Which movies (or TV shows) have you seen being filmed on location?
Reading an old thread someone said they saw An Unmarried Woman being filmed in NYC back in the '70s and that it went on to be one of his favorite movies.
I can't match that, not by a long shot.
I walked into a location shoot of Ghostbusters back in about 1983 on Central Park West.
I saw them filming a period film called House On Carroll Street in the West Village...all 50s cars etc...whenever it's on TV I'm reminded.
I also saw them filming Absolutely Fabulous on Primrose Hill in London. Saw Edwina up close....can't remember anyone else. I don't think Patsy was there or I'd remember it.
Staying Alive (sequal to Saturday Night Fever) filmed in my lobby for two days when i was a kid. Tied up the whole lobby, all the upscale tenants had to use the service entrances. In the film, all that was shown was the female lead getting out of a taxi for three seconds.
in Philadelphia, I saw Rocky VI being shot at 20th and Walnut one Saturday morning about 5:00 a.m. It was the scene where Rocky was tlkaing to his son while walking up Walnut in what was supposed to be a weekday morning before work.
Also saw an episode of Hack being filmed at 43rd and Chester, after I got off the #13 trolley. Walked past and greeted David Morse, who was standing there sipping coffee. I believe he had insisted that the show be filmed there.
Film shoots are generally a big inconvenience.
None, but back in the 70s, a high school friend wandered into the shoot of Mel Brooks's "High Anxiety". He said Mel Brooks noticed her standing there, came up to her and was super friendly, and showed her around the set and explained what they were doing.
She was a very pretty blonde girl, of 16 or 17.
This will date me ( I'm old) but when I was a kid, in about 1967, ABC came to my neighborhood, in San Fernando Valley, to film a show called "The Invaders" starring (then hot) Roy Thinnes. The show was like an early version of The X Files, with aliens coming in little spaceships. The part I remember the most was that ( just like ABC's "The FBI") all these brand new Fords - various models, were brought in for scenes, and parked on the street, as they were the sponsor of the show. I think it lasted 1 season.
I took part in HOMICIDE: LIFE ON THE STREET, VEEP and HOUSE OF CARDS as an extra. They film here in my hometown.
I've seen many in NY, but one I clearly remember was Sex and the City, before anyone knew what it was. All four of them were filming at an outdoor cafe near Union Square. SJP looked strange in person - HUGE nose. I recognized Kim Cattrall, but at that time I didn't know who the other two women were. I had no idea what they were filming at the time.
In 1977 , I happened to be working in Century City (LA), as an assistant. One night, as I was leaving work, I saw all the film crew trucks, and trailer dressing rooms, parked outside the bldg., on Century Park E. I asked someone what they were filming and he told me "The Turning Point". That meant nothing to me. So I asked who was in it , and he said ' Shirley MacLaine and Anne Bancroft'. I loved them both. So I went and got dinner, then came back. There were 2 enormous wind machines set up, in the plaza. Finally, maybe near 10 pm, they were ready to shoot. I got to watch Shirley & Anne yell at each other , over, and over. Couldn't hear what they were saying , cause of the machines, but eventually they began doing takes, whwere they were hitting each other- with hands, purses, just going at it. All the while , this balding man, with a black moustache was ebbing them on , shouting things like 'your pissed off. Your furious. She beat you' etc. I had no idea what was happening till I finally saw the film, and realized they had shot the climax of the movie ( supposedly being Lincoln Center) and it's now a classic scene. To me, that night, it all seemed so silly. BTW, the man with the moustache was director Herb Ross.
THE GOOD MOTHER filmed on Mass. Ave near Harvard Square right around the corner from me when I was at Harvard. I saw Diane Keaton.
I was in Vancouver, BC walking right by the Marine building when we were kept back from the entrance because they were shooting a scene for THE FANTASTIC FOUR (the building's lobby was doubling as the Baxter Building's lobby). I saw Jessica Alba and that Welsh actor who played Reed Richards in costume. I had such high hopes for that movie, but they were hugely disappointed.
