New York City’s filmed entertainment industry now contributes $8.7 billion to the local economy, an increase of more than 1.5 billion, or 21 percent, since 2011. Full-time equivalent jobs in the city’s industry have grown 10 percent, from 94,000 to 104,000 over the last four years, according to an independent study conducted by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG)that details the growth and economic impact of New York City’s media and entertainment industries.
When we started to put this article together, something came up to our mind:
What was the first film shot in New York?
While Thomas A. Edison's Kinetoscopes had been introduced in Manhattan in 1894, those films, which ran on a loop, were enclosed in a wooden cabinet and viewed only through an eyepiece.
The first film shot on location that was made to be projected on a screen was probably “Herald Square,” which was shot on May 11, 1896, by an Edison assistant, William Heise. He used a new camera that had been designed by Edison for shooting outdoor scenes, according to “Celluloid Skyline: New York and the Movies,” by James Sanders (Alfred A. Knopf, 2002). Just three weeks earlier, America’s first projected motion pictures were being shown near Herald Square in Koster & Bial’s Music Hall on 34th Street, where Macy's now sitting. One of the earliest on-location efforts to present a story on screen was shot on August 21, 1901, for Edison: "What Happened on Twenty-Third Street, New York City," starring Alfred C. Abadie and Florence Georgie. Click on the video below to check out the first film shot in New York City.
Since then, New York has been one of the most favorite places to shot a movie. Recently, New York is also one of the most favorite places to shot TV Series. The city is now home to 29 TV series, compared with seven a decade ago, according to the City's Office of Media and Entertainment.
On this piece, we are talking about one of the most recent TV series, Fox's Gotham. If you are a big fan of Batman, like me, you will enjoy it very much. Just because you can witness the origins of the infamous city when Batman, Catwoman & Cia. were just kids. One detective, one mission, one crime that will change everything. In one city, the saga begins. Before Penguin, before Catwoman, before Riddler, before Poison Ivy. Before Batman. Click on the video to watch the trailer. Then, get ready to catch up with the episodes.