Filming Locations for
The actual Southern California locations where Will Smith's "BRIGHT" was filmed.
"BRIGHT" is set in
an alternate-universe earth, in which humans live side-by-side with
fantasy creatures such as fairies, elves, orcs, wizards, and even
centaurs. And in the gritty, urban environment where our two world-weary heroes patrol
the streets as police officers, many of these groups have formed
into gangs, with their own codes.
But let's see where the movie was shot in our real world…
see Will Smith's character (officer 'Daryl Ward') coming out of his residential home, after
his wife insists that he kill a fairy that is buzzing
around their front yard. ( In this world, fairies are
nasty, aggressive little creatures with winged, human-shaped bodies, but
grotesque faces. )
Outside, in his front yard, he encounters a group of gang-bangers having
a party next door. They watch as he brandishes a broom against
the pesky fairy, swatting at it like a baseball batter, until he
eventually knocks it down, then squashes it.
So where is it in real life?
This is an actual home in L.A.'s Hyde Park neighborhood, near Leimert Park.
The address is 4501 9th Avenue, in Los Angeles.
That is a north/south street, a block south of Vernon Avenue. His house is a one-story craftsman-style bungalow,
on the west side of the street.
( Seen in StreetView, the well-kept neighborhood doesn't look like the
ghetto area they make it out to be in the movie. But the fact that almost
all of the tidy homes there have iron security bars on their windows
& doors does suggest a high crime rate. )
[ Warning: This is a private home. Do not trespass on their property,
knock on their door, or do anything to disturb the residents. ]
Here is a Google StreetView of the house:
Pan around to see the same view of the neighborhood
across the street, that we see in the movie.
13:00: Will is out on patrol with his partner, an orc named 'Nick Jakoby' (played by Joel Edgerton).
Taking a shortcut, the cops' patrol car winds up rolling through "Elf Town", and Will remarks that he hates the neighborhood. It appears to be filled with
well-to-do, smartly-dressed, pointy-eared elves who occupy positions of wealth and
power in this world.
The center divider in this street is encircled by a tube-like railing,
which seems to be made out of either gold or polished brass.
So where is this area in real life?
This street is actually the 300 block of S. Grand Avenue, about two blocks south of The Music Center, in downtown Los Angeles,
They are driving south down Grand Avenue, passing the Wells Fargo Center (on their right) and California Plaza (on their left).
This is the upper (street-level) part of Grand Ave. There is also a lower,
subterranean level of Grand Ave which runs right below the upper level,
and which consists mostly of access to parking garages and lower-level stores.
They faked that gold center divider. There is, in fact, an open portal in
Grand Ave right there, which leads down to that lower level, but
that hole does not have a shining gold banister
around it, merely the usual gray metal one.
Here is a Google StreetView of that part of Grand Ave:
13:32: Their patrol car pulls into what looks like what might be a heavily-fortified prison, but it turns out to be the Police Station in this rough city.
So where is this place in real life?
This building is actually a Department of Water & Power plant, at 1141 W. 2nd Street (at Boylston Street), in Los Angeles, CA.
That is just west of the Harbor Freeway in downtown, and is not to
be confused with the more well-known Water & Power building a couple of
blocks to the east (at 1st & Hope), next to the Music Center (that
one has been featured in a number of movies, including "Inception").
Here is a matching Streetview of the station:
and his Orc partner are out on patrol when they answer a call to an
urban intersection, and find there a bearded, shirtless wild-eyed
homeless guy (who looks somewhat like a Neanderthal) waving a broadsword and shouting
Later, it turns out that this guy is a member of the
"Shield of Light", an organization that believes only magic can stop the
return of the Dark Lord. And he tell Jakoby that he is part of a prophesy.
So where is this intersection in real life?
This intersection is located at Westlake Avenue & 7th Street, in Los Angeles
. (That's west of downtown, just southeast of MacArthur Park). They are heading east
on 7th Street
when they roll in.
Here's a StreetView of that intersection:
0:30:00: is when we first see "The Abrams House
", which turns out to be a safehouse
for the "Shield of Light" to stash those they're trying to protect, like Tikka.
Much of the movie takes place here, including many of the shoot-outs, magical battles, and the fiery conclusion.
When our two cops first arrive on a basic call, they discover some very
weird goings-on inside the creepy building, including clear signs of dark magic. It turns out that the
evil inferni have attacked the safehouse, killing many. And while
there, they discover a female elf in hiding, Tikka, a young "bright" bearing a
powerful magic wand.
This valuable wand becomes the center of a heated conflict. First, their
fellow cops plot to kill both of Ward & Jakoby to steal the valuable wand.
When they escape that mess (by killing the corrupt cops), they are
confronted by a Latino street gang, demanding the wand for themselves, and later by an
Orc gang, all the time being pursued by the dark elves of the inferni - all seeking the wand. Eventually, the
place gets blown up and burns to the ground, during a magical battle.
They go back to the house (to save Tikka, by putting her in the pool there), at
The place burns down at
(after Will uses the explosive power of the wand).
Here's a StreetView of the safehouse:
So where is this place in real life?
This is an actual apartment house, and it is located at 451 Coronado Terrace (west of Echo Park), in Los Angeles.
right next to the Hollywood Freeway, about half a mile west of Echo
Park, and about two miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.
But the movie-makers made the place look much more sinister than it
is. While the building does have a heavy iron gate across the main
entrance, the producers added a much heavier, protruding iron
cage to the front, along with loops of razor wire, and they covered the front of the
building in gang graffiti.
[ Warning: These are private apartments. Do not trespass on their property, knock on their door, or do anything to disturb the residents. ]
0:42:05: In a
flashback, we see what happened in an alleyway, as 'Jakoby' tells Will Smith why he let a
suspected cop killer escape.
It wasn't because the suspect was an orc, like
himself. Instead, it's because during the preceding chase, Jakoby lost
track of the real suspect, and ended up instead cornering an innocent
orc in an alley.
When he saw that he had made a mistake, and realized that
the cops who would soon arrive would probably kill the young orc anyway,
he helped him get away.
So, where is this alley in real life?
This scene was shot in an alleyway next to 512 S. Broadway, in downtown Los Angeles.
That's on the east
side of Broadway, between 5th and 6th streets, next to the north
of the building at 512 Broadway. It's a gated alleyway, which runs
east/west, and which has been used for filming before (including in this episode
of "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.").
Here's a matching view of that alley entrance:
the conclusion of the movie, we see a medal ceremony, on the steps of
an official-looking building, honoring our two hero cops.
This scene was filmed under the on the steps of
Los Angeles City Hall, at
200 N. Spring Street, in downtown Los Angeles.
To be more specific, this was shot under the arches on the west side of City Hall, facing Spring Street, with the camera looking east.
And in the last split-second of
the film, from high above City Hall, we get a close-up of the face of a flying fairy, who buzzes the camera:
Here is a matching Google StreetView of that west side of City Hall:
The photos on this
page are screencaps from "BRIGHT"
(which you can watch by clicking
here) and are copyright NetFlix.
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