The Exorcist in Georgetown when I was in college.
St. Elmo's Fire in Georgetown and Adams Morgan (I'm in a crowd scene along with everyone else walking down 18th Street that night).
A movie that took place in the 1920s(?) starring Steve Guttenberg, at 1800 S St in Dupont Circle.
I'm in a crowd scene on the National Mall in Minority Report in 2001. It was around 100 degrees out, and the cast was dressed for winter.
A couple of other movies shot in DC I no longer remember.
An episode of HACK while visiting friends on S. 44th. The lead character's house was on Larchwood, right around the corner.
And I'm the guy the OP mentioned, who watched An Unmarried Woman being shot at One Fifth Avenue in the Village in 1977. I later ran into Paul Mazursky, the director. We both lived in the neighborhood.
[quote]The Exorcist in Georgetown when I was in college.
That's it? No more details than that?
[quote] I later ran into Paul Mazursky, the director. We both lived in the neighborhood.
What do you mean you ran into him?
[quote]And I'm the guy the OP mentioned, who watched An Unmarried Woman being shot at One Fifth Avenue in the Village in 1977
You thought you'd just mention this at the end?
This thread is inspired by you, I think it's not pushing it to ask for more details.
Can you spot yourself in the crowd scenes of the films you were in?
Alec Baldwin in "Dress Gray"
I saw filming of an Arnold Schwarzeneggar flick "True Lies" when I tried walking across Franklin Square in Washington, DC on my way home from work. (yawn)
Hugh Jackman, Ashley Judd & Gregg Kinear shot a scene where Ashley is buying a shirt for Greg and Hugh finds them in "Someone Like You" on my street. At the time it was called "Animal Husbandry". Jeffrey Wright & Benicio Del Toro shot "Basquiat" on my street too and Drew Barrymore picked up Adam Garcia in a car in the opening of "Riding in Cars with Boys".
Years ago in Vegas watched the filming of Indecent Proposal with Demi Moore and Redford. First time seeing a movie being filmed. Was surprised at how slow the process took. The stand-ins did all the standing around while the lighting was adjusted. Only once it was right did the actors step out of a closed door, filmed brief scenes, then immediately retreated behind the door while the set was readied for the next take.
My neighborhood in Baltimore often stands in for Georgetown for many productions. House of Cards films Mr. Spacey's character's house scenes here. They were filming a protest scene in the street this past Thursday afternoon. I watched for a few minutes then moved on. I've never seen any if the actors, but then again, I don't linger long enough when I see them filming.
Some scenes from The Wire filmed here. During the last season many of the production trucks were parked in a lot down the street from my house for a few weeks. They were filming in the public housing every day for a while.
Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig filmed parts of The Invasion here. It was fun going out and watching the outdoor night scenes being filmed. A friend lived in the block in which they filmed; his house was hired on as the "break room" for Mr. Craig, to which he could retreat in between scenes. My friend said he was very warm and just a regular guy doing a job. It was right sround the time he was introduced as the new Bond. My friend remembers joking with him about how his life will change now that he's Bond.
An American Affair with Gretchen Mol filmed here as well. Mainly night filming. They filmed scenes from one house to another across a side street. I believe the storyline had to do with a pre-teen watching Ms. Mol's character from his window into hers. Interesting to watch the filming but you never saw the actors. The houses were draped in scaffolding and tarps and filmed through the windows.
A friend has leased out his home for productions. They filmed a pilot for an unfortunate Fox show (I forget the name) as well as a SJP production. Sort of a different take on Sex in the City. I don't believe it ever aired. Interesting to see how they swooped in and emptied his first floor and then built a set of the production company's furniture, etc. SJP smoked like a fiend and was very tiny. My friend said she was cordial, but all business.
Much of Sister Act was filmed on location in my neighborhood, in which a block of shops across the street from the church was turned into Hollywood ghetto for what seemed like three months. The bakery became an XXX theater, a café became a head shop, lots of trash and graffiti everywhere, etc..
