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The Perfect Storm: The Story of the Andrea Gail

June 3, 2008

'Perfect Storm' film crew lands

Waterfront regulars knew at a glance that the dozen or so guys with dark tans and sunglasses who were milling around Gloucester Marine Railways glued to cell phones Friday were not local fishermen.

A location crew from Los Angeles was in town taking background photographs for the movie version of Sebastian Junger's book, "The Perfect Storm," an account of the 1991 No Name storm that sank the local fishing boat, the Andrea Gail.

The photographs are one of the first steps in making the $100 million movie that will be shot here in Gloucester and at Warner Brothers studios in Burbank, California.

"We're here hoping the weather cooperates," said Location Manager Michael Meehan. "It's been overcast and that's what we're looking for."

From the Railways' dock, the photography crew shot different views of the wharves and Inner Harbor. The photographs will be placed in the windows of film sets built in Hollywood to give the movie's interior scenes a Gloucester feeling.

"We're trying to make everything authentic," Meehan said, adding that the photography crew will be taking different shots of the city over the next month or two.

But movie audiences won't see just random shots of everyday Gloucester.

"Everything here has been created -- the way the nets were placed, the lobster traps, even the placement of that bicycle," said security guard Harvey Crocker as he pointed to a fishing net draped neatly over a dock rail.

As he spoke, workers were raking, sweeping and tidying up the yard.

Crocker was on hiatus from guarding the statues at the City Hall sculpture show thanks to a good word to the film crew from Mayor Bruce Tobey.

And so far his new job hasn't been too hard.

"Meehan has been super to Gloucester people," he said. "I'm just restricting people from driving down (near the wharf) while they're shooting."

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The Perfect Storm: The Story of the Andrea Gail