Doing our part
As the production designer, Costello is in charge of creating the look for the film, which is being produced by Beverley Hills Film Studios.
During one of the film's opening scenes, a bank robbery that is set in Hoboken but was filmed in front of the Luhrs Tower in downtown Phoenix, a pair of mobsters, with guns raised and ski masks pulled down, race out of the "Bank of Hoboken." As they sprint to the get away car, they pass by a newspaper vender who is wearing a Hoboken Reporter apron and holding a stack of Reporters under her left arm.
"By using [the Reporters] during the film's opening we were able to establish that the action was taking place in Hoboken," said Costello, "even though we were filming in Phoenix."
According to Costello, the production designer is charged with creating the visual design of the film. The production designer supervises the search for locations, designs the sets, oversees the drawing up of blueprints and the building and dressing of sets, and coordinates the various departments that contribute to the artistic design of the film, namely construction, set design and decoration, and props.
About the film
The film, which is being directed by BJ Davis, is described by studio officials as a cross between Grumpy Old Men and The Whole Nine Yards. The basic plot follows a couple of mobsters who rob a bank in Hoboken and flee to a seniors community in Mesa AZ with the mob's stash. While there, feisty local residents discover the money buried near a golf course and start spending. Then the craziness arises when the mafia comes looking for their cash. The film is scheduled to open later this year.
The cast of the film includes Academy Award nominees Durning (One Fine Day, Tootsie, Best Little Whorehouse In Texas), Robert Loggia (Scarface, Big, Jagged Edge) and Reynolds (Boogie Nights, Smokey and the Bandit). The movie will also feature Raquel Welch, Richard Greico, Phil Amato, Wayne Crawford and Kimberley Kates.
Keep your eyes open
While the action scenes were shot in Arizona, filmmakers will be in Hoboken in the next few weeks to shoot several scenes.
"We're going to be in Hoboken to shoot several establishing shots," said Costello, adding that many of the featured actors in the movie will be filmed when on location in Hoboken.