Rusty, Bruce and the guys at King Kong were a crucial asset to my photoshoot.  They took a lot of stress off of my plate and came through when I needed them, allowing me to focus 100% on the production.  Without a doubt, King Kong is now my go-to for production vehicles and I do not hesitate to recommend them to my colleagues.  And, not only is Rusty the best and most helpful driver I have ever had the pleasure of working with, he is also awesome with a fog machine!

" Brett Spencer-Producer,

We’ve used the Helios twice now and have been quite impressed each time.  It has everything production could want AND it’s earth friendly! We will use the Helios on every job in which we need a moho.

" Mario D’Amici—Production Coordinator, Beef Films

You guys are the BEST!

" Marie D’Amore—Production Supervisor, HSI

Just wanted to say thanks for the awesome customer service. Our driver was friendly and professional. He arrived early and had everything ready to go for us. The motorhome was clean and in perfect shape. Every detail matters on a shoot to help keep everything running smoothly. We love working with King Kong!

" Jamie Williams- That Girl Productions

You guys did a phenomenal job with the Helios. And Rob, as always, went above and beyond for us.

" Dan Kae—Assistant Production Supervisor
King Kong has the best equipment & drivers in the biz.
" Tom Baker – gangboss

The drivers were awesome to be with.  Hard working drivers!!   It really stands out when the drivers jump in to help set up base camp, and tear it down.  Not to mention always having a fresh green tea for me just when I needed it every time.  They really were great and I’d ask for them anytime we get vehicles from you. Thanks!

" Mary Brooks – 3 Star Productions

Thank you so much for lovely Eko lav — definitely the nicest port-a-potty I’ve ever used!

" Amanda – Producer

I wanted to give Rich another glowing report, He was AMAZING on our shoot. The most helpful driver I’ve ever had. I’ll definitely be requesting him on future shoots.

Thanks for everything guys!

" Adrienne Burton – Freelance Prod Coordinator

King Kong… top notch service, incredible drivers, clean, well equipped vehicles, on time—every time! Thanks guys…. you ROCK!!!

" Elaine Lee—Producer 5th and Sunset Los Angeles

North Six has been working with King Kong for many years now.  Not only is their customer service unparalleled, but their fleet of motorhomes is always clean, reliable, and exactly what we need to support our photo productions.

" Kyd Kisvarday—Producer, North 6

…the moho was super nice, everything was great! I will definitely rent it again!!

" Susan Borbely – Prod Coordinator

We truly enjoyed working from the Helios, the attention to detail to make it an Eco friendly asset to our industry should be commended. The quiet workspace you get when running on the solar power is delightful! Rob was pleasant to be around and always willing to help out. Thank you Rob and King Kong for bringing us the Helios!

" Rochelle Savory-Assistant Production Supervisor

The Helios is a great motorhome. Not only is it energy efficient but it offers a large space for production to work in. The copy machine is great because you can wirelessly print and make color copies and send faxes. The satellite phones came in handy when we realized we didn’t have any cell service on location. We received several compliments throughout the shoot day. Crew walked into the motorhome in awe of such a beautiful space.

" Courtney Witherspoon-Production Coordinator Three One O
Thanks again for helping out with our party. The restrooms worked out great and the service was awesome as usual!
" Steve Brazeel

King Kong has great motorhomes and the best drivers in the business. Working with you guys is always easy and a pleasure.

" Cat Burkley-Portfolio One

I just wanted to send you a quick message and let you know how amazing Rich is. I have hired motos from all over and this was by far our best experience. Really nice to work with great people

" Crystal Raymond- Chinese Laundry

You’ve seen the film; now experience the place

Time to roll out the flying red carpet: Thursday’s Academy Award nominations and Sunday’s Golden Globes ceremony signal the launch of Hollywood’s awards season and give globetrotting viewers another incentive to pack their bags.

Granted, many of this year’s best-picture nominees come up short on scenery. Few would be inspired to visit Iran or Pakistan after watching Oscar- and Golden Globe-nominated thrillers Argo and Zero Dark Thirty. The lush, largely computer-generated cinematography notwithstanding, Life of Pi‘s harrowing shipwreck won’t generate a wave of bookings for ocean crossings.

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And while Virginia’s tourism office may tout the fact that Steven Spielberg’s Lincolnwas filmed in Richmond, Petersburg and other Old Dominion locations, hoop skirts and stovepipe hats get more screen time than landscapes in the mostly interior drama.

