I was looking out of my window at lunch time and saw this police car stopped behind another car with people milling around. At first I thought we might have another scoop like the Sakai Noriko arrest or something. On closer inspection I realized they were shooting a drama for TV.
Can you see the film crew in the top left hand corner looking at the monitors?
I did some work as an extra and production assistant for Toho many years ago. Seeing the crew looking into the monitor and gathering around reminded of those good times. I have never been close to filming outside of Japan, but I was always surprised at Toho how few shots it took to get a cut. Is that the same overseas?
I tried to embed a scene from one of the dramas I appeared in, but YouTube has removed the embedding function for the one I wanted. Here is the link -> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TH4Zlg7aySE. My scene was around the 5.10 minute mark. Not really a big spot.
My best memory of being on location (ロケ現場) was a trip we made to a hot spring somewhere north of Tokyo. There was a scene required where some yakuza entered the bath area when about 10 women were already bathing. With both parties fully naked the men demanded the women get out of the bath. In front of camera for TV it was necessary for them to hold towels in appropriate places. In between shooting everyone just dropped the towels and paraded around. The camera crew all reached for cigarettes and started chatting to the girls. Quite amusing.
Filming in Japan is not as well organized as say New York where there is a special administrative body to coordinate street closures and filming in public places. It can be hard to get permission in Japan for street filming due to the inconvenience it would cause to other road users.
I wonder when I will see this episode on TV. Do you have much street filming going on in your part of the world?