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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Roads

Roads.  Of the top ten of locations I have scouted, roads are certainly on the list.   Aside from needing them in our practical lives every day, what is it about a long road that seems to drift off in the distance or stripe across the landscape?  Is it the life metaphor of travel or the one-mile-at-time?  Well, depending on what you want, crossroads, long road, dirt, asphalt, even brick – there are many of these shots in Nebraska.

Brick surface. Lincoln Highway near Elkhorn

Here are some things to think about when searching for or shooting on roads:

  • Safety, safety, safety.  Don’t be afraid to inform the local law enforcement of your presence.  In most cases (at least out here) they want to help with traffic control.
  • Shut it down.  Get a county or city permit, rent some barricades, and block the road for the time you’ll be on it.  This is safer for your crew and cast and easier to work.  And post PAs or law enforcement at the barricades.  Locals & the press will not see the biggest brightest blinking Road Closed sign.
  • While your favorite road might be cool and straight off the storyboard or layout – remember the basics of logistics.  Parking, restrooms, staging, lunch, traffic, safety, and hiding the crew and vehicles from the shot.

    Dirt & stone surface. One lane tunnel. LOW CLEARANCE.
  • If you are doing traveling shots using picture cars, you might consider paved vs. dirt.  Firstly, the bumps in the road will shake the camera.  Dry dirt roads are very dusty.  Even if you’re shooting near a dirt road you could end up waiting a while for the dust to settle before shooting another take.  Also, when you add water it does knock down the dust.  But too much water (or heavy rain) will make mud.
Asphalt crossroads.
  • Watch your background.  It’s a challenge these days finding that long road with no wires or cell towers.  Yeah, yeah yeah.  If a photograph you can do that PS thing.

BE SAFE!

Dirt road. Hill to the sky.
Dirt, stone, dry, dusty. But cool.

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