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Jul 1, 2009 9:47 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

USA Network films scene for online game in Westhampton Beach

Jul 1, 2009 9:47 AM

Scenes from Westhampton Beach Village will soon be immortalized in virtual reality, as part of a new computer game that is affiliated with USA Network’s “Royal Pains,” a new television series about a Manhattan doctor who flees the city to start over in the Hamptons.

Last Thursday, June 25, about 40 well-dressed actors and models working as extras headed to Westhampton Beach for the filming of a computer game called “Hamptons Hot Spotting,” said Peter Levin, the co-founder of Glow Interactive, the Manhattan-based company that is producing the game. “Hamptons Hot Spotting” will be launched at USANetwork.com later this month.

Mr. Levin explained that his production crew was re-creating scenes that are evocative of life in the Hamptons during the summer months. Therefore, he decided to shoot film of people shopping on Main Street, chatting during cocktail hour and spending time at the beach.

The interior of Starr Boggs, located on Parlato Drive in the village, served as the cocktail scene for the game and was the first shot captured by crew members, Mr. Levin said. The extras, who donned chic evening wear for the scene, milled around the interior of the restaurant, which features a bar made of dark wood and stark white walls. The walls are covered with the colorful headshots of celebrities that resemble Andy Warhol’s portraits of stars made during the 1970s.

Next, the crew recorded the shopping scene along Main Street in Westhampton Beach, immediately in front of Simon’s Beach Bakery. Dana Wolf of Manorville, who works at the bakery, said she was caught a little bit off-guard by the dozens of actors and film crew members.

“They all came here, somebody yelled ‘action!’ and then they all started moving, texting and talking to look like they were in the Hamptons,” Ms. Wolf said. “They were wearing very ritzy clothes and they were very fashionable.”

In their final scene of the day, the 40 extras were filmed hanging out at Rogers Beach on Dune Road, as part of the director’s attempt to re-create a day lounging along the shore.

While the Glow Interactive production crew used Westhampton Beach to film the “Hamptons Hot Spotting” game, scenes for “Royal Pains” have been shot on location in Southampton Village. In one scene, the crew transformed Rogers Memorial Library on Windmill Lane into the “West Wind Hotel.” A beach house in Bridgehampton will also be used in a scene and, from July 6 to 8, crews will be re-creating the Hampton Classic at the North Shore Equestrian Center on the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University in Brookville.

The premise of “Hamptons Hot Spotting” is to help Hank Lawson, a Manhattan surgeon portrayed on the show by Mark Feuerstein who moves to the Hamptons to become a concierge doctor, scout potential clientele, Mr. Levin explained. It is one of seven games that compose “Operation Hamptons,” an interactive website that accompanies the “Royal Pains” show on USANetwork.com.

“Hamptons Hot Spotting” is played through the point of view of Dr. Lawson’s assistant Divya Katdare, who is portrayed on the television show by actress Reshma Shetty. The player is charged with scouring through the crowd of extras to find a client who would be most appropriate for Dr. Lawson.

“His clientele is rich people,” Mr. Levin said, adding that the player must find the best dressed and wealthiest character in each scene. “The daughter of a hedge fund mogul would be an example of his clientele.”

Mr. Levin described the online adventure as a hidden object game with video, meaning that players must comb through the people in the scene to find the best potential client for Dr. Lawson.

The other games featured with “Operation Hamptons” include the “East End Express,” a game in which a player must navigate a car through heavy traffic on the “East End Express,” the fictional version of the Long Island Expressway. The character must avoid cars and properly exit the road for gas and snacks.

In “Tipsy Tinsley,” players must keep a drunken socialite who is walking home from a gala balanced by using the left and right arrows on the keyboard. If Ms. Tinsley, who wears a low-cut black evening gown and high-heeled silver sandals, falls over, the player has failed the mission and the computer states: “Oh, no! You let Tinsley tumble. Now she’s going to need yet another nose job.”

A game called “Socialite Satisfaction” will also be available online starting later this month.

Other features on USA Network’s website include two quizzes—a “Which Hampton Are You?” test and a “What’s Your Hamptons Style?” quiz. There is also a “Hamptons Glossary” that provides definitions for words like “jitnoid,” which is defined as someone who travels to the Hamptons from Manhattan via the bus. The glossary also defines the word “cellfish,” a term it says is used for someone who rudely uses their cell phones in public places.

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