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Time to Say Goodbye to a longstanding set

Mark Pirro July 19, 2015

California rain destroys iconic set

IMG_1517A rare July storm took its toll on a standing jail set on the Pirromount backlot.  Two of the walls collapsed, making us realize that it’s time to retire the location.  The set was originally built in 2007 when we were in pre-production for our film “The God Complex.”  For that movie, the set was redressed and re-used 11 times.  Here’s a short video depicting its construction and evolution.

After The God Complex wrapped, we left the set standing, even though we had no plans for ever using it again.  We just left it standing, with the intention of eventually just tearing it down.

IMG_0505Then in 2013, we started pre-production on our suspense thriller “Rage of Innocence,” and needed a jail cell for a couple of scenes in the movie.  Jail cell rentals were out of our budget, so we decided to use what was left of the God Complex set to construct our very own jail cell.

The cell worked well for the movie, and when we wrapped production in 2014, we just left the jail set standing.  Who knows?  Maybe we would rent it out to someone who wanted to make a fetish video.  Well, that never happened, and now, the July 2015 storm knocked a couple of its walls down, and made it easier for us to decide the set’s fate.  I think it’s time to retire the location.

IMG_1513So, it is with a sentimental heart that we will start dismantling the set and bid a sad goodbye to the set that has occupied that spot for a couple years shy of a decade.

wide shot jail ready for filming

The set during the day prior to evening’s shooting.


jail wide shot behind scenes

Shooting in the set during the night

...and as it will look in the finished film

…and how it looked in the finished film

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Mark Pirro is the Owner of Pirromount Studios.