The state Ed Building was basically used as a backdrop. Extras were scattered around the building's steps and Washington Ave. They didn't move for the most of the time we were there, which gave it a sort of model train set-like feel.
The scene being shot surrounded the character played by Benjamin Walker. (He's reportedly playing the role of Kevin Kennedy, a Supreme Court clerk who championed Ali's case.) The Volkswagen he's driving has some sort of car trouble (the car was rigged to smoke) -- so he pulls over and checks it out. It looks like he's supposed to be late for something. [Variety]
Even the car got makeup:
There was a discussion about how the shot was going to work:
Stephen Frears, the director:
We're always a little taken aback by all the people and equipment involved in bigger productions. There was all sorts of crew: cinematographers, sound people, production assistants. And then were just some people who didn't necessarily seem to be onlookers from the public -- they were just there.
Rehearsing one of the shots:
Post-rehearsal discussion over some food:
The extras were dressed up to look like they belonged in the late 60s. They also looked cold. Some of them huddled on a bus to a keep warm between takes.
They shot this part of the scene three or four times:
And then they adjusted to shoot inside the car as Walker drove it half a block down Washington and parked it on the curb (it looked he missed the spot one time).
They also ran this shot four times.
And then, just before 4 pm, they packed up to head down the hill for another scene.
Benjamin Walker was having trouble with his car.
The HBO film Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight was shooting in downtown Albany today -- that's why Washington Ave was shutdown near the Capitol -- so we stop by to have a look.
We watched the crew film a scene on Washington Ave outside the state Education Building. (The state Ed Building is standing in for Washington DC.) The crew will be filming in Albany through the night, and then in Schenectady Friday evening. [Daily Gazette]
Here are a bunch of photos -- and a short video clip -- from this afternoon's shoot...
Photos are in large-format above -- scroll all the way up.
Here's a short video clip from today's shoot:
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