But among Oscar or Golden Globe contenders, these are practically guaranteed to spark wanderlust:

‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,’ India

The plot: This Golden Globe nominee for best picture, musical or comedy revolves around British seniors who decamp to a hotel in Jaipur, India, with hopes of inexpensively outsourcing their retirement. The hotel (run by a cheerfully inept Dev Patel) turns out to be much less than advertised, but India proves to be inspiring.

The place: Director John Madden told he chose Rajasthan because “there’s something about the chaos and the jumble and the madness of it that seemed a very good context for the story.” Or, as retiree Judi Dench explains on screen: “India hits you like a wave. If you resist, you will be knocked down. But if you dive into it, you will be all right.”

Reel life meets real life: Ravla Khempur, a former tribal chieftain’s palace turned equestrian hotel about an hour outside the lakeside city of Udaipur, served as the stand-in for the dilapidated Marigold Hotel.


‘Beasts of the Southern Wild,’ Louisiana

The plot: Nominated for a best-picture Oscar and shot with non-professional local actors along the ecologically threatened fringes of southern Louisiana, this fairy-tale-like film celebrates the tenacity and resiliency of bayou residents after a devastating storm.

The place: “When you look at the map, you can see America kind of crumble off into the sinews down in the gulf where the land is getting eaten up,” director Benh Zetlin told TheNew York Times. “I was really interested in these roads that go all the way down to the bottom of America and what was at the end of them,” he said of the tiny Terrebonne Parish communities of Pointe-aux-Chenes and Isle de Jean Charles.

Reel life meets real life: Best-actress nominee Quvenzhané Wallis, who was 6 when she played Hushpuppy, hails from Houma, the self-described “heart of Lousiana’s wetlands.” From here, it’s about a 45-minute drive to Isle de Jean Charles via Island Road, the only strip of land amid miles of open water.


‘Downton Abbey,’ Highclere Castle and Brampton, England

The plot: PBS’ smashingly successful series of love, longing and pheasant shoots in upper-crust Edwardian England, now in its third season, is up for yet another award: a Golden Globe nomination for drama series.

The place: Sure, we’re smitten with the Grantham family’s lavish costumes and the valet Thomas’ seemingly infinite capacity for deviousness. But Downton Abbey‘s biggest appeal is the stately old pile itself — aka Highclere Castle, a 19th-century, 300-room estate about 60 miles west of London.

Reel life meets real life: Highclere is open to visitors on select days from March 30 through mid-September; adult admission (which must be booked in advance) is $18.Abbey addicts also can get a fix in the Oxfordshire village of Brampton, 40 miles north of Highclere. Many of the show’s town exteriors are filmed there, including the church, hospital, pub and Matthew Crawley’s home.


‘Moonrise Kingdom,’ Rhode Island

The plot: During the summer of 1965, two lovestruck 12-year-olds try to run away from home — or as far as their idyllic little New England island will let them — while parents Frances McDormand and Bill Murray and local police chief Bruce Willis cope with the fallout.

The place: “We were all over Rhode Island” to shoot this quirky Golden Globe nominee, director Wes Anderson told the Boston Globe — “which is not saying much.” Filming was based in Newport and Middletown; most of the action took place in the village of Jamestown on Conanicut Island, with Rockville’s Camp Yawgoog used for the scout headquarters sequences.

Reel life meets real life: Cast members stayed at Newport’s Vanderbilt Grace Hotel during filming, and also spent downtime on the panoramic deck of the Hotel Viking’s Top of Newport bar.


‘Salmon Fishing in the Yemen,’ Morocco and the Scottish Highlands

The plot: Directed by Lasse Hallström, this surprise Golden Globe nominee for best picture, musical or comedy stars Ewan McGregor as an uptight British fisheries expert and Emily Blunt as a consultant charged with fulfilling her wealthy client’s improbable dream of introducing fly-fishing to the Middle East.

The place: While the River Spey and other Scottish Highland locations may not look as gobsmackingly gorgeous as Montana did in the more famous fish tale A River Runs Through It, the contrast between Scottish streams and the barren hills of south-central Morocco (which subbed for Yemen) is intoxicating.

Reel life meets real life: Ouarzazate, Morocco, nicknamed the “door to the desert,” has been a favored filming location since David Lean used it as a backdrop in the 1962 epic Lawrence of Arabia. Among other travel-centric movies shot in the region:The Sheltering SkyBabel and The Man Who Would Be King.

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