200 actors and crew receive 12 hours to shoot inaugural scene
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Visitors to the Presidential Office Building might have been surprised Saturday to witness a presidential inauguration ceremony in full swing.
The next such ceremony isn’t due until May 20 next year, but on Saturday, 200 actors and crew members entered the 100-year-old building to film scenes for a television series, “Island Nation” (國際橋牌社), described as a Taiwanese counterpart to the White House series “House of Cards.”
For the first time ever, the Presidential Office agreed to allow a fictional drama to be shot within its walls, at least for 12 hours, the Central News Agency reported.
Four years in the making, the TV show already had a Presidential Office replica set up at a Navy base in Taoyuan City, but to offer more realistic scenes, the producers applied to film a presidential inauguration scene inside the real building. [FULL STORY]