The glossy and rich Washington, D.C., locations of Netflix’s “House of Cards” can be found all over Baltimore, thanks to series location manager Patrick Burn.
Burn, based in Takoma Park, Md., not only finds the locations but also makes the deals for them and most important, makes sure they are cleaned up when the crew leaves.
He began his career in the early 1990s as a PA on local shoots, and learned a lot on season three of “The Wire,” which shot in Baltimore.
That was a baptism of fire, as the gritty drama filmed in local crack houses, alleys and run-down neighborhoods.
“There were several times when we were scouting real crack houses and shooting galleries, and all of the sudden, there were vans of production people coming into these unlikely neighborhoods,” he says.
Sometimes, locations can be too real.
“For ‘The Wire,’ we’d be shooting in an alley…
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