There’s always something going on Downtown

I got an email from Georgia State today, with the following subject line:

Simulated gunfire downtown — They’re filming for a movie!

Sounds interesting.  I feel bad for the folks who didn’t check their email this morning and got a surprise on the way to class.

Turns out some new TV drama, “Past Life,” is filming downtown for scenes set in New York.  This preview looks fairly lame, but hey, they are spending money in Atlanta, so, woo!  Filming began around town in early August and will go on through December.

You may be thinking, “Wait, you said this was set in New York.  Um, have you seen this town?  Who is going to think it is New York?  You did mean New York city, right?  These must be the stupidest producers in the business.”

Ah, then you haven’t been to the Fairlie-Poplar district.  This historic piece of Atlanta is about the only part of the city that you could actually mistake for somewhere like NYC.  Narrow streets, hundred year old buildings, restaurants tucked into niche locations – it is really one of my favorite places in the city.

This isn’t the first film I’ve filming in Fairlie-Poplar, either.  A few weeks ago I was walking to class and they had Broad Street shut down.  It was full of smoke machines (for that NYC sewer-funk effect) and NYC taxi cabs.  My favorite moment was when some poor guy tried to hail one of the cabs and got pissed when it didn’t stop.  No one ever wants to go all the way to Brooklyn…

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