It was exciting, but a hassle for the 'hood.
Didn't see the movie (which I adore!) until it came out on video. Watched it with a bunch of neighbors a few hundred feet from the location, which was surreal. We barely recognized our block of Church Street, except for St. Paul's.
Sorry, I was usually at work during filming, so I saw no actors and have no gossip.
It was cool to see the block brightly lit during night filming, but residents were kept far away by cops and barricades.
Breaking Bad and In Plain Sight.
R9 I was walking across campus in the quad while a student protest was being filmed for The Exorcist. It was shot in front of Healy Hall in the second photo.
The first photo is the house where Regan and her mother lived, on Prospect Street, immediately adjacent to the entrance to Georgetown U. It's also right next to the "Exorcist steps."
R9 I was crossing Fifth Avenue at 9th or 10th Street at the same time Paul Mazursky was.
Here's a link to an interview with him by Roger Ebert from the spring of 1978, when the movie was released. I recognized him, I guess, from other articles like this. It was three years later, though, when I ran into him, in 1981.
I don't see myself in any of the movies I've been in. I wasn't an extra on The Exorcist. I was just walking by and walked into the crowd.
And with the Tom Cruise movie, I didn't see myself, either. But I was a fair distance away.
I was not on set for An Unmarried Woman, just outside the restaurant/co-op building for a couple of days as people walked in and out of the restaurant. I didn't even know what it was at the time. It wasn't until the movie came out the following year that I realized what I'd seen. It's the restaurant scenes with Erica, Elaine, Sue, and Jeannette.
I used to drink at the bar in Soho a lot where Erica picks up Charlie, 162 Spring Street. But I never saw anything being shot there.
Angels in America was all over the place in 2002. They filmed near my apartment a bunch of times. Pretty cool since they would make it run on sunny summer days. (Never saw Meryl though)
House Sitter - with Steve Martin. I saw a scene filmed at Wayside Inn in Sudbury MA.
Steve was with a sheepdog and they shot them walking away from a couple of other people. It took them a few times; the dog wasn't walking with Steve. I think Dana Delaney was there as well. I don't remember if Goldie was there.
Never really thought about it but now that you mention it...quite a few.
Some places are just very natural locations for filming and you'd have to go out of your way not to wander in and out of them.
Chicago loop here. South loop in particular is a very popular location for vintage gangster era type buildings.
The Untouchables was unavoidable but actually a lot of fun to see all the set dressing involved in it being made. If you remember the baby carriage down the stairs scene at Union Station I was among the pack of cranky commuters being held back off camera as we tried to get thru to our trains or jobs.
I can never look at Lost the same way knowing there's a McDonald's right across the highway from the plane crash beach.
Downtown Las Vegas is another vintage place where you can hardly avoid stumbling across filming locations. I think I made my film debut as Random Hand Playing Blackjack in one of the Running Man movies. If you look really carefully I also appeared as Random Pedestrian Just Trying To Get Back To My Hotel.
I guess I'm just used to it in a way but does kind of give you a soft spot for the "hey, I know this place" vintage TV and movies locations.
I've seen SVU filming around Manhattan more times than I can count. Chris Meloni in person is just pure sex. Mariska is better looking in person than on film. The actress who played the lawyer Alex (can't remember her name) was just striking. Richard Belzer looks like the Walking Dead. I've yet to see Danny Pino, unfortunately.
Around 1985 or so the Untouchables was filming in Chicago. A scene was set at the Cultural Center which was the old library on Michigan. Some friends and I were going to see an art show on the top floor and were stopped few minutes while they shot a scene. I got all huffy at being so inconvenienced. I complained to the actor in period costume standing next to me that I wanted to get into the gallery and was really off put. They shot the scene and we got into the gallery. It wasn't until I saw the movie that I realized I was standing next to Kevin Costner.
Color me idiot.
I was at the pool in a Waikiki hotel as Sherman Hemsley was being filmed delivering a line there for The Jeffersons. There were many, many takes.
