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Those damn film crews...
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Cowboy Joe    Posted 11-20-2001 at 10:52:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
keep occupying space in front of my apt. building. It seems my block is the favorite for TV, movies and music videos to be filmed as backdrop. That means I often can't find any parking spaces near my place. Those film crew trailers and other vans prevent ordinary Joe's like myself from living in peace & quiet. Right now the police have blocked off my street for filming more episodes of LAW & ORDER. At least we residents should get a cut in the profits having to put up with those folks.


Wingnut    Posted 11-22-2001 at 13:54:15       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Yep, got 'em here in Central Texas, too. Austin's fast becoming a film-"mecca" and the outlying areas, like the one where I live, are used quite often. As I type, "Spy Kids 2" is being filmed right across my back fence at Krause's Springs. Krause's is a popular spot to film outdoorsy-camping-type scenes as it's beautiful down there. It can also be closed to the public and there's enough room to film without putting anyone out.

Just up the road about 10 miles is Luck, Texas, Willie Nelson's western-town movie set (he named it Luck because he figures after the IRS mess a few years back he's damn lucky to still have it ;-). They're always filming a movie, TV series or music video over there.

So far the crews haven't posed a problem. Maybe it's because the Texas Film Commission welcomes them with open arms and a stern "be neighborly to the natives" attitude.



Jim (Mi)    Posted 11-21-2001 at 04:27:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Kinda funny. I work three miles outside the Detroit city limits in Warren where they are filming a movie for the "eminem" story. By the way for those who do not know "eminem" is the very controversial white rapper who raps about killing his wife, and is now always seen with Elton John. He grew up in Warren, and so they are filming here. Anyway, he grew up in the slum trailor parks around here. The went to a trailor park, and it was not trashy enough. I guess the neighbors are complaining because they were asked not the clean leaves, and they added props to make it really look bad. One lady is complaining, because they are not using her or her house, but paying her $100/day to use her beat up car. They film crews are putting the people up in swanky motels, insteady of nice hotels, while they use their homes. Kinda funny actually. Every morning the radio updates us on the new complaints of the neighbors. T=Getting rather funny.


OW    Posted 11-20-2001 at 22:37:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
Maybe things are different now, but we never had any trouble with the Hollywood crews - they sent scouts ahead, paid permits & fees, paid a month's rent for a day's scenery, paid double for damages & were MORE THAN generous to anybody with a complaint. Suzn had lunch with the stars in their trailers & everybody got autographed photos, lotsa locals became paid extras & people used to hope they'd come back, just for the business boost.


I tagged along to watch them shoot a campfire biker scene once: what with cars, airplanes, yardlites, insects, missed cues & botched lines, and rebuilding the fire, the outfit spent all night shooting about a 2 minute scene, spent thousands on everything, then that scene was cut from the movie. The next day they shot the helicopter scenes along the road. They're the best tourists anybody could hope for & they really try........


Hilltopper    Posted 11-20-2001 at 18:44:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
Just before I retired from LPD they shot a film, Insider, here in Louisville. They did a lot of the work at night downtown. They had to keep their rigs parked in certain spots and had to shoot the street scenes in the allotted time so the streets were never blocked to long. They had a car fire scene shot on I-64 that was interesting to watch. The "trick" car was a prop fitted with gas burners that they fired up at will. The only problem was with two gentlemen who threw a tv out of the 14th floor of the Seelbach Hotel. We contacted the producer and he told them to go to the airport, they were done and going back to L.A., fired on the spot.


Erich    Posted 11-20-2001 at 15:51:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
Joe,

We had the same problem in my neighborhood. We did two things. First we hit up the film crew for what we thought our compensation should be. They find it cheaper to deal with you than to move. Second we talked to the city. The film board will actually not give them permits if the residents complain too much about too many films in the area. Try them both. Either way you don't lose.


Cowboy Joe    Posted 11-20-2001 at 16:08:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
We have complained but to no avail. However some residents were paid to let the film crews "rest" in some available apts while filming went on.


Avenger    Posted 11-20-2001 at 13:56:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Homer Formby's spray paint & varnish remover!
A little dab'l do ya, just squirt each exposed tire sidewall on their rig, and sit back. At 70 degrees that tire'l turn pregnant in a few hours and blow like a bad baloon. Might take a bit longer in cold temperature, but they'll be glad they met ya.


Cowboy Joe    Posted 11-20-2001 at 15:37:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
Maybe I can steal some of the free food they set out for the film crew and "stars."


Salmoneye    Posted 11-20-2001 at 13:09:44       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I hear ya...

Few years back someone thought it would be a good idea to film a Jim Carey movie here in Vermont.
Well...if you ever seen 'Me, Myself And Irene' (which I aint and won't!!!) then look closely at some stupid scene where there is a train cuz that was shot just down the road from my house.

After the third time in one hour, where I had to produce ID to get to my own house, I was some ticked off! The next time I went through, one of our State Boys happened to be on the corner stopping all trafic so I let him have it with both barrels. Poor trooper couldn't have been older than 25, but he learned that day one of the bad parts of his new job which was taking lip from irate citizens that wanted their rights back. I told him in no uncertain terms was he to stop me or my wifes rig again (which was distinct and impossible to miss) or there would be heck to pay for that movie company. I told him that I would hold up their filming by slowly...one by one...shooting every round of ammunition (thousands) I had into a dirt bank (which is perfectly legal here and they would need a court order to come and get me). The film crew had already told an eldery neighbor lady that lives next to the tracks to keep her dogs quiet or they would!

Geeze....THANKS for getting me going on something I thought I had forgotten...LOL


Cowboy Joe    Posted 11-20-2001 at 15:39:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hope you got your anger released as result of posting.


Les...fortunate    Posted 11-20-2001 at 11:44:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
A year or two ago I drove into Jackson, NH (about 50 miles NE of me) and found myself in the middle of some movie being shot. Never did find out what the movie was and whether I made it into it, though I suspect not.


Cowboy Joe    Posted 11-20-2001 at 15:41:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
Les - Make sure next time to collect a residual (fee) from the movie company.


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