TV show filming returns to Pacific campus
Lights, camera, action! Filming for a spinoff series of a popular teen drama, "Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists," returned to Pacific University's campus in Forest Grove this week.
Earlier this year in March, production crew spent several weeks filming the new show's pilot episode on the university's campus. After the pilot episode was picked up, the show was ordered for a 10-episode run. While most of the filming will take place in a sound studio in Clackamas, additional scenes are being shot at Pacific, according to the university.
Earlier this week, production crew began setting up and transforming the campus back into "Beacon Heights University," the name of the fictional university in the show. Signs around campus boasting Pacific University's name were covered up with the show's school name. Filming is scheduled to take place Thursday, Oct. 25, and Friday, Oct. 26, with take-down Saturday, Oct. 27.
Crews plan to film in several locations on the campus, including Trombley Square, the north and west entrances to Marsh Hall, the greenhouse, and Taylor Auditorium.
While the filming schedule was set to cause as little disruption to students as possible, several parking areas have been closed to student and faculty during the course of the week.
After this week, additional filming at the Forest Grove campus isn't expected at this time, said Joe Lang, director of media relations for Pacific, but production crews may one day return for future filming.
The university has hosted several filmings in the past, Lang said. However, this show is the largest in scale, he said, with filming for adventure series "The Librarians" likely being the biggest prior.
"We try to be pretty open as a university, as a community resource," Lang said. "Not just for (the) local community, but we want to feel like we are contributing to kind of a global society."
Both "The Perfectionists" and "Pretty Little Liars" are television series adapted from books written by Sara Shepard, who was at the filming back in March. The showrunner for both series is I. Marlene King.
By Olivia Singer
Reporter, Forest Grove News-Times and Hillsboro Tribune
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