Sunday, September 18, 2005

filming a movie in our 'hood!

One of the things that New Yorkers sometimes have to deal with, that people in other towns usually don't, is the hassle of having movies and TV shows filmed on your street. Now, I live in Queens, not an area that Hollywood usually spends a lot of time in. (With a few exceptions.) Usually it's people in trendy places like SoHo and the Upper West Side that have to deal with having their streets blocked off. Imagine our surprise when giant semis from Paramount starting showing up in the neighborhood! Apparently they were filming a movie called "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints," starring Robert Downey Jr. For about a month, they would close of streets, drive in a bunch of junky 1970s cars, and put up fake graffitti. The eeriest bit of it was one night shoot they did. I woke up in the middle of the night to see a moon-like blue light streaming through the apartment, as if in a dream. (Or a Hollywood version of a dream.) They had set up a bunch of giant floodlights on the roof of the school a block away, filtered to look like moonlight, to shoot some scenes on a roof. Very odd. The movie looks like, well, not my type, but it'll be worth renting to see if our apartment is visible in any shots!

No celebrity sightings to report, though...

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