Vallejo Waterfront and Mare Island Used as Location in Feature Film

Vallejo News, May 8, 2013 (Issue 75) 

Vallejo is known for its waterfront and history, but what many people may not know, it is also known as a place for filming.  In June 2011, Vallejo was used, in part, as a site for filming a major motion picture directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.

The Master, a film that debuted in September 2012, is a drama about a World War II veteran who struggles to adjust to the post-war society who soon meshes with a charismatic intellectual known as "the Master," and joins his religious movement.

The film was nominated for three 2013 Academy Awards, including Best Actor-Joaquin Phoenix, Best Supporting Actor-Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Best Supporting Actress-Amy Adams. 

Those who have seen the movie may recognize various places in Vallejo, as Mare Island was the host location for some of the film's shots. The old Naval Hospital at Touro University was used, Building 69 on the waterfront, and Quarters B, an old officer's mansion, was used as "Helen's House" in the film.

Additionally, Franklin Delano Roosevelt's yacht, the Potomac, was brought up from Alameda and parked behind the old Art Ship to mark the post-World War II time. The crew filmed on the yacht, pier and in Alden Park. 

Overall, the crew was in Vallejo for nearly a month. Both cast and crew stayed at the Courtyard by Marriot during the filming.