NORFOLK, Neb. — Filming for the Alexander Payne movie “Nebraska” began this week, and cast and crew members have been spotted working all around Norfolk and in the surrounding area.
Two days of filming in a hospital setting kicked off Thursday at Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk.
Jacque Genovese, the hospital’s marketing director, provided some background information on those scenes.
“There’s a scene where there’s an ER doctor that tends to the lead character, and so we’ve re-created an emergency room in the old part of the hospital that was vacated when we moved all of the patient rooms into the new bed tower,” said Genovese. “The old intensive care unit area has been converted into the emergency room.”
“That scene will actually represent a Rapid City, S.D., hospital. ... And then there’s also a patient room in one of the old wings that will be used as the Rapid City patient room,” Genovese added.
On Friday, “Nebraska” cast and crew members were back to do filming for scenes later in the movie, Genovese said. These scenes are actually set in Norfolk at Faith Regional, she said.
“The hospital itself will be referenced. And we’ve identified a patient room in the new bed tower that the patient will be in at that time. So we’re two hospitals in the movie,” Genovese said.
Hospital employees worked to convert the areas into sets. Genovese said Faith Regional worked closely with the set and art director as well as the props master.
“We got pretty much all of the pieces that they need from furnishings to things like computers and charting and all the supplies you would need to suture a wound, things like that,” Genovese said.
The hospital is also providing some actors for the movie, she said.
Dr. Jeff Yosten, medical director of the emergency department, was cast as an ER physician in “Nebraska,” and there was also a request from the casting director for hospital employees to play extras, Genovese said.
Genovese said steps have been taken to ensure patient care is not compromised.
“In fact, many of our patients might not even know that this is going on, other than the fact that they will see vehicles out in the parking lot for two days,” she said. “I think we’ve taken a look at everything in trying to ensure going into the next couple of days that our patients and our visitors are our primary focus and that we’re glad to have the movie people here, but we’re in the business of taking care of people — that’s what we’re going to do.”
Earlier last week, filming took place at the Madison County Courthouse in Madison as well as in downtown Osmond. Early Friday morning, a film crew was shooting along the railroad tracks near Great Western Bank in downtown Norfolk.
Work also has been done in preparing for shooting in Plainview, including changing “City of Plainview” lettering on a building to say “City of Hawthorne,” which is the fictional community the movie focuses on.