Havasu Goes Gollywood
LAKE HAVASU CITY - Townsfolk have gone ga-ga over Hollywood, what
with no less than three commercial film pro-* jects shooting on
location here in recent weeks. It's enough to keep even the most
jaded among us waxing enthusiastic and ardent fans in Golly-wood
The projects have given residents a glimpse of LA's creative geniuses
- singer-musician Jeff DuFine, comic Mark Blankfield of ABC's
Rock Video, TV Movie be Filmed in Lake Havasu
LAKE HAVASU CITY - London Bridge and Lake Havasu will serve as
a backdrop to several filmmaking projects either currently in
production or scheduled, to get underway in the next several months.
Retail Vision, a Connecticut based production company, completed
on-location shooting at the London. Bridge last week for a generic
television commercial set for
Rock video set by London Bridge
Rock musician Jeff Dufine sped along on the back seat of a Harley
davidson chopper Saturday morning under the London Bridge for
a scene in his rock video, portions of which were filmed over
the weekend at various locations throughout Lake Havasu City.
Dufine, holding onto actor Dennis Berkley and riding alongside
two local stand-ins, later went to the Rodeway Inn to film another
national syndication, 'according to Chamber of Commerce spokesman
The :30 and :60 edited spots will be marketed by Retail Vision
to high fashion and jewelry merchandisers.
Oui Oui Productions will also shoot a music video, starring rock
singer-musician Jeff DuFine, for MTV on location May 10- 12 in
the English Village-London Bridge area, said Super-Watkins.
Leading cast members will include Dennis Burkley, noted for his
co-starring role in ABC's "Sanford & Son". The hefty, bearded
Burkley is currently featured as the silent guardian biker in
the film, "Mask", starring Cher.
Also featured are Mark Blankenfield, the mad pharmacist from ABC's
"Fridays", and Swedish actress Katja Bjorlin.
The video will be directed by "Fridays" director, Thomas Kramer;
cinematography by Ken Barrows; and edited by Bill Mashover, an
Academy Award nominee for "Romancing the Stone", starring Michael
The music video will feature the city's historic span as the centerpiece
of the world's largest game of "London Bridge", according to its
Since the production calls for a huge cast, the company has put
out a call for nearly 50 residents to serve as extras, and is
looking for 20 men and women 40 years of age or older, 20 people
under 40, and at least seven children from 7-11 years old. Anyone
interested should immediately contact Barbara Super-Watkins at
the Chamber of Commerce, 8554115.
She said she was grateful to the, city's hospitality industry
in assisting with arrangements for room and. board for cast and
crews. Harrah Corp. Unlimited and Bill Kucich, general manager
of the English Village,' has also cooperated with accommodations
and in making, necessary arrangements for location shooting in
the village area, Super-Watkins added.
actor Dennis Burkley of Mask fame, and "hunk David Hasselhoff
of NBC's Knight Rider (See related story below).
Each of the three projects - a syndicated TV spot, a fantasy-filled
music video, and a made-for-TV movie - have -capitalized on the
legendary London Bridge and its sun,drenched desert backdrop.
DuFine's Oui-Oui Productions- recently wrapped up location shooting
with a huge cast of local extras for what he envisions will be
two somewhat bizarre, but no less fanciful and entertaining, music
videos slated for release in four to six weeks.,
DuFine, himself, stars in the video and penned the original .score,
which includes the songs "Don't Stop" and "London Bridgey", which
is loosely based on the children's game.
Leading cast members included Dennis Burkley, who most recently
appeared with Cher as the silent guardian biker in the critically-acclaimed
film Mask, which debuted last week in Lake Havasu City. He is
also known for his co-starring role as Fred Sanford's partner
in ABC's San rd & Son. Ifo
Also featured were Mark Blankfield, the mad pharmacist from Fridays,
and Swedish-born actress Katja Bjorlin. -
The filmed videos, now in postproduction at Hollywood-Burbank
Studios, were directed by Fridays and Not Necessarily the News
writerdirector Tom Kramer, filmed by Ken 'Barrows (who was cinematographer
for videos with the likes of Madonna, Chicago and Supertramp),
and are being edited by Bill Mashover, Academy Award nominee for
Romancing the Stone.