The Johns Hopkins Gazette: January 3, 2000
January 3, 2000
VOL. 29, NO. 16


One Last Dip

Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

Attention Homicide fans: A full television production crew made its way to the Homewood campus on Dec. 13, 1999, to shoot an underwater dream sequence for the upcoming two-hour television movie Homicide: Life Everlasting. The location was the White Athletic Center's diving pool, which made its acting debut posing as a deep portion of Druid Lake. The scene, featuring Giancarlo Esposito (FBI agent Mike Giardello) and a stunt double for Yaphet Kotto (Baltimore police Lt. Al Giardello, his father), took place on the last day of shooting for what is being hailed as the final chapter for the critically acclaimed, now defunct NBC series Homicide: Life on the Streets.

Giancarlo Esposito prepares for his scene in the White Athletic Center pool, standing in for Druid Lake.

Eric Overmyer, the movie's executive producer and co-writer, said the location was chosen because "it was the deepest pool we could find in the area." An experienced scuba-clad camera crew caught all the action, which takes place solely under water. Overmyer, who applauded Hopkins' generosity for the use of the pool, said the movie will likely air sometime between mid-February and early March.

The gymnasium also was used that day, for a staged shot of a hospital waiting room. A wall section, chair, magazine-covered table and carpet were placed in the middle of a basketball court to achieve the desired effect.
--Greg Rienzi

Director Eric Overmyer, at right, works with a technical assistant and underwater cameramen during the filming of the dream sequence.