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Stop Requested film shooting in Queen Anne today

May 27th, 2011 by Thea

Crews are working on film Stop Requested, described as a a metaphysical thriller, have set up shop in Queen Anne, shooting at 2912 3rd Ave N for most of the day today, according to the film’s PR contact Rose Gunson. The film is being made by local production company Abundant Productions.

Check out this video about the film, or read the synopsis below.

Stop Requested from Lorraine Montez on Vimeo.

From the Stop Requested website:

The ride of your life starts now

Stop Requested is a metaphysical suspense thriller. Jess has problems. Haunted by her past and sensitivity to the spiritual realm that she attempts to silence with prescription drugs, she is paralyzed by the mere thought of human contact. Enter Benjamin, an intense, unusual individual who invades Jess’s life with the claim that he is there to help her help herself, and he won’t leave until she does. As Jess experiences more and more intense manifestations of her spiritual gifts (who is singing a hymn in her shower at 3:33 a.m.?) we begin to realize that her fate places her squarely in the middle of an age old debate between Order and Chaos, and that the battle for souls must play itself out in the lives of seemingly ordinary people.

The film is currently fundraising to cover the costs of pre- and post-production through online funding platform IndieGoGo.com. They hope to raise a total of $20,000 ($13,000 for pre-production and $7,000 for post). You can read about how these funds will be used, or make a donation here.

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America’s Most Wanted filming at Kerry Park

April 14th, 2011 by Thea

A few readers wrote in earlier this week wondering about a film crew shooting at Kerry Park Tuesday evening, blocking off most of the block on Highland Drive. The crew was apparently from America’s Most Wanted, filming a segment on the unsolved homicide of Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas C. Wales, who was fatally shot by a gunman at his Queen Anne home in October 2001. Coincidentally, the dedication for Thomas C. Wales Park, renamed in his honor in 2007, is happening this Saturday.

According to the Seattle Times, the AMW crew is filming all around the Seattle area this week, shooting in Pioneer Square, Queen Anne, Bainbridge Island and Lakewood for a number of re-enactments and features for the episode, which is scheduled to air on April 23 on KCPQ-TV.

One reader, Ted, noticed some more filming happening in the neighborhood, on W Lee, on Wednesday. Ted wrote,

They had the street signed off for no parking for most of the day so they had to file for permits. There were also alot of supply trucks and a huge RV which leads me to believe this is a bit more than a Microsoft training video.

I haven’t been able to confirm if this shoot was affiliated with the AMW shoot on Tuesday. Does anyone have any ideas what was filming on W Lee yesterday?

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Weekend traffic alerts, lane closures & more

March 25th, 2011 by Thea

Though the weather report is predicting rain for the weekend, you never know what Seattle weather will do at the last minute. Whether it ends up being a sunny spring weekend or a cloudy one, for those who feel like roaming around town there are going to be a few areas with of lane closures and traffic congestion to avoid:

The Seattle Department of Transportation is closing the northbound right lane of the Battery Street Tunnel from 10 p.m. tonight until 6 a.m. tomorrow, Saturday, March 26 while crews perform electrical work on behalf of the Washington State Department of Transportation.

Drivers should expect temporary lane closures on Aurora Ave N on tomorrow. SDOT crews will be repairing the paving along Aurora, between N 47th and N 48th streets, from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 26.

The Ballard Bridge will also have lane closures throughout the day on Saturday, March 26 to accommodate SDOT crews, who will be grinding down and paving the northbound and southbound lanes at the north end of the bridge (weather permitting). The work will be taking place between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., and at least one lane will remain open in each direction.

And on Sunday, March 27 the southbound lanes of the Ballard Bridge will be blocked for most of the morning, from 6 to 10 a.m., for a commercial film shoot.

Starting on next week SDOT will be closing the southbound right lanes on the Alaskan Way Viaduct at Jackson Street from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every weekday from Monday, March 28 to Friday, April 8 so that crews may repair railing that was damaged by accidents, though this work is subject to change in the event of emergency work.

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Tobey’s in town: “The Details” shoots at Kerry Park

September 2nd, 2009 by Thea

“The Details,” an indie black comedy about a couple whose lives are led astray due to a series of events stemming from disagreements over how to deal with their raccoon infestation (oddly appropriate given the numerous reports of raccoon attacks on the hill this summer), is filming at Kerry Park today.

Sixty or so onlookers shuffled in and out for most of the morning, hoping to catch a glimpse of Tobey Maguire, who is filming a scene at the hilltop location.

Tobey arrived at around around 12:40 p.m. (That’s him in the white t-shirt). He enjoyed the beautiful Queen Anne view for half an hour, then rehearsed for about five minutes, before disappearing amidst the production set-up.

According to one of the location managers, Mark, who has lived in Ballard with his wife since November (yay Seattle pride!), in today’s scene Tobey’s character, Jeff, parks his Toyota Prius at the Kerry Park Viewpoint in a red zone, a meter maid comes to give him a ticket, and he runs over to the car. In the words of Bugs Bunny, “That’s all, folks.”

“The Details” has been filming all over town recently, shooting at Fuel coffee house and in front of the Seattle Police Department downtown last week.

LM Mark said the team chose these specific locations around Seattle in order to capture the city’s vibe. “One of the goals of this movie is to show Seattle for Seattle,” Mark said. “I would take my lunch break here…It’s beautiful, it’s real.”

One thing’s for sure, Kerry Park sure is gorgeous. At least four tour buses came by while I was there, and each time the production team had to shoo them away from the shoot. But despite filming going on today, the iconic viewpoint is still open to the public, In fact, the men’s and women’s soccer teams from SPU were taking their team photos at the lookout, next to the production team.

“The Details” is scheduled to be at the park until 5 p.m. today, though the no parking signs on Highland list 3 p.m. as the cut-off.

Other big names in “The Details,” scheduled for release in 2010, include Elizabeth Banks, Laura Linney and Ray Liotta.

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Kerry Park closing for film shoot

September 1st, 2009 by Thea

According to the Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation, Kerry Park will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday, September 2, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. to accommodate a film shoot at the picturesque Seattle lookout.

No word yet on which film it is, or if there will be any star-studded appearances. It might be indie dark comedy “The Details,” staring Tobey Maguire, Elizabeth Banks and Laura Linney, which has been filming around town this summer.

On Saturday, August 22 they were filming at Seattle’s own Fuel coffee house, an employee told us, possibly as a replacement location for Caffe Zingaro at 127 Mercer Street, which turned down the film. Last week they were filming downtown, in front of the Seattle Police Department (thanks MAS for the tip!).

We’ll keep you posted!

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