The glamour of filmmaking!
They have taken over an abandoned former banquet hall the size of 2 Costco’s to build the sets for this show. The bottom level is all cement floors and stripped walls with exposed electrical wires and missing water fountains and the top floor is office space. It works!
It’s actually not bad at all compared to makeshift studio locations of past jobs. Like last year when we built sets in a Puerto Rican airport hangar that sat on a closed (I think) runway in the middle of a jungle. Or the time when we built an Alaskan, snow-covered town covered inside a barn in New Zealand. The snow was salt crystals and to get on and off of that set you had to sort of scale these ramps that were perched on sharply graded drops to the ground-floor. An entire crew of people were constantly JUMPING onto set, putting salt crystals into the air, which got into your lungs, eyes, ears for about 15 hours a day.
When these things are happening they always seem normal after the first minute or two…then you look back.
I think that’s also known as Stockholm Syndrome!