My week (or the week according to this blog) now begins on Tuesdays. It's an Obama thing. Don't ask what that means. I don't know.
Still "shadowing" on "The Good Wife", though the shoot doesn't begin until Thursday. Much driving around strange byways of Queens and Long Island searching for locations. As always, a good attitude prevails on these trips--crews out scratching together movies or episodes of shows are truly engaged in a strange pursuit, almost Gypsy-like in its private codes, practices, meanings etc. Ever wonder why elaborate movie crews are frequently found shooting in the oddest little places--like filling stations, pizza parlors or eyeglass stores? "Why would they bother to shlep out here for this little shop?" is the usual question. Like everything in movies, there's a real reason--though one that doesn't make much sense in a normal world not viewed through a looking glass. Generally its because these smaller locations are tied to a larger one nearby. And then every so often, people just go DAFT and decide they really need a "certain look" for something relatively trivial (a filling station, a pizza parlor, an eyeglass place). When that look isn't found, the indecision becomes paralyzing; eventually any old place will do--as long as its near something else. I'm afraid I've been guilty of this a few times and later wondered how the hell I wound up taking everybody so far out of the way to shoot something that probably could have been accomplished anywhere.
Now: what has this to do with "City Island"? Nothing. For I've nothing to report--YET. But I do here scratchings that we'll be in some more festivals before the official opening on MARCH 19, 2010. All of these will be duly noted in upcoming posts. Meanwhile, I will once again begin recycling some of the on-set clips we posted during production, for those of you knew to this blog. But before we flashback to summer '08, dig the below--an interview with the actors (which I'd never seen and hence hadn't posted) done right after we'd won the Tribeca Audience Award. It features a generous amount of Julianna Margulies who I look forward to seeing on set in a couple of days. I'll soon get some behind the scenes stills up on this blog as well.
As soon as I remember where I left the disc that they're on.
And now for the mantra.
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