Archive for November, 2010

Yes, even more Marielle Jaffe

Posted: November 12, 2010 in Scream 4

Marielle Jaffe on the Scream 4 set in Ann Arbor before an evening shoot.

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More Marielle on set

Posted: November 11, 2010 in Scream 4

Marielle Jaffe on set in Ann Arbor

Posted: November 10, 2010 in Scream 4

Setting up for some inside shots on Lincoln Ave., Ann Arbor. Marielle Jaffe (in orange ‘dress’!) was around for the first few days of filming. We’ve all seen the trailer now, so her chase scene with Ghost Face ¬†isn’t a secret any more. Not that it was a very well kept one anyway.

And on to Ann Arbor

Posted: November 10, 2010 in Scream 4

Chronologically, the scenes filmed around the fountain and outside the Police Department on the set in Plymouth come next in the Summer of Scream 4, and I have a lot of photos from there, but I keep being drawn back to the night shoots in Ann Arbor. I’ll post some of my favorites over the next few days.

It’s a Wrap in Northville

Posted: November 8, 2010 in Scream 4

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Because it’s my hometown and I’m allowed to be a little self-indulgent about it.

(Of course at the time the movie wrapped at the Next Chapter we didn’t know that they were going to come back for another few weeks later in the Summer, albeit a little less open for viewing!)

More Stab-A-Thon

Posted: November 5, 2010 in Scream 4

I pull in at the side of the road and take some pictures of the barn and the crews ahead. They’re only partially blocking the road and by this point there’s no way I’m going to turn around. No one is running toward me waving their arms angrily. In fact throughout filming the actual crew had always been pleasant and courteous. Not so much the Security Guards, but I digress.

I’m not going to risk getting much closer, so the angle isn’t great, but the party venue is clear. The Ghost Face ‘scarecrows’ everywhere gave the place a very creepy, “Children of the Corn” feel and I was glad it was daylight.

After taking a few shots from a safe distance, I drove slowly toward the barn and the crews, smiled, and asked if I could get through the road. Yes, filming and prep was done for now, so the road was open. No more photos until I was passed the barn, but I did get a good look at the decorated barn and the many, many scarecrows!

There were no other movie stalkers around although some paparazzi shots appeared in a day or two, probably from the guy that¬†Wes¬†Craven says they had to chase out of a cornfield! ¬†I didn’t post my photos anywhere for a while because I figured that the Stab-A-Thon party was too big a spoiler, but I was beaten to it by a couple of others who trekked down the same long dirt road.

By the time I’d stalked a couple of movies right on my own doorstep in the early Summer, I’d already caught the bug. Big time. I’d started to log into the Twitter account I’d created a year back and never used, and I’d discovered the power of the internet anew. In this case the power was able to lead me further down the path of the slightly obsessed movie stalker. It had definitely become a mission. ¬†Beforethetrailer.com and onlocationvacations.com gave almost instantaneous reports and tips of filming locations. ¬†Which is why, on a July evening after work I headed down a very long dirt road in search of the mysterious barn which was rumored to be the next filming location for Scream 4.

Armed with printed Google maps, and some aerial shots, and some anecdotal information from a friend who lives in Saline and had heard about a crew looking for a farm to film in, the barn wasn’t that hard to find. Did I mention that it was a very long dirt road?

I wasn’t familiar with the area, so I had no idea what I would find or how close I would be able to get to the filming. The previous week I’d been in the crowd in downtown Plymouth, but I doubted that many people would make their way this far out of town, and so far no pictures or reports had emerged of what was happening out there. I was honestly expecting to reach a Closed Road sign and to have to turn around and go home feeling a little foolish.

Well, the sign was there. But the astute among you will notice that it’s not actually blocking the road. And it’s only closed to ‘thru traffic’ which means I can still get some way down the road, right? I’m only slightly ashamed to admit that at this point I tucked my camera into my backpack, hid my printed Google maps, and drove right on past the sign. ¬†If I was stopped, at least I could plead ignorance!

When the barn came into view, I couldn’t believe my luck.

The Mask

Posted: November 1, 2010 in Scream 4

Can’t believe it’s taken me so long to post this: My Wes Craven-signed Ghost Face mask, a gift from the ever-generous RJ Torbert (@gamefaceguy on Twitter) of Fun World. ¬†Thanks RJ, and of course thanks also go to @rjrabbitsays because he’s so cute.

For those of you who may not know, Fun World are the owners of Ghost Face, designers, makers, distributors of the official Ghost Face masks used in Scream and also those used in many other major movies. ¬†Don’t buy cheap imitations! ¬† RJ has the inside scoop from Wes Craven on tons of stuff, but he won’t give us the details. It’s a good thing he’s such a nice guy or¬†that¬†would make us mad ūüėČ