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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Portrait of a Film Shoot, in Brooklyn Heights

Mike, in Brooklyn
Photo by myself in Brooklyn Heights, around Pierrepont and Henry Streets.

On location in Brooklyn Heights, is the film crew for the movie 'The Sitter'. Mike, above, works as a grip on the film crew.

Mike operates the generator for the lights, and stood watch over the truck carrying lighting equipment. Over his left shoulder, you can see the pretty brownstones typical of this upscale neighborhood.

I spotted the trucks for this production a week ago, in Park Slope. It looked like big budget film, from the sheer number of huge Haddad and Craft service trucks lining the street. Mike assured me that this was a modest production, and a blockbuster movie would employ twice as many trucks. Whew!

I wouldn't say that film crews are a normal sight in New York, but they are certainly not uncommon. You could easily happen upon 7 or 8 crews in the streets each year.

I asked Mike whether anyone recognizable was in the movie. 'Jonah Hill'? he said. Pause. 'You know, the fat kid in 'Superbad?'

Aha! 'The Sitter' is due out in July, 2011.


A huge hug and "Thank You" to all who encouraged me to continue a portrait series of New Yorkers! I talked to several people during my break during jury duty on Tuesday. (More on jury duty, tomorrow).

Of course, many people that I talked to turned me down. But a few people said yes!! I think portraits will be a great companion to the candids, and it will only be easier to take them from here on. Hooray!

The Portrait Series is a once-in-a-while installment, featuring New Yorkers encountered on the street.

Related posts: On the Picket Line, in Hell's Kitchen, On the Times and the People and Lights, Camera, Action!.


Olivier said...

j'aime bien cet angle, cela donne une forme d'intimidé entre le photographe et le modèle.

WTakeuchi said...

It is great when you get the permission to take someone`s portrait, the result is always better. Nice topic, great picture. We really loved this area in Brooklyn.
As you said, we found 3 crews shooting in NYC during our 15 days vacation. One of them was at Central Park and I had the opportunity to take a picture o Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis in action (it is true that they were a bit far from where we were). I read they were filming scenes for "Friends with Benefits".

Robert said...

Wauw pretty nice.. On the film set I worked on there was a guy who had the same job as mike and his name was... mike :) I'm just finished with working on the film set.. It's pretty awesome! And you make way to long days haha..

Lily Hydrangea said...

I like this portrait Kitty & I am glad you are pursuing this too.
Jonah Hill was also in last Summer's "Get Him to the Greek" !

Ken Mac said...

more inside info!

Kitty said...

Thanks Olivier!
The viewpoint was a little tough because his hat cast a shadow into his face....but I like too. It's different.

Hi Washington
I bet you saw more movies that most people because you were wandering around. That's cool you saw so many, and spotted some celebrities!

Thanks Robert!
How funny about your friend Mike? It must be a common filmmaker's name. I imagine working on film must be tough in some ways but you must meet the most interesting people.

Hi Lily!
Ha, I've not been keeping up with the younger generation of actors. No offense to Jonah!

Ha Ken
I wish I had more to share. I'll have to bribe the crew next time.