AS THE WORLD TURNS Films In Pittsburgh
Members of the cast and crew of AS THE WORLD TURNS filmed scenes for the show on Pittsburgh's North Side on Monday.
"We're here at the Mattress Factory which is doubling for an art gallery - or it is an art gallery - it is an art gallery so it's doubling for itself," Paul Leyden, who plays "Simon," said.
Actors from Pittsburgh auditioned for their big break and they got to play extras. For the stars of the soap, the North Side is a far cry from the sidewalks of New York City.
"I'm so used to Manhattan where everything is so tight that when I see a little bit of space and people having room to move - that surprises me," Maura West, "Carly," said.
It's a homecoming of sorts for Michael Park, "Jack," who lived in Pittsburgh for about a year during his childhood.
"And so coming back, it always lights up my parents' faces when I tell them I'm going to Pittsburgh," Park said.
The scenes filmed in Pittsburgh are scheduled to air Nov. 20.
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Unlike prime-time shows that bring a crew of more than 100 for longer shoots, ATWT had fewer than two dozen behind-the-scenes folks moving quickly, perhaps none faster than executive producer/director Christopher Goutman.
Not only did he call "Action," he also put foam mats in the street in front of the Mattress Factory on the North Side for a scene of Jack almost getting hit by a car (Carly tackles him to push him out of the way). No stunt people necessary. Park and West shot the scene in one take, landing squarely on the black mats.
"I feel like Jerome Bettis," Park said. "Write that down. A little Pittsburgh humor."
With Goutman's familiarity with Pittsburgh, it's not surprising that yesterday's first scene was filmed at CMU. Other locations included Charles Spiegel for Men in Squirrel Hill, New Hope United Methodist Church on the North Side and the Clark Bar & Grill on the North Shore.
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