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Jogger objects to apparently naked filming in Valencia

Officials say scene involves 'simulated nudity'

Posted: November 7, 2011 6:03 p.m.
Updated: November 7, 2011 6:03 p.m.

A jogger got an eyeful on his morning run Monday when he spotted seemingly naked people being filmed by the bike path.

The man, who phoned The Signal but did not leave his name, was concerned that the city would allow such filming in a public area.

"We actually got a call, I think, from the same man," said Russell Sypowicz, economic development associate for the city of Santa Clarita's Economic Development Division's Film Office.

The Santa Clarita Film Office issues permits to filmmakers to work in the area.

"It was simulated nudity," Sypowicz said, adding that city policy stipulates that "Nudity cannot be in the public view."

On Monday morning, film crews taping scenes for the upcoming television show "The Wedding Band" were working in the parking lot of what was once the Santa Clarita offices of the Daily News, which closed its Santa Clarita Valley operation.

The show is about lifelong friends playing in a rock band for hire.

Monday's outdoor set, which included a stage and a bounce house, was erected by the fence that skirts the paseo along San Francisquito Creek near Avenue Scott.

A visit to the set revealed that cast members - starring former "Beverly Hills 90210" star Brian Austin Green and featuring four seemingly naked members of a rock band - wore flesh-colored shorts.

"They're only partially naked," said one crew member who asked not to be identified.

A mosh pit audience of four or five actors danced to music played by the band.

Two seemingly naked women in that group appeared to be topless, but only briefly. Men in the same group were bare-chested.

"They were not topless," Sypowicz said, referring to the women.

When taping stopped, cast members donned plush terry cloth robes.

Monday's segment was apparently an episode in which the band performed at a nudist wedding, the crew member said.

Producers of the locally shot show were told to block view of the set from the bike path.

"When we called them, they said they were completely done taping," Sypowicz said. "Otherwise, they would have to put up a tarp or canopy to block it from view."





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