2016-05-25 / Front Page

Kaufman Goes On Location

BY CATHERINA GIOINO


Kaufman Astoria Studios, the only movie production back lot in New York City, hosted a behind the scenes look at the magic of filmmaking with an open house tour. On May 22, members of the public were invited to a New York On Location street fair and were encouraged to walk around the outdoor set and see various performances, including stunt men dancing while on fire, jumping from dangerous heights, stunt fighting and driving, and more. Around the entire radius of the facilities were real trailers used in filming, trucks used to transport lighting and sound equipment, and various dollies and camera 
Photo WalterKarling Kaufman Astoria Studios, the only movie production back lot in New York City, hosted a behind the scenes look at the magic of filmmaking with an open house tour. On May 22, members of the public were invited to a New York On Location street fair and were encouraged to walk around the outdoor set and see various performances, including stunt men dancing while on fire, jumping from dangerous heights, stunt fighting and driving, and more. Around the entire radius of the facilities were real trailers used in filming, trucks used to transport lighting and sound equipment, and various dollies and camera Photo WalterKarling Kaufman Astoria Studios, the only movie production back lot in New York City, hosted a behind the scenes look at the magic of filmmaking with an open house tour. On May 22, members of the public were invited to a New York On Location street fair and were encouraged to walk around the outdoor set and see various performances, including stunt men dancing while on fire, jumping from dangerous heights, stunt fighting and driving, and more. Around the entire radius of the facilities were real trailers used in filming, trucks used to transport lighting and sound equipment, and various dollies and camera equipment.

A stunt performer on fire as crowds watch, at the "New York on Location" event, offering a behind-the-scenes look at filmmaking in New York, at Kaufman Astoria Studios and Museum of the Moving Image.Photo Thanassi Karageorgiou/Museum of the Moving Image

A stunt performer on fire as crowds watch, at the "New York on Location" event, offering a behind-the-scenes look at filmmaking in New York, at Kaufman Astoria Studios and Museum of the Moving Image.

Photo Thanassi Karageorgiou/Museum of the Moving Image Joining in on the fun, the Museum of Moving Image (MMI) offered free admission for the public to learn more about the history of films, which fit well with the interactive face painting, and hair and makeup artists making sure the children of the crowd were “picture perfect.” Professional hair and makeup artists from I.A.T.S.E. Local 798 turned an actor into a rather realistic zombie over the course of five hours, thus proving just how time consuming the job actually is.


Far left: Singing in the Rain: Astoria residents Jerry Hsu and Lily Elers do their Gene Kelly impersonation under the rainmaking machine. Make-up artist Adni Fonseca applies more than rouge to actress-model Jessica Mellow. Far left: Singing in the Rain: Astoria residents Jerry Hsu and Lily Elers do their Gene Kelly impersonation under the rainmaking machine. Make-up artist Adni Fonseca applies more than rouge to actress-model Jessica Mellow. The special effects aspects of films were not overlooked, as children and adults enjoyed looking at what seemed to be snowfall in late May with the help of a snowmaking machine.

Kaufman Astoria Studios boasts a wide repertoire of services offered, for big budget series as well as small, independent films. The back lot, introduced in December 2013, is just one of the multiple amenities the studio presents, along with seven fully equipped sound stages and more than 80,000 costumes, due in part to the Theatre Development Fund Costume Collection.

The original home to Paramount Pictures before they moved to Los Angeles, Kaufman Astoria Studios produces some of the most popular films and television shows, including “Sesame Street” and “Orange is the New Black.”


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