By Gregory Quinn, Special to the Port Authority
‘Tis the season for binge-watching television in your pajamas, and one of the most popular shows this winter holiday is Marvel’s Jessica Jones, currently streaming on Netflix for your prolonged viewing pleasure — with a cameo role for a PATH train. Starring Krysten Ritter as the superhero-turned-private eye, Jessica Jones is set in Manhattan’s iconic Hell’s Kitchen (just like that other Netflix superhero hit, Daredevil) and as such, is awash in moody images of New York lore. Most of the series was shot outside of Hell’s Kitchen, however; the producers opted to film primarily in various neighborhoods in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. And of course, what’s a New York-set show without obligatory subway scenes? Jessica Jones has its share of those, too, except for this show, the creators decided to shoot on the PATH train of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, rather than the city’s subway trains. The 33rd street PATH station also was used. View below for familiar images during filming on the PATH.
According to Netflix Location Manager, Jason Farrar: We were able to use a platform of the [33rd Street]Station between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., when the ridership is low. We were able to use an area to use a train and to use a track and platform exclusively during those hours. It required a lot of planning because of the shortness of time, and we did stunt stuff down there. There’s a visual effects element because you have the third rail. You can’t really can’t have people down on the train when the train is coming through. And there’s what’s called compositing. You take a shot of the train coming without a person and then you put a person down there without the train coming. Then you composite the two together.