That’s a wrap!
Filming for “Safe Haven” finished up this week, bringing a close to an eight-week shoot that included five full weeks of filming in Southport, where the story of the movie, and the novel from which it is based, is set.
The production culminated with a Fourth of July parade that was filmed last Wednesday, filling East Moore Street from Howe to Atlantic Avenue with more than 1,000 people hoping to be a part of the movie.
The public was invited to join more than 500 paid extras in providing a crowd for the parade. Despite an unspecified call time and some inclement weather that quite literally rained on their parade, the production pulled off the parade successfully, with several takes completed over the course of three or four hours.
Actors David Lyons and Julianne Hough were featured in the scenes, and the crowd was reminded not to focus on them, nor on the cameras, as the filming took place. Director Lasse Hallstrom was also on hand, seen consulting with Lyons in between takes.
In addition to the crowd and the Southport streetscape, the backdrop of the scenes was provided by the parade, which consisted entirely of local floats and participants. Led by John Bruton’s blue Towboat truck, which pulled a boat on a trailer, the parade featured floats that were selected specifically for “Safe Haven” and were provided a building allowance of $250 for a float-building contest.
The winner of that contest, the Community Boys & Girls Club of Southport, was among them and received a check for $1,500 from the cast and crew later in the day. (See related story in this edition)
Other floats included those of Trinity United Methodist Church, Experimental Aircraft Association chapter 939, the Bunco Babes of Southport and the Miss Sapphire Pageant for Autism Awareness in Calabash.
Rounding out the parade were the South Brunswick High School marching band, a second truck pulling another wooden boat, Margaret Rudd & Associates’ red Beetle, a Southport fire truck and the Southport Fire Prevention Unit vehicle.
Later that evening, filming continued on the Fort Johnston Garrison lawn, where an arts and crafts fair was set up, and inside the Southport Community Building, which was the scene of a Fourth of July-style dance.
Production later returned to the Pleasant Oaks location off N.C. 133 north of Orton Plantation, and filming returned to Southport this week for additional scenes at the Old American Fish Company bar and the site of the Ryan’s Port Market set, which was made to look burned down from a fire but featured reconstruction of parts of its frame on Monday.
Pending more shots at various locations, including one along Fish Factory Road and another at Flavas beside the Yacht Basin, filming was slated to wrap on Tuesday.
A film adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel, “Safe Haven” stars Josh Duhamel and Hough in the lead roles of Alex and Katie, as well as Lyons, Cobie Smulders and young costars Noah Lomax and Mimi Kirkland. Directed by Lasse Hallstrom, who was nominated for an Academy Award for “The Cider House Rules,” the movie is a production of Relativity Media and is scheduled for release in theaters next February.
* Click the YouTube links on this page to watch the parade as it is filmed.