One of my favorite San Francisco neighborhoods will be featured in tonight's episode -- North Beach! If you haven't been to North Beach, it's the "Little Italy" of San Francisco. Home to Jack Kerouac, birthplace of Joe DiMaggio and where he took his wedding pictures with Marilyn Monroe (we actually will shoot in front of the church in an upcoming episode), and one of the most loved neighborhoods in the country. North Beach is full of history.
I love the Italian food, culture, and Marisa's CAR! (Apparently she has a thing for Italians too).
You can only see the BACK of it in this picture, but it's an Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce. It's a stick shift, and I learned how to drive it the day of, so hopefully they'll cut before I stall the car.
As you can see in this pic that I took between takes, the production of Trauma takes over the city streets... today North Beach.
I always love giving you guys the mechanics behind the stunts. In tonight's episode, two cars collide at 25 MPH.
Here's how they did it.
There was a big steakbed connecting both of the cars. Then, as the steakbed drove away, it pullied both cars towards each other. Right before impact, an explosive device broke the cable so that both cars would run into each other even faster.
It took three hours of setup and six cameras for ONE take.
So, it's no surprise when I hear an explosion or a car crash on set, but what always surprises me are the San Francisco views.
Whether it's Alcatraz or the Golden Gate Bridge, I still can't get enough of this breathtaking city.
To answer Baydude's question about whether Angel Rescue Service is a separate private company, or if they're part of the San Francisco Fire Department, Angel Rescue Services is a private Medevac company contracted to SFFD, Angel Rescue shares facilities (and sometimes personnel) with the Fire Department.
To answer JohncarterER93's question, yes. I trained extensively with Medevac pilots inside helicopters, learning everything that I could to be as accurate as possible. No. I don't actually fly the helicopter, but at this point, I'm sure I probably could. I wrote more about this in my "Action & Training" blog.
Enjoy the episode, and thank you again for the comments. I truly appreciate them.