FILM­ING IN TROY

Scenes from “Mother­less Brook­lyn” shot through­out Col­lar City Thurs­day af­ter­noon

The Record (Troy, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Ni­cholas Buo­nanno nbuo­[email protected]­i­tal­first­media.com City Edi­tor

TROY, N.Y. >> The down­town area was filled with sev­eral clas­sic cars through­out the af­ter­noon Thurs­day as a pro­duc­tion film com­pany was film­ing scenes through­out the Col­lar City.

“We’re just do­ing vis­ual ef­fects shots for a movie called ‘ Mother­less Brook­lyn’,” said Eddy Col­lyns, who is a lo­ca­tion man­ager with VFX Unit In His Hat Pro­duc­tions, Inc.

Col­lyns said that the film is be­ing di­rected by Ed­ward Nor­ton and that the shots are sup­posed to be from 1958 Brook­lyn.

Ac­cord­ing to IMDb’s web­site, the film is set to re­lease in 2019 and the cast in­cludes sev­eral stars such as Bruce Wil­lis, Bobby Can­navale, Les­lie Mann, Alec Bald­win, Nor­ton, and sev­eral oth­ers.

The web­site says the film fol­lows Lionel Ess­rog -who is played by Nor­ton -, a lonely pri­vate de­tec­tive af­flicted with Tourette’s Syn­drome, as he ven­tures to solve the mur­der of his men­tor and only friend, Frank Minna - who is played by Wil­lis.

Along with sev­eral streets be­ing filmed in the down­town district, the film com­pany also filmed on Jef­fer­son Street and in Wash­ing­ton Park in Troy. Of­fi­cials with the Troy Po­lice depart­ment helped make sure that film­ing went as smoothly as pos­si­ble.

Of­fi­cials with the Down­town Troy Busi­ness Im­prove­ment District said that it has been nice to work with the film pro­duc­tion com­pany and that they hope it leads to more films com­ing to Troy.

“It’s fun to see that peo­ple are rec­og­niz­ing the ar-

“It’s fun to see that peo­ple are rec­og­niz­ing the ar­chi­tec­ture of the city and the com­mu­nity here that just feels like the old days. [Troy] is a per­fect set­ting for a lot of films that could be here even­tu­ally.” — Down­town Troy BID Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Katie Ham­mon

chi­tec­ture of the city and the com­mu­nity here that just feels like the old days,” said Down­town Troy BID Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Katie Ham­mon. “[ Troy] is a per­fect set­ting for a lot of films that could be here even­tu­ally.”

Of­fi­cials with Rens­se­laer County Tourism were also pleased to see an­other film hap­pen­ing in Rens­se­laer County.

“When we bring lo­ca­tion scouts around, they ab­so­lutely love this area,” said Chris­tine Golden, Rens­se­laer County film com­mis­sioner, who said this film is roughly the sixth film to take place in Rens­se­laer County since a new NYS Film Tax Credit Pro­gram took ef­fect in 2016. “[The Film Tax Credit Pro­gram] en­cour­ages films to come here, it’s less money to film here than say in New York City.”

Golden, along with city of­fi­cials said that al­though the county does not re­ceive any fund­ing for the films com­ing here, how­ever, when film pro­duc­tions come to lo­ca­tions through­out the county they usu­ally will end stay­ing in lo­cal ho­tels, go­ing to lo­cal cater­ing busi­nesses and restau­rants.

“It’s tremen­dously ex­cit­ing for the city to once again be a lo­ca­tion for a mo­tion pic­ture, in this par­tic­u­lar case, ap­par­ently a ma­jor mo­tion pic­ture,” said John Salka, a spokesman for Troy Mayor Pa­trick Mad­den. “We’ve sort of be­come this des­ti­na­tion for pro­duc­tion com­pa­nies look­ing to use Troy as a lo­ca­tion for one of their films.”

BY NI­CHOLAS BUO­NANNO NBUO­[email protected]­I­TAL­FIRST­MEDIA.COM

A film pro­duc­tion crew films a scene for the movie “Mother­less Brook­lyn” in down­town Troy on Thurs­day af­ter­noon.

Of­fi­cials with the Troy Po­lice Depart­ment help make sure that film­ing through­out the Col­lar City went smoothly on Thurs­day.

Clas­sic cars parked on River Street in down­town Troy Thurs­day af­ter­noon for scenes of the movie “Mother­less Brook­lyn”.

BY NI­CHOLAS BUO­NANNO NBUO­[email protected]­I­TAL­FIRST­MEDIA.COM

A film pro­duc­tion crew films scenes of “Mother­less Brook­lyn” in down­town Troy on Thurs­day af­ter­noon.

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