Fordham University Crew to Appear on Law & Order SVU
Photo Credit: Fordham University Athletics
Philadelphia, Pa., April 28, 2013 – Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta competitor Fordham University crew, was recently selected to be in an upcoming episode Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. The episode is scheduled to air on May 1 and is currently in its 14th season on NBC.
“It was a really awesome experience, and so cool to see how a show is put together on television,” said Patrick Cahill, a Fordham rower studying Spanish and Theology. “Honestly I’d heard about a lot of people at Fordham having opportunities like [being] featured in commercials, and TV shows [but] I never thought I’d get the chance.”
According to Head Coach Theodore Bonanno these opportunities happen quite frequently to Fordham students, due to the school’s proximity to Manhattan. Throughout his 24 years with the Rams, he estimates being contacted over 50 different times in regards to some sort of television, movie or commercial.
“Usually a lot of this stuff is really boring because you’re shooting for hours and hours and just standing around most of the time,” said Bonanno. “But it was amazing how organized this crew was. They have to shoot so many scenes for these episodes that they have it down pretty well. Meanwhile between takes we were talking with the actors and they were amazingly nice and friendly.”
The storyline was supposed to feature male high school rowers, therefore Fordham’s lightweight men’s eight was selected for the scene, along with two female coxswains. This particular episode began filming on a Monday at 6:45 a.m. and went until 11:30 a.m. in Rye, NY. Although a school day, coach Bonanno said only one student needed a note to be excused from class.
“We didn’t actually row,” explained Bonanno. “We were just carrying the boat towards the water, as the actor who was in the scene was talking with two of the regular detectives on the show. It was two, fours and one was in slings on the beach getting ready to get out, [meanwhile] the crew is working on the boat.”
Senior Alexandra Anello assumes the team will have some sort of viewing party or festivities. Although the casting company offered to pay students for their work, Fordham would not allow it. Instead the company has made what Bonanno calls a, “substantial contribution towards their traveling expenses.”
“It was really cool, but aside from all the ‘glamour’ we’ve been working really hard so hopefully it’ll show in our races,” said Anello, about the Dad Vail.
This year Fordham men’s will be entering a variety of races at the Dad Vail: the men’s: varsity lightweight eight, the varsity lightweight four, the varsity heavyweight four, the varsity heavyweight eight, the novice eight and the novice four.
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