Number One: Movie In Progress
The film crew for Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s next movie Premium Rush had taken over 27th and 28th streets next to my daughter’s school between 7th and 6th Avenues. This crew is huge, I’ve never seen so many service trucks. An old worn bicycle hung in the back of one of the open trucks on 27th street. That’s because he plays a bicycle messenger pursued by a crooked cop. Sounds good. Have to wait till 2012 for it to come out.
Number Two: Look Up, It’s the Great Al Cerullo
Copters and planes pass overhead all the time but if I’m looking for something to shoot I’ll usually point up and take a photo, then look up the tail number sometime later. It’s interesting to learn where they’re from and who owns them.
But what’s this, a big ball mounted on the front?? I didn’t see it till I came home and enlarged. That’s gotta be a camera.
A check of the copter registration (N355AG) show’s it’s none other than the AMAZING Al Cerullo who was probably shooting for the movie set I saw, Premium Rush. Here’s a shot of his ship with a Spacecam mounted on the nose.
Al is the real deal. He’s done the aerial photography work on more big time movies than you will ever see in your lifetime. If I needed aerial shots and could afford him, there’s no one else I’d go to. Al’s company is right down the street in a town next to where I live. He is the best, period. Take a look at Jay Z and Alicia Keys here. Of course, Al Cerullo shot the aerial shots:
[update:]In fact Al lists on his website that he indeed is working the movie Premium Rush. Cool. Again.
Number Three – Cards are Up for Shatner’s New Show
If you’re on Twitter you might follow the web sensation “$#*! My Dad Says”. It will also be a new TV series that only just begun shooting a couple of weeks ago, starring the great William Shatner. Promotions are up in NYC.
Number Four: It’s Big and It’s Passing By
Standing near the Hudson enjoying the late summer sun, and out of the blue comes this……
I didn’t have video with me so here’s a montage. Man this thing is HUGE.
Number Five: The Cachaca Van
I spied the “Legalize Cachaca” van on the lower West Side. Another thing I had to look up when I got home. What the heck is Cachaca?
Number Seven: Far Away Radio Wafting In
On the Long Island Expressway in Queens we noticed a lot of strange FM stations on the car radio. This usually means far away stations not normally heard are bouncing off the atmosphere (or being ducked in) and landing here. Tuning the car FM to 106.3 where a song finished and then as clear as a bell came the station ID “The Station with Spirit” and their website was given. The ID was “Spirit 106.3″ KZKZ-FM from Fort Pierce, Arkansas! A distance of 1169 miles all the way to New York City on the FM broadcast band. That’s not uncommon for AM where stations “skip” in from far away almost every night but somewhat rarer on FM. Totally fun, and a very nice surprise.
Number Nine: Walking the Highline (click the photo for a BIG Panorama)
What was once an eyesore down the lower westside is now a fun NYC feature. The Highline is a long stretch of elevated railway that was rusting away, unused for years. Not anymore. A full third of it was converted into an elevated walkway and garden. It’s packed with people all in a very good moods. The next third of the Highline will be finished soon, and the remaining portion will eventually let you walk all the way up to the Penn Station Rail yard. “High”-ly recommended and a must for people like us who love to walk. (Don”t forget to click the photo for a panorama view)
Number Ten: NBC Sunday Night football Ads are Up
I play a tiny but fun part in the upcoming NBC Sunday Night Football intros. I haven’t seen the video yet, but the way they describe it is that Faith Hill gets into her car during the game intro and the camera moves into the radio. Then you hear me over the music as a disk jockey saying “Hey we got a great one for you tonight…the Cowboys and the Redskins and it’s all comin’ at you right now…” We did the first batch last month, and today I saw the first billboards with Taylor on them.