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Filmmaker Toolkit Podcast: How HBO’s ‘The Night Of’ Found Amazing NYC Shooting Locations (Episode 5)

Location Manager Shane Haden takes us inside the world of shooting on location in New York and bringing Steven Zaillian's vision to life.

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HBO’s “The Night Of” is a stunning portrait of both New York City and our criminal justice system. A huge part of the show’s success comes from its use of location shooting.

In this week’s episode of the Filmmaker Toolkit Podcast, we talked to location manager Shane Haden about working with writer/director Steven Zaillian to find the right locations for the miniseries, and the research that went into making this credible portrayal of the prison system.

READ MORE: ‘The Night Of’ Review: Season 1 Finale is Too Satisfying For Its Own Good

Haden also brings us behind the scenes of what’s involved with being a location manager, the challenge of shooting in New York City and how he got his start working in the locations department.

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The Filmmaker Toolkit podcast is available on iTunes, Stitcher and SoundCloud. Previous episodes include Ira Sachs on writing “Little Men,” Web Series 101, “Kate Plays Christine” director Robert Greene on cinematic nonfiction, and Kirsten Johnson about her life as a “Cameraperson.”

The music used in this podcast is from the “Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present” score, courtesy of composer Nathan Halpern.

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