The San Fernando is usually referred as The Valley. It is resting in Southern California. San Fernando consists almost half of the city of Los Angeles’ land, Burbank, Glendale, San Fernando, Calabasas, and Agoura Hills. Fernandeño, tribe of Indians and the Tongva lived here over 6,000 years.
This valley is land of many small and large area parks. San Fernando Griffith Park is the largest Los Angeles’ municipal parks starting from the southeastern end of the valley to the eastern end of the Hollywood Hills. Two large recreation areas are responsible for controlling flood provided with flood control basins in the rear Sepulveda Dam and Hansen Dam.
To provide ample recreation the suburban area around the valley is acquired for parks and recreational center. All fun-centers are full service centers having diverse games and high quality facilities for the comfort of natives as well as visitors. This valley got fame as many films have been shot here. Most films narrate the life style of this town. Life in this valley always inspired many companies and directors that is why several movies are made showing the life of the town.
Pictures featuring the life in the San Fernando Valley are Chinatown (1974), Thank God It’s Friday (1978), Foxes (1980), Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982),Valley Girl (1983), Private Teacher (1983), La Bamba (1987), Encino Man (1992), Safe (1995), Boogie Nights (1997), some scenes of Mulholland Drive (2001), Magnolia (1999), Punch-Drunk Love (2002), 2 Days in the Valley (1996), Earth Girls Are Easy (1988), The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005), Knocked Up (2007), and Down in the Valley (2005).
The first and third parts of famous comic film The Karate Kid (1984 and 1989 respectively) were chiefly set and shot in the San Fernando. A Cinderella Story (2004) was also filmed in the San Fernando Valley. A true story that occurred in San Fernando in 2000 was filmed in Alpha Dog (2007). The most part of the movie was film in the valley though for some legal causes it was a somewhat fictionalized and showed the incident has taken place in San Gabriel Valley instead.
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