As Filming Resumes in NYC, It’s ‘Lights, Camera…Action?’

Before Covid-19 tore through New York City, the film industry was alive and thriving. In February, Law and Order SVU was shooting its 22nd season at Chelsea Piers while Billions filmed on the Upper West Side. Roberto Lopez, a stunt coordinator and gear-rigger, was working on the set of For Life with 50 Cent when everything came to a screeching halt. “We were shooting a lot of stuff in the prisons, particularly Kew Gardens, which the show is about,” he remembered.“Then everything just shut down overnight. We packed up the sets and no one came back.”  

With the city’s transition into Phase Four of reopening on July 20, upwards of 100 TV series have received approval to begin or resume shooting. But if you’re imagining Governor Cuomo clapping the director’s slate shut…

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