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After weeks and weeks trying to get a reply from different zoos across the west coast, we finally came to an agreement with the Los Angeles Zoo about the approach to shooting the Bears using the actual bear exhibit. (which by coinsidence actually matched the layout very closely)

The concerns the zoos had with our project were the obvious ones, upsetting the animals and introducing something foreign into the exhibit that would harm the animals.

Given the ease of post work these days, we could accomplish our project and not have to put anything in the exhibit.

Most zoos are non-profit and could use the location fee to help with their operating budget (the location fee we were offering wasn’t small), so I was surprised at the negitive response we received from many zoos that weren’t even open to discussing our project even though they say they encourage filming at their facilities.

Our other location challenge on this project was to find an actual bank that would allow us to go in on the weekend when they were closed and have the run of the facility.

Our location scout (Greg Robinson) came up with a couple of options that were actual working banks as well as some closed banks that allowed filming.  In the end the client and the photographer choose a bank in Long Beach that was best for the layouts.

And the shot with the “Piggy Bank” worked out great with new software we installed to create the HDRI 360 file for the CGI pig.