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Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park
12/26/2019

Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park

Today we are highlighting a group of four pictures of the Falls covered with snow. They were taken at the turn of the 19th to the 20th century.

They were shot by John Shields Payne whose camera used small photosensitive glass plates. The first cameras used metal or glass plates, and originally the photosensitive chemicals were applied by the photographer. By the time Mr. Payne was shooting, the glass plates were commercially available. Roll film soon replaced glass plates, and simple box cameras soon brought photography to everyone.

Mr. Payne was also an employee of Rogers Locomotive. His great-grandson, John Payne, shared these with us. His website is here: www.inpayne.com/family/granpaspix/gppix.html

To load glass plates, you had to have a darkroom, to place a plate into a plate holder. Roll film was so much easier. Glass plates were replaced by plastic plates and were still widely used up until the end of the film era. This writer used a plate camera in the early 1970s. They take great pictures but carrying your film around meant you needed a strong back or an assistant.

Pictures show:

Four by John Shields Payne.

Then we have a picture of the plates and the small camera.

Last are two postcards also showing a wintry Falls. (collection VIP Terry).

We would love to see your pictures of the Falls or of Paterson in Winter from the old days. So nothing after 1950.

Locations Dept wrap party #bruisedmovie #njfilm
12/23/2019

Locations Dept wrap party #bruisedmovie #njfilm

@mick.ratman Location Managers Guild
12/17/2019
USA: Abandoned Spaces - ARTE Reportage | ARTE in English

@mick.ratman Location Managers Guild

Photographer, Matthew Christopher loves taking pictures of abandoned spaces - but he doesn't ever trespass. He works with local communities to highlight their forgotten, endangered heritage. These forgotten buildings also represent the forgotten communities that once relied on these buildings to pro...

From handling pregnant models to the importance of call sheets, experienced commercials director, Steve Rosam, recounts ...
12/14/2019
www.kftv.com

From handling pregnant models to the importance of call sheets, experienced commercials director, Steve Rosam, recounts stories and provides valuable preparation tips t.ly/XpdPb #kftv Stevie Rosam

Location Managers Guild
12/14/2019
Location Managers Guild

Location Managers Guild

There’s a spot on the Central Park Mall, just north of the statue of obscure poet Fitz-Greene Halleck, where people tend to experience an intense feeling of deja vu, even if they’ve never been to New York before.

They look around trying to process their surroundings. Then, after a beat, the penny drops:

“This is where they filmed ______.”

What fills in that blank depends on how old you are and whether you’re a cinephile. Maybe it’s Kramer vs. Kramer or Maid in Manhattan—but it could be The Producers, Night at the Museum, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, or countless other films. At the northern terminus of the Mall is Bethesda Terrace, a setting for films as diverse as When Harry Met Sally, Ransom, Godspell, Annie Hall, and dozens more. (But not the TV show Friends. Stop saying Friends!)

Each of those movies, whether grounded in gritty realism or indulging flights of fantasy, captures something essential about New York. Film, perhaps better than any other medium, has a unique ability to both freeze time, preserving our sometimes-forgotten past, and act as a touchstone for our own emotions and memories.

Take Home Alone 2, the classic holiday movie with many scenes set in Central Park. Even people who’ve never been to New York City have a strong connection to the park, in part because of the film’s central character, Kevin McAllister (played by Macaulay Culkin), and his relationship with the park-dwelling Pigeon Lady. In one scene, Kevin hides from the inept criminal duo Harry and Marv by hopping in a trunk on the back of a hansom cab at Bethesda Terrace. As the so-called “Sticky Bandits” search for him, Kevin is pulled away toward Bow Bridge and Cherry Hill.

The problem with that scene is that horses don’t circle the fountain at Bethesda Terrace, which was designed to be a central pedestrian gathering spot in the park. When people visit to recreate Home Alone 2, they can’t. That dark underpass where the Pigeon Lady lives? It was filmed on a soundstage in a converted tennis club in Illinois.

Home Alone 2 was “a child’s idea of New York,” says Devin Ratray, an actor and almost-native New Yorker who played Kevin’s older brother Buzz in the first two Home Alone films. “There wasn’t much reality, but there was the greatest toy store in the world” (Duncan’s Toy Chest, in the film) and a Central Park with street walkers that “was scary at night.”

He adds that the film encapsulated what New York meant to so many non-New Yorkers: “I know families that have planned Home Alone 2 Christmas vacations. They come to New York and see all the sights of Home Alone.” In doing so, “that fantasy—because of the popularity of the movie—[becomes] somewhat of a reality.”

