My apartment was filled with a bright glow the entire night.

The illumination was coming from flood lights hanging 50 feet in the air outside my windows on James Street North. There was a giant Dwight crane and two 4,000 gallon Centennial water trucks parked 30 feet away from my windows on the street out front.

It started to pour rain at 10 p.m. even though there wasn't a cloud in the sky.

The 'rain' was coming from four industrial-sized sprinklers suspended 50 feet in the air. Dozens of people wearing headsets scurried around, doing something, what I'm not sure.

I live on the set of RoboCop, currently shooting a scene for the new movie here in Hamilton.


This shot calls for a crane and plenty of rain. (Roger Gillespie)

Out on the street there are 165 crew, four cops, two ambulance attendants and a gaggle of curious folks from Hamilton.

The first night was long and wet because in the writer's head the scene took place during a thunder storm.

Some of the shooting was in a restaurant on Colbourne a few steps west of James. The restaurant kind of popped up overnight and has never served a single meal because it was built just for the movie shoot.

Tom Vastano lives on the third floor of the apartment block, now briefly a movie set. He took a stroll through the set about 9 p.m. He was impressed. "It was very cool," is all Tom, a musician, said.

It was not clear how much was accomplished overnight.

The daily shoot starts at 7 p.m. and is scheduled to wrap by 7 a.m. By daybreak there was still a lot to be done.

There's the big shooting scenes with machine guns, will that be Wednesday night? No one is saying.

Will we see stars? Perhaps one, maybe two.

Shooting is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, they are back on the weekend.

Roger Gillespie is the executive producer for CBC Hamilton. You can find him on Twitter.