Millhaven Filming Archives

Filming – Conical Hill

While the filming being done in Tapanui could be seen by anybody and everybody, the old Blue Mountain Lumber site at Conical Hill was closed off. Only cast, crew and extras were permitted in there, so there are not many photos available at the moment to show what happened there.

Click on a photo to see a larger image

A lot of the filming was doneGS116s missing inside the buildings.GS117s missing
It could be seen from the roadGS113s missing that some vehicles had been damaged.GS114s missing

Filming – Preparation

While the work on transforming the shops took a lot of work, it was also necessary to transform other parts of the streets from Tapanui to Millhaven.

Click on a photo to see a larger image

NL003s missing
American flags were put up (this one on the corner of Main and Maple Streets)
NL012s missing
A mail box outside Jill’s Clockworks
HH039s missing
The Millhaven Courier

Filming – Night

The pictures of the filming which took place at night in Tapanui have been removed from this website as the night scenes were not used in the movie.

Filming – Traffic Control

As a national highway (SH90) passes through Tapanui (along Northumberland and Suffolk Streets), traffic control was required to stop traffic passing through the town during film “takes”.

Click on a photo to see a larger image

MC110s missing HH010s missing

It could be quite confusing for drivers passing through Tapanui at this time, as New Zealand vehicles drive on the LEFT side of the road, while Millhaven (set in the USA) was set up for vehicles to drive on the RIGHT side of the road.

Traffic control was also required to stop traffic a suitable distance away from where a “take” was happening, to ensure that no traffic noise could be heard on the film.

GS047s missing GS049s missing
GS055s missing GS089s missing

Filming – General

Millhaven was a busy place as the filming took place…

Click on a photo to see a larger image

NL070s missing HH064s missing
MC175s missing

Filming – Crew and Equipment

A lot of people and equipment was used for the filming …

Click on a photo to see a larger image

HH011s missing
On Linden Street outside Kidz Way
GS048s missing
Preparations on Sycamore Street
NL083s missing
How to film
NL082s missing
a moving vehicle
HH066s missing HH071s missing

The film unit was parked on the Blue Mountain College grounds for the week of filming in Millhaven, but their vehicles could also be found anywhere around Tapanui

NL084s missing HH078s missing
HH052s missing
Filming on the corner of Pine Street and River Road

One of the largest pieces of equipment used was this light diffuser for filming at night …

HH084s missing HH086s missing HH092s missing
HH111s missing
A night shot of the main boom camera.

An incident took place outside the Farmers Supply and Maddox Pharmacy buildings …

Click on a photo to see a larger image

MC175s missing MC163s missing
MC170s missing MC166s missing

Click on a photo to see a larger image

GS111s missing

A notice had been placed on this area some weeks before filming started requesting that the grass NOT be mown.

GS010s missing

The wall down the back of the area was erected for the filming and removed afterwards.

MC027s missing MC167s missing