One Man Movie (OMM) is a short, 6-8 minute action flick that is being made entirely by myself. I'm doing the writing, directing, acting, editing, music, graphics, and promotional stuff with no help from anyone else. And no, I did not build the camera from scratch, write the software, create the fonts, effects packs, nor the characters clothing. Those are all props and tools. What's a man without his tools? Despite the the short length of the film, it will be weeks (months?) from now before it is completed due to the technical craziness required in order to have multiple characters played by the same person coexist and interact on the same screen. It shouldn't be a problem though. Just time consuming. This blog will follow my day-to-day experiences on developing and releasing the film, mainly because I need SOMEONE to rant to so I don't leak it to real life people. I started the project in early September, when I wrote the story and created the musical score. From then until late September, I fleshed out the story, collected props, and finally bought a slightly better camera. Filming began in late September.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Sunday 10/17 - I found it, but is it really abandoned?

I went down to the "possible filming location" today. I thought it would be a breeze getting there, but there were problems. First, I drive down there, but I realize there's no obvious place to park. At the same time when I'm passing this place, a police car drove by, so I got a little paranoid. When I was driving away, I noticed through my rear-view mirror that the police car pulled over to the side of the road. Weird.

So I drive around to find a place to park. I find a parking lot about a mile away, at some park, and then I walk through the wash for a mile. That probably took an hour. But I finally get there.

On a first glance, things are awesomer than I even expected. There's all these crane things with little catwalks on them.

I pretty much only have pictures of this thing, because soon after this, I saw another person. There was a guy standing near what appeared to be a cement mixer at the "front" of the site. I saw him from the back, so he may have not seen me, but I decided to not stick around much longer.

Across from the wash, there was some other cool, but less significant, junk. Here's a really old car.

Then I walked back to the park. On the way, I noticed someone had parked their sedan on the edge of the wash. I'm pretty sure it wasn't there when I arrived. It creeped me out a bit.

When I leave the parking lot at the park, a police car pulls in. Also creepy.

I guess I'm just really paranoid, but I keep thinking people suspect me for doing "bad things" whenever I'm outside. That's pretty much how I always feel when I go out to do movie stuff. Ugh.

When I got home, I decided to look it up on Google maps again. Then I checked Bing's maps, with the "birds-eye view" function. The pics on birds-eye view are definitely outdated. The landfill was definitely a lot more active than it is now. That could be a good thing. I'll continue doing research. Next time I should just read what the sign says at the front of the site. [/facepalm]



  1. burn it burn it burn it with fireeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!

  2. Very nice location...very atmospheric and unsettling!
    And I feel u about being outside, I felt that way often in the city in which I grew up...out west (well in certain places) u can just wander and not have to worry about seeing another soul for miles, its nice

    anyway great pics and keep at it bud

  3. Is there any obvious office or official-looking person to ask maybe?

    It can't hurt to ask, lol

  4. dam that old car makes it the perfect place!

  5. You're not doing anything wrong, no need to be paranoid.

    That being said, I think this place would look awesome at night but if a police car drives up, you should be worried.

  6. Well I am glad that you found it. And really I think that if it is owned and being used you could probably get permission to film there if you were willing to fill out a wavier saying that in the event you hurt yourself it was not the owners fault.

    Good luck with it all.

  7. Totally abandoned.. wondering what you'll be doing with it :3

  8. That's some Fallout-looking shit right there.

    I'd love to explore that, it legit looks really cool.

  9. check your county property appraisers website... it will tell you who owns it and if the taxes are current... if the taxes aint current, it's abandoned...

  10. That's actually a really cool location!

  11. That old car is actually worth something...

  12. damn thats a cool spot, looks like something out of Mad Max

  13. wow thats very cool, you could probably sell the body of that car