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    Just as it was when Fort Lee, NJ was the movie capital of the wolrd before Hollywood, it looks like Jersey is coming full circle when it comes to cinema history. Of coruse the first movie theatre in the country was the Thomas Edison's Black Maria in West Orange right in good ol' Jersey.

    Whatever movie needs, N.J. has

    Thursday, August 30, 2007
    BY KEJAL VYAS
    Star-Ledger Staff

    With forests to corn fields to mountains to concrete jungles, New Jersey seems to have it all when it comes to landscapes.

    So is a drive through the state as good as a drive from coast to coast?

    Well, it is for the makers of "Buzzkill," an independent film with Saturday Night Live star Darrell Hammond that was shot around northern New Jersey over the last four weeks.

    The low-budget flick is a dark comedy about a writer down on his luck -- played by actor Daniel Raymont, who has played small television roles -- who drives from his home in New Jersey to attend a meeting in Los Angeles in hopes of trying to get his career rolling. During his travels, he meets up with a serial killer, played by Hammond, and ends up traveling with him across country.

    With a tight budget, filmmakers thought about the best way to "cheat going across the country," said Thomas Hanna, a native of Tenafly who is the movie's producer.

    "Jersey is actually perfect for that. We could start in an urban environment like Paterson and them move on to corn fields in Allamuchy," Hanna said.

    You may have spotted the crew filming in various places around the state since the beginning of August. Several farming areas and local businesses around Morris, Warren and Passaic counties were used as some of the spots in rural America where the main character stops during his road trip.

    The Galaxy Diner in Butler was turned into a typical Midwestern, roadside diner. Butler also doubled up as a locale in Colorado when the crew shot outside of the Roserne Motor Lodge.

    "The façade of the motel is stone and with a backdrop of woods, you could really be in Colorado," Hanna explained.

    While most of the places selected were already convincing as different spots around the country, some fake road signs and décor were added for the finishing touch.

    It's minor stuff, but it makes a difference," chimed Matt Smollon, of Spring Lake Heights, who co-wrote the movie along with director Steven Kampmann.

    Parts of the movie that take place in Ohio and Illinois were actually Wes' Tavern in Riverdale and and the town's police station.

    At Wes', the crew filmed around a 150-year-old garage behind the building. Old, worn and surrounded by tall weeds, "it's got an eerie, spooky feel at night which I guess gives it that Midwestern look," said Tom Aungst, manager of Wes' Tavern.

    The setting fits right into the darker aspects of the movie played by some characters Smollon calls "witty and terrifying" at the same time.

    Bruno's Pizza and Restaurant of Clifton was used as the character's Jersey neighborhood hangout, where the movie begins. And Bruno's is definitely your typical Jersey kind of place, said owner Rich Mastriani. "It's your typical strip mall place with a dining area in the back and, you know, good pizza," Mastriani added.

    The idea for the script, which was written over a course of three years, came from Smollon. "It was the theory of my wife kicking me out and the lengths I would be willing to go to get her back," he said.

    The movie also features Reiko Ayleswort from the hit TV show "24," Krysten Ritter of "Gilmore Girls," and Mike Starr of Goodfellas' fame. Kampmann directed Stealing Home in 1988 and has written several screenplays over the years.

    And while filming mostly in the New Jersey saved a lot of money for the crew, which was working off a budget of about $650,000, the final scenes were filmed last weekend on-location in Los Angeles.

    "We can make up for a lot of things here, but we can't fake the Pacific Ocean," said Hanna just before leaving for California on Wednesday.



    Kejal Vyas may be reached at kvyas@starledger.com or (973) 539-7910.
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    Opps sry I'll correct it thx for the headsup Lofter I posted that in the library. Funny ad too.

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    Whatever happened to those 10 horsepower cars?

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    The trailer for this is up on youtube,

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHB2hIywrr4

    It looks really funny

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