Film crew, equipment arrive in force
SHELBURNE FALLS — About this time last year, Shelburne Falls was dressed up to play the fictional 1980s town of “Holbrook Mills, N.H.” in preparation for scenes for the movie “Labor Day.”
But Wednesday, some storefronts began getting another movie “makeover,” as Shelburne Falls gets ready for its role as a small Indiana town for “The Judge.”
This movie, starring Robert Downey Jr., Leighton Meister, Robert Duvall, Billy Bob Thornton, Vera Farmiga and Vincent D’Onofrio, begins shooting on Friday, with aerial footage and “driving shots” of a funeral cortege down State and Bridge streets. A helicopter with a camera mount will be filming these scenes, with traffic- and pedestrian-control on Bridge and State streets during filming. A flier that went out to residents and merchants warned them to expect delays due to filming and to note “no parking” signs or traffic cones in filming areas.
Close-up street scenes will be filmed next week, starting Monday, primarily around State and Bridge streets and the Iron Bridge. Throughout the weekdays, there will be traffic and pedestrian control for some of the scenes to be filmed.
Just beyond the selectmen’s office in Town Hall, in the upstairs meeting room, a group of film writers were working.
Haecker told selectmen that merchants and businesses that might be inconvenienced by either traffic delays or unavailable parking spaces have been compensated.
“We’re asking for greater control that day,” said Haecker. She said the filmmakers would like to detour traffic away from Bridge Street and from the Iron Bridge for about 12 hours, rather than having to start and stop traffic throughout the day. She said she thought the detour would be easier on local residents.
Also, she said, the scene requires mostly empty streets.
During the filming of “Labor Day,” said Fox, scenes took about 10 to 15 minutes each, when traffic was stopped. Then traffic was allowed again on an intermittent basis.
Selectmen told Haecker the Massachusetts Department of Transportation had to give permission to close the bridge — even if it were only for a few hours.
Next week’s filming will end with night shots, with traffic control on the Iron Bridge, State and Bridge streets on Thursday and Friday. There will also be traffic and pedestrian-control for some scenes on these days.
via The Recorder, 5.29.13
By DIANE BRONCACCIO
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