Emmy Award-winner Tim Busfield is back for a third time directing The Glades. Last season he worked on "Perfect Storm" and this season, "Dirty Little Secret."
How big was that boar? It was around 200lbs of silicone and padding. Its blood was made out of corn syrup and food dye. Yes, it was a faux boar. And the gators and snakes hanging around Forey's hunting camp were all made of silicone and plastic. No animals were injured or killed during the making of the episode.
Did shady Robert Landry look familiar? He was played by Don McManus, who has had a long career in TV and film. He's had roles on Dexter, Boston Legal, Grey's Anatomy, Northern Exposure, and 24, among others. Do you remember which cast member from The Glades also starred on 24? It's Carlos Gomez, who plays Carlos Sanchez.
The scene where we see John Jackson's apartment from the outside was shot on location. The shot is called an "establishing shot" and it's usually a wide shot used to show the audience where the action is taking place. But the inside of the apartment, where Jim and Callie investigate, was built on a swing set. This kind of set has walls which can be removed, added, or altered. We used the same technique for the house where Julianna Amparo and others were hidden.
Before Rodney Rowland, who played survivalist Benjamin Forey, went into acting — with roles on Veronica Mars, Life, The OC, Angel, and others — he was a model for Calvin Klein, J. Crew, and Perry Ellis.
The swampy dirt road where Jim's car gets stuck is just off of a path in Oleta State Park in Miami, Florida. That is one of our most popular locations to film because of the different scenery through out the park.
What's that up in a tree? Is it a bird? A plane? No, it's Jim Longworth! There was a large, complex series of cables and pulleys that acted as a snare to drag Jim up into the tree. During various takes, Matt Passmore, who plays Jim, was switched out for a stunt double to make the scene look authentic.
Once again our construction, scenic, art, and set decorating departments strike again! The shack used for Colonal Forey's Swamp Adventure was actually just a pavilion until they added walls, doors, windows, and some distressed paint. Pretty convincing, right? They did the same thing with the Country Crocker. The restaurant was a French bistro on Oakland Park before we got a hold of it.
The scene where Jim follows a trail of blood was filmed in an area of Oleta State Park known as Gilligan's Island. It's a popular bike trail.
The scene where Jim and Callie are at the hospital, watching Juliana at the pay phone, was filmed on one of the new sets built on our soundstage. Production turned the interior and exterior of a corner of the stage to look exactly like a hospital. The hospital was designed to look just like the interior of an old hospital in Fort Lauderdale where we've filmed before.
The last scene was shot at Hollywood Beach on the boardwalk — we also shot the final scene from "Iron Pipeline" there.
Production notes courtesy of Marc Weinstein.