Dan Turner (Mamoudou Athie), an expert in restoring old videotapes, is tasked with reviving tapes found in the rubble of the Visser, a building that burned down in the 1990s. Soon, he discovers the story of Melody Pendras (Dina Shihabi), a resident of the building. Although Archive 81 is supposed to be set in New York, the production was actually set in Pittsburgh, using both real locations and studio facilities. Shot between November 2020 and March 2021, the series required some clever makeup work to make Pittsburgh look like the Big Apple. The Visser, the residence in which most of the story takes place, was found by the production at 436 First Avenue, near the Monongahela River.
Built in 2017, the building adopts an architecture reminiscent of old New York buildings, where rents were once capped. The perfect place to stage the tragic destiny of Melody Pendras, this young woman whose investigations will precipitate her into the clutches of a satanic sect. Immediately recognizable on screen, 436 First Avenue did not host the shooting of the interior scenes. These, like all the others, were produced from studios also located in Pennsylvania.
Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead directed two episodes of the first season. Both directors are known for their films The Endless and Synchronic.
436 First Avenue
A downtown Pittsburgh apartment building, 436 First Avenue offers all the amenities of an upscale residential complex.
Housed in a building constructed in 2017, this 35-unit, red-brick-fronted apartment complex offers spacious, industrial-style living. With a rooftop terrace, 436 First Avenue also features a fitness center. Residents can take advantage of its proximity to a variety of shopping and dining options. The building is located near the banks of the Monongahela River, south of Downtown.
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The café of Amélie, the mansion of Untouchables, the jazz club of the finale of La La Land, the Hôtel du Nord of the mythical replica of Arletty “Atmosphere”, the cinema of A bout de souffle, the restaurant of Ratatouille, the quays of the Seine of Midnight in Paris, the secret places of the Da Vinci Code, the grocery store of January in La Traversée de Paris , the Bridge of Inception and Peur sur la ville, the addresses of the spectacular scenes of Mission Impossible 6, but also series Call my agent, Gears, Le Bureau des légendes, Sense8, Sex and The City, Gossip Girl…
Etienne Daho’s Café de Flore, Jay-Z and Kanye West’s hotel in Nas in Paris, Serge Gainsbourg’s Poinçonneur des Lilas metro station, Serge Reggiani and Marc Lavoine’s Mirabeau Bridge, Mc Solaar’s Lyon station…
The places evoked in the comics Adèle Blanc-Sec, Largo Winch, Blake and Mortimer, Michel Vaillant…
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By Gilles Rolland
Passionné de cinéma, de rock and roll, de séries TV et de littérature. Rédacteur de presse et auteur des livres Le Heavy Metal au cinéma, Paroles de fans Guns N' Roses, Paroles de fans Rammstein et Welcome to my Jungle : 100 albums rock et autres anecdotes dépareillées. Adore également voyager à la recherche des lieux les plus emblématiques de la pop culture.