Two months ago I happily broke the news that Philly was going to have two films this summer. Three Seconds, and Equity,
the latter which wrapped two weeks ago and I will write about soon as I spent the last day of their filming on the set.
was scheduled to direct the indie movie, “Three Seconds” which stars Luke Evans
and David Oyelowo
Oscar nominees Josh Brolin
and Maggie Gyllenhaal
and “The Newsroom’s” Olivia Munn were to
join Luke Evans
and David Oyelowo
in the star-studded indie movie “Three Seconds.” This was a full budget
SAG-AFTRA contract, Union and Non union. Shooting in Philadelphia and
must be local hire for Philadelphia.
Over the past month “Three Seconds” opened their production offices, scouted locations, moved into their apartments, held casting calls and scheduled shoots.
Luke Evans arrived in Philly mid July to prep for the film.
Then when I was in Pittsburgh a few weeks ago I saw this headline:
Hundreds of extras sought for filming of ‘Three Seconds’ in Greensburg August 10, 2015. The filming was to take place between September 7 and September 19, 2015 – this being one of the many places in Pennsylvania for a Three Seconds shoot, including Sun Center Studios is Pennsylvania’s premier film and television production facility.
The first shoot in Philadelphia was scheduled for Sunday, it didn’t happened. Then I noticed yesterday Olivia Munn didn’t come to town yet, in fact she and her boyfriend made several very public videos that blitz the news cycle today. I was wondering why.
Monday night I ran into someone that worked with the Three Seconds production, who told me the movie was not going to happen, in Philly or anywhere in Pennsylvania, but was unable to say for sure about ever. He was fairly angry when he told me, I told him I was a photographer who photographed celebrities and I was disappointed. The production has been closed down and everyone had left town.
I contacted Sharon Pinkenson for a comment. She told me:
We did everything we could. But the ultimate effect of the lack of a PA
budget agreement for those of us working in the film industry was the
loss of 1200 jobs, counting crew, actors & extras from the THREE
SECONDS production. That’s a lot of people losing
It was just 3 years ago when we lost another big budget film with a heart throb because of the stalemate with the budget, which does cost jobs and affects peoples lives.