Today I walked into the make-up trailer and saw a dummy waiting to be touched up for his big car crash scene. You might think I was surprised, but on the set of Trauma you have to expect ANYTHING: prosthetic fingers, wigs, and of course, fake blood... this time it was a narcissistic hunk of plastic...
...So I waited my turn.
We shoot in the streets of San Francisco or on Treasure Island, so the LOCATIONS are real. Sometimes we aren't.
Sometimes, we need to be computer generated, and that's why I'm standing in the Da Vinci pose. Our special effects guy was taking pictures for the "digital Marisa." He said the digital image "adds texture" to the scene, especially in the scenes where the helicopter is flying in the distance.
It is usually me in the helicopter, but for the beautiful San Francisco landscape shots where you can't see me anyways, it might not always be.
And, for those who might be wondering what Treasure Island is, it's Trauma's nerve center.
All of the Angel Rescue, hospital and ambulance station scenes are filmed here. It also has the most beautiful views of San Francisco.
Treasure Island is an artificial island in the San Francisco Bay between San Francisco and Oakland. Apparently, the government built it in 1936 and it's now a job training center and home to many college students who attend school downtown. There's also a bunch of seagulls on the island. (Our sound guy hates it because they sometimes ruin the take).
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To answer a question CyclingMagician posted last week, we use multiple helicopters. There are no rotors on the helicopter when we're grounded (for safety purposes). However, when the helicopter has to take off or land with the aerial unit, there are obviously rotors.
Thank you for the questions, and let me know what you think of tonight's episode.