By Arielle Dollinger
Sound is scarce here. There is quiet arrhythmic repetition of the word “copy” coming from the mouths of people with headsets. The director tells actress Greta Lee to appear “a little more dead-faced.”
The filming of NBC Universal’s “Sisters,” starring “Saturday Night Live” alumnae Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, continued today as the cast and crew took over Huntington village hair salon Jon Megaris and Son.
“We wanted a little hometown feel,” said production designer Richard Hoover of the location choice.
Shooting began around 9 a.m. this morning. Crewmembers and cast – including Fey, Poehler, Ike Barinholtz (“The Mindy Project”) and Bobby Moynihan (“Saturday Night Live”) – ventured back and forth across Main Street from the salon to the parking lot near the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building. The lot is acting as temporary home to trucks and trailers and craft service.
The set was prepared Wednesday night by freelance workers who belong to the United Scenic Artists Union and work under the umbrella organization IATSE, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Hoover explained.
The crew built a wall about halfway into the salon, creating a barrier between the set and the behind-the-scenes area for monitors.
Outside, set decorators dressed the street with tropical-looking plants in an effort to create the Floridian setting of the film.
Meanwhile, there was Christmas – a man dressed as Santa Claus sat across the street from the salon and potted poinsettias bordered the salon door. Golden mannequins wearing Santa hats stood guard in the salon’s front window.
While Main Street was not closed for long to move equipment, as confirmed by Department of Transportation spokesperson Eileen Peters, the street looks like a scene from a different movie entirely. A dichotomy of cold air and warm-colored plants and lights, the road appears confused about the season. Suffolk County police are present, keeping watch of the area from their cars, and orange traffic cones extend the “sidewalk” and direct drivers around the chaos.
The sidewalk is crowded, as headset-wearers ensure that those standing outside are quiet during filming. According to a town permit granted to the production company, the company brought in approximately 120 cast and crew, six campers, five equipment trucks and trailers, three 24-foot box trucks, one bux, five 15-paseenger vans, two cargo vans, three catering trucks, porta potties, a prop dump truck, two 80-foot lifts, 15 picture cars and one 60-foot lift, Carter said. The company also has permission to park on the west side of Stewart Avenue.
Check out our exclusive gallery of photos from the shoot below!