Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Movie Magic in the Making

Salt being filmed in Albany
Living in Upstate New York has it's perks...beautiful summers, stunning vacation locations and some great food!  But one of the neatest things we've noticed since living here is that our "new" neck of the woods is the scenic background for a lot of films.

About 10 minutes after we had unloaded our moving truck, Albany blew up with excitement over the release of Angelina Jolie's spy thriller Salt.  Much of the film was shot in downtown Albany and once we got our hands on the dvd, we actually recognized the area as it was supposed to be Washington, DC.

The Other Guys set in Albany
Did you happen to catch The Other Guys with Marky Mark and Will Ferrell?  We thought it was hilarious that they were driving a red Prius, but didn't even notice until after the fact that it too was filmed in Albany.

We've never lived anywhere before that's had so much of a screen presence, so we're pretty pumped anytime we hear about projects going on in our area.  Rumor has it that location scouts were in town recently checking out the RPI campus for a scene in Iron Man 3. 

The new Bradley Cooper and Ryan Gosling movie, The Place Beyond the Pines, is set to start filming this summer in Schenectady (which is part of the Capital Region and btw-pronounced "skin-ect-ady").  When casting calls were announced in the Times Union newspaper, Brett got stars in his eyes!  Unfortunately, he was just one of thousands that had stars in his eyes...

Brett, at the end of the line
The casting call was divided into age categories and separated the men from the women.  When the casting directors realized they had so many men lined up to audition, they sent the women home to come back the next day.

Women waiting their turn...
....and more women waiting!
Brett lined up for the casting call around 10:00 a.m. and after a few hours of waiting, had his photo made by the casting department.  He, along with hundreds of others waited a few more hours to find out if he would be called back.  He was given a script and asked to read for the role of news reporter (irony, huh?) and had about five lines to practice.  By the time he read for the part, it was just before 7:00 p.m.!

No word yet on if he got the role, but the film is scheduled to start shooting in July, so we're keeping our fingers crossed!

* Image credits: Times Union, All over Albany, The Schenectady Blog