I was coming home from work on the Muni subway, got off at the Castro exit and was headed to do a few errands and noticed the whole street had been turned into 1973. All of the shops and street signs had been changed. Then I notice that most of the people wandering out on the street look like hippies. Of course they were filming MILK. Didn't see any of the stars
[quote]I used to drink at the bar in Soho a lot where Erica picks up Charlie, 162 Spring Street.
I always wondered where that bar was. Does it still exist?
That scene...I always thought Erica's friend, the black woman, was very strange casting. She was so dykey but was supposed to be having a relationship with that artist who was just back from Rome. They did NOT look like a couple. What did you think?
[quote]It's the restaurant scenes with Erica, Elaine, Sue, and Jeannette.
I love that you remember all their names.
Mazursky actually lived at One Fifth Avenue, so it's no surprise you saw him down there.
There's a newish book of interviews with Mazursky written by the guy who wrote a whole book about the film Breakfast At Tiffany's. You might want to check it out if you haven't already.
Several times when SATC shot exteriors at 66 or 68 Perry Street (Mr. Big's house?). So many people want their picture taken on the steps, the owners ask that you put a dollar in a box attached to the railing to benefit animal welfare.
The Sixth Sense (several times in different locations), It's Always Sunny, and various Rockys.
Both around the same time about 9 years ago - Find Me Guilty (near the Hall of Records) and War of the Worlds (Ferry Street).
More recently (a few years ago), an Eminem video (Market Street).
And I did see the trailers (but not filming) back in the late 1980s (by the old Court House) for shooting for She-Devil.
And I drive pass the funeral home (Whigham) where Whitney Houston was laid out on my way to and from work. (The way the media staked out the place was pretty funny.)
BTW my father, who's since passed away, said he saw the filming of the early scenes of Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt a few blocks up the hill from where they lived.
My brother saw filming of Far from Heaven a few blocks from where they lived (in North Arlington), and a number of scenes of The Sopranos were filmed in my sister's old neighborhood in Lyndhurst (at a Spanish restaurant that has since closed) and she's quite fond of the pic she has of herself with Michael Imperioli.
Hi, OP R28.
I just googled 162 Spring Street (I no longer live in NY), and now there's a seafood there restaurant called Aquagrill.
I am so excited about "Paul on Mazursky," and just ordered a copy. Thank you.
At the time, I believe he lived on E. 10th or E. 11th, between 5th and University (I lived on 10th bet. University and Broadway). But it makes sense he moved to One Fifth after the kids were out of the house.
At the time, I'd never met any lesbians, so it didn't occur to me that Novella Nelson's character might've been gay. But now that you mention it, sure, she might have been.
R9, if this link travels, you can see the location of 162 Spring Street, and the restaurant that's now there, Aquagrill.
Glad you're getting the Mazursky book. WARNING: Slightly disappointing re Erica & co. I felt there could have been more, but don't let that put you off. On the whole, I enjoyed it.
[quote]it didn't occur to me that Novella Nelson's character might've been gay.
No, not the character, the actress seemed very butch. The character was in a relationship with the artist who'd just got back from Rome. Never knew her name until now. Boy, you really know your stuff.
For some reason I thought Mazursky lived at One Fifth Ave. Maybe I got it from the book. The writer, Sam Wasson, has just written a book about Bob Fosse. This will probably interest some people round here, not me, though.
I did enjoy his book about Breakfast At Tiffany's and recommend that too if that film interests you as well.
PLUS, thanks for the Mazursky interview link. You know he wanted Jane Fonda for Erica but she turned him down?
This thread needs music.
He may very well live at One Fifth, R34. I can't count how many times I've moved since 1981.
And the music. Thank you so much. This album is one of the reasons I still have a turntable.
Did you ever see Novella Nelson as a judge on One Life to Life? She's very palsy-walsy with Commissioner Bo and District Attorney Nora.
And another thing: JANE FONDA???
No. Just...no. I am so glad she turned him down.
