Behind the Scenes: Day 4 PhoenixPosted: Updated:
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Sunrise is a major theme in all of our shots and we got lucky every day but this one. We purposely picked this location so that we could capture sunrise reflected in the mirrored surface of the building. We also wanted to capture the reflection of light rail when it passed. But luck was not on our side this morning. It was gloomy and overcast which forced us to go inside sooner than later. I was always taken with the lobby and the area with the elevators and Shane quite agreed. He came up with the idea of shooting our businessman walking through the lobby to the elevators and it ended up being one of our most dramatic shots.
Sheila Reed of Adler Realty was extremely accommodating when we asked if we could use one of her offices. She showed us around and let us pick what we thought would work best. Thanks Sheila! And thank you Adler Realty. Your offices are as beautiful as the view.
Downtown Phoenix, Arizona
The building where we shot is 2600 Tower on Central Avenue. It was built as the Phelps Dodge building 1983. But before that it was The Palms, one of the nicest movie theaters in town. Yours truly has many fond memories of going there as a very young adult or very old teen. Take your pick! That theater opened on March 23, 1945 and closed in 1981. Sniff. Sniff.
The office space was last occupied by a company that had very expensive taste. It had some of the most interesting and opulent custom office furniture I’ve ever seen. Take a look at the shiny black triangle conference desk. UFO sighting anyone?
Speaking of expensive taste, many of the former executives had their names etched into the glass doors of their offices. The business ended up filing for Chapter 7!
In 2006, the building was the site of a hostage situation when an armed man invaded the National Labor Relations Board’s Phoenix regional office on the 18th floor. He held nine people for about eight hours until the situation was ended peacefully. The man’s wife was involved in an unfair labor practice investigation.
In the industry, there is a small dolly track and mount that is called a skateboard dolly.
Shane took this a step further and used a real skateboard for these shots!
Shane’s talents don’t end behind the camera or even on the skateboard. He also rides a unicycle and can juggle…and yes, I’ve even seen him do those both at once! Sorry ladies, he’s taken!
Our businessman Arnold Mejia is an acquaintance of Director Bill Ottinger. They met volunteering with the Tempe South Little League.