Behind every interesting pawn shop item is a person with an equally compelling story to tell.


On Wednesday, a Los Angeles film director and his crew documented the stories of many of those who brought in their jewelry, electronics and more to Express Pawn Shop in Hesperia. The crew shot footage and interviewed those who decided it was time to give up their Gameboy or liquidate some family heirlooms.


"It's interesting what comes through this door," said the director who requested anonymity due to the highly competitive nature of the "docu-reality" genre.


In Hesperia, people are bringing in electronic games, smart cell phones, stereo speakers, guns and other items.


"It would be something from grandma passing down the generations until it got here," he said. "I like the guns and the games, and there's always a lot of speakers."


But it's more than just shooting footage of the pawn shop items that the director is after.


"Ours is a little more about the people. It's a unique subculture."


An important part of each story is learning what makes a person bring their personal possessions to a pawn shop. For some, it's because they are strapped for cash and need to get some money for bills. For others, it may be time to let go of the past.


"There are many reasons why," he said.


After collecting film footage from the Hesperia pawn shop and other Southern California stores, a pilot TV show will be created, which the show's producers will pitch to Cable TV networks. The director hopes the show will be on TV by the end of the year.


"Everything takes a long time in TV," he said.


But if the show is picked up, the pawn shop world in Hesperia should make for interesting TV.


"There's interesting people and items in this town," he said. "It's been very fruitful."