A fantastic crew came together in Brooklyn last July to shoot Eliza Hittman’s Beach Rats. They braved summer heat, big crowds, dark nights, sandy beaches, and ocean currents.
We’re thrilled that Neon is bringing the film to theaters this weekend, one year later. As we celebrate, we’re looking back at favorite moments from that summer and feeling grateful for the dedication and artistry Team Beach Rats brought to their work. Captions by producers Drew Houpt and Brad Becker-Parton take us through the collection of memories below, all of which were captured on the phones and cameras of the Beach Rats crew and stills photographers.
If all the summer heat is too much, this shot takes us even further back in Beach Rats history to a cold day in January 2015. Far from the beaches of South Brooklyn, Eliza had the opportunity to work on the script for Beach Rats at the Sundance Screenwriters Lab. Though they weren’t on set in person, we offer heartfelt thanks for the early support of Sundance staff and advisors.
Click on a the gallery below for more production highlights…
We chased down an ice cream truck and bought the whole crew ice cream so we could shoot a scene using the truck. Prop Master Jason Debellis covers up logos on the truck while the crew orders (photo by Harrison Sheehan).
Director Eliza Hittman and Producer Drew Houpt make serious decisions while playing on a slide in a park in South Brooklyn (photo by Brad Becker-Parton).
Boom Op Finn Pfeffer and Sound Mixer Laura Cunningham stake out their corner on the Golden Sunshine party boat and figure out how to record sound over the loud motor (photo by Alexandria Berry).
Producer Drew Houpt horsing around before shooting at a deli on Avenue Z (photo by Alexandria Berry).
Location Manager Samson Jacobson hunkers down for a long night at the seedy West Shore Motel in Staten Island. When we arrived, the cops drove through and said “glad to know you boys are shooting here tonight, I will make sure to send extra patrols around to keep an eye on you.” (photo by Alexandria Berry)
Second Second AD Alex Berry and HMU Naomi Raddatz in the El Dorado arcade in Coney Island (photo by Madeline Weinstein).
Line Producer Jason Reif and Second Second AD Alex Berry pour champagne to celebrate the 100th camera roll (photo by Harrison Sheehan).
2nd AC Luke Provenzano loads in gear before a long night shooting aboard the Golden Sunshine party boat (photo by Tayarisha Poe).