When shooting in real locations, as opposed to on a set, the help of local police is frequently requested by the production crew to close down active roads.
One reason to close roads on a production is for the safety of cast and crew, but there's another lesser known reason to shut things down. On season two of Breakout Kings, shooting took place in New Orleans, but was made to look like New York, so it was important that the only cars seen on the show would be cars you would see in New York. No Louisiana license plates here!
For the scene where inmate Emmy (Camille Guaty) climbs out through a bathroom window and makes a run for it, the crew set up a huge crane shot to capture the entire event from a nice, high angle in one, long take.
On tricky shots like this, the crew will practice several times with a stand-in to make sure the crane and camera operators are in sync, and to make sure the police road blocks aren't in frame.
Once the crew was ready to shoot, Camille Guaty was brought onto set. The cameras began to roll as she climbed through the window, and started her run to freedom. Unfortunately, as the camera panned up, it was revealed that she was running directly towards one of the local police officers whose walkie talkie had gone dead and didn't realize that shooting had started. The end result: an inmate escaping by running directly into the arms of a police officer. Definitely one for the outtake reel.
Production notes courtesy of Mike Fischer, Vanessa Hickey, and Andrew Shepherd.