Three days of filming helped local business

by: ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: BEVERLY CORBELL - Jessica Fisher, left, and Angie Melfa, Estacada residents working as extras on The Librarians for TNT, race away from Barbaras Flowers and Coffee in one scene.As they sat at a table last week across the street from Barbara's Flowers and Coffee waiting for their cue, Angie Melfa and Jessica Fisher, both of Estacada, talked about what it's like to be an extra for the TNT series, “The Librarians.”

“You get to see celebrities and interact with the other extras,” Fisher said. “But meeting people is the coolest part.”

Melfa said being an extra is “so much fun” and agreed that making new friends was the best part, but it also made her appreciate the craft.

“It's amazing to see the intricacies of filming,” she said. “I have a whole new appreciation for the actors and all the crew.”

The film crews work for up to 20 hours a day, Fisher said, and a typical work day is 12 to 13 hours, Melfa added.

Two crews filmed simultaneously that day, Wednesday, May 21, the last day of three days of shooting, in front of Barbara's on Broadway and at the Old Mill Saloon on Southwest Frontage Road. At the Old Mill, the main action of the day was an “explosion” with loud noise, flying glass and two men falling out of the door of the Old Mill.

by: ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: BEVERLY CORBELL - Sitting around is a big part of being an extra, but Estacada residents Jessica Fisher, left, and Angie Melfa say its also a lot of fun.At Barbara's during one scene, Melfa and Fisher sat with two or three other people at tables in front of Barbara's, and on cue, they all jumped up and ran for their lives across the street where a handful of locals watched the action.

Melfa and Fisher said they both found out about the job through Extras Only at, as did all the other extras.

“They give you the job and you can take it or leave it,” Fisher said.

Mefla, a Reiki master, said she moved here a little more than a year ago from Northern California and picked Estacada on purpose.

“We love the proximity to wilderness areas,” she said. “We moved here from a rural spot and were afraid to move to the city. But here they have the parks and the river, Bagby Hot Springs and Mount Hood, all with awesome outdoor things to do.” Fisher, a hairdresser, is practically a native since she's lived in Estacada since second grade, and said she loves the town for many of the same reasons.

by: ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: BEVERLY CORBELL - Crews in Estacada for the filming of The Librarians for TNT take a break before shooting a scene on Broadway Street.Before the action started, production assistant Spencer Williams said filming has been going on all over the area, from Salem to downtown Portland to Eagle Fern Park. Originally from Los Angeles, Williams said he lives in Portland.

“Most of the crew is local,” he said.

In addition to local hires, local businesses are helped when film crews are in town, said Bill Elliott, Estacada city manager.

“This is the same crew that came through two years ago and filmed a couple of scenes for the 'Leverage' (TNT) series,” he said. “We've basically had the welcome mat out for film crews for quite a while.”

Elliott said the city just asks that film crews coordinate with local businesses

“Hopefully with all the folks standing around, it will bring in some business,” he said. “It generates activity downtown and some fun stuff and we'll make them welcome as long as they (locals) can put up with the inconveniences.”

Clackamas County has a web site set up for film crews from all over the country, Elliott said, and prospects can make specified requests for what they need in the way of location and other details.

The city also benefits, to an extent.

“They pay a street closing permit and buy a business license and hopefully bring some economic trade to businesses and restaurants,” he said. “They had 90 (people) on the set up crew and five or six cast members that pulled in over the weekend.”

Despite having her front entrance closed off, Barbara Mattson, owner of Barbara's Flowers and Coffee, said she had a great day, and her regular customers were able to still come in through the back door and watch the action through the front windows.

by: ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: BEVERLY CORBELL - About 80 crew members from The Librarians for TNT prepare to shoot a scene with an explosion at the Old Mill Saloon.“It was fun to watch and they were all very polite,” Mattson said of the crew. “I enjoyed having them and it helped business. And they bought lots of coffee.”

According to Entertainment Weekly, “The Librarians” is “the story of a group of extra special librarians who live beneath the Metropolitan Public Library in New York and safeguard relics from forces of evil by slapping them with outrageous overdue fees.” The series will air on TNT later this year, according to the magazine.

Here's some more of EW's assessment of “The Librarians” in its April 10 issue:

“Noah Wyle (Falling Skies, ER) will reprise his role as the big cheese librarian and will also executive produce. Rebecca Romijn will play Eve Baird,  a sexy counter-terrorism agent who’s in charge of protecting the librarians. Shouldn’t be too hard since she’s fresh off the (canceled) show King & Maxwell, where she played a sexy former secret service agent...Other cast members include Christian Kane (Leverage), Lindy Booth (Dawn of the Dead), John Kim (Neighbors), Matt Frewer (Orphan Black, Falling Skies), and John Larroquette (Deception). Also appearing from the movie trilogy will be Bob Newhart (The Big Bang Theory) and Jane Curtin (3rd Rock from the Sun).

“The Librarians centers on an ancient organization hidden beneath the Metropolitan Public Library dedicated to protecting an unknowing world from the secret, magical reality hidden all around. This group solves impossible mysteries, fights supernatural threats and recovers powerful artifacts from around the world.”

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