Archive for January, 2011

They’re baaaack!

Posted: January 30, 2011 in Scream 4

Wrong movie, but hey. The trucks are back. Base-camp is smaller, only 3 or 4 of the big trailers and a few other trucks. But they’re there. All quiet on a Sunday of course.

As others have reported there is some equipment and a few trucks and generators on Clement. Equipment is set up at the brown (opening scene?) house. I’m guessing that they won’t be doing any filming outside this time around.


A Short Marielle Montage

Posted: January 16, 2011 in Scream 4

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Marielle Jaffe on the set of Scream 4, August 2010

So the new Scream 4 Trailer is out!

Posted: January 16, 2011 in Scream 4

Watch it here at without all the spoilers now posted at YouTube.

I couldn’t resist putting up a few shots from the Plymouth shoot, since they show some more clips from the filming at the Police Station in the new version.

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Houses of Scream 4: Olivia’s House

Posted: January 14, 2011 in Scream 4

General consensus  seems to be that the house next to Jill’s is Olivia’s, and much of the filming of Scream 4 in August centered on this house.  Many of the shots were of course at night, when the beautiful house took on a more sinister air.

If rumors are to be believed, whatever might happen to Olivia is seen by Jill and Kirby from the window in Jill’s bedroom and my guess is that the scenes in my previous blog post precede ‘whatever might happen’ to Olivia. Amusingly, I’m pretty sure that the angles of the windows make this impossible–the bay window faces forward to the street and visibility of the house next door would be very limited–but I’m sure that some fancy camera work will somehow make this possible.

The scene above was photographed on one of the funnest nights on set in Ann Arbor. I was with a friend (Hi, Kirsty!), standing across the road in my usual position with the small crowd, looking for a sight of the actors, when my friend nudged me. “Do you see that room?” I hadn’t really been focusing above ground level, and clearly her eyesight was better than mine. “Isn’t that blood. On the window!”

Oh yeah, so it is! So I took a few shots. I didn’t take any while the scene was being filmed later, but when I posted the now infamous ‘bloody window’ to my Twitter account, I had no idea how far this picture would go! I honestly thought it would be cool for my few Facebook friends to see. The idea that this was a spoiler never entered my head — I was naive back then and really underestimated the way Scream fans would analyse and speculate and put all the details together. Some of the details were put together wrong. Some were almost right. And we still don’t know what twists and turns Wes Craven has in store for us.

Don’t answer the phone

Posted: January 12, 2011 in Scream 4

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Kirby (Hayden Panettiere) and Jill (Emma Roberts) on the set of Scream 4, Ann Arbor, MI. August 2010.

Houses of Scream 4: Jill’s Window

Posted: January 11, 2011 in Scream 4

One afternoon as the crew was setting up to film, it was obvious that a lot of attention was being paid to the upstairs bay window.

By the evening it was obvious why.

Houses of Scream 4: Jill’s House

Posted: January 10, 2011 in Scream 4

The street in Ann Arbor where I spent rather too much of my Summer. I think we decided this was Jill’s house? I got lost in all of the discussions, but I think the conclusion is that this is where Kate and Jill live, and where Sidney comes to stay when she visits Woodsboro on her book tour.

Given that the film crew was on site for almost a month, it’s safe to surmise that a big chunk of the movie takes place in this house, and next door at what we believe to be Olivia’s house.  One of the primary requirements for the location was to have two houses next to each other so that things happening in one could be seen in the other…

Many of the shots were inside during the early evening, when all we could hear were shouts of ‘Rolling!’, and I suspect a lot of the more pivotal outdoor shots were done in the middle of the night when only the really serious movie stalker were out to watch. This house is probably famous for the shot through the upstairs window of Kirby taking a phone call. I’ll have a post dedicated to that call in the next few days because it stunned me how far and wide those pictures went, and what was read into them.

