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THE BIRDS

The Birds has one of the great movie posters of all time.


NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
Filming Locations —

Bloomfield, Sonoma County.

Bodega, Sonoma County: Potter Schoolhouse.

Bodega Bay, Sonoma County: Bay Hill Road. The Tides Restaurant. Gaffney Ranch.

City and County of San Francisco: Union Square from Powell & Geary Streets.

Valley Ford, Sonoma County.


SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Filming Locations —

Universal City, Los Angeles County: Universal Studios.

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Union Square from the southwest corner at Powell & Grant Streets.
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The second image was shot on location across the street from the St. Francis Hotel,
but after Melanie Daniels passes behind the poster (first picture), we have seemlessly moved to the studio lot.
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Alfred Hitchcock's cameo as a background extra.
The pet shop is located on Powell Street,
but was filmed on stage at Universal Studios.
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Back to the real Powell Street.
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Bay Hill Road above Bodega Bay.
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These are some more shots that were filmed at Universal Studios.
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The Potter Schoolhouse in Bodega was repaired and rebuilt for filming, and now still stands today.
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Hayworth's house was located next to the schoolhouse.
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These were the docks at Bodega Bay.
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Though it looks convincing as Bodega Bay,
this is a matte painting done by Albert Whitlock.
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The Brenner Ranch was filmed at the Gaffney Ranch on Bodega Head. The original shacks were in disrepair, but for filming they were rebuilt and had façades placed in front. All of it later burned down in the late 1960s.
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The Tides Restaurant still exists in Bodega Bay,
though it's been remodeled since filming.
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The interiors, though, were filmed at Universal Studios.
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These are supposed to be on Bodega Head, but it's obvious which was filmed on location and which was done in the studio.
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This classic scene used real footage from Potter Schoolhouse in Bodega,
but used special-effects to combine it with the kids in the foreground running on a treadmill at Universal.
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The first scene was filmed in Universal Studios, and the second is a combination of real footage with matte paintings.
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Possibly Westshore Road on Bodega Head.
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The final shot of the movie, again combining a lot of effects.
The ending would have been far more powerful had they not scrapped (due to costs) one of their early plans....
The movie was supposed to end with a shot of the Golden Gate Bridge covered in birds! This would have been superior to the existing ending since it would have showed the birds taking over everywhere beyond Bodega Bay, even on this famous icon of San Francisco. As the movie exists, we only heard the brief radio reports of minor attacks in Santa Rosa and Sebastopol.

The Birds (1963)
CAST: Tippi Hedren, Rod Taylor, Jessica Tandy, Suzanne Pleshette, Veronica Cartwright....
WRITER: Daphne Du Maurier, Evan Hunter
PRODUCER: Alfred Hitchcock
DIRECTOR: Alfred Hitchcock
PRODUCTION DESIGNER: Robert F. Boyles
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Robert Burks
EDITOR: George Tomasini

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