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Hollywood leaves New York – James Fletcher

Blog | By James Fletcher | Jul 30, 2020


One sight familiar to residents in NY - and currently notably absent - are these notices which appear on lamp posts… informing locals that a film crew will be appearing within days. You can always spot a film shoot because at least 15 lorries arrive, some are technical, some are dressing rooms and some are production offices. The police close roads, catering tents are stashed round the corner - at night the lights are vast and incredibly bright. Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting (MOFTB) exists to help filmmakers get permissions, insurance, police assistance. And it’s big business - valued at $5billion to the city, employing 100,000 New Yorkers. Normally I’d see at least 3 different film sets per week - TV, film, advertising. I haven’t seen one since March.