Walking on the lower East Side of New York City one evening, I came across a common site…a movie shoot. In this case, it was the Julia Roberts film, ‘Eat, Pay, Love.’
Driving on the upper West Side, one can pass by-and visit-Tom’s Restaurant, the 112th Street diner where Jerry Seinfeld and the Seinfeld cast members symbolically gathered on a regular basis.
The fact is, New York City is and has been the location to countless numbers of films, TV and commercial productions. But head east out of the city-specifically Long Island–and a whole new world of film and broadcast production locations can be found.
Films with actress Jennifer Aniston have been shot on Long Island. The same can be said for actress Kate Winslet and actor Ben Stiller.
Cinematically speaking, the number of films and TV programs that have been shot and taken advantage of the Long Island scenery could fill a film festival in itself.
Not surprisingly to area residents, Long Island offers a number of film locations that location talent scouts seek out. Fact is, there are location agencies that just might welcome the opportunity to list your property, your apartment, and your business-maybe even your antique automobile for an upcoming cinematic production. If your home is selected, for example, you could be paid $1,000, $2,000 or more…per day.
Huntington’s Oheka Castle is a popular film location site. The production “Royal Pains” is currently filming there. Not surprisingly, glamorous Southampton and other Hampton’s locales are on the list for film locations.
The grounds of the Sands Point Preserve including the former Guggenheim Mansion were used for filming The Godfather. Louie’s Oyster Bar and Grill is right on the water in Port Washington and was a producer’s pick for filming scenes featuring Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro in the comedy hit Meet the Parents. The Woolworth estate in Glen Cove hosted a recent HBO shoot.
Visit beautiful Old Westbury Gardens today and you’ll understand why this peaceful location has served as such a popular hit for such classic films as North by Northwest, The Manchurian Candidate and even Love Story.
Hollywood, Long Island style, offers many opportunities for film producers and location scouts to get the exact visual look that they demand.
Lights, camera, action. Perhaps your home or business could make a perfect location for an upcoming feature.
By the way, everyone knows about the Cannes Film Festival and the Sundance Film Festival. While through the years, there have been film festivals on Long Island including in the Hamptons and even an upcoming one on the Gold Coast, maybe it’s time to showcase and help the marketing of the Long Island film industry by focusing on productions that have been shot on the Island.
Imagine an upcoming Long Island Location Film Festival. Just an editorial thought. What do you think?