You know, sets. I don't have the time or money to build sets of that size and detail and the problem is that those sets were all built to look like sewers in Europe, not here.
Anyway, heard there were some tunnels at Fort Armistead and it's not very far out of my way so my brother(who's into photography) and me headed over there.
First thing you see is this:
Also, there's a number of older men just kind of roaming around here and there. Kind of weird. They didn't have cameras...
A younger guy comes up to us and says, "Come to check out my art, huh?" I ask him if he did it and he says some of it. He helpfully points us toward the tunnels, down the hill on the other side. We head down there and see this first:
We find a tunnel quickly. It doesn't look inviting, I can tell you that. There's a spider the size of a half-dollar on the inside wall.
The inside of the tunnel is cluttered with bottles, cans, trash. Pretty gross. And graffiti is EVERYWHERE.
Now I'll tell you what's disturbing and should keep you away from here. Not only are there some large spiders, but as I commented on them my brother said..."I wouldn't look over your head if I were you."
Well of course I'm going to then. Do you know what camel crickets are? Some people call them spider crickets. These things make me very uneasy. I know they're harmless. But here's the thing:
THEY ARE ALL OVER THE CEILING. HUNDREDS OF THEM. AND ON THE WALLS. And they are HUGE, way bigger than I've ever seen. I'd guess around 3 inches long not counting legs.
It froze me for a good couple of seconds. I noticed though that they weren't moving. It's pretty clear they thought we couldn't see them, because they wouldn't move unless you got very close to them. So I didn't.
Because the tunnels were BLACK as night we were shooting with wide lenses so couldn't get any great pictures of them, but here's a couple.
We leave that section and move down a ways and there's ANOTHER entrance to...well, it's not quite a tunnel. It's more like a cave.
And did I mention? I totally forgot to bring my regular glasses. I'm in a fucking pitch black tunnel trying to take photos with my prescription sunglasses. That's not tough at all.
We leave that one and head farther down the outside and I see ANOTHER entrance.
So we head in there and it's very close to a carbon copy of the first tunnel section except there's more steel things in here(and one of the hanging things says HELL on it).
So I'm thinking we've seen it all and then I see this:
I mean yeah, it's bad, but Hell? It's not THAT bad...
Some of the graffiti was very cool looking...
Steps leading nowhere with a word on each step to form a sentence? Check.
So we left after that--it was the last entrance tunnel. We went up the steps on the other side. Here's the other side of the bridge over the tunnels.
So anyway, not very hospitable for filming, at least not what I need it for. If it were only a page or two and I was shooting a found footage...maybe. But I'm not.
This is the video playlist of the videos we shot. Check it out:
My brother is getting me his photos, so I'll post them later.