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May 19
Zach:
    Production



    Locations
    Where should we shoot? Post location ideas here, with photos when possible. We need to consider "dystopian" locations for the "real" world as well as locations that can serve as "virtual" spaces in the series.


    Mar 1
    Alexandra Benes:
      Location Ideas:
      This is Los Cerritos Middle School in Thousand Oaks, California. The Principal is a bit of a...pain, so permission to film there might be a little difficult, but maybe not since i am an "alumni." Rumor has it that it was originally constructed to be a prison, but the developer committed suicide and they decided to make it into a school. I don't know how much of that is true, because some teachers say they just made the choice to buy airconditioning instead of windows. The only window in the entire school is the art room, which in recent years has become covered in ivy. I can also get better pictures the next time I go home.

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      My second idea was this building project in Oxnard called the Oxnard RiverPark project. http://www.condohouse.com/riverpark.html
      You've probably all seen this driving south on the 101, and according to my dad they have no insurance on the place and it keeps flooding when it rains? I'm not too sure about this place but the internet site has email addresses to get in contact with people.
    Mar 5
    Alexandra Benes:
      There is a naval base in Ventura and also an old shipyard over by the Channel Islands Harbor and Ventura Harbor.
    Mar 5
    Michelle:
      Blair and I went out around campus, especially around the lagoon, and took a bunch of shots around the area. There's some sort of construction warehouse or something back there too. I think it might be a construction site for Theater/Dance setups, but not sure. We could look into that and see about filming there.

      Also, I mentioned my hometown in Lancaster/Palmdale. You can Google Map the place--a lot of Hollywood productions have been filmed there for apocalyptic-decimated-dessert scenes and such. I found a photo of the old mines in Rosamond here http://www.scvhistory.com/gif/lw102307b.jpg and here http://160knots.com/images/rosamond/windstock.JPG. Edwards Air Force Base is also around that area, and a lot of backlot sketch houses too.
    Mar 19
    Michelle:
      So I realized I didn't actually post the photos up we took around the lagoon. I'm going out around Lancaster/Palmdale for more photos, so i'll have more up ina day or two. Here's a sample of what I got so far:

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    Mar 20
    Zach:
      Yes, surprising how this part of campus can be made to look so run-down. I can see using these locations in the zone.
    Mar 5
    Zach:
      This is amazing! Do you know what the access is like? Is there anyone keeping people out? Is it fenced off? Or can anyone pretty much do anything they want?
    Mar 6
    Michelle:
      They used to run tours up there sometimes but I think it's out of business now and privately owned, but they do use it for filming sometimes. They might make an exception for us.
    Mar 8
    Alexandra Benes:
    Mar 8
    Cricket:
      Love it!!
    Mar 8
    Zach:
      Indeed, I wouldn't want to be trapped in there if I were one of the characters in our series...
    Mar 9
    Alexandra Benes:
      Ellison Hall, second floor...was suprising terrifying this morning when i had to go to a 9am lab. i took a crappy picture on my cell phone, but i could definately see it turned into a dark (perhaps sterile) hallway for a virtual world. BTW, there weren't any lights? and i believe there was some minimal construction going on as well

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      also! Once my roomate gets back, i need to ask her the name of a particular street in isla vista/santa barbara that definately would be easy to get to and great for filming. I'll try to get her to drive me over there to take some pictures, but there were these odd barn-like buildings, storage containers, and also some metal structures. very cool.
    Mar 10
    Michelle:
      Oh yeah, I forgot the cross street, but my brother and I were driving around downtown and there was this really sketch area...somwehere on Fig(?) about six blocks across from the bus stop.
    Apr 3
    Alexandra Benes:
      once again a bad picture i took with my phone (seems to be the only thing on me) but this is a door in the back of Campbell hall. Its got a short stairwell down to it and also its hard to see in the picture, but there is a rusted "danger" sign over it.

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    Apr 3
    Zach:
      Yes! Very creepy...
    Apr 3
    Alexandra Benes:
      possible virtual space? I find the wall of ivy pretty cool. this was at state street:

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    Apr 3
    Zach:
      Wow. What's the cross street?
    Apr 3
    Alexandra Benes:
      its in the outdoor mall thing, Paseo Nuevo
    Apr 9
    Michelle:
      Yeah I can see downtown areas in santa barbara and maybe even LA as being good virtual spaces. SB appears kind of clean and bright, whereas LA seems a little more grimy cityscape, so we can have multiple takes on the virtual world
    Apr 15
    Cricket:
      Any of these look interesting?