Recently, I met up with Ratray on the Upper West Side, where he lives and where the McAllisters’ fictional uncle Rob resides in the film. We spent the day working our way downtown, visiting sites associated with Home Alone 2 and talking about the impact the film had on the city—and on Ratray, who had just started high school when the first Home Alone movie was released in 1990. The first film quickly became a box-office phenomenon, changing his life “absolutely, totally, completely, in more ways than I was aware and have even become aware of.”

As we walked and talked, our conversation continued to turn back to the same questions: How has New York changed in the nearly 30 years since Home Alone 2 was released? And what role do movies like his play in helping us understand a version of New York that is no longer with us?

Location Managers Guild
12/08/2019
Location Managers Guild

Location Managers Guild

Based on Jean Shepherd’s stories about growing up in the 1940s, A Christmas Story was brought to life by Bob Clark in 1983. Out of some 20 Rust Belt cities scouted for filming locations, Cleveland was ultimately selected, primarily due to the cooperation of Pubic Square-located Higbee’s Department Store (now the Jack Casino), which included keeping its Christmas decorations up through January and allowing construction of a 30-foot-high Santa Mountain.

While the exact story about how the house itself came to be selected as the Parker residence is unclear, the version presented on the tour involves members of the scouting crew wanting smokestacks to be visible from the Parkers' backyard. Spying plumes of smoke in the distance, the scouts hopped in a cab, instructing the driver to head toward the source. Of course, they ended up getting lost, but just so happened to turn onto West 11th Street and the rest, as they say, is history.

After filming wrapped, the owner of the home took his tidy payment of $20,000 and promptly began renovating the exterior of the house in an effort to avoid any publicity. The following years saw ownership changes and additional renovations until 2004, when the house went up for sale on eBay for $99,000. It would be purchased by a man who lived in California, and who couldn’t find Cleveland, Ohio, on a map. Despite this minor detail, when the sellers accepted Brian Jones’ offer of $150,000, he knew he had something special.

Growing up with “A Christmas Story” as part of his family’s Christmas traditions, Jones began making and selling replicas of the famous Leg Lamp in 2002. By 2003, his lamps had reached 2,000 online sales. Bolstered by this success and confident in the film’s popular appeal, Jones went about transforming the dilapidated old duplex on eBay into the warm family home on the big screen. Demolition began on Jan. 30, 2006: The interior was stripped down to the studs and completely rebuilt, a new double-landing staircase was installed, and the contractor – armed with 12 pages of film stills of the home’s interior – went about replicating each room to be as close to the original as possible. Additionally, the exterior was stripped of its many updates and returned to its former state.

Ten months and $240,000 later, A Christmas Story House opened on Thanksgiving weekend, with an estimated 4,300 fans touring the home. And oh, such a tour!

Newark
11/13/2019

Newark

Jersey City NJ #scoutingnj #njfilm
10/15/2019

Jersey City NJ #scoutingnj #njfilm

RIP Robert Frank
09/11/2019
Robert Frank Dies; Pivotal Documentary Photographer Was 94

RIP Robert Frank

Mr. Frank, who was best known for his groundbreaking book, “The Americans,” had a visually raw and personally expressive style that made him one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century.

Through the eyes of a film location scout | Borneo Post Online
08/11/2019
Through the eyes of a film location scout | Borneo Post Online

Through the eyes of a film location scout | Borneo Post Online

THE actual job description for a scout or guide who actively goes out to find suitable locations for a feature film, documentary or commercial may appear to be simple and straightforward – after all it’s rather easy these days using GPS, Google photos, a Lonely Planet guidebook or even just usin...

#Ironbound #Newark #NJFilm
08/07/2019

#Ironbound #Newark #NJFilm

Location scouting in BK #iscoutny
08/05/2019

Location scouting in BK #iscoutny

#NJFilm
08/02/2019
Newark: Sopranos prequel gets release date

#NJFilm

Sopranos fans, get out your calendars. Warner Brothers has officially set a release date for Newark, the '60s-set film which will serve as a prequel to the iconic HBO original series The Sopranos. The flick will hit screens on September 5, 2020.

