The production company Mobility Media Design, based in Yelm, brought a crew of 20 people from around the Pacific Northwest and Arizona to downtown Centralia this weekend to shoot three webisode videos to lead up to the release of a new video game next year.
The film crew began shooting Friday morning on the corner of Magnolia and Pearl streets. The crew will continue to shoot at that location through today.
Producer Richard Aronson, from Yelm, said each webisode (videos made for the Internet) will be about 10 minutes. The videos are set in 1912 and feature a fantasy world that is an alternative to American history.
“We knew this area had the old-timey feel and look we wanted,” Aronson said.
Aronson would not confirm which video game the webisodes are being filmed for, but he said writer and director Jared Potter, 26, also from Yelm, first made a fan film for the game, which caught the attention of the video game company.
According to Potter’s website, www.newyearsend.com, his fan film was made for the video game BioShock.
“BioShock is one of those rare pieces of entertainment that stays with you. The story, the characters, the world created by the team at 2K and Irrational left an impression on me unlike any game I’ve ever played,” Potter said on his website. “I was drawn immediately into the idea of making a fan film. Not a parody, not a fake trailer mashup of other people’s work, but a truly original creation set within the world of the games.”
The budget for the three webisodes is about $70,000, Aronson said.