Activity on the grounds of Isaac E. Young Middle School Tuesday focus on a fictional rugby match for a television pilot for ABC.
New Rochelle School District spokesman Paul Costiglio said the school is being used for a location film shoot for an "untitled Roland Emmerich project."
The production company wanted a setting for a rugby match scene taking place in England, he said, and thought Isaac Young fit the bill. The American flag was conspicuously absent Tuesday during the filming.
Some brief filming in the locker room was scheduled for Tuesday after the students were gone for the day. The shoot was originally scheduled for Monday, but the production crew postponed it because they favored Tuesday's cloudy forecast. Unfortunately, the clouds moved out of the area early in the day.
The production company prepared the grounds for the shoot Friday, building dolly tracking ramps and setting cherry pickers in place for the camera and rain-simulating hoses.
According to the Internet Movie Database, the project is being directed by Emmerich, who directed The Day After Tomorrow and Independence Day, and co-written by Emmerich and Harald Kloser. It stars Gabriella Wilde, Martin Landau and Max Thieriot.
The rugby match was played on a muddy field, supposedly in the rain, supplied by overhead hoses spraying water over the field and ground-level hose that added mist to the shot.