Lights, camera, explosions, gunfire: Sleepy Hollow comes to Salisbury | Business
SALISBURY - Check this out, it's an announcement that was sent to merchants and busienss owners in downtown Salisbury, and since the WBTV office is in downtown Salisbury, we go tone too.
This is the official announcement from 20th Century Fox about the filming schedule for the Sleepy Hollow television show. Filming begins next Monday and it will mean that some things will be happening that you should be aware of if you live, work, or travel in the area.
So, here's the note, completely uncut:
Dear Merchants and Residents of Salisbury, North Carolina,
Twentieth Century Fox Television is pleased to feature Salisbury in the upcoming television pilot entitled, “Sleepy Hollow”. We genuinely appreciate the hospitality and support you have displayed over the last several weeks and are looking forward to featuring Salisbury as our backdrop to recreating the town where this legend was born.
Movement has started as we prepare our sets for next weeks filming at St. Lukes Episcopal Church, Bell Tower Park and various streetscapes. The breakdown of what to expect is detailed below:
“Sleepy Hollow” STORY:
A modern–day supernatural thriller based on the legend of Sleepy Hollow, following Ichabod Crane as he partners with Sleepy Hollow's local female sheriff to solve the mysteries of a town ravaged by the battle between good and evil.
Thursday, March 14, 2013 through Wednesday, March 20, 2013
7AM – 7PM Daily
St. Lukes Episcopal Church on West Council Street & the intersection of West Innes and North Church Street plus, Bell Tower Park.
Our crew will be parking in lots adjacent to the church and alongside the church for unloading equipment and set pieces. Representatives from the Locations Department will be positioned in the vicinity of our work areas to ensure the sidewalks remain clear for foot traffic and that access is not impeded with trucks or generators.
Monday, March 18th through Saturday, March 30
Filming will be through the PM hours beginning at 6PM - 8AM but due to the need to set up our equipment, park large vehicles and position power, lighting and set dressing, crew members will be on-site during the daytime hours.
Filming includes mostly exterior scenes on West Council Street between North Main and North Church, Driving sequences on West Innes at North Church and an additional set at Bell Tower Park.
Our filming in Salisbury involves controlled pyrotechnic devices and special effects, which are cleared through the City of Salisbury’s Fire and Police Departments in advance. This includes small explosives, gunfire, atmospheric smoke as well as stunt activity. Although we are filming overnight, the special effects last for several minutes and you will not hear gunfire continuously throughout the evening.
For safety of everyone, we have requested road closures beginning at 6PM through 8AM daily on MAIN STREET and NORTH CHURCH STREET between WEST FISHER and WEST LIBERTY. WEST INNES and WEST COUNCIL STREETS between LEE STREET and JACKSON STREET, Monday – Wednesday and additionally, we’ll need to extend the closure on WEST INNES Thursday and Friday to SOUTH ELLIS. We have been working with the City of Salisbury and the North Carolina Department of Transportation to coordinate our request in this regard.
Although we are asking for a street closure for the duration of our filming period, the sidewalks will remain open to pedestrian traffic except for short intervals when the cameras are rolling. During this time we may implement pedestrian control to avoid people appearing in the background of our scenes as well as to ensure public safety.
All of the businesses should maintain their normal business hours throughout the filming period. Locations Department Representatives will be present to ensure the sidewalks are clear of debris & filming equipment to ensure customers can access the buildings easily.
We are requesting intermittent traffic control in the proximity of our filming areas in order to avoid vehicles driving past while we are filming and either appearing in our scenes or affecting sound recording. Under the direction of the Salisbury Police Department, we will hire off duty police officers to assist with traffic control.
Vehicles will be held only when the cameras are rolling and for a maximum of 5 minutes. Emergency vehicles will be able to pass through our traffic control whenever necessary.
If we experience unusually inclement weather, we may elect torearrange our film schedule and the above mentioned traffic control points may be modified accordingly.
While a majority of our lighting is provided by small lights on tripod stands, we will also have several large pieces of lighting equipment positioned in pre-arranged areas around downtown
Salisbury and will be used during filming hours only however, select pieces of equipment will need to remain throughout our week in Salisbury.
Our equipment includes a lighting truck that holds lights similar to the baseball stadium lighting and Condor boom or scissor lifts with lights attached. Expect a glow around our sets during the evening hours.
Our lights are powered by generators, which will be positioned in close proximity to our filming locations. We will do our best to minimize any sound disturbances from the generators as well as prevent our lights from shining directly into residences.
Saturday, March 23 through Monday, March 25th.
7AM to 7PM
As with the preparatory period, we will continue our policy of having crew members park in their designated spaces provided and negotiated with our locations and the City of Salisbury.
Everyone associated with 20th Century Fox Television will endeavor to ensure this is a positive filming experience for Salisbury. We again thank you for allowing us to feature Salisbury, NC as a beautiful backdrop in telling the story of ‘Sleepy Hollow."