great team of people behind it to make it that much better.
What do you enjoy most about working in this industry, and why?
What I enjoy most about working in this industry is seeing people create their dreams and be able to share them with the world. It makes it that much more fun when I get to be a part of creating that dream.
Outside of the obvious revenue benefits, what are some of the advantages and good things that you see from Santa Clarita being such a film-friendly environment?
Some of the advantages and good things I see from Santa Clarita being such a film friendly place is it creates an environment for every business to grow, which in turn helps the community and the people that live in it.
I know for a fact that Santa Clarita houses a lot of production employees and every time they get to work local it helps bring their families closer together. There are a lot of jobs leaving the state and the country for months at a time and the folks in the industry have to follow and leave their loved ones behind.
So as I said, it is a huge benefit when the business stays here. I am proud to not only live in Santa Clarita, but to also to be doing business in such a great environment — and it is a huge honor to call Santa Clarita our home.