Attempt At Action Shot For Indie Film Nearly Leads To Real Life Shootout
May 6, 2010
New York (ChattahBox) – A movie scene nearly became tragically real after someone viewing a fake hold up in a convenience store called the police, who responded with guns raised.
A scene was being shot for a low-budget movie in a Long Island convenience store, which was witnessed by a passerby that didn’t see the director with a camera in the back.
Twenty police officers reportedly arrived at the scene, guns drawn, and entered the store, where they told the “suspect” to drop his weapon and step back.
“The individual puts his hands up in the air and says, ‘It’s a movie! It’s a movie!,” a police spokesman said of the event.
“The officer used great restraint in not firing his weapon. Even when the officers were in the store they did not see the camera.”
Fred Carpenter, the director and writer of the movie Jesse that they were shooting for at the time, may now be sued by law enforcement.
While a permit isn’t needed for the shooting of a film in a business like that, notification to local law agencies is required by state law.
When asked how he was reaction to the possibility of a lawsuit, Carpenter said: “I will have to take it like a man. The police were one hundred percent in the right.”