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Our Thursday column was about a note from Karen Newton, explaining how she was shooed away from a shelter at a TTC stop on the Esplanade by two film shoot workers, one of whom wrongly told her the bus wasn’t coming.
It prompted an outpouring from readers who are fed up with ceding public space to film production — Frank Kelly described a shoot on his street as a “war zone” — and don’t care if a big star is on the set.
“Most of my fellow workers . . . try to be congenial, helpful and accommodating when we can. We don’t like being harassed and yelled at in our place of work.”
Grant Boyle, who also works in film, said “please don’t try to minimize the calibre of the work we do to B-list actors and recognizable streets.
“It is easy to take a single person’s experience or point of view and try to extrapolate it across a broad industry, but that’s lazy sensationalism. Do not limit one unfortunate incident to an entire industry.”
But the truth is, most people don’t care about film production or its benefits, any more than film people care about the jobs created by, for instance, condo development.
Would you shrug off the delay, knowing that condo development provides construction workers with good jobs? When you’re inching along, will you feel good because the developers will cash in on it, and that it will provide people who can swing a big mortgage with a nicer selection of condos?
So it shouldn’t be a surprise if movie shoots feel like an invasion to some people, and that they’d say so.