MOUNT PLEASANT – Shana Inman, a working mother with four children, was on edge after three sleepless nights in a row.
The Old Village resident said she was kept awake by “explosions, screams, loud machinery and bright lights all night long until 5 a.m.” Netflix’s hit show “Outer Banks” was filming in the region.
Inman said film crews started setting up on September 22 and were not finished until September 26. During the day a large crane sat opposite its driveway in Pitt Street and it had to haul groceries from where it had parked. at the bottom of the block; the road to his house was blocked and watched by a police officer on leave.
Inman, like some of her neighbors, was not notified that “Outer Banks” would be filming in the area.
Typically, members of the “Outer Banks” crew keep a neighborhood up-to-date by posting flyers at least twice in advance within a radius of several blocks to inform residents of filming dates and what’s happening. will pass. There is also sometimes compensation for the use of a place or the inconvenience associated with filming.
The team also needs an authorization issued by the municipality for any filming in the public domain. Mount Pleasant confirmed that a permit had been issued for the shoot, but city administrator Eric DeMoura admitted something went wrong after the approval process.
“Those who are upset have every reason to be,” said DeMoura, who has received half a dozen complaints from residents of the old village. “Where it went wrong was ‘Outer Banks’ went beyond (the location) that was approved in the permit. They went all the way to the perimeter.”
While businesses and residents directly filming around Hardware Alley have been warned, neighbors on the outskirts have not been made aware but have nonetheless been subjected to accompanying equipment, street blockages and traffic jams. noises.
“They were trying to put wires in my trees at one point,” said Chris Colman, a resident. “A movie license shouldn’t give them the right to rape the city.”
Colman said he received a flyer, but only on the first day of filming. He said the crew mimicked a thunderstorm with a giant rain and thunder simulator that kept him and his wife awake at night, as well as bright lights, including a strobe, shining through their windows.
“We were basically surrounded,” he said. “It was hard to get out of my house, hard to walk my dog. It was really an invasion.”
Both Inman and Colman said filming took place in the area last year for the show’s first season, but there were no loud noises or disruption overnight. Leaflets had been posted in advance this time.
“This first time around was a fun experience,” said Inman. “It didn’t really affect my schedule, but this time affected my sleep schedule and allowed me to get my kids where they needed to go.”
She added that if the crew had been more considerate and provided compensation, she would not complain.
Colman said his experience with crew members was courteous; he even invited a guy to dinner. Following his complaints, he received a gift certificate at a local restaurant.
DeMoura has taken note of the complaints and said any future permits will go through a more careful approval process. More officers on leave will need to be on site and have the power to stop filming if it gets too noisy or continues too late into the night, he said.
DeMoura has been in contact with the “Outer Banks” crew members to relay the complaints.
“They have been cooperative and have generally been great,” he said. “This one just got a little out of hand.”
Colman had a solution to keep him and his neighbors happy when the crew return next time.
“If you want to make my property uninhabitable, put me up for the night with my wife somewhere,” Colman said.
The show did not issue an official statement in response to the complaints.
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