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I went to the set of Divergent!

~ A photo essay by Jen (California, USA)*

Sometimes dreams don't exactly come true and you are forced to accept "close enough." When I found out that the movie based on Veronica Roth's engaging book, Divergent, was filming reshoots in Los Angeles (most of the movie was filmed in Chicago), I wanted SO BADLY to be an extra in the movie. Unfortunately, by the time that I found out that the movie was filming reshoots in Los Angeles, I was too late to be cast.

I researched the filming locations for Divergent (code name: Catbird) online, and I decided to swing by the set on the very last day of shooting: February 1st, 2014. If I couldn't be in the movie, at least I could watch the filming.

Unfortunately again, on that day, all of the scenes were filmed in the interior of the old Title Insurance Building at 433 South Spring Street, rather than on the street. And so, I had to settle for getting to see some of the extras arrive at the location wearing their faction wardrobe.

I shot a few photos of the extras to share with those of you who are as excited about the movie as I am (the upside of me not being an extra in the movie is that, if I were an extra in the movie, I wouldn't be able to post anything online about my experience or take any photos, due to a legal agreement that extras must sign when they work on the film). Despite a somewhat disappointing morning, my friend and I used our Metro day passes to make the most of the rest of our day, taking in some of what Downtown Los Angeles has to offer, including Little Tokyo and Chinatown.
Signs for Divergent (code name: Catbird)
Candor, Erudite, Amity, and Abnegation extras arrive outside the set and receive instructions from an assistant director
Abnegation and Amity extras walk to the set
Candor, Abnegation, and Erudite extras walk to the set
Erudite, Amity, and Candor extras walk to the set
Amity extras walk to the set
Photo from Flickr showing the beautiful interior of the Title Insurance Building

Divergent will be released in theaters on March 21st, 2014!!


Jen is also known as J.W. Lynne, a best selling author of eleven novels. Click on any of the titles below to see the book on Amazon!

THE UNKNOWN: Eight kids learn the shocking reason why they were kidnapped.

ABOVE THE SKY: A strict society is hiding shocking secrets.

: Ten families are locked in a bunker to take a simulated trip to the moon.

KID DOCS: An experimental program teaches kids to be doctors.

WILD ANIMAL SCHOOL: A girl falls in love at an exotic animal ranch.

IF I TELL: A teen wonders if her father is a serial killer.

WHAT HE DIDN'T TELL ME: A traumatized girl meets a boy with a horrible secret.

Besides reading books and dreaming up stories to write, Jen's favorite activities are singing along to musical theater soundtracks and hiking in California's beautiful parks.

**Jen's books are available on Kindle Unlimited.**