Life on a television soundstage is a mixture of glamor and grit. Or at least that’s the case with Chicago Fire, an NBC series that’s been shooting in Chicago the past two years.
The day I visit, the cast and crew are shooting a scene for an episode that will likely air in March. The set’s designed to look like a firehouse break room.
Actors like Eamonn Walker and David Eigenberg stroll by, impeccably made up for their scene.
But they also jostle and joke around with the crew. Eigenberg (who played Steve, the sweet and mild love interest of Miranda on Sex and the City) swears a blue streak.
Director Sanford Bookstaver, after some prodding from his assistant director, calls “Action!” Everyone hits their marks, again and again.
Other than some barely contained hilarity around a prop (which I can’t reveal: this episode hasn’t aired so no spoilers allowed), it’s all business.
Chicago Fire itself has apparently been good business for our local film economy.
Gov. Pat Quinn said the series is a big reason that local media production has broken records over the past two years.
Bookstaver predicts even bigger revenues. The L.A.-based director has been here 4 times recently, to direct episodes of Chicago Fire and the spin-off series Chicago PD. He said film could be a trigger for economic growth in Chicago. New production facilities, followed by hotels.
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