07/29/2019

jerseydigs
Cape May architecture is straight out of a fairytale...
Photo by: @erinebert

#urbanshot #urbanphotos #urbanportrait #newjerseyisbeautiful #buildingphotography #citybestviews #capemay #capemaynj #wildwoodnj #architectureanddesign #instaarchitecture

#iscoutny
07/27/2019

#iscoutny

Bring it on! #NJFilm #iscoutny
07/24/2019
The Great Race to Rule Streaming TV

Bring it on! #NJFilm #iscoutny

In their rush to match Netflix, competitors like HBO, Hulu and Amazon are ordering a slew of content — ushering out the age of “prestige TV” and ushering in an age of anything goes.

Have scouted this building! #film #tv #iscoutnj #njfilm
07/19/2019
Jersey Digs

Have scouted this building! #film #tv #iscoutnj #njfilm

The iconic former factory building at 15 Wilkinson Avenue in Jersey City has been reborn as The Sterling and is attracting a wide-ranging mix of creative makers.

Uldw-NYC Theatrical Teamsters Local 817 #iscoutny
07/19/2019
NYS Film

Uldw-NYC Theatrical Teamsters Local 817 #iscoutny

CONGRATS from Empire State Development to the 45 NY-based productions that were nominated for the 2019 #EmmyAwards. Read more here: https://on.ny.gov/2XLQdEl #FilmedInNY #PostInNY

Jersey Digs
07/19/2019
Jersey Digs

Jersey Digs

A 15-acre estate in Monmouth County owned by rock star Jon Bon Jovi was recently listed for sale by Christie’s International Real Estate.

07/18/2019
#NJFilm Video Recap 2018 / 2019

#njfilm Video Recap 2018 / 2019 #film #nj #webseries #tvseries #shortfilms #actors #comedy #filmfestival #filmfestival #sounddesign #august #television #voiceover #movies #script #producer #films #postproduction New Jersey Motion Picture & Television Commission Uldw-NYC Theatrical Teamsters Local 817

100 trips in the US everyone should take in their lifetime
07/15/2019
100 trips in the US everyone should take in their lifetime

100 trips in the US everyone should take in their lifetime

From bustling cities to quaint towns, mountains to beaches, there are endless opportunities for unforgettable trips across the US. See the ultimate US travel bucket list.

The light at the end of the day #iscoutny
07/15/2019

The light at the end of the day #iscoutny

07/14/2019
NYS Film
07/09/2019
NYS Film

NYS Film

Thanks to great #locations, great services and enhanced #NYSFilmIncentives, more #filmmakers are shooting in Albany and contributing to the local economy. Just ask HBO who continues to film Succession in the Capitol Region. #FilmedInNY

NYS Film
07/09/2019
NYS Film

NYS Film

Upstate New York is turning out to be Hollywood North with more filming heading there thanks to the #NYSFilmIncentives bringing significant #NYspend and #NYhires to the local economy. John Krasinski returns with A QUIET PLACE 2. https://bit.ly/2XCHyPQ #FilmedInNY

Uldw-NYC
07/06/2019
Uldw-NYC

Uldw-NYC

Uldw-NYC Theatrical Teamsters Local 817 West Side Story New Jersey Motion Picture & Television Commission #NJ #Paterson #film #media #NJFilm

07/06/2019

Forrest Gump 25th Anniversary!

Wanaque River, Passaic County, NJ
07/06/2019

Wanaque River, Passaic County, NJ

Lake Tiorati #iscoutny
07/05/2019

Lake Tiorati #iscoutny

Peekaboo! #nyc #manhattan #esb #iscoutny
07/05/2019

Peekaboo! #nyc #manhattan #esb #iscoutny

Eva Longoria’s new ‘Grand Hotel’ TV drama stars Fontainebleau Miami Beach and a South Florida cast
07/01/2019
Eva Longoria’s new ‘Grand Hotel’ TV drama stars Fontainebleau Miami Beach and a South Florida cast

Eva Longoria’s new ‘Grand Hotel’ TV drama stars Fontainebleau Miami Beach and a South Florida cast

ABC's new summer drama series "Grand Hotel"was filmed partially at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. The show, which debuts 10 p.m. June 17, follows the drama, scandals and secrets of the hotel’s owner Santiago Mendoza, his family and their employees who help them run the luxury hotel. The show was p...

Ramapo Equestrian Center, Pine Meadow and Wanocsink Lakes, Harriman State Park #iscoutny
06/30/2019

Ramapo Equestrian Center, Pine Meadow and Wanocsink Lakes, Harriman State Park #iscoutny

Zen Space
06/27/2019

Zen Space

06/26/2019

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