I loved Jill Clayburgh so, and this was my first exposure to her. I was so sad when she died. I wish her daughter Lily would do some more television, by which I mean something other than Ryan Murphy's horror show.
[quote]Did you ever see Novella Nelson as a judge on One Life to Life? She's very palsy-walsy with Commissioner Bo and District Attorney Nora.
No, I never even know her name until now and have never seen her in anything else. It was more a case of where the fuck did he find her and why.
[quote]This album is one of the reasons I still have a turntable.
& one of the reasons the film is so good to watch over & over. You could get one of those machines that converts vinyl to MP3. I've got one. I'm going to convert my Unmarried Woman album. It's probably very scratchy from years of play.
I think this is the Erica throws up on Spring Street scene music and I think the best piece.
[quote]I loved Jill Clayburgh so, and this was my first exposure to her. I was so sad when she died.
Me too. I was in shock.
I lived on Jones St when Cruising was being filmed there in 1979. They set up tracks for a dolly running down the middle of the street. Residents had to get escorted past the barricades to our front doors. It was a royal pain in the ass, and this must have early enough in filming that the protests hadn't yet started. At least I don't remember any. It was cool seeing Pacino one or twice, then it just a mega hassle.
r34 is correct. Mazurky was filmed at One Fifth Avenue. Around the corner on Eighth Street in the same building, Otto has great pizza.
"Carrie" at Palisades High. The scene where Sue grabs Tommy to tell him about her plan to have him take Carrie to the prom was filmed on their track.
I've seen Treme for cable. That Twilight crap and the new vampire show for CW. Plus a lot of TV movies.
R29, the exterior of the Perry St. house was filmed as Carrie's in Sex & the City. Interestingly, SJP's real house is almost directly behind it.
I'm a student at Hudson University. If I weren't constantly in fear for my safety given the high-crime area which our campus is, I might actually peep outside my classroom or dorm once in a while to check out whether anything is being filmed here. This is not what the online campus tour promised at all!
Mine sucks, but I saw them filming parade scenes for TOWER HEIST in front of the Trump Tower at CPW in early December 2010. I didn't see any stars just crowds, bands, and balloons.
I just watched THE PAWNBROKER. Does anyone know where Geraldine Fitzgerald's apartment is located? It's in a new, 1963 highrise overlooking one river or the other, but I don't recognize the view.
It could be those high-rises west of Lincoln Center, but it could be any one of a number of locations.
SO Many over the years:
Spike Lee's Mo Better Blues at Cherry Lane
Endless Gossip Girl sightings in Noho
White Collar saw Matt Bomer near the Federal Courts (It was before the frst episode..)
Hope Springs - Guilford Ct saw Meryl.
Irreconcilable Differences in Caesars Palace saw George Clooney & CZJ
Kids - Alphabet City
Patriot Games - Annapolis MD (saw Harrison ford)
Real World NYC#1 Saw Heather & Julie walking on Mercer - Had no idea who what this was until it aired.
The Freshman (saw matthew Broderick) was filmed in my NYU dorm
just the few I remember..
Silver Linings Playbook
The Lovely Bones
This was in the working class Philly suburbs
YEARS ago I saw Phoebe Cates, Virginia Madsen and Ally Sheedy filming "Heart of Dixie" in Mississippi. When we drove by, I yelled "Which one of you bitches is my mother???" and Phoebe laughed and waved.
Also saw Mary Kay Place and cutie Brad Rowe filming some movie at LAX.
re R45: It [italic]was[/italic] Lincoln Towers, behind Lincoln Center. It was still under construction at the time.
The book gave the address as W. 75th between Amsterdam and West End, but peculiarly listed the character's phone number as a PLaza number.
Downton Abbey is shot at my house.
Summer of 1967, watched Faye Dunaway and Steve McQueen filming a scene for "The Thomas Crown Affair" here in Boston.
Faye was just becoming known, "Bonnie and Clyde" was then in the theatres.
I walked into one of the (historic) churches where they were filming Four Weddings And A Funeral and was told to come back another day.
