365 Project -- 141 - Ben Stiller Movie Filming in Downtown
365 Day Photo Project — Day 141, May 19th, 2012. After spending the day in downtown with my friend Malinda and her fella, we parted ways early, and I took to the streets of Downtown. I haven't been down there in years, and never alone, so I did some wondering.
After I was exhausted, and heading back, I decided to skip the subway entrance, and walk a bit further, when I ran into a movie set. After hanging out for a bit, I found out that it was a Ben Stiller movie, although he wasn't on set. I got the shot from two different angles, which involved a man on a roof of a moving bus, and a guy on a motorcycle, with a second guy on a skateboard holding onto him. You can see from the ad on the bus that it's a comedy, and there was also a dump truck with a demolition company on it that was pretty silly.
Anyway, I'm exhausted from the day, so I'll spare the details of the great day with my friends. Let's just say I had a good time, explored several new areas, and hit some new coffee shops. Glad to have made it out!
Just a quick aside, the blurry dude in the foreground is one of the traffic/crowd control people that keep the set closed during takes. Having been on 5-6 movie sets since working in New York, I have a huge respect for them. Their job is hard. They often seem to be independent of the studio (consultants, like myself), and people give them a hard time. I really think there is extra pressure on them to make sure the filming goes smoothly. If you ever see one on the street, take extra care to cooperate with them, and show them respect. They bust their ass, and not always with public cooperation.