Can you tell us some of your "greatest hits" on the location front?
Well, this year we have this one scene that takes place driving over the Pulawski Skyway, that's going to be pretty spectacular.
And we shot at an apple orchard, which was pretty amazing, and we scouted for that for a long time.
Last year there was a place that we shot in East Orange; the storyline was that they were buying up all these HUD houses and reselling them. We searched, trying to find the slummiest of slums...[LAUGHS] The stretch we finally settled on was actually a really scary neighborhood to shoot in, we ended up having to have police protection while we were filming. So, I guess we found the authentic crappiest place that you could possibly find, since our scouts got practically murdered while they were looking for it. But I thought that was pretty good looking, when I watched the footage from that.
So, there have there been things the writers asked for that you found really, really hard to produce?
Yeah, definitely. Sometimes there're just very specific requirements that almost don't exist, but you still have to try and look for it. Last year on the show, they were building this esplanade, so we had to shoot at a real construction site. But, it had to be on a river, because it was supposed to be Newark.
So, we scouted all along the Newark waterfront, and the only building that was under construction on the waterfront was an FBI building. [LAUGHS] And they wouldn't let us shoot anything to do with them, especially after 9/11. So, we kept scouting on all different rivers in northern New Jersey, but it took us a really, really, really long time. I mean, even when we found one, we pretty much had to shut down a working construction site, so...it was pretty tricky.
What makes a really good location person.
Being a workaholic. [LAUGHS] I'm a perfectionist, you know. That's almost a personal question, what you're asking, because to me, I always just want to do the best job I can. Even if I'm irritated, or I hate my job, or I'm annoyed. [LAUGHS]