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(Updated) American Express Commercial Filming in BG PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 20 June 2013 10:49
A film crew from Los Angeles prepares a camera for filming Thursday morning. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
(Updated: 9:50am, 06-21-13)
Bowling Green got a touch of Tinsel Town as a Los Angeles production company filmed in the city.
"We're here in Bowling Green to film a commercial for American Express," explained Daria Tarlow, production supervisor for Smuggler Inc., the production company filming the ad.
The commercial is to focus on American Express' credit card reading device. Caitlin Lowie, director for corporate affairs and communications for American Express, said that the commercial would be part of an advertising campaign for the American Express Open line of services, aimed at assisting small businesses.
Tarlow said that the production was drawn to Bowling Green through Weigl Works, a Cleveland-based company previously based in B.G. Weigl Works creates control systems for animatronic and static figures, and LifeFormations, which has facilities based in BG, is one of Weigl Works's customers. Both companies are to be featured in the commercial.
Filming took place in the downtown on Thursday, and was to continue at LifeFormations, 2029 Wood-Bridge Blvd., on Friday.
Before 9 a.m. Thursday the company's production RV could be seen in a parking lot near the Stones Throw Tavern and Grill, along with a food table and racks of what appeared to be costumes. Tarlow confirmed that there would be actors - "principal and background talent," she said - used in the filming.
In the downtown Thursday morning, members of the company's 50-person crew could be seen setting up lights and other equipment in anticipation of filming, and were observed filming throughout the day.
Assistant Municipal Administrator Lori Tretter noted that Smuggler Inc. had contacted the city last week about the operation, and came into town Monday evening. They have been working with the city over the last few days, walking through the permitting process.
"We certainly wanted to be mindful of the businesses downtown, the pedestrians and folks, while being mindful of helping (Smuggler) accomplish their goal of shooting the commercial," she said.
Tretter said that the company received a parking permit and a special event permit, and also had to pay for the parking meters of the spots they are occupying. They additionally contracted for a city police officer to assist them.
Smuggler has filmed commercials for All State Insurance, Volvo, Ford, Bank of America, Samsung, and others. They additionally do work in feature films, theater and animation.
Last Updated on Friday, 21 June 2013 09:50

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