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Last Wednesday, Caltrans let me take a look at a rundown, boarded-up house that's less than five minutes from my apartment in South Pasadena. 

I paid a local handyman to pull the nails out of the board on a side door so I could take a look inside. A Caltrans guard is obliged to accompany me when I take a look at these state-owned properties. He told me that he thought there might be rats and spiders inside the house. But once inside there was no sign of any critters. It's a little dirty but with a clean-up, I really think this could work for my movie.

I've felt that the script could go one of two ways. I could approach the story with the stylized impoverishment of Trainspotting or look for a house in the style of the sparse farmhouse in Martha Marcy May Marlene

There's no water or power at the Caltrans house but with a clean up job, a generator, some creative production design and portable toilets, I think I've got a strong contender for a location.

Then on Sunday I took a drive down to San Pedro to look at a renovated bus house. This one has lots of character and an empty garage that could work for a crucial scene in my film. The owner was a cool guy and quoted me a price that's in my ballpark.

So, all of sudden I feel like I have two options. 

Our next goal is to get a co-producer lined up for the project and then set shoot dates. I'm getting excited all over again.

In addition, there's still my The Americans spec to consider. As I guessed, I've found it hard to carve out time to knock my script into shape. Fellowship deadlines are looming, with the first two at the end of the month. But more on that later ...