Filming in Orangetown:
Application for Filming can be picked up at the Town Clerk’s office between the hours of 10am and 3pm, Monday – Friday.
MEET THE TEAM: CHARLOTTE MADIGAN, ORANGETOWN TOWN CLERK
As the Town Clerk of Orangetown, NY, Charlotte Madigan works to provide customer service for 11 unique hamlets and villages in southern Rockland County – gorgeous, film-friendly locations of choice for a number of films, commercials and television projects, including Netfix’s Orange is the New Black, NBC’s Blindspot and The Blacklist, and CBS’ Limitless and Person of Interest, to name a few.
Charlotte Madigan, re-elected last November for another two-year term, has seen steady growth in the film industry during her 18 years in the job, and especially since Governor Andrew M. Cuomo took office. She welcomes the varied challenges of hosting film productions on her watch.
“I see every shoot as a small business that must be successful on filming days, so I carefully monitor the process to avoid any mishaps and try to be as accommodating as possible,” says Madigan, who also is president of the Association of Town Clerks in Rockland County. “We must maintain a strong commitment to the industry and must work around them, with them and for them, and everything is a learining experience. I get so involved in the process to make sure that there are no problems, and I always do a spot check.”
Productions can involve complicated logistics and coordination, especially when filming on local roads: police needs, road closures, and accommondations for school buses and other traffic must all be taken into consideration. In those cases, her attention to detail has proven invaluable. The Blacklist filmed a car chase and shootout in Orangetown, and everything went off without a hitch. Things ran smoothly when producers of a Bud Light commercial had to land two helicopters on a Stop & Shop parking lot in Orangeburg.
Charlotte Madigan and her devoted team of five work hard to make sure that each filmmaker’s experience is a positive one and that productions work well with the community. “If the neighborhood is happy, everyone is happy,” she says. Last year, when filming wrapped on Amazon Studios’ comedy series Red Oaks, the production held a block party for the residents of the Pearl River neighborhood (used as a location) as thanks for their cooperation during the shoot. The community would happily welcome the production back to their neighborhood.
Charlotte says she appreciates the growth opportunity and positive impact of film production in her area. “I am very happy that Governor Cuomo is committed to the NYS Film Tax Credit Program and is dedicated to making New York State film-friendly. In my opinion, we have one of the most glorious states in the world, and I love it!”
We have had a great deal of success in this venue, with such projects as:
Orange is the New Black
Untitled David Chase Project
Person of Interest