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Actor Franco visits for New Year's shoot

Several residents spotted Hollywood A-list actor James Franco on New Year's Day shooting scenes for his current film project "Yosemite." 

Franco and crew were seen adjusting camera equipment at the intersection of Highway 140 and Triangle Road shortly after noon.

According to one report, Mariposa County Unified School District Superintendent Aaron Rosander and family found themselves trailing a slow-moving convoy of vehicles on Triangle Road over the weekend.

When they passed the vehicles, family members spotted Franco and a vehicle-mounted film or video camera.

According to press accounts, the actor is working on an autobiographical film project with the working title "Yosemite."

In an interview posted on YouTube, director Gabrielle Demeestere described the gist of the plot.

"Two brothers go up to Yosemite with their dad," Demeestere related. "They're kind of estranged because they haven't seen their dad in a long time and things kind of take a bad turn."

According to the perezhilton.com Web site, Franco plays his own father in the film--which is based on his experiences growing up in Palo Alto.

Franco, 35, is best known for appearing in "Pineapple Express," "Oz, the Great and the Powerful" and the soap opera "General Hospital." He also studied English and Creative Writing at UCLA, earning a degree in 2008.

A childhood photo (left) may show actor James Franco on a trip to Yosemite as a child. At right, the actor poses for a Yosemite Valley portrait while working on his current “Yosemite” film project. Images: perezhilton.comA childhood photo (left) may show actor James Franco on a trip to Yosemite as a child. At right, the actor poses for a Yosemite Valley portrait while working on his current “Yosemite” film project. Images: perezhilton.com

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In addition to "Oz" and "The

In addition to "Oz" and "The Pineapple Express" I thought he was better known by now from the highly acclaimed film "127 Hours," which got 6 oscar nominations, and for Gus Van Sandt's excellent film "Milk" which won 2 oscars and earned him an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actor.

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