Turlock is going to get a bit of the glitz and glamour normally reserved for Hollywood, as actor Corbin Bernsen announced he will be filming his latest movie project in town.
Bernsen said he took a shine to all of Turlock’s various neighborhoods and sites, in particular Main Street, which he says will be used extensively in the movie.
“It has some great aspects to it and all the businesses we’ve talked to here have shown their willingness to be a part of it,” Bernsen said. “We make community-based, faith-based films and you can’t do that without the support of the community.”
Turlock’s selection as a filming site is a major coup for the Turlock Film Commission, which has been helping Bernsen see the town’s potential over the last few days as he visits different locations.
“We’ve had other projects, but this is by far the biggest thing yet for us,” said TFC founder and The Creation Lab partner Michael Everett.
The film is going to be a romantic comedy about a woman looking for Mr. Right via a faith-based dating website. Bernsen wrote the screenplay and will be directing. His production company, Home Theater Films, will produce and distribute the film.
Bernsen catapulted to fame as “Arnie Becker” on “L.A. Law.” He has gone on to appear in numerous television and movie projects and most recently has portrayed the role of “Henry Spencer” on “Psych.”
Initially it was thought the movie might film a few scenes in Turlock, but now Bernsen is planning on filming 80 to 85 percent of the movie locally.
The production company is also planning on using Turlock residents as extras and crew, with a few minor speaking roles up for grabs. Everett said the company will be holding open auditions Nov. 25 and 26 at a site yet to be determined. Filming is expected to start Dec. 3 and last for about three weeks in town.
“It’s been fantastic here,” Bernsen said of his Turlock reception. “We really hope people come out and get involved and watch the filming.”