545 8th Avenue – The unofficial headquarters of Respect Films midtown, various rooms in this space have doubled as a psychiatrist’s office, Jerrod Woolf’s office, a green screen studio and a basement prison cell area. It’s great to shoot here in wide open spaces with plenty of room for crew and equipment to spread out.
My Old Apartment – The very first day of shooting on The Third Age took place out in South Slope, Brooklyn at the apartment of my friend and actress in The Third Age, Kristen. We shot down her street, then returned a few months later to shoot a scene with her at a laundromat that you’ll see in the first episode. A few months later, I wound up taking over the apartment from her, and it became a key studio location, doubling as a character’s apartment, a prison cell, another different kind of prison cell, and the roof of Jerrod’s office.
Larchmont Reservoir – This is a gorgeous park up in Westchester. This location doubled for a dreamscape version of Tibet, and also served as the location for a key action sequence late in Volume I.
On the journey for locations, we’ve traveled far and wide. We’ve shot at actors’ apartments, producer Amber’s apartment, co-creator Jordan’s old apartment, and many other spots. Luckily, we’ve always been inventive and have managed to keep a fairly consistent visual aesthetic across a wide variety of spots.
If I had absolute say, I’d have loved to be able to build more elaborate sets and not always be on a quest to find places to shoot, but so far it’s worked out, and hopefully we’ll be able to pull off just a few more locations to bring the film to a close in a satisfying way.
Ultimately, until you have a lot of money, you can’t always match your location to your vision. You’ve got to match your vision to your location.
And, to wrap things up, here’s a glimpse at the latest trailer for the series: