Rod Melotte


Rod Melotte

It's been over a year since Universal Studios shot "Public Enemies" in my little town of Columbus, Wisconsin. On the eve of the movie's July 1 premiere, I've been thinking about what a major motion picture does to a town of 5,000. more

Jun 22, 2009 7:00 PM Movies


Rod Melotte

Nearly two weeks ago, I was sitting inside the New Moon Cafe in Oshkosh waiting for a call to jump in an antique car and get to work on the set of "Public Enemies". This historical gangster epic directed by Michael Mann and starring Johnny Depp as the infamous bank-robber John Dillinger was in the midst of a week-long shoot in the small Fox Valley city, the latest stop by the Universal Pictures production at numerous locations around the Badger State. There I witnessed a rookie extra -- in the opportunity of a lifetime -- display her dedication to getting it right. more

Apr 28, 2008 7:00 PM Movies


Rod Melotte

I return to the base camp and wait for Johnny Depp. He actually arrives around 8:20 a.m., and as he exits his black SUV is met by director Michael Mann. Hand shakes and hugs are shared all around, and then Depp looks towards us and tips his hat, waves and smiles. Then he's whisked away to start the shoot. And all is right with the world. more

Mar 18, 2008 8:20 PM Movies


Rod Melotte

Columbus is hopping with movie buffs from around the world. They wander the streets looking in all of the windows of the "new" shops which carry all of the latest products needed to survive and thrive back in 1933. The detail in the construction is truly amazing. And this is only the outside of the buildings. more

Mar 14, 2008 7:28 PM Movies