Friday, April 18, 2008

Out on the Town - April 17, 2008

The ONE LIFE TO LIVE crew fills the boardwalk as it films a scene near the Aztec Ocean Resort and the Casino Pier.

Extras stroll the boardwalk (above) during a scene for the soap opera. Actor Trevor St. John (below right) talks with the crew. (PHOTOS: THOMAS P. COSTELLO)

The sun was shining, the cameras were rolling, and the production crew of the daytime soap opera "One Life to Live" was on their second day of taping on the boardwalk in Seaside Heights, Thursday.

From the Asbury Park Press:
A cool breeze blew off the ocean as extras milled about, pretending to enjoy a day at the beach. People came out to watch.

Amid the roving cameramen and directors making frantic hand gestures, people silently watched as ONE LIFE TO LIVE's Todd Manning, portrayed by actor Trevor St. John, acted out a scene in front of the Aztec Ocean Resort.

As taping wrapped up to move north to Lucky's Arcade and Pizza, onlookers scurried to St. John, to get autographs and take pictures with the actor, who portrays the father of character Starr Manning.

Although the producers could not reveal any plot teasers besides the involvement of a popular couple, or which actors were at the boardwalk, people watching the taping reported rumors of characters Starr and Todd Manning, Cole Thornhart, Blair Cramer Manning, John McBain, Talia Sahid and Antonio Vega, being in the borough.

"Technically, everything is going well and everyone in Seaside Heights and the Casino Pier have been very accommodating. Everyone down here is excited that we're here," said producer John Tumino.

Tumino and senior producer Suzanne Flynn said that costumes were being stored in the Lifeguard Headquarters, actors were using rooms in the Atzec Ocean Resort, and crew members were staying at the nearby Holiday Inn.

Flynn said that two different story lines are being taped involving eight actors and about 25 union extras.

"This is a great place with beautiful beaches," Flynn said, adding that the location is being used as the setting for Virginia Beach. "We want to say a big "Thank you' to Seaside Heights. Everyone has been very helpful, and we're very grateful.

"It was colder than we thought it would be," Flynn said.

She noted humorously that an actress who was taping on the pier Wednesday had taken off her shoes to enjoy the mild daytime weather but ended up chilly during the evening when the temperatures dropped.

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