Wednesday, September 23, 2009
"My Darling is a Foreigner" to be filmed at Presbyterian Church, Mindowaskin and at E. Dudley house.
The Town Council will be approving a film permit from High Field Entertainment to shoot a Japanese language romantic comedy in town on Oct. 1 and 2.
The film, which is shooting half of its four-day U.S. schedule in Westfield, will be shot on the lawn of the Presbyterian Church, in Mindowaskin Park and at the Rudlow residence at the intersection of E. Dudley Avenue and Lawrence Avenue. The filming will likely include some minor disruption to the sidewalk in front of the church and to the area surrounding the house.
Takuma Hayashi, the film's production supervisor, said the film, which will be shown in Japan, chose Westfield after consulting the state film commission for communities. The film is based on a popular comic book in Japan, in which a Japanese cartoonist falls in love with a man from New Jersey. He said state film officials mentioned Westfield because of the church.
"This town was the first proposed by the New Jersey Film Commission because we were looking for a beautiful church," Hayashi said.
Council members expressed some concerns with regards to the logistical aspects of filming in town for those two days. The filming on Oct. 2 at the Rudlow residence will be from 2 p.m to 7 p.m., raising concerns about traffic due to school being let out and then commuting. Councilman Sal Caruana suggested the film try to change production times on those days.
Hayashi said the production company has been working with the local police to handle traffic concerns and will be parking most equipment at the Presbyterian Church parking lot in order to reduce congestion on E. Dudley. There will be a shuttle service between the church and the Rudlow home. Some vehicles will be parked at the residence. Hayawhi said the production company will be hiring at least two police officers both days to supervise the shoot and handle safety and welfare issues.
Councilwoman Joann Neylan expressed concern about the condition of the park and other filming locations after the shoot. Hayashi said the production company will be restoring the area to the original conditions when they are finished. Hayashi also said it is likely all meals served in the church's dining hall will be catered by Westfield companies.
The Council showed support for the project and for Westfield's latest turn on the big screen. The town has been a popular spot for filming, including the former NBC television series, Ed, which was largely shot in Westfield. Hayashi said many of the scenes in Westfield are critical to the entire film.
"One of our most important locations is the front of the Presbyterian Church," he said. "Our main characters will meet and embrace and it's a climax of the film."
- On Wednesday, September 23, 2009 9:30:00 PM, wrote...
Thanks so much for the update! ^^
Mao's going to be pretty busy this coming month!
- On Thursday, September 24, 2009 5:28:00 AM, marueda wrote...
aw I am in the US but on the other side of the country :(
the movie sounds pretty cute ^^ thnx for the post!
- On Thursday, September 24, 2009 1:55:00 PM, atskv9 wrote...
Man, that's twice now she will be in the US and I won't be able to see her. New Jersey is such a terrible state :P Hope some people are able to get some photos!
- On Friday, September 25, 2009 5:56:00 AM, wrote...
Uwa! I'm off to share the info... let's hope it all goes well, thanks for the heads up!!
- On Wednesday, September 30, 2009 11:44:00 AM, wrote...
Apparently I live an hour and a half away from that location (by car). Unfortunately, I hate New Jersey and its drivers, but I hope I can try to pass by on the 2nd. I wonder how tight security will be.
- On Friday, October 02, 2009 2:36:00 AM, unleashthegeek wrote...
Wow, what is it about New Jersey :O
No one going to defend their home state?