Saturday Night Short Film:Town of Ghosts

Wayfaring Stranger by Johnny Cash
Arts • Views: 33,074

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.

Jump to top

Create a PageThis 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: 2016-01-01 10:29 am PST
LGF User's Guide RSS Feeds Tweet

Help support Little Green Footballs!

Subscribe now for ad-free access!Register and sign in to a free LGF account before subscribing, and your ad-free access will be automatically enabled.

Donate with
PayPal
Square Cash Shop at amazon
as an LGF Associate!
Recent PagesClick to refresh
HOFFMAN FILES Hating the Poor in the Season of Giving.blog.timesunion.com I’ve come to the conclusion that there are three things that definitely make others, be they friends, family, or acquaintances uncomfortable. Public displays of affection or “PDA’s.”Public displays of “faith.” (In other words, individuals who wear their religious beliefs ...
rhoffman
7 hours, 50 minutes ago
Views: 110 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 1
Comments: 0
: 1
Neil Finn - Chameleon DaysSing along or play along to the new 'Chameleon Days' lyric video..Made by Neil Finn Chameleon Days is from Neil Finn's album OUT OF SILENCE - out now on Vinyl, CD and Digital neilfinn.com
Thanos
1 day, 17 hours ago
Views: 206 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
These Schools Get Millions of Tax Dollars to Discriminate Against LGBTQ Students It's seriously wrong for tax dollars to fund fundamentalist christian right-wing madrassahs, and I'm sick and tired of it. It's also seriously dangerous; just consider how Pakistan changed between the 60's and the present. Stewardesses for Pakistan International Airlines ...
Thanos
2 days, 6 hours ago
Views: 287 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 1 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Kansas Democrat Andrea Ramsey Quits Congressional Race Amid Sexual Harassment allegationsPolitics This is sad because my congress critter, Kevin Yoder, known for drunken skinny dips with aides, needs to go. ashington (CNN)Democrat Andrea Ramsey announced Friday morning she was dropping out of the race to fill a competitive House of ...
Thanos
2 days, 9 hours ago
Views: 375 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 1
Tweets: 1 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Minnesota Catholic Conference Hosted Discredited Speakers and Anti-LGBT Hate Groups at Symposium This week MCC hosted a day-long event on “understanding the nature of man and of woman” that was stacked with discredited speakers known for pushing anti-LGBT junk science. On Monday, December 11, the Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity ...
Thanos
2 days, 10 hours ago
Views: 275 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Frank Zappa - Clownz on Velvet - the Ritz (1981) FMFrank Zappa - The Ritz, NYC, 17th November 1981 - FM - With Al DiMeola on guitar. Frank Zappa: "Zappa In New York 1981" (FZ17111981-1/2)thinkfloyd61.blogspot.com.br
Thanos
2 days, 20 hours ago
Views: 288 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
The Big Moon - Happy New Year (Official Video) Get the debut album ‘Love In The 4th Dimension’ on signed CD & Vinyl now: thebigmoon.lnk.toDiscover more on Spotify: po.st Directed by India LeeProduced by Louise Latimer / India Lee Choreographed by Cicely Cotton Cinematographer: Joe Douglas Art Director: ...
Thanos
2 days, 21 hours ago
Views: 295 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 1 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
MGMT - When You Die Get "When You Die" now: smarturl.it Directors: Mike Burakoff & Hallie Cooper-NovackVFX Supervisor: Jamie DutcherStarring: Alex Karpovsky & Lucy KaminskyProducers: Lucia Pier & Jamie DutcherExecutive Producers: Adam Kurland & Matt Wyatt DP: Steven BreckonEditor: Max GoldblattLogo Design: Benjy BrookeProduction ...
Thanos
3 days, 10 hours ago
Views: 391 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
Noah Kahan - Hurt Somebody Hurt Somebody (Official Video)Song Available Here: lnk.to See all Noah Kahan tour dates at: noahkahan.com Follow Noah Kahan:Facebook: facebook.com Instagram: instagram.com Twitter: @noahkahan Spotify: republic.lnk.to SoundCloud: SoundCloud Directed by Chris GriederProduced by Antonio FloresFor Aqsent Music video by Noah ...
Thanos
3 days, 10 hours ago
Views: 412 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 1 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 0
Comments: 0
: 0
HOFFMAN FILES Instant “Axis” - All Hitler, All the Time.blog.timesunion.com When I was 14 or so, my parents were nice enough to take me on a trip to California.  The last stop in our journey was San Francisco.  My parents had been there once before and were quite fond ...
rhoffman
4 days, 7 hours ago
Views: 392 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 3 • Share to Facebook
Shares: 1
Comments: 0
: 1