Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Film commission makes the connection


KATHLEEN DODGE, El Dorado County Film Commissioner, acts as a liaison between the film industry and local interests to produce a win win for all concerned. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins

From page B1 | July 26, 2013 | 2 Comments

Kathleen Dodge and her family moved to El Dorado County in the early 1990s with the main objective of raising her two children in the foothills away from the hustle and bustle of Southern California.

“I had no intentions on working at the time,” Dodge said.

After awhile the former talent agent and casting director wanted to return to show business but in a different capacity.

“I was missing my work. I started to research film commissions because I noticed a lot of things were shot on location,” Dodge said.

She found out El Dorado County had no film commission and decided to present a business plan for a commission to the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce. The plan was approved by the chamber.

The next step was a presentation to the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors. Again the concept received approval.

Once the film and media office was formed, Dodge submitted an application to become the executive director of the El Dorado Lake Tahoe Film and Media Office. That was in 1993.

Since then Dodge has negotiated many deals to bring production companies to film movies, movie trailers, TV shows, music videos, specials and stills to El Dorado County. She makes the connection between the film companies and those having properties, props and services available in the county.

A list of projects shot in El Dorado County can be found at

For more information about filming locations and listing of property, props or services for film consideration contact Dodge at 530-644-4400, e-mail at or visit

Democrat Staff


Discussion | 2 comments

  • iErnie LouisJuly 25, 2013 - 10:31 am

    That's what I'm talking about. El Dorado County has existing talent and expertise already living here. We should really try to encourage "Cottage Industry" that can telecommute and Headquarters here. We don't have to become another Sacramento. Ernie Louis

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  • FranJuly 25, 2013 - 12:23 pm

    Ernie...I have nothing against your long as others can have their owns dreams as well. Some people like variety...the "red house" down the street...the blue front door. I personally do not like apartments--but many like them. Some people love their mobile homes. I worry about just villages of themes happening...that s a scary thought. I love people, places...and mostly "variety." Or we should all just give up--paint everything bland--and wear matching uniforms identifying our village. Do a soft sale--many love Kincade...cottages...soft lights...tea of wine--think "gentle romance", quiet country life...pies cooling on the window sill...a couple hens for fresh eggs. One cow for milk and cheese. (Please also remember Kincade left people out of his pictures for a reason--ordinary people disturb the tranquility of the scene.) Just always remember--there are others like me (I know--scary )that love color, variety, visual noise and passion. I would be bored living in a Kincade. Good luck to you can sell this idea...many will buy the idea.

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