Preferably with family crypts, and grave statues, but just letting us shoot at night would be a start
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Get in your car and do some scouting. Southern California has a number of cemeteries, large and small. Sounds like you're in need of ones near old churches, so check those out first. Permits will cost you, but shooting guerilla-style in the wee hours of the morning costs nothing. But be sure to rehearse first to keep your time on site to a minimum. If you simply want a cemetery, you could probably shoot in the northern or northwestern sections of Westwood's VA cemetery at 2 AM without anyone seeing you.
Hi Erik, thank you for suggestions! To have a well-lit production, guerrilla-style is unfortunately out-of-the-question. A few locations I like don't allow night-shooting. Will check out and call Westwood's VA. Happy Holidays!
You could try Mountain View Cemetery (www.mtn-view.com) in Altadena. I've shot there twice for independent low-budget projects. It's been a few years, but at that time, they were very film friendly, for both high and low budget shoots.
Awesome advice, Chris! Yes, been in touch with them already and waiting for a response after the holidays. So far, they are by far the best choice for a low budget short in LA. My plan B is a production/set design route. Thank you! Happy holidays.