Friday, June 10, 2005

This may be a paddy-wagon used by the ZomCon people. I haven't seen it in use, but it may be what they pick up bad zombies in, or what they deliver zombies in. Just guessing.

A view of the entire ZomCon car.

This picture was taken on the North end of Maple Street, where it intersects with Riverside Ave. The movie is being filmed perpendicular to the car (behind and to the right of me as I take this picture).
Did it again

Picture of the ZomCon decal just in front of the drivers side door (the left side, here in North America).

The grumpy zombie couldn't keep me away. I rollerbladed by again today and stopped to talk with one of the security persons (persons because she was a girl). I couldn't go down Lake Ave today because they were filming toward that end, down south Maple Street. So I asked her what I could take pictures of. She didn't specifically say I couldn't take pictures of the actors (so I'm going to try to get a picture of a zombie later) and she said it was cool if I took pictures of the vehicles. So I got the cars and the Zomcon paddy-wagon. Unfortunately I couldn't find the Zomcon Milk truck. That was pretty cool-looking, too. It was a white truck, much like the ice-cream trucks you see today, with the Zomcon logo on the side with "Milk" written just below it.

They were firing the blank gunshots as I was there, too. I wanted to get closer, but wasn't going to press my luck. I was standing right by the set vehicles on my rollerblades and they hadn't kicked me out. Maybe tomorrow I'll try to get right down to the house there. Oh yeah, back to the gunshots. Pretty dull, actually. I was expecting "BANG BANG BOOM POP POP POP" but it was more like a "Ok, go." ~~~ "Pop" ~~~ "PoP" ~~~ "pOP" ~~~ "pop" over the course of 15 or 20 seconds. And the gun fire sounded like somebody dropping a wooden plank evenly on the ground. Or even hammering a nail into wood really hard. Or when you go to the public pool and some little kick slaps his boogie-board down on the water and it echoes a little off the walls.

Oh yeah, check out for the rest of my pictures :) That is, if they choose to use them.


Thursday, June 09, 2005

Zombies have attitudes

Just 10 minutes ago I was rollerblading with my girlfriend. We were just coming passed the catering truck/rest area and were about to pass someone wearing what appeared to be a mechanics outfit. I whispered "That's a zombie". It was. As we went passed him I said to him, "So that's what a zombie looks like" and he said "Yes. And that's what it looks like to be hit by a car." referring to me not really paying attention as vehicles drove passed me.

-Need to bring my camera next time

Wednesday, June 08, 2005


Fido the Zombie movie. This street (Maple St.) was blocked off, except to local traffic. You can see here both sides of the road are lined with old 1950s vehicles, as appropriate to the era of the film.

I really do apologize for the poor quality of these pictures. I don't know the policy of film sets allowed to be photographed, so I took this picture from my hip, with my non-telescoping lensed Olympus Camedia D-390 digital camera while zooming by on my rollerblades.

Another pic of the street Fido is currently being filmed on. This is the other end of Maple street. Not very exciting, really, but I've got less exciting pictures. Like, of the star-catering food truck used to cater the set.

-Better pics when I get braver
Even the dead need friends

Have I mentioned there's a feature film being shot only half a block from where I live? The movie is titled "Fido the Zombie" and casts the matrix star, Carrie-Anne Moss.

Click here for what has to say about the film.
And click here for a more in-depth description of what Fido is all about.

And here's what my city's local news-site has to say about the filming:

Road Closures For Fido
To accommodate filming of the feature movie Fido, the following roads will be open to local traffic only from June 8 to June 20th:
  • Maple Street, between Lake Avenue and Riverside Avenue
  • Lake Avenue, between Abbott Street and Water Street
  • Riverside Avenue, between Abbott Street and Water Street

Filming will generally take place during daylight hours, however it will also occur overnight on June 10, 11, 16 and 17 from 5:00 pm to 5:00 am.

Residents are advised there will be blank gun fire on June 10th. Some blank gunfire will also occur on June 21st when filming takes place at the end of Chute Lake Road outside city limits, and again on July 11, 12 and 13 at the old Hiram Walker distillery site in Lake Country. The RCMP will be notified prior to any firing of the weapon.

I feel like this is some pretty exciting stuff. I love zombies.

-The walking dead invade my neighborhood!

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Upcoming beach party

I'm fortunate enough to live in beautiful Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.

Yeah, this is a little piece of city park. Vendors set up tables along this stretch of walkway here. Farther down the walkway is a skate park and water park. All along the waterfront is sandy beach, which stretches from end to end of Kelowna's city limits. To the left is the grassy area of the park. Immediately to the right are the sails:

and a ways more to the right is the Grand Hotel with their dolphin fountain:

It is this area I want to discuss. Every year (at least for the last few years) WakeFest is hosted here. It's a 3 day beach party, really, with professional wakeboarders competing for $40,000 Canadian.

Last years party featured such bands as The Ataris (RAWK! >_<) and Andrew W.K.. At $18 a day pass or $43 for the whole weekend, it's a steal. Unfortunately I didn't make it last year. I did, however, stand at the fence and waited for The Ataris to play their gig. I stood in the rain for an hour, shielding my girlfriend from the rain, on our rollerblades. She did that for me, and we never did get to hear them play. But I'm sure the show was awesome.

This year is featuring Alexisonfire with Comeback Kid and some other bands (De La Soul with Sweatshop Union). Should be ok. Friday, at least. I'd pay $18 to see Comeback Kid and Alexisonfire. And let's not neglect to mention the local ladies and their bikinis (my girlfriend especially. She just bought a new bikini, pretty in pink).

And if I could bring your attention to a local band, Glory Nights. These guys are going to make it big. They are playing in the Warped Tour at the Vancouver show. Click and spread it amongst your friends.

-Back to my paying job, now