Location Scout NYC / NJ Area News 2019

…Ongoing Location Scout news in 2019!

TV / film work continues to be strong in the greater NY / NJ area with implementation and renewal of state – sponsored filming tax incentives in both states. It’s been very satisfying to work closer to home at times; even more so under an International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Local 817 union contract. As always, gratitude and admiration to 817, all my union brothers and sisters and supportive legislators for all your hard work and solidarity on all our behalf!


THE ENEMY WITHIN

 

NBC / UNIVERSAL / THE ENEMY WITHIN

Season 1: I wrapped S1 as a Staff Location Scout at the end of February. It was a wonderful action show to work on for many reasons not leastly that it was based at the Meadowlands Sports Complex, at the Meadowlands Arena ( AKA formerly Brendan Byrne Arena, Continental Airlines Arena and IZOD Center) in East Rutherford, NJ, not far from where I live.

The show’s storyline is largely (but not exclusively) FBI HQ / Washington, DC-based, so the trick for us in Locations Department is to make New Jersey look like DC, its surrounding suburbs and many other destinations all over the U.S. and the world. We did site representations of “a souk in an alley in Cairo” and “Eastern European city plaza” to name just a few! …in New Jersey!

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THE ENEMY WITHIN @ Youtube

About THE ENEMY WITHIN:

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.

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THE ENEMY WITHIN @ IMDb

FBI agent Will Keaton enlists the most notorious traitor in American history to help catch a spy.

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Meadowlands Arena NJ P1060883 (c) 2019 R. Richard Hobbs nyc.locationscout.us

Meadowlands Arena NJ P1060883 (c) 2019 R. Richard Hobbs nyc.locationscout.us

THE ENEMY WITHIN @ Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, NJ

THE ENEMY WITHIN Season 1 was based at the Meadowlands Sports Complex, at the Meadowlands Arena ( AKA formerly Brendan Byrne Arena, Continental Airlines Arena and IZOD Center) in East Rutherford, NJ. Read all about how the Arena was converted to a sound stage and production offices below!

(Below) Aerial view of the Meadowlands Sports Complex. The Meadowlands Arena is the white, octagonal shaped building near the top of the photo. Photo: ZappaOMati [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Meadowlands Sports Complex aerial 1 2018
(Below) Exterior and interior views of Meadowlands Arena BEFORE the interior main floor was transormed into a working sound stage for THE ENEMY WITHIN. Additional note: during Season 1 we temporarily modified parts of the exterior and did filming in many other interior areas of the building.

There is a wonderful post on the Architectural Digest website that details the transformation of Meadowlands Arena into our sound stage for THE ENEMY WITHIN, which includes interviews with our Production Designer, Rick Butler and THE ENEMY WITHIN’s Creator and Executive Producer, Ken Woodruff.

Architectural Digest- Meadowlands Arena THE ENEMY WITHIN Season 1

Architectural Digest – Meadowlands Arena THE ENEMY WITHIN Season 1

New Jersey Great Seal

New Jersey Great Seal

Location Scout resources in New Jersey

…including state and local Film Office info, news and other information of interest to Location Scouts, Location Managers and other Production Personnel. See also More NJ Location Scout Resources


NYS Film Office News Feb-2019

NYS Film Office News Feb-2019

NYS Film Office: 2019 Sees Continued Growth in Film / TV Productions

Filmmaking nourishes and feeds a cast of thousands, including New York State’s small businesses. That’s the lesson local restaurants and food establishments around the state are learning when film productions arrive and need to feed the people who work on the increasing number of series and movies that are being shot here – including Albany restauranteur Chris Pratt, who “got a crash course in catering for movies” in 2016 when actor/director James Franco brought The Pretenders shoot to the city along with more than 200 cast and crew.

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Hobbs Cricket figure @ Slaughtered Lamb Pub NYC

 

Location Scout adventures in Greenwich Village, NYC

I worked short-term on a pilot tv show recently, during which, we did some filming in Greenwich Village, in Manhattan. During that time I had the good fortune to visit several interesting landmarks in the area:
Below is the approximate location for the photograph used on the cover of the iconic music album cover THE FREEWHEELING BOB DYLAN, first released in 1963. The original photo is by then Columbia Records staff photographer Don Hunstein. I won’t say here exactly where the original photograph was made, but rest assured, that information is easily available elsewhere on the web via many New York City guidebooks and a page on the Official NYC Tourism Site, NYCGO.

Greenwich Village NYC - Freewheeling Bob Dylan album cover location (c) R. Richard Hobbs nyc.locationscout.us 2019

Greenwich Village NYC – Freewheeling Bob Dylan album cover location (c) R. Richard Hobbs nyc.locationscout.us 2019

“Me” on the wall over the bar at THE SLAUGHTERED LAMB PUB NYC LOL

The photo below is from a “fresco” that currently resides in the Slaughtered Lamb Pub in Greenwich Village. I found it on a hunt for additional location holding facilities and the barmaid on duty at the time (sorry, I didn’t get your name?) was kind enough to grab a photo for me with my phone. Thank you! I’m pretty sure the face is a likeness of one Sir Jack Hobbs (Wikipedia)

Sir John Berry Hobbs (16 December 1882 – 21 December 1963), always known as Jack Hobbs, was an English professional cricketer who played for Surrey from 1905 to 1934 and for England in 61 Test matches between 1908 and 1930.

Known as “The Master”, he is universally regarded by experts as one of the greatest batsmen in the entire history of cricket. He is the leading run-scorer and century-maker in first-class cricket, with 61,760 runs and 199 centuries.[notes 1] A right-handed batsman and an occasional right-arm medium pace bowler, Hobbs also excelled as a fielder, particularly in the position of cover point.

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Hobbs Cricket figure @ Slaughtered Lamb Pub NYC

Hobbs Cricket figure @ Slaughtered Lamb Pub NYC

Jack Hobbs c1920
Jack_Hobbs_c1920 [1] [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Slaughtered Lamb Pub NYC

Slaughtered Lamb Pub NYC

About the Slaughtered Lamb Pub:

History: The original Slaughtered Lamb was a pub in a small town just north of London, cursed with the bloodline of the Werewolf. The inhabitants of East Proctor would sacrifice a lamb of their flock and smear the blood over the doors as part of a ritual to ward off the evil spirit of the Werewolf. A pentangle was also erected as a sign of respect so that the Werewolf would not tresspass on the property of the bearer. These same rituals were practiced at the local town tavern and it became a standard way of life for the local people.

The Slaughtered Lamb has become well known from the movie “An American Werewolf in London” where two N.Y.U. students are attacked outside the pub, during the English leg of the European tour.

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Facebook: nyc.locationscout.us: Open house at Art Factory, Paterson 4/20/19

Facebook: nyc.locationscout.us: Open house at Art Factory, Paterson 4/20/19.

Congressman Pascrell and Mayor Sayegh in attendance.

Facebook: nyc.locationscout.us: Open house at Art Factory, Paterson. Congressman Pascrell and Mayor Sayegh in attendance.

Posted by nyc.locationscout.us on Saturday, April 20, 2019

…To be continued…