Sunday, September 28, 2008

Location, Location, Location...

Happy Sunday!
What the heck is the picture to the left? Why, Seattle's famous Gum Wall, of course.
This local curiosity is the composite of bazillions of wads of gum (and coins) stuck on the bricks of an alley wall below Pike Place Market. Here is a one foot detail of the 30' x 20' + wall.
Disgusting! I know, right?
But also somehow beautiful and definitely interesting... an unusual location for sure...
And have you noticed how great scenes take place in interesting locations? Screenwriting gurus call this the "pope in the pool." If you're going to have a conversation with the pope -- stick him in the pool (an unusual setting.)
My beloved Heath comes to mind in 10 Things I Hate About You -- a typical high school setting -- but the filmmakers found varied and interesting settings -- remember the serenade from the stadium stands? Remember the paintball fight? (Filmed at Seattle's Gas Works Park, btw.)
Or what about Sixteen Candles? -- boys' bathroom, school weightroom, girls' showers, party house, church, etc. Even in a setting as common as a high school, the filmmakers found interesting locations that added so much to the scenes. Can't Hardly Wait also has some good locations for their scenes.
So... what stories and unusual scene settings have you loved?
Heather Davis is the author of
Never Cry Werewolf
coming in April 2009 from HarperTeen

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