TwitterFacebook

Saturday Night Short Film:Town of Ghosts

Wayfaring Stranger by Johnny Cash
Arts • Views: 31,533

Town of Ghosts

Bodie is by far the best preserved ghost town in the United States.

Gold was discovered back in 1859 by William S Bodey and at its apex, the town had a population of 10,000 residents through the 1880’s. Bodie was replete with the makings of old west folklore; gunfighters, saloons, miners, gambling halls and prostitutes, a rough place through and through. But the town’s success didn’t last and faded from ‘glory’ prior to World War I and was finally down for the count during WWII once all mining operations were halted due to the war effort. It was effectively abandoned with many of the structures retaining the inhabitants belongings because the roads out were toll and weight based; many people simply decided to leave their belongings behind to avoid large fees so the ghost town was born.

Today, after two fires, around 100 structures remain, (5% of the original town) some of which are filled with furniture, lined and matted with layer up on layer of rotting and sagging wallpaper. Some buildings are seemingly untouched time-capsules to the once treacherous lives of the miners and other inhabitants of the town. Kids toys sitting by the window, a ball peen hammer on the ground, strewn gears in a machine shop, and rusted hangers hanging in a closet.

Walking the grounds, particularly the cemetery, I was overcome with a sense of foreboding and the gentle but incessant march of time continuing on. The once important lives buried under a wood tombstone were all but forgotten and those now nameless people who were loved or loved others, brothers, fathers, sisters and mothers, almost never existed unless you look at the uneven ground at a certain angle in the perfect light.

We spent a week shooting with access to some of the interiors of the buildings, and the ability to shoot at night. Because it is located in the Sierra Neveda and its unique geography and high elevation, the weather was quite extreme and could change in a matter of minutes; most nights were very cold and the temperature often sat in the low teens and were mixed with snow, wind, and icey rain.

Bodie is kept in a state of “arrested decay” and hangs (sometimes literally) in a sort of desolated limbo, as the dry lumber, rusted nails, and worn masonry, slowly give into the sands of time.

Special Thanks to Ranger Tom Gunther. Thank you for your help!!!

Thanks to Matthews MSE, (Tyler, Bob, Ed) for helping me with some last minute requests and their use of the DC Slider and dolly track.

^ back to top ^

TwitterFacebook

Turn off all ads for a full year by subscribing!
Take advantage of our New Year subscription special, and save 25% off the normal subscription price! For a limited time, one-year ad-free subscriptions are just $59.95. Turn off all ads for a full year by subscribing now and save!
Read more...

► LGF Headlines

  • Loading...

► Tweeted Articles

  • Loading...

► Tweeted Pages

  • Loading...

► Top 10 Comments

  • Loading...

► Bottom Comments

  • Loading...

► Recent Comments

  • Loading...

► Tools/Info

► Tag Cloud

► Contact

You must have Javascript enabled to use the contact form.
Your email:

Subject:

Message:


Messages may be published unless you request otherwise.
Tech Note:
Using the Contact Form
LGF Pages

This button leads to the main index of LGF Pages, our user-submitted articles. You can post your own LGF Pages simply by registering a free account with us.

Create a Page

This is the LGF Pages posting bookmarklet. To use it, drag this button to your browser's bookmark bar, and title it 'LGF Pages' (or whatever you like). Then browse to a site you want to post, select some text on the page to use for a quote, click the bookmarklet, and the Pages posting window will appear with the title, text, and any embedded video or audio files already filled in, ready to go.

Or... you can just click this button to open the Pages posting window right away.

Last updated: 2014-12-15 2:06 pm PST

LGF User's Guide
Recent Pages
Souliren
Frank Sanatra and Sammy Davis Jr.
More: This is Great Art.Disclaimer: it's an a few still photos of Sinatra and Sammy Davis with an audio track singing Me and my Shadow. Ignore the video. Close your eyes. Everone who participated in this has been a part ...

1 hour, 11 minutes ago
Views: 21 • Comments: 0
Tweets: 0 • Rating: 0
Thanos
State Officials Examine N.Y. School District Run by Orthodox Jews
For years, a New York community's public school system has been drained of resources by school board members who are more interested in assisting sectarian institutions than in improving public education. But thanks to complaints from angry residents, the ...

3 hours, 41 minutes ago
Views: 177 • Comments: 0
Tweets: 27 • Rating: 0
Rightwingconspirator
Tighten the Rules on E-Cigarettes? Is This Good Oversight?
The state report is not, however, an objective assessment. It obviously includes only the most damaging information about e-cigarettes. For example, some other studies have found potentially encouraging signs that vaping might help some smokers quit. In other words, ...

1 day, 7 hours ago
Views: 235 • Comments: 3
Tweets: 0 • Rating: 5
FemNaziBitch
Mississippi Wouldn’t Allow This Teacher to Show Kids How to Use a Condom. His Simple Solution Is Brilliant.
More: Mississippi Wouldn't Allow This Teacher to Show Kids How to Use a Condom. His Simple Solution Is Brilliant.

1 day, 15 hours ago
Views: 153 • Comments: 0
Tweets: 0 • Rating: 0
Khal Wimpo
Chuck C. Johnson boosting Twitter via fake followers
...in related news, water found to be wet. It's become common for politicians and companies looking to puff up their social profiles to "buy" followers from shady-ass sploggers. Which works when you're starting up, but after you start to get ...

2 days, 23 hours ago
Views: 715 • Comments: 2
Tweets: 149 • Rating: 6
aagcobb
The Average American Household Was Poorer in 2013 Than It Was in 1983 - Vox
Matthew Yglesias, Vox: The Average American Household Was Poorer in 2013 Than It Was in 1983 - Vox US net worth rose considerably over that period, which is what you would expect to see. Technology has improved and productivity increased, ...

3 days ago
Views: 251 • Comments: 0
Tweets: 0 • Rating: 4
Lumberhead
Scott Walker’s Divisive Message
If any candidate could run a rigid campaign of polarization--aimed at winning as many white voters as possible--it's Walker. His language is already there. In his Iowa speech, he touted voter-identification laws and portrayed disadvantage as a pure product ...

3 days ago
Views: 402 • Comments: 1
Tweets: 5 • Rating: 4
Rocky-in-Connecticut
Republican Governor’s State-Run Media Outlet
I guess Republicans are against state-run enterprises except when they are for it. Indiana Governor (R) to start up State-Run official mouthpiece news outlet.indystar.com Hey- If a nice guy Republican/Tea Party favorite like Putin can have his own state-run mouthpiece, ...

3 days, 6 hours ago
Views: 277 • Comments: 1
Tweets: 0 • Rating: 4
The Vicious Babushka
What a Soviet Soldier Saw When His Unit Liberated Auschwitz 70 Years Ago
More: What a Soviet Soldier Saw When His Unit Liberated Auschwitz 70 Years Ago When the Soviet Army's 322nd Rifle Division entered the concentration camp at Auschwitz on Jan. 27, 1945, they found a desolation. Mounted on shaggy ponies, they ...

4 days, 10 hours ago
Views: 684 • Comments: 5
Tweets: 3 • Rating: 9
Skip Intro
Republican Net Neutrality Bill Would Gut FCC’s Authority Over Broadband
The party of pure evil strikes again. Net neutrality legislation unveiled by Republicans today would gut the ability of the Federal Communications Commission to regulate the broadband industry. As expected, the bill forbids the FCC from reclassifying broadband as a ...

1 week, 5 days ago
Views: 690 • Comments: 2
Tweets: 2 • Rating: 6
 Frank says:

We play the new free music, music as the absolutely free, unencumbered by American cultural suppression