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Hollywood's New Favorite Backlot: University High School
The ordinary qualities of West LA's University High School are what make it an extraordinary filming location, reports CBS News. The school's football field got its closeup with Taylor Swift and Taylor Lautner in "Valentine's Day," actor Owen Wilson walked the halls in the "Drillbit Tayor" and the Jonas Brothers rocked a Target ad in the gym.
Studios have leased University High for 162 days of shooting since 2008 earning the school more than $200,000 that they've used to buy computers and desks, keep the student newspaper running and even payroll staff.
Aiming to film nights and weekends, more schools are opening doors to the idea of letting studios in. This year alone, L.A. public schools issued 416 film licenses, marking a 38% increase from 2008, and earning the district almost $1.8 million. Serve that up with a little corporate sponsorship and that's one healthy lunch.