Scouting for a Corner Office

Posted On January 9, 2008

On Monday, my Producer and I finally got around to doing some pre-production work for my F3. The two main locations I need is an open cubicle area and a really nice corner office, one that is soul-worthy.

Most of the downtown area is either government buildings or law offices, with a minimal one or two breaking the twenty story mark. My producer, Justin, did some research into the government buildings, and it seems like the only place we could possibly film is an empty building, but only Monday to Friday, 9-5 (I shoot Friday/Saturday).

So we decided to just walk around downtown, find buildings that look promising, and ask if we can take a peak. I was expecting some serious rejection, but surprisingly everyone was very nice and accommodating.

The first office we went to didn’t have a corner unit, but referred us to two other offices that do (one pictured above). This was probably my favorite building as it’s the only one with floor to ceiling windows.

We then stumbled into one of the larger buildings where we met Ross as we aimlessly roamed a hallway, trying to find a receptionist (turns out this firm is on two floors, we just stopped at the wrong one). Ross seemed really excited to have a distraction from work, as he gave us a grand tour of everyone’s office.

He also liked the story, and says he knows people who have in fact sold their soul, though maybe not quite as literally as the film.

Even people who didn’t fully support the story were helpful, mainly the Catholic Conference. Something about selling your soul and your boss becomes the devil didn’t sit well with them, but they did offer to help as a last resort, as long as we don’t feature where we’re filming.

Today we’re going back to look at another office that looked promising, but we didn’t get a chance to take pictures. It’s in the same building as the top photo, so it has those nice, big windows.

 

Written by Joey Daoud

Joey Daoud is an award-winning documentary producer. When not filming he likes to climb mountains and brew coffee.

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