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NEW YORK POST, WEDNESDAV, SEPTEMBER

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Despile rumors, film moking *-coniinues to thrive in Big Apple


BY FRANK LOVECE

"Hollywood-on-theI Hudson" notwithstanding, New York City, the nation's seeseems suddenly faced with a crisis of confidence. With the fiscal downturn affecting everything from.fiddles to.frying pans, film

tHE term

graph as New fork," he reasons. "I can't honestly say it's an easy place to shoot, but any congested
urban center isn't easy to shoot." "Cooperation from the city and the working environment here are both very good," agrees director PauI Mazursky, whose New

ond most active film

center,

professionals are expressing concern that New York movie mak-

York films include "An Unmarried Woman," 'oMoscow on the Hudson," "Enemies, A Love
Story" and the upcoming "Scenes from a Mall." "New York just has something
you canlt find anywhere else. I can't describe it. But I can give you this:

ing

$2.7 billion into the city's economy

which last year pumped

overstated: The trade paper Variety recently ran a page-one ban-

may be starting to soften. - Some of this concern is clearly

ner declaring "Gotham Fighting

F'ilm Exodus," which was followed by a balanced but seem-

the klnd often generated by both sides of an issue taking the offensive when contract talks come up.

ingly unrelated article about upeoming film union negotiations

We had to shoot the Coney Island [summer beach] scene for'Enemies a lave story.' It was May and the water was freezing. But you need to show people in the water we - so got members of the Polar Bear

Club. These tough old-timers

"exodus" seems unsupported bv prominent film makers, and the sheer scope of such major new At

Yet the idea of a

pending

they said, llhis is the warmest time of the year for us!' Where else you gonna find something like that on your doorstep?"
the effect of a soft economy on the

officials and

and recent fllms as "Hudson Hawk," Hard Way" and 'ltBonfire'1lhe of the Vanities;"
Harold {ogel of Merrill Lyneh :,Capital Markets, the amount of New York movle making has "probably leveled off. The cost of is high and the city is ob_ filming viously not in the best of fiseal
conditlons." . "Ever5rthtng's tougher in New observes producer-direc* York," tor Norman Jewisorl "even the corned beef." Jewisor\ who shot
:irr]crsq suggests flnaneial analyst

has led to a strong drop in the number of commercials filmed here, and from a key union charter and two union contracts soon
to eSpire. 15 of the National Association of

advertising community, whieh

The quarter-century-old Local

lng a vote by its memberg will llkely be absorbed by the larger

Broadcast Employees and Technicians (NABET) Just separated from its parent union Saturday. By October, says business manager Bryan Ur4er, the local pend-

struck"

(19&f ), dtd the lnteriors on stages in dollar-strong Toronto

the exteriors llere for hls New York Clty-themed hit "Moon-

Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE). The disap'pearpetitiori nemoves one alternative from film malters'hands. Also up for renegotiation are

and somewhat prlcler Internationat


ance of at least nominal union com-

. riors for "Other People's Money," based onthe off-Bfoadway pley. "f don't think there's any place in the world as exciting to photo-

here, he says fondly, to shoot exte.

sommon pattern among film makers. Yet he plans to return

producers' contracts with two

IATSE locals

Cinematographers l,ocal 664, which expires Sept.30, and Studio Mechanics Local 52, which expires Oct.31. One stieking point for both locals is whether weekend work will

'lWArcl|NGJ't Robert De Niro and, Bobin Wiltiamt in tke film ilirected, here bg Penny Marshall. continue to earn overtime pay. October, she believes, "It Producers want the first five days -at llke we'll beat 110." of produetion each week to be Yet since a single regulg-pay, even if alv jf ;;; aay or irrrd ltye -;;; days fall on a weeken* il;;ils,;;t;;Ti;"d; 11"_13" Angeles IATSE locals surren- in is the number of "sb point
dered on this last year.
.

But, argues Unger, "The Monday-Friday work week is a longestablished tradition, we're not

a full day put in by more movie "units." (The

days"

ready to chuck it out the window." While most directors prefer not to work weeke.nds themselves- he

third units might shoot stunt work,

self, shoots the stars;

Unit " helmed by the

directc

Robert De Niro and, Robin Willialms star dnthe film directed,hereby Penny Marshall.

'ltUAlll|lllGl':
continue

Siavcn Sonds

Angeles IATSE locals surrendered on this point last year.

to earn overtlme pay. Producers want the first five days of production each week to be at regular pay, even if any of those daya fall on a weekend. The t os
day-F'riday work week is a long' establlshed tradition, we're not ready to chuck it outthe wlndow.'r While most directors prefer not to work weekends themselves, he notes,'"fhey'd like to work the prep crews on Saturday and SundaY so the sefs ready on MondaY. Some crews would be really affected bY that In New York a lot of us are

October, she believes, like we'll beat 110."

"It

looks'

But, argues Unger, "The Mon-

shooting, another figure to factor in is the number of "shooting days" a full day put in by one or

mean one day or three months of

Yet since a single permlt can

more movie "units." (The "flrst unit," helmed by the director himself, shoots the starq second and third units might simultaneously

shoot stunt work, establishing

Ser-Fltr8onpwep3

weeks will become WednesdaY to Sunday,' disrupting family life. So far, the practical effect on New York filrn making seems in-

afraid that suddenly our work

discernible. Last year,

films were shot partly or, in a few cases, entirely in the city. (Historically, New York has not been a major center of soundstage interiors since silent-movie days.)

