L7 Facts: Adventure Date Edition

  • When we were shooting the scenes in Wayne’s truck, I laid in the truck bed listening, and poked my head through the window to direct.
  • The top half of the water tower is fake. I made it in photoshop. Now you can’t un-see it.
  • Production Designer Elie sliced her heel on one of the support beams and had to get stitches a couple days later. She bled all over the street. It was very hardcore.
  • The bathrooms are about a block away, so everyone at one point or another, peed in the bushes.
  • Originally, the water tower was supposed to be locked up. I swear I remember a latter being there. We had to rewrite the scene on location.
  • The location we’re shooting at used to be a collection of small houses our friends lived in we called “the Ranch.” We lost it in a forest fire a few years ago. Besides having the best parties, The Ranch was the site of one of our earlier web series, Mountain Man, so I spent a lot of time up there. Wayne and Zelda kiss in what used to be Sound Guy Kevin’s living room. This was the first time I’d been back since the fire.
  • There is no cell phone reception in that valley.
  • We lose light at about 4 PM in that valley, so by the time we were shooting the cop scene, we barely had any light. All the cop interactions were single takes. Good thing Matt Hannon nailed it.
  • Yes, Zelda’s final line is a Star Wars reference.
  • The secret annotation is on Wayne’s “I think I love you” line.

true facts: Before Supper edition

  • As some of you have guessed, the title “Before Supper” is an homage to “Before Sunrise”, in which a young couple fall in love wandering around Paris talking. There is less burp talking, though.
  • Forking lawns is a thing people do, I hear.
  • For many of the crew, shooting this scene is what solidified what the show is, and how it should feel for them.
  • I originally wanted smoothies to be more of running thing amongst the girls, but slowly we staged smoothies. Still, I think they’re the best prop a teenager could have.
  • We didn’t have permission to shoot in this school’s parking lot, but the dumpsters were too good to pass up. I was very nervous the cops would be called, as it looked like we were vandalizing school property.
  • Wayne’s spray painting is a direct homage to the spray painting in Ghost World. I wanted the vandal to have an identity within the world of the show, rather than an ominous presence. Hence, Wayne became a vandal.
  • MK was so excited to do an impression of David.
  • Neither MK nor David could burp on command the way we needed them to, so they would croak their lines instead. We added more burps in post. Our Editor Joe almost barfed cutting this scene.
  • I did know a girl who could burp talk that well. Her name is Naomi and she’s a vet now.
  • When I started writing this scene I e-mailed MK with a message that literally only read, “Hey, what weird stuff can you do? - M”
  • Originally MK was supposed turn her eyelids inside out, but she can’t do that. Neither can I. We rewrote the scene on set to accommodate the weird things they can do.
  • Watching this one with an audience always elicits mixed reactions. The burp talking makes people nervous and grossed out, but also lovey-dovey. What do you guys think?