Location Scout R. Richard Hobbs News
As has been my practice for several years now, I am posting my own personal location scout career news as well as other current industry news as seems relevant and (hopefully) interesting to readers of my website. Please return to this post throughout 2018 for periodic updates!
Teamsters Local 817 and all my union brothers and sisters
for all the collective enthusiasm and hard work that got us our first contract, which started September 2017! SOLIDARITY!
NEWS: Staff Location Scout @ NBC / Universal Television / THE ENEMY WITHIN
I was a Staff Location Scout at THE ENEMY WITHIN for 12 episodes plus some pilot reshoots for a total of 13 episodes. We are one of the first major television network show productions to return to New Jersey, literally since the Sopranos! Much of NBC / Universal’s motivation to base the show in NJ surely had to do with restoration of State of NJ Financial Incentives For Filmmakers. I was personally very active in supporting this legislation. Being able to find work locally was very satisfying to say the least!
ABOUT THE SHOW
In this character-based psychological thriller, Erica Shepherd (Jennifer Carpenter), a brilliant former CIA operative now known as one of the most notorious traitors in recent American history, is serving life in a Supermax prison. Against every fiber of his being, but with nowhere else to turn, FBI agent Will Keaton (Morris Chestnut) enlists Shepherd to help track down a fiercely dangerous and elusive criminal she knows all too well. While Shepherd and Keaton have different motivations for bringing the enemy to justice, they both know that to catch a spy… they must think like one.
The cast includes Jennifer Carpenter, Morris Chestnut, Raza Jaffrey, Kelli Garner, Cassandra Freeman and Noah Mills.
“The Enemy Within” was created by Ken Woodruff, who executive produces alongside Matt Corman, Chris Ord and Charles Beeson. Mark Pellington directs and executive produces the pilot. Vernon Sanders also executive produces the pilot. “The Enemy Within” is produced by Universal Television.
FBI agent Will Keaton enlists the most notorious traitor in American history to help catch a spy.
Creator: Ken Woodruff
Writers: Ken Woodruff, David Appelbaum, Matt Corman See more »
Stars: Jennifer Carpenter, Morris Chestnut, Raza Jaffrey
NEWS: Location Scout @ Marvel / Netflix / THE PUNISHER S2
I was a location scout on the finale episode of Season 2 of THE PUNISHER. I was scouting for a really kewl action scene but that is ALL I will say, cuz I don’t want to drop any spoilers on folks that may not have had a chance to see the show yet!
About THE PUNISHER:
Link: Marvel’s The Punisher
2017TV-MA 2 SeasonsCrime TV Shows
A former Marine out to punish the criminals responsible for his family’s murder finds himself ensnared in a military conspiracy.
Starring:Jon Bernthal, Ben Barnes, Amber Rose Revah
After the murder of his family, Marine veteran Frank Castle becomes the vigilante known as “The Punisher,” with only one goal in mind: to avenge them.
UPDATE: New Jersey Film & Digital Media Tax Credit Program PASSED and is currently in effect 7/2018
Financial Incentives For Filmmakers
30-35% TAX CREDIT, +2% DIVERSITY BONUS
The New Jersey Film & Digital Media Tax Credit Program provides a transferable credit against the corporation business tax and the gross income tax for certain expenses incurred for the production of certain films and digital media content in New Jersey.
The goal of the program is to incentivize production companies to film and create digital media content in New Jersey.
Looks like filming incentives returning to New Jersey / NorthJersey.com: Studios ‘lining up at the gate’ to film in New Jersey once tax credit bill is signed
Michael W. Curley, Jr., Staff Writer, @mwcurleyjr Published 5:31 a.m. ET April 21, 2018
With the state’s film tax credit bill now past the Senate and the Assembly, production companies are eager to work in the Garden State, say those in the industry.
Tom Bernard, co-president of Sony Pictures Classics, said production companies are “lining up” to bring their studios across the Hudson River.
Variety: United States Tax Incentives Map
Producers who plan to shoot their film, television, animation or web based production should begin their process by reviewing the production incentives many states have to offer. With 37 states currently providing an assortment of tax credits or rebates that cover everything from actors, crew and post production, important decisions can be made regarding every phase of a shoot that may save hundreds of thousands of dollars. Variety 411 offers a comprehensive production incentive chart that gives an overview of what each state has to offer, allowing you to make choices that result in a cost-effective and successful project.
Springtime in Clifton
NYT: Clifton, N.J.: Where a Lot of Little Worlds Commingle
Living In / By JAY LEVIN MARCH 14, 2018
Helen Rosario and Erdal Gerda didn’t venture far when they left Passaic, the historically industrial city in northern New Jersey where they grew up. In 2014, the couple bought a three-bedroom split-level on a quintessentially suburban street in Clifton, Passaic’s larger neighbor.
I worked several days as a day-player location scout on a pilot, working title MANIFEST / It’s a fascinating story line (a fictional drama based on the story of a disappeared real plane (Malaysia Airlines Flight 370) and hopefully, the tv pilot show will get picked up (if not already?)
MANIFEST has been picked up for series
Details / ALSO AVAILABLE ON THE NBC APP
In 2013, Flight 828 disappeared. Today, it came home. Melissa Roxburgh and Josh Dallas star in the new drama Manifest from Executive Producer Robert Zemeckis, coming soon to NBC.
Available until 05/26/18
Deadline Hollywood: David Frankel To Direct NBC’s ‘Manifest’ Pilot From Jeff Rake & Robert Zemeckis
by Denise Petski January 30, 2018 3:09pm
Two-time Emmy winner David Frankel has been tapped to direct and executive produce Manifest, NBC’s missing plane mystery pilot from The Mysteries of Laura creator Jeff Rake, producer Robert Zemeckis, and Warner Bros. TV.
Written/executive produced by Rake, Manifest explores a hypothetical scenario surrounding the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. What if the plane and its passengers suddenly reappeared? In Manifest, a plane disappears from radar and returns five years later after being untraceable and presumed lost at sea. No time has passed for those on the plane, but for their loved ones at home, a long five years have gone by. The series follows their personal lives as well as the larger mystery and purpose that is their destiny.
Wikipedia: Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (MH370/MAS370)[a] was a scheduled international passenger flight that disappeared on 8 March 2014 while flying from Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Malaysia, to its destination, Beijing Capital International Airport in China. The aircraft has not been recovered, and the cause of the disappearance remains unknown.
BILLIONS Season 3
I was back @BILLIONS as a staff location scout and also did pre-pre-production scouting starting late May 2017. We recently wrapped and I am currently available for new IBT Local 817 contract work. Season 3 of BILLIONS began airing March 25, 2018 / be sure and watch! BILLIONS is a well written drama show with lots of interesting characters taking place in New York City.
ABOUT THE SERIES
Emmy® and Golden Globe® winners Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis star in a complex drama about power politics in the world of New York high finance. Shrewd, savvy U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades (Giamatti) and the brilliant, ambitious hedge fund king Bobby “Axe” Axelrod (Lewis) are on an explosive collision course, with each using all of his considerable smarts, power and influence to outmaneuver the other. The stakes are in the billions in this timely, provocative series.