Kimia’ Workman is the driving force (writer/director) behind this web series. The production company is TruTalent Creative Works.
A series about a group of friends growing up in the inner city streets of Baltimore and trying to find their way. Their love for dance helps to save their life. – From AfroLandTV.
Watch all eight episodes of Season 1 on AfroLandTV.
The Alleys and Other Stuff
“Shock Nation” is shot in and around Baltimore, MD. All shooting is “done on location” on streets, in parks, inside residences and businesses, and in alleys. Baltimore has alleys located between streets, behind residences and/or businesses. Lots of interesting terrain, fences, driveways, doorways, utilities, narrow passageways, steps, parking areas, patches of grass, and isolated free-standing structures that could be garages or storage sheds. This is an ideal place to shoot because of this variety. It is less confining than shooting on streets and provides more varied infrastructure. The reader will see some of that in the photos below. The alleys look like a movie studio backlot, but bounded by real structures.
On small productions such as this, roles are often shared. An actor can become a member of the crew. For example, the sound boom operator role was shared by five people: Davon Jones, Kimia’ Workman, Kyle Kennedy, Jon Gibbs, and Alan Greenstein (well, I’m not an actor). Some of this can be seen in the photos below.
My primary roles today were script supervisor and behind-the-scenes (BTS) photographer, with that brief stint as sound boom operator.
I took a BTS video that will probably be part of a “The Making Of” presentation. The video shows a scene being shot and then head honcho Kimia’ Workman talks about “Shock Nation” and introduces some of the cast and crew.
We can see how multiple angles and closeups, etc. are done for a scene – as seen in some of the photos with director of photography Al Morgan.
Behind the Scenes Photography – Shock Nation
All photos are from the author’s collection unless otherwise indicated.
Working on a small Indie project is such a learning experience. And roles are shared (contributing to expanding one’s knowledge) in a way one would not see on a big Hollywood production.
I will continue to document the “Shock Nation” experience.
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Originally published August 12, 2018. Updated October 15, 2020 to adjust category assignments.