Television show films in Castle Rock

Posted 4/23/10

The experts at Disaster House know what they’re doing when it comes to wreaking havoc. The show from the DIY Network specializes in simulating …

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Television show films in Castle Rock


The experts at Disaster House know what they’re doing when it comes to wreaking havoc.

The show from the DIY Network specializes in simulating household disasters to share repair and prevention tips with viewers. And this summer, at a home outside of Castle Rock, the reality TV series is enjoying a free-for-all in home demolition.

Disaster House began filming in Castle Rock in early April and by week two, created a grease-fueled fireball, a 26-ton snowfall and the after effects of an airborne VW – when it crashes through a garage door. Three disasters down, 23 to go before the end of August.

For show host Josh Temple, it’s not a bad way to spend a few months.

Temple joined Disaster House with enough credentials to make him the network’s top choice. He spent more than a decade in the construction industry, working seven years in the HVAC industry and another four with a general contractor who fixed houses for re-sale. He hosts House Crashers and since 2003 has been hosting home improvement shows.

But perhaps the highest qualifying factor of all - he is a self-professed 14-year-old boy in a grown man’s body.

“I have the best job in the world,” Temple said. “I get to do the two things I’m good at: construction and mischief.”

Mischief night be a part of the mix when Disaster House sets out to destroy a dwelling, but it’s all under the watchful eye of a professional staff that stages and plans disasters every step of the way.

While they are always prepared for the unexpected – a grease fire that explodes into a 12-foot fireball, a garage door that withstands the first blow of an airborne car – the producers have never had a disaster “go bad,” Temple said.

On April 22, when rain and hail delayed production for more than three hours, Temple kept the mood upbeat while his crew efficiently dealt with the elemental challenges.

The crane operators checked and double-checked their settings to ensure the car would safely destroy the garage door, cameras and sound equipment was wrapped in plastic to keep it dry and a crew of nearly 20 hit their marks to keep filming on schedule.

The crew is courtesy of a local production company, High Noon Entertainment, which employs between 150 and 200 people in Colorado. Executive producer Graham Clarke was on hand for the “car-through-the-garage door” scene and lauded the help he got from the town of Castle Rock and Castle Rock Fire as filming has progressed.

While many of his sets come his way by “luck,” the Castle Rock house hit his radar thanks to a conversation he had with a manager at the town of Castle Rock, Clarke said.

Production assistant Megan Ruf has a goal to spend as much of her budget as possible at local businesses. She meets her goal by purchasing staging furniture at the Douglas/Elbert Task Force and buying all meals from local restaurants.

With an average daily crew of nearly 20 people, the impact of a filming project can only have a positive effect on the local economy, Clarke said. Not to mention the benefits gained when viewers learn how to deal with a grease fire. (Hint: do not, under any circumstances, try to put out the fire with water.)

The producers at Disaster House will eventually demolish the house where they film, but not before taking advantage of every opportunity to teach viewers how to prevent household disasters and how to approach disaster repair.

“It’s a fun series,” Clarke said. “It’s great for homeowners to watch and learn something.”


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