Monday, July 2, 2012

Shooting in Dudley, Hollywood Style

"Untitled Female Buddy Cop Project" (that's the temporary formulaic name, kids, so look for something different at the box office) "The Heat" starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy will be filming in and around Dudley Square,  July 5- July 12, from 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.

From July 5-10, crews will be shooting at the old B-2 police station. It's a good use for the abandoned station and a better-than-usual mode of "shooting" (drugs not guns) in Dudley. When a scene from "The Town" was filmed down the street in Highland Park, the production company provided free lead and asbestos remediation to the homeowner for use of his house. Similarly, the city has saved money on the B-2 demo since scores of yards of waste were removed from the site gratis, again by the film's production company.

The rest of the shooting will be in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood. Call the locations department at 617-237-2645 with any issues about deliveries or accessibility.

This movie is already cracking me up and not just because the hysterically funny bridesmaid is in it. The neighborhood explodes this time of year with fireworks. Good luck locking down the set for sound, all you third assistant directors. Unless, of course, noisy, smokey, big-bang/no beauty fireworks are part of the scene and then you are in exactly the right place.

Shrubs and new paint...
...make the old B-2 station look so good...
...there may be some confusion about which is the new police station. This sign should probably read "Real Police Station".


  1. Thanks for your post - my kid's a fan of Sandra Bullock, so we stopped by a couple times to try and see the shoot and the actors - only saw the extras walking back and forth for background shots ;-(

    Do you know if they are still shooting outside the old police station? Or have they moved to other locations nearby? Any updates would be welcomed - thanks!

    1. I think I might have bumped in to the two of you last night by the old B-2 station. Sorry your kid did not get at least a glimpse. And I'm sorry but I don't know anymore about production details. Good luck!

    2. That's quite a coincidence! My daughter appreciated your encouragement, and said you made her day. Thanks!

    3. I know it, huh! What are the chances? Anyway, with persistence, her dream one day be realized.