Filming for “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” continued Friday night, with crews stationed all around NYU and Washington Square Park.
In a matter of hours, NYU’s Pless Hall (located in the Steinhardt building and home to the Black Box Theatre) was strikingly transformed into the “Communication Cafe”: faux signage was placed on several windows, kitschy lamps arranged throughout the room, and paintings and large collages hung on the walls. A room normally frequented by NYU students for gathering and studying became a set for actors Nicolas Cage and Teresa Palmer – and don’t forget the bevy of sound, lighting, and camera people.
When the director finally called “action,” cameras rolled as Teresa Palmer stormed angrily past Nicolas Cage and out of the “Communication Cafe.” For an outside scene, several cars drove along Washington Place while a group of extras walked past the entrance to the Silver Center.
A group of onlookers and fans chatted with a crew member (who was designated to control pedestrian traffic around the set) while the scenes were being filmed.
Through the night, an extensive lighting system brightly illuminated the Silver Center, the brownstones on Washington Square North, the apartment buildings on lower Fifth Avenue, and numerous trees and paths in Washington Square Park. Passersby stopped to find themselves gawking at the lighting and filming equipment placed prominently in these areas and in front of the Arch – not to mention gawking at stars Nicolas Cage and Teresa Palmer.