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I need to record a bunch of footsteps in a dilapidated building. Ideally with both tile and unfinished hardwood surfaces, and also with a layer of dust and dirt (but not overly dirty or crunchy). I am located in NYC, but can travel if need be (locally in NY/NJ would be preferred...). If anyone has any ideas or leads, please let me know.
the scene is too long and too exposed to get away with it being done in a foley studio.
I worked on a film last year where we needed a abandoned factory location.
the way we ended up getting one was going through demolition companies and found a place that was going to be destroyed an a few months. they didn't charge us or anything.
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I just read that Satellite View of Google Maps is extremely useful when you're searching for unique recording places.
I am in NYC as well, and I know of a few good locations like this, mostly on Long Island. I actually did a library a few years ago of just these kinds of sounds, and most of the footage came from spots on the island. Fair warning; They aren't exactly "open to the public" though. ;) Will shoot you an email.