Update: More details on TV show shooting at Seacrest tomorrow

January 10, 2009 at 4:13 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle parks, WS culture/arts | 17 Comments

ORIGINAL 4:13 PM POST: Thanks to JBC for the first tip on this — the Seacrest parking lot will be off-limits tomorrow as will a lot of parking in the area along the east side of Harbor Avenue, 6 am-6 pm, because a film/video crew will be in action. Someone we asked at Seacrest would only say “film” but Adam says his building nearby has been notified it’s a “TV pilot.” (We saw one obvious prop – a makeshift A-board sign for a nameless “Water Taxi” with three tiers of ticket prices that bear no relation to the pricing of the real Water Taxi, which of course is out of service till spring.) We’re off to do more online research in hopes of securing details, but wanted to get word out ASAP about the parking restrictions for tomorrow. 4:41 PM UPDATE: Just got a photo of the notice (thanks again to Adam). Will retype the text here momentarily. Two things of note: Alki Crab and Fish WILL be open during the shoot (which the notice says will last about six hours), and one part of the production will include “the detonation of a charge which will simulate a car explosion.” 4:57 PM UPDATE: To read the entire text of the notice with details about what they’re doing tomorrow, including that “detonation,” and why there may be some intermittent traffic control in the area tomorrow too — plus which show is apparently involved — click ahead:

First, here’s the text of the notice that Adam photographed and sent to us:

Tick Tock Productions, a company producing a television pilot, will be filming at Seacrest Park between the hours of 7 am and 2 pm.

We will be shooting for approximately 6 hours at Seacrest Park and the Alki Crab and Fish. Scenes will be shot in multiple areas of the park including the parking lot, the pier, and picnic table area as well as inside the cafe. Please be aware that the cafe will remain open for business during the shoot but there will be times when entering and exiting the restaurant will be limited for a short time. Those wishing to patronize the restaurant should be aware that cameras will be present and that for a short time it will be a live set with filming going on. There will be someone stationed at the door to confirm when the cameras are rolling.

Please note that there will also be live action in the parking lot culminating in the detonation of a charge which will imitate ‘a car explosion.’ For safety we will restrict use of the parking lot the day before — January 10th. Barricades will be in place so that the parking lot will be clear of cars and so that ‘picture’ cars can be placed in the lot that have been stripped of all liquids, flammables and anything environmentally hazardous. We are working with professional explosive experts, a team of safety experts, and will have the support of the Seattle Police Department and the Seattle Fire Department to ensure that this is done with the utmost safety and with the least amount of impact possible. Please be assured that what we are calling an ‘explosion’ will be done with movie-magic and while it may look dangerous, will be conducted by licensed professionals, under the watchful eye of the fire department, will be under control at all times, and will be cleaned up immediately afterward.

We will not block any driveways or impede any neighbors as they come and go from their homes. However, it will be necessary for us to control the immediate park area as well as traffic for short periods of time to ensure the safety of passersby and vehicle traffic on Harbor Ave. We hope this doesn’t cause any major inconvenience to the neighborhood and we will be as contained as possible while we work. We understand that it may be an inconvenience, and greatly appreciate being able to film in your neighborhood.

We are working closely with the Mayor’s Office of Film and Music in an effort to make filming go as smooth as possible. …

From there, the note ended with an invitation to residents to contact production managers if they had questions or concerns. Looks like Adam not only has provided this info but also has figured out which production it is — MTV’s new game show “The Phone,” which would explain why the production company is Tick Tock, a subsidiary of “American Idol” production company Fremantle. Here’s a blurb about the show (co-produced by Justin Timberlake). That doesn’t mention a Seattle connection but Adam found one in an apparent crew member’s online resume (listing: “Assistant Production Manager/Production Coordinator for MTV’s “The Phone” Seattle filming”). ADDED 5:11 PM: In comments, “Noreaster” found a help-wanted notice for the production, which further verifies – here’s an excerpt:

Tick Tock Productions & Fremantle Media (Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency, American Idol, America’s Got Talent, Amazing Race) is producing a major MTV Reality competition called “The Phone” – Principal Photography taking place in Seattle Sunday January 11th through Saturday January 17th. With Wednesday the 14th off.

