Regular readers will remember last November when we reported that James “The Angry Video Game” Rolfe and Cinemassacre.com had announced that they would be filming a whackload of video in New York and be creating a New York location tour video. Well, it’s still in production, we’re glad to hear, as evidenced by this teaser video. No word yet on a final release date, but polite and enthusiastic commentary might prove encouraging.
Thanks to Grim Santos for the heads up.
Also, if you haven’t checked out Ghostbustours yet, you should – this 2007 project produced a series of videos for fans to use as part of a self-guided tour of New York (meaning, load it on the iPod, wander the city, and play at the appropriate times.)
Scouting New York, which blogs about the famous and not-so-famous filming locations of New York City, have posted a 25 year what’s-it-like-now retrospective of Ghostbusters – the article hits a lot of scenes in the movie to see what the locations look like today, including comparison shots, then and now. Part 2 goes up on Wednesday.
Rolling along from the last Shot On Site, I’m still in a Ghostbusters 2 frame of mind. And so, I present to you 325 East 77th Street, New York. This is the site of Dana’s post-Gozerian apartment with her baby boy, Oscar. We first see the apartment as Dana approaches with bags fulls of groceries and a carriage full of Oscar – however, having stepped in some pink goo (likely shot in LA by a second unit practical effects team), things soon go wrong and the carriage careens off on its own, mom in pursuit. The entire sequence is shot on 77th Street, starting near the West end of the block, and moving down to 1st Ave, where Oscar has a near encounter with a bus.
To kick things off, I’ll start with some bits of trivia from the tail-end of the scene, which will make for a nice bookend effect, as this post will end with the same shot and a big piece of trivia I’ve dug up. Observe;
Only briefly seen flashing by (not counting the nice continuity of seeing it in the distance the shot before), the bus is the M15 – this is an actual Manhattan bus route that actually travels the route seen in the movie. You can see the bus’s number on the front – you can also see an ad for HOT 97 FM. What’s interesting about HOT 97 FM, is that the station as advertised was barely a few months old when the scene was shot in the fall/winter of 1988/1989. A station purchase saw the formerly WYNY 97 swap frequencies with WQHT 103 FM (a dance music station.) The station’s claim to fame was playing the same 12 inch version of popular dance tracks you could hear in the clubs. And now you know.
On with the breakdown.
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