“The Place Beyond the Pines” has moved across town a little, and is shooting most of today (Wednesday, August 10th) at 1718 Watt Street in Schenectady. The crew was setting up for what appeared to be a day of mostly interior work inside a small, woodframe residence on a narrow, tree-lined stretch of Watt Street.
Director Derek Cianfrance was not yet in evidence, nor were any of the principal castmembers, as crew members unloaded equipment from a fleet of trucks, and began to carry props, including young childrens’ toys, inside the house. Several crewmembers were drinking coffee and carrying aluminum foil-covered plates from the catering trucks parked at a staging area around the corner.
Reportedly the Watt Street residence is being used for “Malena’s house” in the feature, in which Ryan Gosling plays a motorcycle stuntrider turned bank robber to support his infant son by the character played by Eva Mendes. Irritatingly, IMDb does not yet give character names for all cast member. It’s not known at this time whether “Malena” is the character played by Ms. Mendes.
As is common with features still in production, the script for “The Place Beyond the Pines,” co-written by Niskayuna native Ben Coccio, is under wraps. It appears that Gosling’s character, “Luke,” runs afoul of a rookie cop played by the uber-hot Bradley Cooper. Years later, Cooper’s character, “Avery Cross,” has become a politician and his son gets mixed up in a shady deal with Luke’s son.
Today’s shooting does not involve the widespread street closures of Monday’s action outside the Trustco Bank at State Street and Brandywine Avenue, although traffic is slowing to a crawl when the crew have to move equipment from the trucks on the narrow street.