"Making it real" is a big part of designing a film. I'm constantly finding details in the real world that I want to remember (but, to be perfectly honest, may most likely forget), in case I ever need them for a future film. Then there are times when I see something so wonderful and crazy in the real world, that if I were to put it in a film no one would believe that it was based on a real thing. I love it when things in reality are crazy/beautiful/too perfect/too horrible to be perceived as "real" when put in film. It's these bits of reality that make me soooo happy.
So this "detail for a future film" series is my attempt to keep track of reality that caught my eye...which may or may not ever be used in a future film.
Above is a photo of my foxy companion Starbuck, staring up a flight of stairs in an abandoned warehouse in West Virginia. It was such a massive amount of paperwork, that appeared to have been perfectly placed in this one staircase by one strong gust of wind but then never disturbed ever again. But shouldn't it have been disturbed? Wouldn't there have been other equally strong gusts of wind at some point to finish the job and sweep all the papers down the stairs to the landing? There certainly were enough broken windows to allow for such hearty gusts of wind. But no, apparently not. The whole scene looked so perfectly dressed, the paper so varied and perfectly aged that I would not have quite bought it if I had seen it in a film. Thank goodness for reality.