BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE
New Yorkers will get a chance to see how movie magic is made on our City streets at “New York on Location,” next Sunday in Astoria.
The free event, presented by the Museum of the Moving Image, Theatrical Teamsters Local 817 and Kaufman Astoria Studios, will bring the public behind the scenes of film and TV outdoor shooting. Throughout the day at the museum, the Kaufman Astoria Studios backlot and surrounding streets, spectators will tour star dressing rooms, special effects trucks and light and camera equipment, while stunt professionals perform. Food will also be available from movie catering trucks.
“All those names that you see at the end of a film – what are they doing? The museum has devoted itself to that,” said Carl Goodman, executive director of the Museum of the Moving Image.
“It’s wonderful to learn about what they are doing when they’re making movies on the street. But even more exciting is that we actually can meet the people who do it – it’s almost like a living exhibit,” Goodman continued.
The Museum of the Moving Image originally presented this event in 2007. Goodman said the museum was glad for the opportunity to revive it now that there is increased space from their new courtyard and the Kaufman Astoria Studios backlot, which both opened in 2013.
He also noted that Queens is a particularly appropriate host for a celebration of film production, as the home to Kaufman Astoria Studios and Silvercup Studios, and where so many prominent shows and movies have been made, such as “Orange is the New Black,” “Men In Black” and “Sesame Street.”
For Tim Gallin, an event organizer and veteran stuntman, “New York on Location” provides film and TV craftspeople an opportunity to give back to the City.
“It’s a good thing for the people of New York to have an understanding of what all the equipment and all the people in their neighborhood are doing,” Gallin said. “We respect your neighborhood and we want to say thanks for letting us come in and work.”
Gallin also noted that he invited many young and emerging stuntpeople to volunteer for “New York on Location,” because the event offers a chance to network and show off their skills.
According to Gallin, some featured stunts will include high falls, martial arts and car demonstrations. Goodman also noted that spectators can look forward to deluges of movie snow, rain and wind, and can have a movie star moment with makeup demonstrations in deluxe trailers.
“New York on Location” will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sept. 21. In the case of rain, the event will be rescheduled for Sept. 28.
Reach Jackie Strawbridge at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 128, email@example.com or @JNStrawbridge.