During production in fall of 2012, cast and crew camped for 4 days and 3 nights in the San Bernardino National Forest. These are a small collection of pictures from that time. The location was beautiful. The hours were long. The cast and crew were fantastic, in great spirits, tireless and completely dedicated.
We have wrapped production on Private Life! It was 10 intense and demanding days to be sure, but with such a great cast and crew, it was really a fantastic experience.
Production took us through a number of locations, including a number of places in Angeles National Forest; Mountain View Cemetery in Altadena, CA; San Bernardino National Forest; a private house in Van Nuys, CA; a sound stage at USC; and we even built a bridge in the parking lot of the Robert Zemeckis Center at school (a location often touted within our USC circle for its ability to become just about anything for shoots with hazardous conditions).
With principle photography completed, Amy Adler steps up to the plate to begin editing the film. Transcoding and syncing is finished and the very first cut is now beginning. Editing will take us through December, with Picture Lock scheduled at the very end of the year.
Recently members of the ‘Private Life’ crew traveled to Ojai, California to scout locations for the most challenging location needed in the film: a suspended footbridge high over a chasm. (Greg was also excited to visit Ojai for the very first time as this is where Jaime Sommers lived on the 70’s television show “The Bionic Woman.”)
Greg and crew were fortunate to meet Patrick S. O’Donnell early in their search for a suitable location. Patrick is a suspension bridge enthusiast with an impressive collection of photos and profiles of bridges all over North America. (www.flickr.com/photos/suspensionstayed/) With Patrick’s help our crew was able to identify a handful of potential bridges, including the one featured in the pictures above. This is a privately owned bridge in Ojai was designed for use when the vehicle bridge upstream washes out during high water times. Without this bridge people would be stranded on the far side of the river.
Greg, along with our cinematographer Matt, visual effects supervisor Leandro and production designer Emiliano, studied and photographed the bridge; trying to determine whether the bridge can be transformed into the dangerous set piece needed for our story through the right angles, set dressing and visual effects. This bridge is one of many potential locations our dedicated crew is studying and and searching for as we move closer to production.
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