The Dodge Street Subway

th_Dodge St Subway Sat 7232016 approx 1pm Jamie Vesay WM IMG_7653 copyOkay, let’s get the big answer out-of-the-way. No, it is NOT a real subway with train tracks and passengers… Nor is it the fast-food sandwich chain. Sorry, but the latter is where you’ll be aimed if you do an online search.

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Shooting north

The Dodge Street Subway is a short pedestrian walkway, which tunnels under Dodge street at 51st Street in Omaha. th_Dodge St Subway Sat 7232016 approx 1pm Jamie Vesay WM IMG_7656 copy

The underpass runs north and south, while (busy) Dodge street runs east and west. Dodge street here is also the Lincoln Highway.th_Dodge St Subway Sat 7232016 approx 1pm Jamie Vesay IMG_7658 copy

Credit the Dundee-Memorial Park Association, the Dundee School, UNO, and local donations for the recent beautification with repairs to the concrete, added lighting, signage, and mural art (which sadly seems to be damaged (already)).th_Dodge St Subway Sat 7232016 approx 1pm Jamie Vesay WM IMG_7665 copyth_Dodge St Subway Sat 7232016 approx 1pm Jamie Vesay WM IMG_7659 copy

It was constructed in 1934 to help kids from Dundee School cross Dodge Street.  On that note – I must scream this….  BE SAFE!   th_Dodge St Subway Sat 7232016 approx 1pm Jamie Vesay WM IMG_7663 copy

If you’re shooting here, note the width of the tunnel. It will be tough to shoot wide seeing the wall and subject together. SOUND will be a challenge because of TRAFFIC and it is (of course) echoey. There is the proverbial “light at the end of the tunnel” to balance. UNCONFIRMED if overhead lights are LED. The street lamps do work. Maybe fluorescent?th_Dodge St Subway Sat 7232016 approx 1pm Jamie Vesay WM IMG_7667 copy

Could be a fun shot of a BIKE RIDER being chased or followed by camera on another bike – or drone.  Please have the proper crew to do it SAFELY!th_Dodge St Subway Sat 7232016 approx 1pm Jamie Vesay WM IMG_7664 copy

It is a one-of-a-kind LOCATION in Omaha and is on the National Register of Historic Places.th_Dodge St Subway Sat 7232016 approx 1pm Jamie Vesay WM IMG_7673 copy

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Shooting south

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Locations for Filming and Photography in Nebraska

When you think of capturing NEBRASKA in a frame, you might think of the many farm fields and the agricultural clichés.  Yes, we can get you those…

Field of glory southwestish of Norfolk

but know there are many surprises, including other types of fields.

College World Series 2011 TD Ameritrade Park

Motion pictures or media production happening here might sound curious to you. That’s okay. We’re used to it.

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LOCATIONS are mostly film-friendly. Credit the fine people of Nebraska for being nice. PERMITS are easy, when needed.  LOCATION FEES for any location of scope and scale are comparable to a medium-sized city in the U.S.

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Considerations include: how long you’ll be shooting, the disruption, subject matter, size of crew, etc. Whatever your budget is – please be INSURED.

Wander around this site. Scroll down the CATEGORIES list. Ask Jamie about anything. Reach out. All questions are good. WELCOME and thank you for visiting.

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Locations availability are on a PER-PROJECT basis. Please CONFIRM ANY location’s INTEREST – prior to getting excited about shooting there. 

 

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College World Series (CWS) in Omaha

2011 College World Series TD Ameritrade Park

Every year, the NCAA men’s College World Series is held in Omaha, Nebraska. The city fully embraces the event and the visitors that come here. It is great baseball, plenty of parties, and a genuine economic influx for the city. If you are true baseball fan, this event should be on your bucket list.

Logistically, know that during the CWS, things are booked and busy. If your project falls near the first three weeks of June, you might have a hard time finding LODGING. If you can get rooms or a mini-van, know that they are PRICED HIGHER for the event week. Some crew and gear work during this time but you should be okay in this regard. Vendors that provide production supplies (tables, air chillers, etc) might be sold out.

The stadium, TD Ameritrade Park is downtown and located within streets of newly developed urbanism and old warehousing. If your location is anywhere near here or if you have to pass here to get to set, note the HEAVY traffic (especially before and after games). Parking near here is sparse and mostly pay. Empty lots, that any other time might park production trucks, are now occupied by tents and CWS related parking.

The exterior is a mix of glass and beige brick. The light towers extend into the sky above the stadium, blocking some views to the city skyline.

Inside, it looks and feels like a brand new stadium. A tad too cool and clinically modern but this is for the new era. For most Omahaans, we’ve finally gotten used to the new place.

Part of me wanted the behind-home-plate shot to see the city, like some of the newer major league stadiums, but it does not. You can see the city from upper decks on the third base side and other neighboring structures from the first base side such as CHI Health Center and in the distance, the Bob Kerrey pedestrian bridge.

There was a rumor once, about a movie that takes place during the CWS and how they wanted to shoot during that time. In my opinion, doing this would take an excessive amount of preproduction planning – at least a year or two ahead. And good luck with the 800 lb gorilla of the NCAA.

IF your client likes baseball and you are coming during this time, they will love you if you get them tickets to a game. The experience outside the stadium rivals the fun of being at the game.

For years, the CWS was held at iconic, classic Rosenblatt stadium in south Omaha. From my personal perspective and my cinematic soul, I still relish the old stadium. Despite the fact that “Since we built the new one, people have come”,  many of us miss the ‘Blatt. Rosenblatt stadium WAS located at 13th Street and Bob Gibson Boulevard however it HAS been removed.

CWS at Rosenblatt Stadium Thank you ole’ friend.

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