'HOMICIDE' Life on the Set

February 02, 1997|By Text and photography by Chiaki Kawajiri | Text and photography by Chiaki Kawajiri,SUN STAFF

Real. The word pops up whenever people talk about "Homicide: Life on the Street."

Ordinary Baltimoreans praise the edgy TV police drama for showing their city from all sides. The cast and crew say this town is delightfully un-Hollywood, but even at that prefer to keep the filming of episodes a private affair. However, during the creation of this Friday night's episode, The Sun was permitted to go on the set and chronicle what happens behind the scenes.

The production days start before dawn, and sometimes end 12 to 14 hours later. Six-thirty a.m. finds the often sleepy "Homicide" team gathering on location, be it in Dundalk, Highlandtown, downtown or the familiar Fells Point "headquarters" set. At least 100 people are involved during each of the five days it takes to produce the 48-minute episodes of the critically acclaimed drama.

JTC From makeup artists to dead bodies, extras to autograph seekers, this close-up look shows moments never destined for film, but which nonetheless make all the difference.

Pub Date: 2/02/97

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