Also, we found a page on the MTV website mentioning a casting call in Seattle last August.

17 Comments

  1. Looks like it’s gonna be for an MTV reality show called “The Phone”…

    I found the following casting notice…

    http://www.gotcast.com/casting-calls/ViewOpenCall.aspx?ContestID=52781&ReturnURL=%2Fopen-castings%2F%3FSortBy%3D10%26page%3D%26PageSize%3D25%26gender%3D%26age%3D%26CategoryID%3D-1%26CountryCode%3DUSA%26StateCode%3D&ReturnText=Return+to+Open+Casting+Calls+Search

    Comment by noreaster — 5:07 pm January 10, 2009 #

  2. Just posted that same show name – tipster Adam dug it up out of a crew member’s LinkedIn bio, in fact. Thanks!

    Comment by WSB — 5:09 pm January 10, 2009 #

  3. What’s “MTV”?

    Comment by BobLoblaw — 6:17 pm January 10, 2009 #

  4. I still miss the astronaut logo.

    Comment by WSB — 6:25 pm January 10, 2009 #

  5. I miss the music videos…

    Comment by noreaster — 6:29 pm January 10, 2009 #

  6. video killed the radio star

    Comment by CB — 6:32 pm January 10, 2009 #

  7. At least its being filmed here in the USA instead of Vancouver and made to look like the USA…

    Comment by Scott — 6:33 pm January 10, 2009 #

  8. seems pretty scripted for a “reality” show…

    Comment by JenV — 9:01 pm January 10, 2009 #

  9. Oh, yeah, gotta have the exploding car. Very original and “real.” I’m just glad this isn’t happening near the baby seal.

    Comment by jeannie — 9:20 pm January 10, 2009 #

  10. Sorry – meant to add that I do think this is a good way to bring some revenue to our area. It might not be much, but it’s still beneficial.

    Comment by jeannie — 9:22 pm January 10, 2009 #

  11. As long as they don’t rename it “Ryan Seacrest Park.”

    Comment by jeannie — 10:16 pm January 10, 2009 #

  12. I hope the explosion doesn’t hurt the eagles that nest across from Salty’s. I’m sure they are used to all the loud noises of the city, and fireworks and such, but not too many loud explosions going off so near to their nest normally.

    Comment by WW — 10:28 am January 11, 2009 #

  13. I just watched the helicopter harass the sea lions on the buoy out in the bay

    Comment by Adam — 10:44 am January 11, 2009 #

  14. “I hope the explosion doesn’t hurt the eagles that nest across from Salty’s. I’m sure they are used to all the loud noises of the city, and fireworks and such, but not too many loud explosions going off so near to their nest normally.”

    “I just watched the helicopter harass the sea lions on the buoy out in the bay”

    —————
    People like WW and Adam are ~exactly~ the reason why every major film studio and producer that bases a film in Seattle actually shoots it in Vancouver, B.C. – Because we cry foul at anything and everything that we feel is remotely a threat to anything. Give me a break, people! I was down there watching today, and I actually heard someone say as they were putting out the fire “Where is that dirty water going to go?” Puh-leeze! FYI, the storm drains in the parking lot were covered and filtered. Not that I cared – as far as I’m concerned the water could drain wherever gravity takes it, just like it has at every unplanned fire for the last couple billion years… and the earth will still turn and the sun will still rise tomorrow.

    Comment by Steve — 1:53 pm January 11, 2009 #

  15. Well said Steve.

    Comment by Burton — 2:16 pm January 11, 2009 #

  16. If only those that believe that “The Real World” and all the other reality series are 100% improvised could see this being filmed.

    And yet people will continue to believe without questioning what is being served on the tube.

    Comment by Gina — 3:16 pm January 11, 2009 #

  17. Doesn’t “harass” imply intention? I’d bet my hybrid that sea lion was the last thing on the helicopter pilot’s mind.
    Thanks for the voice of true reason, Steve. As a Washington native and a West Seattlite for 18 years, I’m so #@$%&! tired of the Adams and WWs of this city.

    Comment by Gas Town — 7:07 am January 12, 2009 #

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