SOLITARY Web Series Production: A Lighter Day
Yesterday’s shooting schedule for the SOLITARY web series at Wapato Jail, “the never-opened Multnomah County detention center in North Portland” (as described by Kelly House of The Oregonian), was a lighter one for Think Ten Media Group. This allowed shooting of some additional footage and an interview, as well as hosting several visitors.
Shooting B Roll for SOLITARY Web Series
For an overhead shot, Daniel had to experiment at bit with how to make it work. He finally worked out a solution using a C-Stand.
Interview with Co-producer Five Mualimm-ak
Time was also allotted to shoot an interview with Five Mualimm-ak, one of the SOLITARY web series co-producers. Five is also Executive Director of the Incarcerated Nation Campaign, “a grassroots movement that brings together currently and formerly incarcerated persons, family members and friends of the incarcerated, and advocates for the purposes of education, reform, and service,” according to the group’s website.
Five “spent five years of his life in solitary confinement, out of 12 years he served inside New York prisons on charges that were later overturned,” according to a March 2014 North Country Public Radio article, which includes audio from an on-air interview with Five. His time in solitary, about which he wrote for The Guardian, was spent in one of New York’s euphemistically-named “Special Housing Units” ( or “SHUs”).
Five also played a guard in a SOLITARY web series scene today. He showed off some baton twirl skills he garnered from observing real-life prison guards.
Visitors to the SOLITARY Set
SOLITARY also hosted several visitors to the set:
- Jan Elfers, Public Policy Advocacy Director of the Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, who has been an amazing supporter of the project and hosted many production personnel during the shoot;
- Shannon Wight, Deputy Director, and Kerry Naughton, Crime Survivor Program Director, both of the Partnership for Safety and Justice;
- and Helen Silvas of The Skanner. a Portland news publication.