Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Royal Pains cameras to roll in Camden and Glynn counties

“Royal Pains” may be painless for visitors to the St. Simons Island pier village.
The Glynn County Commission finalized a deal Tuesday with the USA Network show’s producer, Open for Business Productions LLC, to allow scenes to be shot at the popular oceanside park on Wednesday, March 28. The company asked for and received permission to use a gazebo near the pier, flag pole and village parking area that day and to place lighting on top of the Casino building.
The situation is slightly different in St. Marys where “Royal Pains’’ has virtually taken over Howard Gilman Waterfront Park and set up a set. Beginning Thursday, the company will film three straight days, take Sunday off and resume Monday for a day. The filming will begin at 7:30 a.m. a couple of days and end about sunset but on two days start after noon and go until 2 a.m., the company has said.
Tuesday, the production crew was setting up what appeared to be stages, tents, umbrellas, picnic tables and other props.
On St. Simons, the company is shooting mid-week, which will make a difference in crowd control, commission Chairman Richard Strickland said.
“If it was on a weekend, it’d be different,” he said, “but because of the day of week it is, we really don’t see any problems.”
This time of year, the park is teeming with visitors on weekends, but with school still in session, weekdays are less busy.
“There may be some spring-breakers around, but this is going to be basically right around the area of the Casino,” Strickland said. “I would not foresee it causing any kind of problem for the public.”
County Attorney Aaron Mumford said the company will be given “exclusive use” of the requested areas during filming, and also sporadic use of the entrance to the St. Simons library.
Also, the company will get exclusive use of the Fun Zone and Postell Park parking lots starting at 4 p.m. on March 27 for its trucks and other vehicles, Mumford said.
In return, the county will receive $3,500, and the company must post a $5,000 deposit.
That’s not much compensation, but the exposure the area gets will be invaluable, county spokeswoman Candice Temple said.
The show chronicles the exploits of a doctor, played by Mark Feuerstein, who makes house calls to his rich and famous patients in the tony Long Island resort enclave, The Hamptons.
Production of the episode already has started in St. Marys, which is serving as a stand-in for The Hamptons.
The item was on the agenda for the county’s regular meeting last week, but was rescheduled for Tuesday while Mumford finalized the contract, Temple said.
Times-Union writer Terry Dickson contributed to this report.

Royal Pains on location March 21


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