The official trailer for Downsizing has dropped. I had a small part in the production of this large movie – about getting small. It was April 2016, when Downsizing spent a week filming in Omaha. I worked on the project collectively for about six months, scouting from Oct 2015 to April 2016 and – briefly back in Oct 2014.
The visiting crew (from Los Angeles + beyond) appreciated the hospitality in Omaha. Many questioned why they weren’t filming more of the movie here.*While Producers welcomed the public getting close, the releasing of location addresses by the media was an outright no-no. It impacted the process more than most realize; from security to privacy of homeowners who collaborated with the project.
* Movies (with large budgets) are not filmed here because of no filming incentives in Nebraska. IF we had incentives, there would (at least) be more inquiries. It was rewarding to collaborate with Alexander again (as I did on Nebraska). LtoR: Phedon Papamichael the DP, AP, and JV.
Ring of Fire, an FX company from Los Angeles, traveled here to shoot background plates for a Lyrica commercial. The action was shot against blue-screen months prior. The Producer found me online through a production group listing. He went to school at UNL and remembered a few possible locations. After I engaged with the project, I presented better options and the shoot turned out positive. They hired three other locals plus me, for the shoot near Lincoln.
I scouted for the Fox Sports Huskers “CORNFIELD” spot. Producers and the Director loved my options presented and wanted to come… but opted to shoot it in California. Curiously, the spot has subsequently been pulled from the network at the request of the University.
March 2017 Temps rose and early March was oddly mild. It snowed very little this past winter. The Sandhill Cranes returned to central Nebraska for their annual migration stop. This spectacle happens EVERY year between late February to mid April. Yes, it is awesome. I am developing a movie (from my unpublished book) about lives along the Platte River during this time of year. Visit FaunaThread.com _______________________________________
We are ALWAYS LOOKING for the next Location of ANY KIND.
All for now. JV