Monday, October 31, 2011
Does this look like any ordinary street to you? It's not! The people are movie extras, because they are part of one of the Boston sets of the movie R.I.P.D., which has been filiming all around the Boston area. The picture is a bit blurry, because I was being rushed through the set as I was taking it.
The abbreviations stand for Rest In Peace Department. The movie, which stars Ryan Reynolds, Jeff Bridges, and Kevin Bacon, is about a police officer who was recently killed and joins up with a team of zombie cops, so he can find who murdered him.
See the tall glass building here? That's where I was working for several weeks. Since I was working Saturdays and Sundays too, all of us in the project had to walk through the movie set to get to work. Several times, the crew had to escort us through the set, because they were filming and nobody was supposed to be there. From what I was told, one day there was even fillming in the lobby and on the roof!
While working, we'd hear the Director giving directions and cars crashing. At certain points, a gigantic light was shining in our office and camera equipment was hanging right outside our window. It was strange to say the least, but added a bit of excitment to our working weekends.
The picture above is a row of crashed cars that they kept on the street for filming the next day.
A few scenes had Ryan Reynolds holding a gigantic gun and pointing it up at us. The extras were running around looking and pointing up, because from what we could tell, there were supposed to be zombies climbing up the building.
It will be interesting to see all the CGI that's added when the movie comes out. Hollywood East appears to be in full effect! This is the second time I've had to go through a movie set to get to work.
One of my co-workers commented about the way the extras were dressed for the movie. She said, "If this were a real Boston scene, half these girls would have flip-flops on and everyone would have a cup of coffee. That's what I see everyday on the Red Line." We do love our coffee and flip-flops!
There definitely has been quite a bit written about the way people dress in Boston. GQ named us the worst dressed city in America. A bit harsh to say the least. But we did have to agree about the way the extras were dressed. They didn't look like actual Bostonians going to work. And maybe that scares some people more than actual zombies.
Happy Halloween my friends!
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