May 30--When Kristine Fahner moved to Wilmington in early May, she wasn't aware that a simple afternoon stroll could land her in the middle of a major television production. On Wednesday, her encounter with the set of Fox's supernatural drama "Sleepy Hollow" changed that.
"I just found out today that Wilmington is nicknamed Hollywood East after I happened upon the set on my way to lunch with my boyfriend," said Fahner, who quickly took to Googling Wilmington's rich cinematic history.
Crews began the day filming scenes on the Princess Street side of the New Hanover County Courthouse before moving to the Manifest Design building on Front Street later in the afternoon, where Fahner caught up with them again.
"I wanted to take a few photos for my sister who is an even bigger fan of the show," said the Florida native. "I was also a fan of the show before moving to Wilmington, so I'll definitely have to keep an eye out for them now that I know they shoot here."
Fahner looked on with other curious fans and passerbys as series stars Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie filmed a brief scene in front of the Old Murchison building, to which crews had added big wooden doors and altered signage that read, "Sleepy Hollow Savings & Loan."
On Tuesday, CBS's summer series "Under the Dome" filmed scenes for its second season at the same location.
On May 20, "Sleepy Hollow's" ever-busy cast and crew spent the night just a few blocks away filming on the corner of Nutt and Walnut streets outside Two Sisters Bookery in the Cotton Exchange. The night's scenes required crews to build a temporary brick wall so that the show's main character, Ichabod Crane (Mison), could discover a hidden key.
As part of the film permit agreement, Nancy Bullock, general manager of the Cotton Exchange, said she requested any building done on the grounds be taken down afterwards.
"It is always nice when you come in and don't even notice that they were there." Bullock said. "But it was one of the easiest shoots we have done down here. They did filming after the shops closed, which was really perfect."
Across the street from the Cotton Exchange, crews erected a temporary statue of Benjamin Franklin near the Hilton Wilmington Riverside.
Beginning production on its second season May 5, "Sleepy Hollow" has been busy filming throughout the region and on the EUE/Screen Gems Studios lot where it maintains four permanent stages.
"Sleepy Hollow," the No. 3 new drama of the 2013-2014 television season among young viewers, will return to its normal 9 p.m. Mondays timeslot on Fox this September.
Tuesday, the show celebrated its first bit of awards recognition: a Best New Program nomination from the Television Critics Association. The annual awards, voted on by the association of television critics and reporters, will be handed out July 19 in Beverly Hills.
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