At the township committee meeting on Monday, March 7, approval was given for a three-day film shoot at the scenic bison farm on Route 523 in the township, as reported by the Hunterdon Review.
The show follows Gen Z amateur sleuth Darby Hart as she tries to solve a murder in a secluded retreat. Emma Corrin plays Darby Hart, alongside actors Clive Owen, Harris Dickinson and Alice Braga.
The committee unanimously approved a permit for Minim Productions Inc. to schedule a three-day shoot at Buffalo Farm from Tuesday, April 5 through Thursday, April 7.
John Papp, assistant show manager, spoke with committee members to explain the special event permit application.
“There’s a shooting day on Wednesday April 6th, there’s a prep day where we set up the scene we’re filming, that would be Tuesday April 5th, and then we have a restoration date, a closing date , we call it, (Thursday, April 7) where we return the set to its original (state).
He said the wrap and prep dates are a lot less intensive than the actual shoot date, with a crew of maybe 20 people at most. On the day of shooting, there will be around 80 to 100 people.
Papp said production will be “daylight dependent,” with a 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. workday on Tuesday and Thursday, and 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday for filming. He does not expect any night filming, for the sake of continuity.
The production will park its campers and crew vehicles at the Stanton Ridge County Club down the road, and will have several transport and passenger vans to shuttle the crew and launch to keep traffic on the road to a minimum. county road, Papp said.
Administrator Richard Sheola insisted on keeping traffic to a minimum after dark and adhering to the noise ordinance.
“We have no intention of closing any roads or anything, or blocking traffic,” Papp said.
Administrator Sheola said the tents and kitchen would need a permit, but that can be taken care of online or the production company could just call their office.
Committee member Betty Ann Fort asked Papp if there would be “famous movie stars or something”.
Papp said, “I’m very happy to say that none of our actors are incredibly famous.”
“I think that’s really cool,” Fort remarked, as the committee voted its approval for the permit.