Michelob Ultra — Super Bowl 2018 commercial starring Chris Pratt
I was watching TV recently when a Michelob Ultra commercial made me stop and take notice — not because Chris Pratt had his shirt off, but because of some cool shooting locations. You can watch the 30-second spot above.
Chris Pratt "works out" near the Chatsworth Nature Preserve — 2018 Michelob Ultra ad
The spot is one of this year's batch of much ballyhooed Super Bowl commercials. The thing that first caught my eye was the background at about the 11-second mark, which I recognized as the Chatsworth Nature Preserve.
Pratt in the Fox Residence on Farralone Avenue in Chatsworth
Once I got a chance to go back and examine other parts of the ad, I realized it contains a number of fun shooting locations. It begins inside the Fox Residence, a famous house in Chatsworth that is frequently used for filming.
The Fox Residence (real estate photo)
The shot in the Michelob ad is almost a perfect match for a real estate photo that circulated a few years ago — I'm not sure whether the photo dates back to 2011, when the place was listed for $12 million, or 2015, by which time the asking price had dipped to $7.5 million.
Chatsworth's Fox Residence (Google 3D view looking southwest)
We can get a pretty good look at the layout of the residence just by visiting Google Maps.
Wider view of the Fox Residence (Google 3D)
Pulling back for a wider view, we can get an idea where the jogging scene may have been shot.
Michelob Ultra ad: Chris Pratt with the Chatsworth Nature Preserve behind him
The sequence in which Pratt is seen jogging includes a tree with a pronounced lean to the left.
The Fox Residence, looking south (Bing bird's-eye)
In this case a Bing bird's-eye photo offers a somewhat improved view of the heavily leaning tree.
Chris Pratt and an equestrian policewoman in a street scene from the Michelob commercial
Another interesting sequence in the Michelob commercial is this street scene featuring Pratt, jogging again, along with an equestrian policewoman.
Entrance to the Two Roads Theatre in Little Tujunga Village
"Tujunga" turned out to be right. Searching for a little theater on Tujunga, I hit pay dirt: The Two Roads Theatre in Studio City's Little Tujunga Village. I found pictures and other details online — it looks like a cool place.
Street where the equestrian policewoman scene was shot (Google Street View)
Once I had the address of the theater — 4348 Tujunga Ave. — the rest of the sequence fell into place. Here's a Google Street View showing the theater marquee, largely hidden behind a tree, along with some of the other storefronts seen in the Michelob spot.
Google Street View: Limelight store, at Tujunga and Woodbridge
At the corner of Tujunga Avenue and Woodbridge Street we see a store called Limelight — the same building that turns up in the background behind the policewoman in the commercial.
Studio lot seen in the Michelob Ultra commercial
The ad also features a studio lot, another interesting location and one that should be relatively easy to match up. I ran out of patience before I managed to track it down — so many filming locations, so little time — but I'm hoping a blog reader will recognize it.
As luck would have it, there's also an extended 1-minute version of the Michelob Ultra spot, with additional scenes filmed at the Fox Residence. Check it out below ...
The "bar" scene where Pratt says "Method," at the 14-second mark, and the poolside sequence leading out from it are shot at the Fox Residence.
Corriganville, Bell Ranch, Pioneertown, Franklin Canyon, Oak Park, various parts of Chatsworth and other old filming locations. You can see all of the "Off the Beaten Path" posts by clicking on the term "Off the Beaten Path" in the long index of labels at the right of the page, or by clicking here.