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      Apr 17
      Zach:
        Where/what IS this?? Talk about virtual...
      Apr 18
      Cricket:
        I believe its the top of some kind of container. Really close, near Painted Cave road apparently. I can ask my friend, she took this photo :)
      Apr 23
      Zach:
        Yes, please ask her! We might actually shoot a real world scene here next weekend. I'd like to scout it tomorrow if possible...
      Apr 23
      Zach:
        Here it is in BW, as it would appear in the "real world":

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      Apr 18
      Michelle:
        I think I live with this person. Is this Ali?
      Apr 18
      Cricket:
        yup :) I'm going to be rooming with her next year on Trigo. Well, housemates anyhow


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    Apr 17
    Zach:
      All of these look great!



    Casting


    These actors have been cast thus far:

    Caroline Do


    Caroline Do as "Kaja"

    A multi-cultural chameleon, Caroline Do grew up in the barrio known as
    ''lil Chinita." Once she reformed her tagging ways, Caroline went to
    Berkeley, studied and backpacked across Europe and Asia and was even
    recruited by the CIA and State Department. Yet her love always stayed
    true to film-making and television production.

    Caroline was PA-ing the Sony film “Qué Culpa Tiene Mi Raza” when the
    director spotted her behind the camera and decided to give Caroline a
    shot in front of it. A simple shot of her character at her Mexican
    mother’s bedside quickly catalyzed into the emotional turning point of
    the film. Upon the director and several crew members’ urging, Caroline
    plunged herself into the acting trenches and has been working towards
    the spotlight ever since.


    Maria Elena Laas as "Maria"

    Maria Elena Laas


    Born in Puerto Rico and raised in Saudi Arabia and Texas, Maria Elena began modeling in
    Japan at 13. She has done over 90 national and international
    commercials and print campaigns of which include Miller Lite, Carlsberg, Coors Lite, AT&T, Budweiser, Ford, Coca Cola,
    and Nespresso opposite George Clooney.



    She has also garnered several film credits, including Alan Cumming's
    "Suffering Man's Charity," the blockbuster “The Hot Chick” opposite Rob
    Schneider and Anna Faris and "Airplane Disasters". She can be seen
    starring in the upcoming films "American Weapon," "Kill the Habit", "Pastor Shepherd" opposite Danny Trejo and "Lunatics, Lovers,
    and Poets" due out in theaters April 2010.



    Preview Shoot #1
    Details about our first shoot.

    March 2.
    May 3
    Zach:
      This went amazingly well! We shot several scenes involving Maria, including a fabulous dolly shot through the mustard fields. Maria's character, or some attributes of her, are based on movement, sensing, and navigating via wind currents, and these scenes reflected that. We also shot her fabricating a trojan horse fish out of encrypted flowers, then realeasing it into the ocean to be caught later by a security AI who likes to fish. (Future shoot!) Hopefully Thuongvu, who took many stills photos during the day, will post some of them here!

      At any rate, great work by those of you who were on the shoot. You should be very proud! And for those who weren't, you'll see the footage soon!
    May 6
    Nightcrow35@googlewave.com:


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    May 6
    Nightcrow35@googlewave.com:


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    May 6
    Nightcrow35@googlewave.com:


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    May 5
    Michelle:
      Why aren't the photos showing up?
    May 6
    Nightcrow35@googlewave.com:
      Ok, they should be showing now. I've been having problems all the other times I was trying to upload them. I think the problem is that I tried to upload too many at a time.
    May 6
    Michelle:
      Cool. Awesome photos! :D
    May 7
    Zach:
      Yeah, these look great!
    May 7
    Jimbo Westworld:
      Great pics TV! What an awesome day all-around, thanks for everybody's help!


    Preview Shoot #2

    Upcoming: March 8
    May 12
    Nightcrow35@googlewave.com:


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    May 12
    Nightcrow35@googlewave.com:


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May 12
Caroline.do@googlewave.com:
    Call me a masochist, but I seriously miss being on set w/ you guys. Does anyone mind if I post some stills on my Facebook to generate some buzz? Thanks for everyone's hard work. It really looks like it's paying off!
May 12
Zach:
    Sure, feel free to repost! Thanks for the great pics, TV! And thanks to everyone for a great shoot!
May 13
Cricket:
    I could kill my director for making me miss this!!! I hope it went well, you guys look great! Can't wait to see the footage!
May 20
Michelle:
    Seriously! I can't believe I missed this! :o Well I'll be sure to be down here for at least some of the summer shoots. Looks really awesome. Can't wait to see the preview next Friday! :D
Apr 4
Cricket:
    I'm going to be here for a lot of the summer, so if you are going to shoot...
Apr 17
Nightcrow35@googlewave.com:
    Photos from the meeting today! Sorry, i don't know how to make a seperate title/heading for this.

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Apr 18
Michelle:
    Wow, these look awesome! :D
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