October 27, 2009
Film Shoot on Campus Next Week
Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,
The Homewood campus will be a shooting location next week for a forthcoming feature film, "The Social Network."
The Columbia Pictures release will be shooting two sequences on campus on Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 2 and 3. The crew will also be on campus on Sunday to prepare for the filming and will be striking and leaving campus on Wednesday, Nov. 4.
All shooting will be outdoors, and primarily at night. The shoot has been scheduled to interfere as little as possible with normal activities. Shooting in the area of two residence halls will take place between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m., when most students are still awake. Shooting in academic areas -- primarily the Keyser and Wyman quadrangles -- will take place after 10 p.m., after most evening classes are dismissed.
There will be one scene filmed during daylight hours, on the Wyman Quad (the lower quad) on the afternoon of Monday, Nov. 2.
Johns Hopkins is pleased to host the filming, in part as an economic recovery effort in collaboration with the Maryland and Baltimore film offices. The film industry in Maryland has been hard hit by the recession, leaving many local industry crews without steady employment.
"The Social Network" is directed by David Fincher, who was nominated for an Academy Award as best director for his most recent film, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button." The scriptwriter is Aaron Sorkin, best known as creator of television's "The West Wing."
The film is the story of the founding of Facebook. Much of that story took place at Harvard University; Homewood will be doubling for Harvard in the scenes being shot next week.
More information will be announced in Today's Announcements as it becomes available.
Thanks in advance for your patience with any changes in normal activities that are necessary when the crew is on campus.
Communications and Public Affairs