The Electric City, along with some of its residents, will soon be featured on Amazon Prime’s “Modern Love.”
The production team is looking to cast Capital Region residents as extras in the romantic comedy.
“The arrival of the Amazon Prime series, Modern Love, is huge for Film Schenectady, and a welcomed change for city businesses,” said Schenectady film commissioner Donna Pennell.
“Modern Love” is based around the New York Times column of the same title and is slated to start filming its second season at The Armory Center in September. Filming is scheduled to continue through October and the five episodes will be filmed locally.
Film Schenectady is assisting with production and will be facilitating the local casting process with Grant Wilfley Casting Inc., a New York City-based company.
They’re looking for local men, women and children to portray NYC residents. Since each episode is different, the casting company plans to hire a variety of people. Some may be asked to work several days and will be included in multiple episodes while others will work one or two days.
Experience is not required, though each person will need to take a provided COVID-19 test before filming. Those interested in being hired as a paid extra should register at gwci.app/talent, select Albany, NY as their employment area and upload two recent photos.
The cast for the second season of “Modern Love” has not yet been announced, though the first season included Hollywood favorites such as Anne Hathaway, Tina Fey, Andy Garcia and Dev Patel, who was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series.
While this isn’t the first time that Schenectady has been the backdrop of a major production, it’s the first since 2011. That summer, “The Place Beyond the Pines” was filmed locally, featuring Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendes, Bradley Cooper, and others.
Albany has been in the spotlight recently, as the backdrop for HBO’s “Succession,” which was filmed last summer. Before that, Disney/Marvel’s “The Punisher” was filmed there.
Pennell says film projects of all sizes are ramping up around the Capital Region in the coming months.
“It has been busy, very busy, and not just with the Amazon Prime series in town. Film Schenectady, and our neighbor Film Albany, has been getting inquiries from near and far since media production has been cleared to resume in the Capital Region. Due to lower density areas and cost-saving factors, we are top of mind for many projects,” Pennell said.
The Armory, located on Washington Avenue, is also one of the Capital Region’s NYS tax credit qualified production facilities, featuring high ceilings and a spacious floor ideal for set construction, according to Pennell.
“When production companies choose any Capital Region city, they are choosing all of us. We work together to promote the region as a whole - locations, crew, talent, goods and services go beyond city lines,” Pennell said.
The Association of Film Commissioners estimate that when a TV series shoots in a city – that city enjoys an economic impact of $165,000 per day.
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