We saw Ghostface (in and out of costume!) on the porch of this house, trying to push his way in. We saw Dewey and Kirby arriving, and entering very tentatively. Kirby’s car was often parked outside, as was the orange Mustang Boss… We saw a scene with Hoss and Perkins, Woodsboro’s finest, and later the whole collection of Woodsboro police vehicles, EMS and finally (and inevitably) the Coroner’s van.

The owners of the house moved out for a month to allow filming and were often across the street watching, along with other residents and stalkers from further afield. A friend of mine whose house was scouted for the movie actually turned down the opportunity because she wasn’t sure about having someone bloodily dispatched in her daughter’s room.  While I get it, I think I can pretty much guarantee that the daughter would think it was cool as soon as she is old enough to watch the movie.

Will the Bat Signal emminate from the Broderick Tower in Detroit? What a cinematic opportunity to showcase the 45 abandoned skyscrapers in Detroit as it becomes Gotham City Redux.

via The Dark Detroit Rises As The Bat Signal May Illuminate From The Broderick Tower Of Gotham City In Batman III..

Houses of Scream 4: The Opening Kill

Posted: January 9, 2011 in Scream 4

At least that’s what we thought! While the movie was still filming in Ann Arbor, I received an email from a friend (Thanks, Suzette!) that residents around Grace St., Northville had received a notice that filming of Project Z would be happening that weekend. One of the fun things about the Summer of Scream was how much everyone enjoyed the buzz around the filming. I was amazed how far and wide my ‘fame’ had grown, and it was fun to get tips from people on where the Project Z trailers would set up next.

I spotted the potential house a few days early due to one truck and a bunch of wiring appearing in the street. It was pretty easy to identify which house it would be — well, look at it!  I’d heard it would be mainly night shoots, but setup was obviously happening in the afternoons. By this point we’d expected to see Anna Paquin and Kristen Bell, since their cameos had already been announced. But the first day I got an email saying that two brunettes had been sighted (Thanks, Lisa!) — and these were of course soon identified as Shenae Grimes and Lucy Hale.

Filming took 2 nights. Crowds were small, especially later at night. Most of the filming was done inside the house in the kitchen area. We’ve all seen the trailer now, so we know that a phone call is involved! I heard rumors that the action may have moved out to the porch later on, and it surely isn’t a spoiler to suggest that the girls had a visitor and that the evening didn’t end well?

But was it the opening kill? Or kills? Are the girls in Stab or Woodsboro? Are they Stab actresses playing themselves in Woodsboro? I think someone worked this out from something one of them said, but I’m so confused now that I have no idea! And that’s not a bad thing.

The Houses of Scream 4

Posted: January 7, 2011 in Scream 4

I almost can’t believe I’m doing this, but I can’t help myself. When I started the Summer of Scream 4, I was amazed how geeked people got about the houses… which house was this supposed to be, does it look like the one in the original movie, will they use a green screen to get that California feeling etc etc! But here I am caught up in it too. Maybe looking at these old pics will help distract us from all the potential screening spoilers?

So this is the first house they filmed Scream 4 at in Northville, MI. I was a movie-stalker-newbie back then, and when I saw the Road Closed signs, I simply obeyed them. Ha. I soon learned. Local rumors suggest that this is supposed to be Dewey and Gale’s house which they bought/inherited from Dewey’s parents, i.e. the original house where Tatum and Dewey lived. Dewey and Gale are supposed to be renovating the property. Filming here was for 2 or 3 days only, and David Arquette was seen a lot on set. One day at least the neighbors observed walking up and down the street shouting into his cellphone. Most of the shots were inside the house, which was redecorated for the movie. Fans have pointed out the differences in the porch–straight instead of curved, and the size is different, but I’m guessing that clever camera angles can make this look close to the original.

Compare it to pictures of the original house at 824 McDonald Avenue, Santa Rosa, California.

View of Tatum and Sidney on the wraparound porch.

Aerial view of the house. Note the wraparound porch. (Thanks to

Another external shot of the house from Flickr.

It turns out that McDonald Avenue has an illustrious movie history.

Credit also to this great thread at;;