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This November, a lonely northern-European Castle fan had a chance to participate in this awesome event called the “Unofficial Castle Convention 2012”. With that great opportunity, I got to spend two very good weeks in Los Angeles, visiting my friends and fellow Castle fans. To mention, I am from Estonia, far far away from America and this kind of trip would be a once in a lifetime trip for me, so I intended to see and live through as much as I could. That included a Castle location tour (seriously, let’s face it, LA is like a Castle-themed Disneyland, when it comes to a true Castle fan) with my great friend. Also, we had a chance to see the Castle crew filming the episode “Death Gone Crazy” out on different locations in downtown LA.
After my over 10 000 mile trip on route Tallinn - Helsinki - New York - Los Angeles, I arrived in LA after my 27-hour day, to find out I had missed a beautiful day out on Castle location. As I heard, many of my friends had a chance to meet Stana and Nathan on that particular location. Though, I am sad I missed my chance, I am really happy that they got to meet their heroes, because, after all, my friends are worth it.
The other chance to see Castle filming again opened for me the next day. After a short night in this weird timezone and warm climate, we headed out to the first location. As you can see from this picture, it was from the “College Guys Gone Nuts” part of the episode.
When my friend and I arrived there, we found out, we weren't the only ones there. As the week was nearing to an end and Castle Convention was just around the corner, the density of Castle fans in LA increased with every coming day. It was great to meet up with some of the fans and see the crew doing their job as it is. I really loved to see them in action from afar. And not to mention men in Tarzan outfits running down the alley. Now that was a sight.
But as every good thing comes to an end, we had to move from the location to see over some Castle locations from the past.
Another chance to see Castle in action again happened that evening, when the Castle crew was ready to shoot the entering sequences of the “College Girls Gone Crazy” bar.
By the time me and my friend arrived to the scene of action, there were already over 30 fans watching the filming. Although, it was raining a bit, it didn’t shoo away any fans and everybody was happy to see their heroes in action.
I am really grateful that I got the chance to see my favourite show filming. These things don’t happen every day for me. And even though I didn’t meet Nathan or Stana in person, I had the chance to see what they do best - their work. And I really enjoy it.
Here’s a few tips to the fans who want to visit the filming locations in action:
Be respectful. Don’t forget you are watching people doing their everyday work.
Don’t be pushy. If your favourite actor or actress doesn’t come out to meet you or any other fans, don’t be sad or angry - they are working. They are in the “zone”. I didn’t have a chance to meet my heroes (after flying a long time from far far away), I didn’t act up. I respect my favourite actors too much for that. And the Castle Crew.
Listen to what the crew people say to you. Or the police guarding the filming area. Otherwise, they will throw you out of the site.
Common sense, don’t forget it at home, people.
Don’t go stalking to the Castle cast at the studios, it is private property. Nobody will come to the gate to meet you there. Though, the guard at the gate may like the attention, he’s not going to let you in.
Be merry and be happy and observe silently. Don't ever use flashes on your camera. That way the crew will like you and let you to stay watching.
- Don't ever go running after or yelling at cast or crew to get their attention.
I hope that you all liked my little behind the scenes picture tour of my LA visit. I had a really good time discovering Los Angeles in its beauty and uniqueness. I met really good and interesting people and I met many of my previous friends I hadn’t met before. Castle brings people together, unites them and leaves a handprint on our hearts forever. Thank you, Castle.
I am throwing here some pictures of some locations Castle has used in the past, that I visited during my many “Castle location tours”. Can you spot what episodes were shot in those pictures?