According to NME, the pilot episode of “La Brea” filmed in Los Angeles, as expected, but once a full season was greenlit by NBC, the production moved all the way to Australia. The country currently offers quite the incentive program encouraging productions to shoot there, with the production of “La Brea” securing “$9.66 million in funding from the federal government’s Location Incentive program, as well as funding from the Victorian government’s $33.8 million screen industry package.” Because of this, NBC used Melbourne as a stand-in for Los Angeles, with the rest of the show being filmed in various locations throughout Victoria. NME also stated that the upcoming “Furiosa” movie, starring Anya Taylor-Joy in the title role, would be filming in New South Wales, also taking full advantage of the offered funds.
The Cinemaholic explored filming locations for the sci-fi series in more detail, stating that filming occurred at Coburg High School in Melbourne, as well as on campus of the University of Melbourne. Scenes were also reportedly filmed in the suburbs of “Kew, Clayton, Sneddon, Pascoe Vale, Port Melbourne, and Essendon Fields.” As for important exterior shots, the production of “La Brea” used Rye, Australia, a seaside town in Greater Melbourne, along with Mount Macedon, likely using both the town and the mountain that it’s named after for significant scenes in Season 1. For shots that needed a sound stage, “La Brea” used Docklands Studios, which has hosted many major productions over the years.