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Author Topic: Turn That Town Upside Down  (Read 711 times)

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Turn That Town Upside Down
« on: August 13, 2018, 08:44:15 PM »

Just thought it would be fun to see what your city would look like "upside down".

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Re: Turn That Town Upside Down
« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2018, 05:25:53 PM »

Any fans of Parks and Recreation?
"Pawnee, Indiana" is an upside-down, mirrored image of Muncie, Indiana.  There are scenes with a wall-mounted map in the background.  The shape of the IN 67/US 35 bypass jumps out to the road geek.
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Re: Turn That Town Upside Down
« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2018, 06:29:03 PM »

In the Starsky and Hutch movie, the map of Bay City is a map of LA rotated 90 degrees clockwise.
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Re: Turn That Town Upside Down
« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2018, 11:47:55 PM »

I remember both that movie and that show (matter of fact P&R was underrated as hell) but I didn't realize those tilted maps until now... whoa! Now I wonder how many other productions did that
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Re: Turn That Town Upside Down
« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2018, 11:53:58 AM »

Any fans of Parks and Recreation?
"Pawnee, Indiana" is an upside-down, mirrored image of Muncie, Indiana.  There are scenes with a wall-mounted map in the background.  The shape of the IN 67/US 35 bypass jumps out to the road geek.

Holy shit, thank you! I'd seen that map in Leslie's office and had been wondering what it was an actual picture of.
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Re: Turn That Town Upside Down
« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2018, 07:54:40 PM »

It wasn't until the last couple of seasons of P&R that they even mentioned the part of Indiana where Pawnee (and its hated neighbor Eagleton, with which it eventually merged) was located; "Southwest Indiana" was generically cited.  Since I-69, or "the new Interstate"  never came up in any of their scripts, I'd place a guess that the town would have been located well outside that corridor; narrowing it down beyond that would likely be fruitless, as not a lot of topography was ever shown. 
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Re: Turn That Town Upside Down
« Reply #6 on: August 22, 2018, 10:22:06 PM »

Like a lot of TV shows, it was actually filmed in southern California, so it's not like you were ever going to see matching topography…
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Re: Turn That Town Upside Down
« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2018, 02:35:42 AM »

Like a lot of TV shows, it was actually filmed in southern California, so it's not like you were ever going to see matching topography…

That didn't seem to stop TV producers -- particularly Stephen Cannell (A-Team, Wiseguy, etc.) from doing outdoor filming in SoCal -- to the extent of actually showing the mountains and claiming within the script that it was somewhere on the East Coast.  The '70's and '80's were "prime time" for this phenomenon, although some shows first airing in the '60's (Mission Impossible, I'm looking at you!) featured it as well.  As a SoCal native, I actually found it pretty humorous.   
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Re: Turn That Town Upside Down
« Reply #8 on: August 23, 2018, 02:40:08 AM »

In the early seasons of Parks & Rec you can actually see outdoor shots of streets with the dark blue LA-style street blades, which is what made it obvious to me.

Edit: and here's the map, in case anyone's wondering. From S02E03. Yes, that's Louis CK as a Pawnee police officer. And here's Muncie, IN for comparison.

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Re: Turn That Town Upside Down
« Reply #9 on: August 23, 2018, 08:57:47 AM »

Like a lot of TV shows, it was actually filmed in southern California, so it's not like you were ever going to see matching topography…
I used to watch The League, which was set in Chicago but filmed in SoCal, and they didn’t even bother trying to disguise it. I remember one ep where a character was supposed to be at O’Hare and flying to LA, but it was clearly filmed at LAX, and I was utterly confused.

I once saw a map of the Thirty Mile Zone that had areas labeled with the places they stood in for.
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Re: Turn That Town Upside Down
« Reply #10 on: August 23, 2018, 07:59:21 PM »

More and more shows are simply set in LA these days to avoid the inconsistencies you point out.

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