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"From the network that never sleeps - broadcasting live and unedited 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, around the globe

"From the network that never sleeps - broadcasting live and unedited 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, around the globe...with Truman Burbank as himself, taped in the world's largest studio, one of only two man-made structures visible from space (the other being the Great Wall of China), comes the longest running documentary soap opera in history, now in its 30th great year - 'The Truman Show'!"
---"The Truman Show" announcer

Principal photography for "The Truman Show" began on December 9, 1996 in Seaside, Florida. In March of 1997, the cast and crew arrived in Los Angeles to complete the balance of filming on stage and local locations.

A unique series of challenges faced the filmmakers in bringing the world of "The Truman Show" to the screen. The unusual storyline, coupled with Weir's own vision, dictated a specific location which could become the almost-too-perfect town of Seahaven, a town completely enclosed within the world's largest soundstage .

Weir had considered using Los Angeles studio backlots to create Seahaven from scratch. "The town needed a feeling of having been purpose built, and built all at one time, as with any television or movie set," notes Weir. When certain logistical challenges rendered the idea impractical, Weir and production designer Dennis Gassner began scouting several areas along the coasts of California and Florida. Wendy Stites, the film's visual consultant, brought to Weir's attention an old article from an Australian architecture magazine about the planned community of Seaside, in Florida. When Weir and Gassner visited the town, they knew they had found Truman Burbank's hometown of Seahaven.

"It looked like it had been built for our show. I knew we could enhance it to create the ideal setting for Seahaven," notes Weir.

Built along a beautiful stretch of beach property in northwest Florida, Seaside is a 90-acre planned community founded by developer Robert Davis and his wife, Daryl, in 1980.

Comprised of over 300 cottages used by year-round residents and vacation guests, Seaside features its own local post office, art galleries, antique shops, boutiques, bookstores and restaurants, all within walking distance of each home. The residents of Seaside conform to a unique building code, wherein each cottage is required to adhere to a neo-Victorian style of architecture - no ranch houses, no Colonials, no split-levels. Every home features a white picket fence, but no two fences on the same street are alike. And each of Seaside's streets lead to the ocean. The storybook cottages, which are all painted in cheery pastels, carry individual names, such as Eversong and Ain't Misbehaving, and feature porches, ample windows, and wide eaves.

"The script drove the design, but the visuals of the film's Seahaven really came from this community. It is a highly architecturally designed environment--a kind of neoclassical, postmodern retro world, and quite unique," recalls Dennis Gassner. "If I got stuck on an aspect of my designs, I could take a ride on my bicycle around town, and would always find something which would stir an idea."

Director Weir, whose previous films had all been set somewhere in the real world, either past or present, relished the opportunity to develop a look, environment and history for a fictitious, long-running television show.

"If you're going to create a world, you can imagine what it might be like in the future, or you can draw f


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