110

feature

casting Last year by the same time, she says, approximately 75 permlts had been issued. Even with the seasonal slowdown after

feature film permits have been issued, according to Nina Streich, deputy director of the Mayor's Office of Film, Theater and Broad-

This year, through July 31, 90

l|O PROBJEI|rI WoodY Atlen contdnues to filmhere.

ace escalates, and we begin to fear

dSrrrocratically -&mong them-

for {ae safety of the naively challeng$ng soldiers who function

by implication, the African

vummunrsr the stage - settrng for the soldiers' final ict of rebillion, the French retaliation ahd,
na-

tionalism that, over the next two

colbred camp. 0n such a land. lcape, there are po distractions from human interaction. Evervthing stands out in relief, espL-

cially the military rituals'-

'-'HX6 from. Page shots, etc.).

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ha.d 1,b3? fea-

Streich; this year, throuch Julv there werei,13o shoetiis davi. (The Mayor's office didn{ have the exact figJrres for the first
31,

ture-film shooting days,

In

1-980,'New

York

several smaller

Spike Lee's "Jungle F'ever"

says

Dustin Hoffman, Barbra Strei-

But this year's figure seems on track, since at least three major films -.:"'Bitly Bathgate" wittr

seven months of 1989.)

Ironically, in an era of 910 million stars, several film makers tor of several New York action say they're gfateful for New York films including the upcoming unions' flexibility, especially with "King of New York." "Who's bad-low-budget productions.
Y_et as

gan shooting or are about to start.

of Tides," and - and movies just be-

shooting here

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typified by the "Variety"

mouthing the town? Woody Allen doesn't seem to have any problem shooting here. Tell [critics of New

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SCETES

A-UCE.:- Orion. Direcred by Woody Allen. Storring .Mio Forrow, Williom Hurr; Cybill llIAKElllllGS
lioms. (Dec.)

lfrepherd. Alec Boldwin. (Dec.i Diiected bv pennv. - Columbio. Morsholl. Storring Robed De Niro, no6in W;i-

B0tFlRE 0F IHE UllllTlES Worner Bros. DiFctedby,Brion DePolmo. Storiing Tom Honks, Bruce _Willis, Melonie Grif{ith, Morgon.Free-

mon, F. Murroy Abrohom. Shor

oughs except Stoien lslond. (Nov./Dec.) poiomounr. Di. THE GODFATHER, PART lll rected by Froncis Ford Coppolo. Storring Al Pocino, Diqne Keoton, Andy'Gorcio, Joe fron-

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legnq, Tolio Shire, Bridlet Fondo, Fronc D'Ambrosio, George Homilton. Locoles include tifile ltoly, the Woldorf-Asrorio. (Nov.
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, qQOfEllAS ;,Womer Bros. Direcred by

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Mortin Scorsese. Storring Robert De Niro, Roy *ll-.lf ] :."_l-gr: L _[or ro ine B rocco. ( Sepr. I 9) illllc 0F llElU Y0RK New [ine. Dirxtej bv
REVERSAL 0F nErEn.tf, Ur F0RTUIIE ru'ttulll _ \r/Orner Di_ Di- Wor4e1 Bros. recleffi,p 94ry$ Fthrte6r.lsloiriho J".",,ii I
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_Q9vi-d Coruso, Lorry Fishburne. (Sepr. 2g)

4bel .Feroro. Stosring Christopher Woikei,

Shoiin New Vork Cirv ond in Stomford, Conn. (Dec.) ETITE 0F GRICE Orion. Direcred bv phit Joonou. Storring Seon Penn, Ed Horris,'Gory 9ldmon, Robin Wright. Locoles include Hell,'s Kitchen. (Sepr. I 4) TIIREE tEi lilD I UTTTE LAltY Touchstone. Direaed by Emile Ardolino. Sr".i* f"JO"ison, Tom Silleck, Steve Guttenbe-rq, Noncv Trovis, Robin Weismon. (Dec.) CURREIITLY FILITIiG ON iUSI.U'RA.PPEO THE FlSllER KlllG Tri-Sror. Direcred bv Tsrv Gilliom. S_toring Robin Willioms, .leff A'ridgei Amondo Plummer, Mercedes Ruehl. Locolei include Modison Avenue in the 90s, Chinotown, Cenlrol Pork, Amsterdom Avenue in the g0s, Grond Centrol Siotion. GREEII CARO Bueno Visto. Directed bv peier Weir. Slorring Gerord Depordieu, Andii MocDowell, Bebe Neuwirth, Robed prosky. Locoles include Cenhol Pork, the West 7Os, rhe Uooer Eost Side, lofoyette Street ot Duone Streei.'lnleriors shol ol Comero Morl. TllE llAR0 lIlY Universol. Directed by John

tlot I ilAtL Touchstons. Direcred Poul ../vlozursky. Storring Woody Allen, !y Bette Midler, Bill lrwin. -

oter, Woll Sireet, Kingsbridge Armory (the


Eronx), Soho, the Eost

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Tri-Stor. Directed bv Michoel tehmonn. Storring Bruce Willis, Doniv Aiello. Moruschko Detmers, Jqmes Coburn,'sondro Bsnhord. locoles include the Brooklvn Bridoethe &ooklyn-Eotery Tunnel, lexingt6n A"en-uJ ot 57th JUIGLE FEYER Universol. Directed bv Soike Lee. Storring [ee, Wedley Snipes, Annodelb . Sciono, Ruby Dee, Ossie Dovis, John Turturro, Shot in Brooklyn, illRRlEll T0 Orion. Direcred bv Arrhur Hiller. Storring Beou Bridges, Stockoicl Chon-

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