Cache of the Month – October 2010

CSI:Winnipeg – SPLASH!

CSI:Winnipeg – SPLASH!

I have really enjoyed the positive reception that CSI:Winnipeg has had. We had a lot of fun putting it together. Whenever we place a cache, we try to make it unique in some way. That is unless we are placing it to honour an interesting area. I had the idea for the video a few months previous. Not the specific script, mind you. Just that I wanted to use a video as a clue for a puzzle cache. At the time, YouTube wasn't as ubiquitous as it is now. So I had to convince the cache reviewer that it was OK to have a user need to install the Adobe Flash Player necessary to view videos on the site.

As I mentioned, the script was nothing less than a work in progress even as we were filming. We just kind of made it up as we went. I started in the afternoon in the back yard sandbox (discovery of The-Stuntman's body). Later that afternoon, I got my wife Tannasaurus involved. She put herself in charge of set design, and I took over the job of blocking the scenes, and voicing all but one of the actors. After 2 hours or so of filming, and another hour of laughing (and some Cuba Libre's), we wrapped for the night with all but one scene left to shoot. The next morning, I headed out to where I wanted the cachers to "start" their search. As can be seen in the video, there is a busy street nearby. There was nobody in the park, and was able to scoot around on my knees and film the characters while trying to remember the voices I had used for each one of them the night before. I didn't feel too self conscious because, as I said, there was nobody around and the street seemed far enough away. But now, whenever I drive down that street, I can clearly see the area that I was crouched in. It would not be difficult to make out a 225 pound man playing with plastic action figures in the sand and I suspect I raised a few eyebrows on the drivers that went past that day.

From there I went to the final location and did the filming I needed to do here. I was getting pretty good at this point, and the actors were hitting all their cues so things wrapped quickly. The final is located in a fairly secluded area, but there are private yards nearby. As I was wrapping up, I could clearly hear people talking. Oh well, more raised eyebrows.

The editing was completed later that afternoon at the Second Cup on Graham Ave. Took me about 2 hours total to chop all the scenes together and hack up the CSI intro to include the new "cast". That part of the process would have been FAR less embarrassing if I had remembered to bring headphones. As it was, Second Cup patrons were treated to an advance preview.

Thank you for considering this cache as a Cache of the Month. We really appreciate being recognized by such an awesome group!
--Lizardo

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