A science fiction TV show pilot filmed partially in Roslyn can now be viewed online at Amazon.com.
“The Man in the High Castle” is based on Philip K. Dick’s 1962 award-winning novel, a story that explores what would have happened if the Allied forces had lost World War II and Germany and Japan ruled the U.S.
The hour-long pilot is available to view on Amazon.com for free. The first episode aired on Jan. 15.
Crews arrived in Roslyn in late September to prepare for shooting, and finished filming in October.
Roslyn became a town called Canon City, which was the destination for two of the main characters in the episode.
One of the scenes shown in the pilot is a shot of Roslyn’s downtown looking down Pennsylvania Avenue toward the Roslyn Ridge. A mountain landscape was added above the ridge to make the city look more like the Rocky Mountains. Those who are familiar with Roslyn will be able to identify stores and restaurants, including the Roslyn Cafe, which had its named changed to the Sunrise Diner.
At this point it is unknown whether Amazon will pick up “The Man in the High Castle” as a series.
Roslyn City Planner Shawna Graham said last week the city has not been contacted about doing another episode.
Josh Cohen, who works in marketing at Amazon Studios and with the project, said in an email on Thursday he was unable to “divulge any information on ‘The Man in the High Castle’ at this time.”
The show is just a pilot at this point, and Amazon.com has a survey where viewers can vote for their favorite new pilot and answer additional questions about the likelihood of watching additional episodes, should they be filmed. Amazon has 13 pilots listed on the survey.
People from Roslyn, Cle Elum and Ellensburg participated in the filming as extras though most of them didn’t make it on screen in the pilot.
Ellensburg resident John Otteni played an extra on a bus, but the scene didn’t make in the pilot.
“They got a bunch of people together and got us some period costumes,” he said. “We were bus passengers.”
Otteni hasn’t watched the full pilot yet, but said he might when he has some free time, adding that he “heard it was pretty good.”
“It was interesting being on a professional set and seeing how quickly everything seems to move and the scale,” he said. “They have giant lights. They had a huge mural put up and all these cars and people and old costumes. They’ll spend like a 12-hour day for two scenes.”
To say the Hilbergs, who have lived in the Cle Elum area for two years, have been embraced by their community is understatement.
On Jan. 14, Payton came home to the Upper County. Two days later, Payton went by the school, cruising down the bus lane in a Cle Elum Volunteer Fire Department fire truck as students lining the sidewalk cheered and waved.
Payton’s first-grade teacher, Nikki Dearing, coaches the Cle Elum-Roslyn High School Lady Warriors basketball team. When Payton fell ill, Dearing added her name to the team roster as an honorary Lady Warrior. On Jan. 17 at a home game, Payton was there, presented with a basketball signed by the entire team, allowed to go to center court to shake hands with the referees and invited to sit on the bench with the team.
Later she visited the Canes, a fastpitch training group in Ellensburg where she’d been learning to pitch. Normally a leftie, Payton threw some pitches with her right because she has weakness in her left arm.
“She’s thriving,” her mother says.
But she’s a long way from her finish line. In the two months since she collapsed, she has had general anesthesia six times, had a shunt placed to reduce swelling on her brain and had a cochlear implant placed in her right side in an attempt to restore her hearing. On Friday, Payton is scheduled to have her left cochlear implant put in at Children’s in the hope she can regain some of her hearing.
Doctors have told the family Payton will need six months to a year of therapy, including physical, occupational, speech and work with a cochlear implant. They also say it will be two years before Payton will be back playing sports.
“They said we’ll be lucky to get 75 percent of Payton back,” Lisa says. “I feel like we already have her 85 percent back.”
As touching as the fundraising for Payton has been, Lisa says the emotional support the family has received has been even more amazing. From people who showed up at the hospital to check on Payton and her family to those who responded at the height of the crisis when Lisa or Troy posted online pleas for prayers, “it’s what kept us going,” Lisa says.
“This group of friends we have — some are other moms, some are on staff — they just step up and get it done,” Lisa says. “When I talk to them about it, they say, ‘It’s just what we do here in Cle Elum. That’s how we are.’”
And then, there’s Russell Wilson, who stepped away from the football field, the locker room and the life of an NFL all-star long enough to spend time with Payton.
The first time Payton was “kind of out of it” from the drugs she was taking as part of her treatment, Lisa says.
Informed of his visit, Payton responded, “What? You didn’t tell me?”
The second time Wilson visited, Payton was alert and her older brothers, Conner and Mason, were on hand along with two friends, Griffin and Rachael Bator. Payton gave Wilson a purple “Payton Strong” bracelet that community members have been wearing in support of her fight. The family also arranged for Wilson to receive a “Payton Strong” T-shirt that was sold as part of the fundraising effort. (Friends of the family say they believe Wilson was wearing the bracelet when he was interviewed during half time of the Pro Bowl game on Jan. 25. )
“He’s just a wonderful person,” Lisa says.
The Hilbergs don’t spend time asking “why” Payton has faced the challenges she has. “Honestly, I feel like she has some bigger purpose here on Earth,” Lisa says. “I believe she’s affected so many lives. It breaks my heart she has to go through the pain and suffering but she has affected so many lives.”
Last Thursday, Payton’s right side cochlear implant was activated. Medical staff at Children’s worked with her for three hours. In the end, “she couldn’t hear,” her mother says.
“They were devastated.”
So was Lisa.
But Payton is not easily devastated — or discouraged. Unable to hear at this point, she still is able to talk, is learning to read lips and has picked up some signs. Last Friday, Lisa heard Payton singing to her paternal grandmother, her voice floating through the home like a gift of joy.
“I’m the luckiest girl in the world,” Payton sang. “I’m the luckiest girl in the world.”