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The view from Norman Ridge. Photo: Chris Covert, from NCPR Photo of the Day archive
The view from Norman Ridge. Photo: Chris Covert, from NCPR Photo of the Day archive

Film crews set the scene along Norman Ridge

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Scenes for the upcoming feature film "The Place Beyond the Pines" were shot in a farm field near Saranac Lake on Monday. Local residents say a large film crew was working all day near Norman Ridge Road in Vermontville filming several scenes for the movie.

The "Place Beyond the Pines" stars Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper and Eva Mendes and was mostly filmed this summer in the Schenectady area. As Chris Knight reports, this wasn't the only film shoot in the Saranac Lake area this week.

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"The Place Beyond the Pines" tells the story of a motorcycle stunt rider, played by Ryan Gosling, who learns during a visit to his hometown that he has a son from a one-night stand many years ago.

Local residents who watched Monday's shoot along Norman Ridge Road in Vermontville said they didn't see any of the film's big-name actors. They say some of the film's younger stars were featured in shots near a field and a barn, as the movie's producers were looking for a farm setting with a mountain backdrop.

People who live nearby, like Karen Smalley of Bloomingdale, said they didn't know anything about it until they drove by and saw dozens of cars parked on the side of the road:

"I pulled over, turned around and said, 'Hey, what's going on?' and this guy said, 'There's a movie being filmed.' His position was to teach somebody to ride a motorcycle for the very last scene. I mean, there were cars all over the place, and earpieces in people and stars. It was very unique."

Production of the "The Place Beyond the Pines" started in late June in Schenectady and wrapped up there on Saturday. The film is scheduled to be in theaters in 2013.

Meanwhile, there was another production going on in the area on Tuesday. A boy band from the United Kingdom called One Direction filmed scenes for a new music video Tuesday at White Pine Camp in Paul Smiths and on an Adirondack Scenic Railroad train between Lake Placid and Saranac Lake.

One Direction finished third on the 2010 season of Simon Cowell's television music competition "The X Factor." The group plans to release its debut album later this year.

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