Archive for October, 2010

Final Chapters

Posted: October 28, 2010 in Scream 4

The main stars weren’t visible for that long on set, but when they were everyone was busy snapping. David was, as usual, the most sociable of the cast members, coming across to the crowd for photographs and to sign autographs. As always during filming, everyone on cast and crew seemed to be having a great time.

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I don’t really need a reason to post pictures of Mary McDonnell.

The Real Thing

Posted: October 21, 2010 in Scream 4

Finally the action started.  There was a lot of filming inside the bookstore when all we could hear was “Rolling!’ and “Cut!”  The main action outside involved a lot of takes of the police cars screeching up to the bookstore, extras gathering to watch, and of course the now well-known scene of the police, Sidney and Gale staring into the trunk of the car. Whether the trunk contained a body or just a mask is anyone’s guess, I’m afraid.

That looks just like…

Posted: October 20, 2010 in Scream 4

Sometimes you had to look twice, just to be sure who you were looking at.

Out of Darkness

Posted: October 20, 2010 in Scream 4

Everyone was so excited for a while by the general spectacle of the crews and equipment and trucks and stuff that no one had actually noticed the poster. The POSTER. OMG! There was squealing. Even people who had no idea why, were heard to squeal.

A book. She’s an author. She’s over all the trauma. She’s moved on and is in town for a book signing. Back in Woodsboro. Yeah, yeah, it’s old news now, but on the day it was pretty exciting.

I skipped a Chapter

Posted: October 20, 2010 in Scream 4

Meanwhile, a hot, sticky downtown Northville was quickly transformed into the fictional California town of Woodsboro. It took a while for people to notice that the signs on the lamp posts had been changed to advertise the Woodsboro art and music festivals, crew were adding magnetic CA licence plates to cover the Michigan ones on the cars parked in the street, and a car with surf boards on the roof looked more than a little out of place.

Obviously the Next Chapter Bookstore was the focal point of filming, but the production team had gone to the effort of making the street look authentic for a few scenes that took place outside. Most of these were not thrilling to watch.  Crowds of extras rushing to the street opposite the bookstore to see .. something. Woodsboro Police milling about in the street to keep the crowds back. Many, many takes in the 90 degree heat that left the extras suffering in their suits and cardigans!

The stand-ins were around for a lot longer than the actors, setting up scenes and just hanging out on set. Courteney, David and Neve always seemed to arrive the minute I’d left, so most of the pictures I have of them were taken by friends. I got luckier later in the production filming, but in Northville I barely got a distant wave!

Charlie: Modern audiences have become savvy to the rules of the originals. I mean there are still rules, but the rules have changed.

Robbie: The kills have gotta be way more extreme.

Charlie: Unexpected is the new cliche.

Robbie: And virgins can die now.

Charlie: To be the new version, you know, 2.0? The killer should be filming the murders.

Robbie: It’s the natural next step in psycho slasher innovation.

*With thanks to the webmaster at the always excellent Scream-Trilogy-net for the dialog transcription from the new, exciting HQ trailer-teaser.

More shots of the porch

Posted: October 18, 2010 in Scream 4

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Because we really can’t get enough of pictures of cloaked and masked killers on porches. This, I believe, is the prelude to the Neve/Mary door-slamming scene. Note those pesky screens that were erected to stop us seeing all the details. But now we have a trailer to fill in some of the gaps!

Don’t answer the door

Posted: October 17, 2010 in Scream 4

With ‘spoilers’ starting to be released by official sources, my photos are now pretty tame stuff! So we’re skipping over a few weeks of filming to the scene we’ve now all seen from the skewed view of the Scream 4 trailer at the Scream Awards. I saw most of the set up of this scene (from the outside anyway), including the door-slamming sequence. I’ve no idea why Neve and Mary would have opened the door in the first place. Was there no peep-hole? Have they really not learned that masked killers with savage hunting knives lurk on suburban porches?