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Filming begins for 'Glass' in Allentown; closed set enforced

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - By all appearances, it was a busy first day for M. Night Shyamalan's production of "Glass" at the former Allentown State Hospital.

Production officials say the cast and crew arrived Monday and quickly got to work.

Trucks were seen bringing in heavy equipment and trailers lined the parking lot outside.

At one point, smoke was seen billowing out of a portable trailer located in the back corner.

A throng of security guards patrolled the campus and coordinated with state officials to keep the grounds limited to production-only personnel.

A producer with the film tells 69 News the crew is excited to share the third installment of Shyamalan's suspense trilogy with the world, but only after it is completed.

The storytelling journey began in 2000 with "Unbreakable" starring Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson.

The second film "Split" came out in 2016 starring James McAvoy.

Willis, Jackson and McAvoy play featured roles in "Glass", which is due out 2019.

Preserving the filmmaking process and protecting plot twists and surprises means the crew is operating on a closed set.

What you can see from the outside are several tweaks to the historic buildings.

The sign over the main hospital entrance has been changed. To find out how it fits into the the film, however, you will have to buy a ticket at the box office.

In case you were thinking about coming out here for a peek, producers say to save yourself a trip.

"Closed set" means no one is allowed on campus and most of the scenes will be shot indoors.

Filming is set to go through mid November.

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