Monday, June 24, 2024

Rooftop runs and zip line descents among week’s film industry action

The downtown Riverwalk will be the backdrop for some stunt work this week as part of a CrossFit gear commercial shoot. File photo.
The downtown Riverwalk will be the backdrop for some stunt work this week as part of a CrossFit gear commercial shoot. File photo.

A shimmy up a ladder, a mad dash across a roof and a running leap into a boat are among the fancy footwork to be featured in an active-wear commercial shooting in the Port City this week.

According to permits filed with the City of Wilmington, crews with local company Lighthouse Films will set up on the Water Street parking deck and in a Nutt Street alley Wednesday morning for the first day of production on a television ad for 5.11 Tactical’s CrossFit training gear. 5.11 Tactical’s military, law enforcement and public safety clothing and accessories are often worn by enthusiasts of CrossFit, an intensive fitness program.

Along the alleyway, an actor “on the way to work” will climb a fire escape and do a little zip line action from the top of the deck, landing in a green space between the Hilton Wilmington Riverside and the U.S. Coast Guard.

The zip line will be held in place by a fork lift at each end – one on the upper level of the deck and the other, in the Hilton parking lot. The fork lifts will be set up Tuesday, when crews will test out the zip line.

Filming will then take place between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. Wednesday and could require some intermittent lane closures on Water Street between Princess and Grace from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The same day, an actor just a few blocks away will be trotting along the rooftop of City Limits Saloon, 28 S. Front St. A stunt coordinator will be onsite during the shoot, which begins at 10 a.m. and winds down by 4 p.m.

A stunt coordinator will also monitor filming the following day at Dram Tree, a downtown launch site into the Cape Fear River. An actor will jump from the edge of the dock onto a boat and take off down the waterway. Two barrels will be placed in the water between the dock and the boat for stunt work, but the loading ramp will remain open to the public as needed during the shoot, set to run from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

While that lone actor manages his action sequence, another will do it essentially in reverse along the nearby Riverwalk outside The George, 128 S. Water St. There, a man will jump from a boat docked in front of the restaurant, clearing the railing of the wooden walkway in the process. Crews will be on hand from noon to 4 p.m., and pedestrians on the Riverwalk may be redirected or delayed for a few minutes while filming is underway.

And some heavy-duty hopping will take place at a third location Thursday on Second Street near Greenfield. There, an actor comes across a construction site and bounds over a fence, as well as various other barriers. Walkers in the area may have to stop and wait momentarily during filming, which is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Before the urban adventure unfolds downtown, History channel’s “Six” will have returned to a home on Shirley Road Monday to shoot interior and exterior dialogue scenes. Noble Street will be closed off between Klein and Shirley to anyone other than residents and their guests until 11 p.m. tonight.

Tuesday, cast and crew will be at another house in the Carolina Place neighborhood to film a scene that involves actors moving items out of the home. Pender Avenue will be blocked between Wrightsville Avenue and 21st Street from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., and there could be some intermittent closures on 20th between Wolcott and Creecy.

And the other TV drama calling Hollywood East home, TNT’s “Good Behavior,” will take over the New Hanover County Courthouse early Tuesday morning for inside and outside shots, with filming set to wrap at 11 p.m. Princess will remain closed between Third and Fourth and there could be slowdowns along adjacent streets. The show, which seems to center on a life lived out of a suitcase, will be at Americas Best Value Inn, 2828 Market St., for more motel scenes beginning at 1 p.m. Thursday and running through 4 a.m. Friday.

That overnight shoot for “Good Behavior” is followed by one at the McRae Street bridge Friday. While on location from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. Saturday, drivers taking the exit ramp off the MLK Parkway will have to turn left on McRae, and some intermittent traffic control can be expected starting at 9 p.m. on McRae between Nixon and Bess streets, as well as Bess between Sixth and McRae.

Both “Good Behavior” and “Six,” about a US Navy SEALs team, began filming in and around Wilmington in March. Production on the shows’ first seasons is set to wrap up a little later this summer.

Hilary Snow is a reporter at Port City Daily. Reach her at

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