I saw so many things, over the years, being filmed in front of The Plaza in NY (though not THAT one). They're always filming there. It's such a great spot.
I saw the movie "Enemy of the State" with Will Smith being filmed in DC's Dupont Circle at Lambda Rising bookstore and in front of the store on Conn. Ave.
Also saw the TV show "In the Heat of the Night" being filmed in Conyers & Covington GA a lot in the 90s. I saw Carroll O'Connor and his wife a lot between scenes and they were very nice.
Anyone there the day they shot the ending of "The Way We Were", in front of the Plaza Hotel ? If so, can you relate what you saw ? Thanks. !
I somehow missed seeing "Enemy" being shot, R53, and part of it was right on my block of 17th Street. I can watch that movie over and over because of its resplendent Dupont Circlitude.
[quote]The book gave the address as W. 75th between Amsterdam and West End, but peculiarly listed the character's phone number as a PLaza number.
What should it have been...JUdson?
R56 When I lived on the UWS, mine was LYceum 5-. I had a boyfriend who had 362 (Endicott 2-). I thought PLaza was an UES exchange exclusively.
PLaza was mostly East 50s.
Where does your UES start, R59, at 59th?
Saw Michael Parks sitting in a trailer on Mercer 'bout 22 years ago. Beautiful guy.
Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant
In New Orleans.
I was truly amazed by just how boring it was.
I was working in midtown NYC in 1984 when a Ghostbusters exterior was being filmed at the Public Library. My usual lunch spot was on the front steps of the library, so I didn't think anything about ducking under the yellow "crime scene" tape, since I saw so many others doing what I intended to do, which was eat my lunch. Boy, did I ever get a stern talking-to from some big shit location manager!!!!!
First trip to LA and saw Bruce Willis and Malcolm McDowell filming "Sunset" directed by Blake Edwards in '87. It was outside some big art deco building that's used a lot for period films. McDowell was lovely, Willis a dick.
It would have been so cool to have witnessed Hitchcock directing "North by Northwest" at the Plaza Hotel.
There are photos of large crowds behind rope lines in various books.
I saw the scene in "The Game" when Michael Douglas falls off a building in San Francisco. The building was 1 Bush St. and they dropped a glowstick from the roof instead of a stuntman.
Endless Love was shot down the block from where I grew up. I was about 7, and used to run over to the set after school every day to see Brooke Shields. She waved to us a few times.
My mom also walked us over late one night so we could watch them film the scene where the house burns down. The whole experience was pivotal because it started my fascination with film that inspired me to go into the biz.
Years later I actually was at a function that Brooke attended as well, and we had a conversation where I told her I was one of the little kids coming to see her everyday. She was super-sweet and seemed genuinely touched.
Wehn I was in grad school, MR. AND MRS.BRIDGE was being filmed all over Kansas City, Mo. Saw them shoot a scene at the parking garage on the Plaza. The house that was the Bridge house isn't too far from me and we wold go over there but you could not get to close. T here were Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward sightings all over town for the 2 months they were here.
The Altman film KANSAS CITY was filmed at a house off Ward Parkway a few years later. I knew someone who was hired to drive Jennifer Jason Leigh around.
I would drive down the street near the house and see them
setting up and closing off the street. The other film that was done here was ARTICLE 99 shot at the old Saint Mary's Hospital. I had jst taken a position at an addictions program at the hospital right after they were done shooting. There were some left over props on one of the floors..
"Ferris Bueller's Day Off," which was filmed at my high school. I watched multiple takes of the scene where Ferris picks Sloane up from school. I knew who Matthew Broderick was from "Wargames," but that was about the most exciting thing about it.
[quote]Endless Love was shot down the block from where I grew up.
Where is that, R68?
[quote]Wehn I was in grad school, MR. AND MRS.BRIDGE was being filmed all over Kansas City, Mo.
Good film. Very underrated.
Mulholland Dr. -- Coco and Ruth lived in the building on the SE corner of sycamore and Rosewood in LA (~478 N. Sycamore). I lived a couple of building away at the time.