…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!
Location Scout @ BRUISED (feature film).
Location scouting in New Jersey for BRUISED; directed and starring Halle Berry. Watch for BRUISED on Netflix! 🙂 Many thanks as always to our state film office in NJ for valuable resources and guidance.
By Matt Donnelly
Netflix is about to knock out competitors for the worldwide distribution rights to Halle Berry’s directorial debut.
Berry’s “Bruised,” an MMA drama that is screening as a work-in-progress at the Toronto Film Festival, is stitching up a sale close to $20 million, insiders familiar with negotiations said. Endeavor Content is repping filmmakers in the deal, with Sierra/Affinity assisting on international.
The director also stars in this tale of a washed-up MMA fighter struggling for redemption as both an athlete and a mother. Berry directed from a script by Michelle Rosenfarb.
Jackie “Justice”, a disgraced MMA fighter who has failed at the one thing she’s ever been good at fighting. When 6-year-old Manny, the son she walked out on years ago, returns to her doorstep, Jackie has to conquer her own demons, face one…
Location Scout @ HERE TODAY (feature film)
This an authentic NYC film; we scouted locations over all over the city as well as New Jersey and upstate New York.
By Anthony D’Alessandro, @AwardsTony, Editorial Director/Box Office Editor September 4, 2019 5:59am
Tiffany Haddish and Billy Crystal will star together in the Astute Films’ comedy Here Today, a project that the latter Saturday Night Live alum will co-write and direct.
Here Today is billed as a May/September romantic comedy – but without the romance. Crystal plays veteran comedy writer Charlie Berns, who is slowly but surely losing his grip on reality. He befriends a talented young New York street singer Emma Paige played by Haddish and they form an unlikely, touching friendship that defies the generation gap aside and redefines the meaning of love and trust.
Here Today is a May-September romantic comedy – but without the romance. Veteran comedy writer Charlie Berns (Crystal), who is slowly but surely losing his grip on reality, befriends a talented young New York street singer Emma Payge (Haddish).
Location Scout KIDS SAY THE DARNDEST THINGS (NYC Unit)
Comedic superstar Tiffany Haddish hosts and executive produces a new iteration of the classic variety show Kids Say the Darndest Things. The hilarious reimagined format showcases a mix of in-studio segments and taped pieces from across the country, all set in front of a live studio audience. The series will capture Haddish’s unique voice and sensibility as she interacts with real kids – and their innocently entertaining points of view.
Tiffany Haddish hosts this update to the classic TV show that spotlights kids talking about their perspective on things.
Writer: Tiffany Haddish
Stars: Halen Smith, Tiffany Haddish, AnaSofia Bianchi
New York City / New Jersey Unit Feature Location Scout Work Spring 2019: 21 BRIDGES / STX / 2019
21 BRIDGES follows an embattled NYPD detective (Chadwick Boseman), who is thrust into a citywide manhunt for a pair of cop killers after uncovering a massive and unexpected conspiracy. As the night unfolds, lines become blurred on who he is pursuing, and who is in pursuit of him. When the search intensifies, extreme measures are taken to prevent the killers from escaping Manhattan as the authorities close all 21 BRIDGES to prevent any entry or exit from the iconic island.
A disgraced detective in the NYPD is given a shot at redemption.
Director: Brian Kirk
Writers: Adam Mervis, Adam Mervis, Matthew Michael Carnahan
Stars: Taylor Kitsch, Sienna Miller, Chadwick Boseman
TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE 3 / Netflix (NYC Unit)
Sequel to the 2018 romance film ‘To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before’.
Director: Michael Fimognari
Writers: Sofia Alvarez, Jenny Han
Stars: Noah Centineo, Lana Condor, John Corbett
Continuing the romantic life of the teenage girl and facing her good and hard times with her friends and family.
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!
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.
FBI agent Will Keaton enlists the most notorious traitor in American history to help catch a spy.
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!
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.
…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: 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.
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.
“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.
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.
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…