I enjoy watching movies that are shot on location. They seem more real, genuine, and authentic than films that are shot in a studio or on a sound stage. Our film, Hope Bridge, is being shot completely on location. No green screens or fake shots. It’s as real as it gets. That’s why I believe Hope Bridge is going to be special. Of course, there is a down side to shooting on location. It requires a lot of hard work, planning, execution, and logistics. It’s not only about finding the perfect location, but you also have to think about things like where is the crew going to park, where do you put hair and make-up, where and how do you feed people. And don’t forget the bathrooms.
As you can see, there are a lot of things to be considered in order to find the perfect location. Our location manager, Daniel Bowman, has done an outstanding job. He’s found the perfect backdrop to serve as our primary location for Hope Bridge. Lawrenceburg, KY is a picturesque community located about 35 miles west of Lexington.
The folks in this community have opened their arms and have welcomed the cast and crew of Hope Bridge with an enthusiastic embrace. They have been great from the Mayor’s office to the Police Department. Everyone has been on board. Nowhere is that more true than with Robert Myles, who is Lawrenceburg’s City Attorney. He sees the film as an opportunity for economic development for the region. In fact, he’s hoping our film will be a catalyst for more productions to come to his city. Hollywood is certainly welcome in the streets of Lawrenceburg.
Day 5 or should I say Night 1 has certainly needed the kind of support that Mr. Myles has offered. I’m sure some of the town’s people might feel an army has invaded their town. Although the cameras don’t start rolling until 9:30 a.m., most of the crew arrive hours earlier to start preparing for the shoot. Tables and chairs and tents go up throughout the town. An array of trucks arrive, and equipment is unpacked with precision. It’s like watching a colony of ants going about their business.
But there is a design in all of the madness. From an outsiders view, it might look like chaos; however, in reality, everybody knows their job and what must be done.
Thanks once again to the folks here in Lawrenceburg for you help and support.