Monday, July 20, 2009

Photographed While Biking












I took my camera along on a couple bike rides through the neighborhood recently as there were some interesting goings-on. Director Rob Reiner was in town, just a few blocks from my house, shooting his latest picture Flipped, described as an "adolescent war of the sexes." His base camp was located at the old middle school in town.

So the first picture here was a sign directing the crew and extras where to park. I don't know what CRP stands for but signs with CRP on them were everywhere in the vicinity. I would have liked to have photographed the film crew in action but they worked pretty much the same hours I did, so I settled for the sign here, a couple film production trucks, and the hydraulic lift equipment they used to do something, I don't know what. Not a very good nosey neighbor, am I.

I saw some of the extras from a distance, all dressed in clothes of the 50s. They had some 50s model cars parked at the school too. So I'm guessing this is going to be a 'period picture.' Captain Obvious strikes!

By the way, I heard that Rob Reiner does not like being called "meathead," the moniker given to him by Archie Bunker in the old TV series All in the Family. Apparently, he heard one of the locals call out to him by that name. Verboten! Please! Michigan needs all the economy it can get these days. Treat the studio people with respect.

The last picture I took while riding my bike by the library. It's art. A lady explained while I took this picture that this particular production was designed by her daughter, and constructed in a weekend by kids sponsored by the library and a local arts center.


The "gates" fabric exhibition constructed by artist Christo at New York's Central Park inspired this youth version, I was told. It's supposed to remain up for another couple weeks. That is unless a big storm rolls through in which case Mother Nature may create her own masterpiece.

9 Comments:

Blogger jan said...

Reiner is pretty much known as Meathead out here after (allegedly) misusing funds meant for children's health.

8:03 PM  
Blogger Carine said...

Here in SoCal, he's run the gamut-actor, director, child advocate, child user...

8:50 PM  
Blogger TechnoBabe said...

Not only are you not a nosey neighbor, you are not an autograph hound. It would be interesting to know who the actors are in this production. Anyway, good to see you had fun taking pics on the bike ride. My hubby does the same thing and I enjoy seeing things from his line of sight.

10:30 AM  
Blogger Lynilu said...

Photo of film crew sign .... photo of film crew .... nope, I don't see a difference.

Denzil Washington was in a nearby town filming a movie. Before he arrived we could go and watch the crews build the set. The only time they didn't want us there was if they were moving a large piece into place. Then when Denzil and the "important" people hit town, you couldn't bet even close. I 'spose with a powerful zoom you might have been able to get some pix, but .... Celebrities are interesting.

12:30 PM  
Blogger Big Dave T said...

JAN--Really! Maybe that's why Rob came to Michigan. We don't hear nuthin' out this way.

CARINE--I just heard on the news that more and more film studios are moving productions outside California. But Hollywood remains.

TECHNOBABE--I saw the cast on the Internet Movie Database and they looked like B-listers to me--Rebecca DeMornay, Anthony Edwards, etc. Then again, I'm not up on whose hot on the silver screen.

LYNILU--Local police were parked by the school where they were filming. They even had night security to guard the set after everyone had left for the day.

6:07 PM  
Blogger CAROLDEE said...

YES indeed you are so right... Mich can use all the business it can get.. too bad more don't come here.. best thing that ever happened was that incentive deal to get them to come here and film.
Hope your week is a great one. : )

8:28 AM  
Blogger Tim said...

What's the deal with the signs reading upside down, as well?

9:58 AM  
Blogger Big Dave T said...

CAROLDEE--I just saw in the LAST Ann Arbor News published today that Reiner is filming right now at a park in Ann Arbor. So he's still around.

TIM--I saw that too. Have no idea what that's about. Film people always do things differently. I saw that they had cut down live evergreen trees, mounted them on boards, then placed them in strategic locations outside the school, apparently so some nearby buildings would not be visible in their film shots.

3:54 AM  
Blogger gilSilvers said...

Speaking of Flipped the movie, mysontheactor.blogspot.com chronicles an unknown child actor's on-set romp with Rob Reiner & crew - through the eyes of his mom.

Check the July 17 post - the blogger may have some insight into the upside-down CRP signage.

5:16 AM  

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