HBO is looking for extras to appear in scenes in season two of its series “Succession,” which will be shooting scenes in Lake George, Queensbury and Lake Placid in late April and early May.
Adirondack Film Commissioner Andrew Meader said he has been talking to the producers since November. Some of the people working on the HBO series were also involved with Showtime’s “Escape From Dannemora” miniseries.
“They were familiar with the area,” he said. “I have been talking with them and helping them try to find different types of places.”
The producers will be filming scenes at Great Escape and at locations in and around Lake George, according to Meader.
“They’ll be booking hundreds of hotel rooms and it will be really fantastic for our area,” he said.
In addition, the HBO crew will film in Lake Placid for scenes that require a “high-end hunting cabin,” according to Meader.
Grant Wilfley Casting is seeking people ages 18 and older to play “upscale business types and amusement park-goer types,” according to a Facebook page.
The post says that the Lake Placid scenes will be shooting on April 23-30, and the Lake George scenes will be filming on May 2-3.
People who are interested in being cast as an extra are asked to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, with a clear current photo of themselves and their name and phone number. The subject line should say “Flyer Upstate NY,” and people should note where they live and if they are a member of SAG-AFTRA or nonunion.
The series is about Logan Roy, who controls a media and entertainment company, and the battle among his four children to take control of the conglomerate as their father steps back from his role. Brian Cox stars as the patriarch, and the series also features Kieran Culkin, Alan Ruck, Sarah Snook and Nicholas Braun as his children and Hiam Abbass as his third wife, according to the HBO website. The show was created by Jesse Armstrong, who wrote “In the Loop.”
Meader said he has been talking to producers of a potential Amazon movie that is interested in filming in Washington County. The area missed out on a Netflix movie, which needed a train station for filming. It just did not work out logistically, Meader said.
This area’s profile has been raised, according to Meader.
“We’re getting on the radar and people are reaching out to us,” he said.
Promoting, creating events
Lake George village Mayor Robert Blais is asking business leaders to help with the promotion of village events and creation of new ones as he prepares to take a step back from public life.
Blais recently met with about 22 local business leaders at the Holiday Inn Turf to talk about what will happen when he retires. Blais was just re-elected to what he says will be is 13th and final four-year term leading the village, and he has indicated he may leave office mid-term if somebody is willing to fill his shoes.
Blais currently organizes special events in the village, such as the King George Fishing Derby, and manages and promotes events at Shepard Park and the Charles R. Wood Festival Commons.
He estimated that he spends about 40% of his efforts working on these events. Last year, there were 70 events in Shepard Park and 16 in Wood Park.
“I just thought that somebody has got to step up to the plate,” he said.
Blais has expressed interested in forming an organization similar to the Glens Falls Collaborative, which consists of a group of business leaders organizing events such as Boo 2 You and Hometown Holidays.
Blais has named the effort the “365 Coalition” and appointed the following business and community leaders to a steering committee: David Menter, Robert Gregor, Laura Kohls, Kathy Muncil, Luke Dow, Sean Quirk, Ed Pagnotta, Erin Coon, Lake George Deputy Town Supervisor Vincent Crocitto, Maria Congel, Jose Filomeno and Frank Minea.
Blais suggested that this new entity could manage the occupancy tax funds that the town and village receive from the county.
The village of Lake George has contracted with National Grid to convert all their streetlights and lights in their facilities to more energy-efficient LED bulbs.
All 285 streetlights in the village will be converted to LEDs, also known as light-emitting diodes, by fall or sooner, according to a news release. Lighting levels will remain the same, or become brighter in some areas. The cost to the village will be a one-time charge of $547. In addition, the village is going to spend about $21,000 to put LED lights in Village Hall, the firehouse and the Department of Public Works garage.
Village officials believe the changeover will save taxpayers about $20,500 per year in lighting costs.
In addition, the village has installed an electric vehicle charging station in the James Street parking lot.
Sewer plant funding
Blais is a little disappointed that the state budget did not have any money specially allocated for the village’s new $22 million wastewater treatment plant.
The mayor had lobbied state officials and legislators about the need to upgrade the outdated plant and wrote letters to the editor in Capital Region newspapers.
However, Blais said he remained hopeful that Lake George could get a piece of the $500 million set aside for clean water infrastructure.
The village is going to purchase between six and eight new pay-and-display parking meters for Canada Street and some of the side streets, according to Blais. He said the company that supplied the village’s single-space meters can no longer provide parts, so Lake George has to switch over to new equipment.
Village officials will cannibalize parts for the remaining meters, according to Blais. The village plans to set aside funds each year to replace the remaining meters with new single-space meters that are solar-powered and accept credit cards.
LARAC will hold a special event on Friday for the opening of its exhibit, “Past On.”
The event will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. at 7 Lapham Place in Glens Falls and is free and open to the public.
The event features iron and bronze works by Paige Henry, glass sculptures by Michael Scupholm and large-scale paintings and installations by Sam Rathbun, according to a news release. Each work has a theme of evolution of the planet and the changes it undergoes because of human intervention.
There will be live music by John & Amy.
The artists will give a brief talk about their work.
The LARAC Gallery and Gift Shop is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. On Thursdays, there are extended hours until 6 p.m.