City image: Main St., America Westminster makes filmmaker welcome

September 16, 1992|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,Staff Writer

WESTMINSTER -- It's 5:15 p.m., and the film crew from Vince Clews and Associates is finishing production for the day.

Just as the group gathers to watch the results of their latest shot, the Maryland Midland Railroad makes its daily run through the center of town with a roar that drowns out normal Main Street sounds.

"Well, we timed that just right," said a crew member with a laugh, shouting to be heard over the train's rattle and clatter.

The Reisterstown company, which specializes in in-house productions for companies, was in town last Thursday to film a video benefits presentation for the Virginia Bankers Association.

Rough cuts for the video were completed on Friday, with final editing to be done over the weekend. Banking employees will see the production during benefits presentations later this week.

"Whenever we need a place that looks like Main Street in America, we like to come here," said producer Carol Peterson, adding that the company filmed a video on salesmanship in Westminster for BMW last year.

"We never have a problem. [The officials] say, 'Do what you need to do and let us know,' " she said.

Filming the video -- which follows a couple expecting their second child as they discuss the new benefits packages available from her company -- began at Paradiso restaurant Thursday morning.

It moved through the shopping area and concluded at the library park in the afternoon.

The 10-page script -- prepared by the consulting firm Alexander and Alexander of Baltimore -- simply evolved, said Helen Box Reynolds, who wrote it.

"At first, we wanted to have one actor," she said. "Then, after thinking about it some more, we realized we wanted to have conversation between two actors."

Using that format made the script more fun to work with, said director Steve Yeager, who normally works with longer film pieces.

"This wasn't just talking heads or a demonstrational piece," he said. "This had lines filled with content that had to be delivered by professional actors. This had a story line that people could see."

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