Rookie99 wrote: ↑November 16th, 2022, 2:18 pm Why not just build a set to capture that feeling?
Now, Stagecraft for the ghost world or something, that I could see.
Off the top of my head, my first guess would be that they'd build a scaled-down set of the ground floor apparatus room (because the set doesn't need to be 2-and-a-bit-fire engines long like the real Los Angeles firehouse), with Stagecraft being set up outside the recreated front doors to give us the landscape of Tribeca.
It's possible that they might build half the set, and use Stagecraft to fill in the other half... Though given a lot of action happens near the doors (Ecto-1, and customers/Ghostbusters staff entering and leaving), and in the office area, I don't think they could easily get away with having it fill in a large section of the set.
RichardLess wrote: ↑November 16th, 2022, 3:49 pm I just don’t know how I feel about it being used as a replacement for location work.
It's a brilliant cost-saver for a production that might not be able to film on location because of budget, technical or safety constraints (as you've noted)... Of to film pick-up shots if the first-takes on-location haven't worked out.
Picture the endless list of films that're supposedly shot in New York, or London, or Paris, but it comes across pretty clearly they were filmed in California, or Vancouver... Stagecraft can help to increase the immersion, make things more convincing.