Tuesday, December 11, 2007
We're Ready for our Close-ups Mr. DeMille
Extras are rehearsing a scene from The Pacific on Rathdowne Street
Our favorite local bar, Gerald's became a Greek Kaffeneion
The fruit and veg market was turned into a Greek establishment
Lots of equipment was brought in for the shoot
One building was turned into an old fashioned gas station.
We live in a neighborhood of vintage houses and the main street (Rathdowne) just two blocks from our house was used for a location for a new HBO series called 'The Pacific' produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks. It's about US soldiers fighting in WW II in 1943 and stationed in Australia. Our street was used to recreate Lonsdale St, which is the heart of the Greek community downtown. Having a movie shoot going on near our house reminded me of all the production work that used to go on near where we lived in Los Angeles - I frequently rollerbladed past the Bay Watch beach, for example. Alas, even though we've seen Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks in our local Mexican food restaurant in the Palisades, they were nowhere to be seen in Carlton North.