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Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Reminiscing about Burn Notice

This is a rerun of a story first run on June 28, 2010. The Burn Notice days ... 




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Burn Notice had a lot of fans on hand on Friday afternoon, it seemed as if everyone was out watching the filming at the Mayfair Atrium. They set up a bank at the old Borders Books and the scene was based on that. Jeffrey Donovan and Bruce Campbell were the two featured in the scene being shot.

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A limo was parked across from the "bank" and a guy came running out of the bank with a bag full of money, he gave the money to Bruce Campbell (Sam) and the three guys jumped into the limo and the scene was over. It took hours to do that simple scene over and over.

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The cameras filmed from inside the Atrium as you see here. And then they ended up across the street shooting the scene from another angle.

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What was surprising was all the people around watching. It usually has never been that crowded before when they filmed around town. It was almost like a little block party with the all the people around.

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It's funny how they converged on the scene, too. I was at a meeting at the BID office, in the Atrium and little by little a buzz started outside, the crew started setting up equipment for the bank scene which was across from the BID office. Lots of guys in suits (extras) started roaming around and before you knew it, lights were on and then camera and action.

It's a lot of fun with Burn Notice in town. Above, Jeffrey Donovan was talking with me as he walked to Starbucks. The stars often walk around alone and do their thing without much incident. They are noticed more when the lights and camera are trained on them than when they are simply walking alone down the street to get a frappacino. I tried to get him to take a picture with one of our famous fiberglass peacocks, but he declined.

Here are some scenes from their April 30 shoot on Florida Avenue.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It’s a bit sad to recall all the greatness of Coconut Grove when you see around us the many vacant shops and mediocre restaurants like the one with the claim to fame of a “Fast Sandwich” not an “Exceptional Sandwich”! The Grove once had a thriving film industry. Many homes, boats, restaurants and shops where used as locations and their owners where generously compensated with extra income and celebrity. MDC benefited by generating thousands of dollars of film permits. City of Miami benefited with hundreds of thousands of dollars by renting out the Dinner Kept Expo Center as a film studio. MDC and City of Miami Police Departments generated thousands of dollars in off-duty fees for closing streets. Perhaps someday the excitement of filmmaking will return after FL Film tax Credits are reestablished by a Democratic Governor and Legislature and we in South Florida once again appreciate and welcome the film Industry.

September 09, 2015 9:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So nice to have Regatta Park vs. the dilapidated Grove convention center.

The film industry should be located in other types of areas around Dade. This is similar to not placing a soccer stadium on waterfront property.

September 09, 2015 3:15 PM  

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