Sunday, January 27, 2008

20 Days Fun and Work Pittsburgh: New Movie "Homecoming" directed by Morgan J Freeman produced by Animus Films

Animus Films and Morgan J Freeman wanted to shoot in Pittsburgh to capture its gloomy winter days and nights. Even more so to take advantage of the consistent weather conditions and outdoor skies to keep the film exposure and look and feel of the film consistent! Animus Films seemed to be very satisfied with how the Pittsburgh conditions treated them over the 20 days of shooting. It actually took longer as they took a break for the Christmas Holidays which is very unusual in making a film.
Morgan J Freeman and Mike Kolko (line producer) made it back to city on January 5th just in time for the Steeler-Jaguars playoff game. In Pittsburgh everything stops on gameday- the bars open early- the tailgaters spend the night- and you cannot go anywhere without seeing gold and black. In fact the bridges downtown are painted gold and all the seats are painted gold in the Heinz Field. So if you're in Pittsburgh and the game is on what could be better than to be there! Quite a game as the Steelers scored 19 points in the 4th quarter only to fall short 31-29!

Now one more day of Holiday Break and back to work as Morgan, Mike and Jim Young review the plans for the day.
The next 10 days will be shot in Saltsburg outside of Pittsburgh. The old farmhouse was located through a realty firm that had it up for sale! Perfect location for a edgy thriller like "Homecoming". The rooms were small and crusty. The basement was as dreary and uninviting as it gets. The crew spent several agonizing days filming in the basement!
Mischa Barton (Shelby) and Matt Long (Mike) were on the set when we visited. The film also stars Jessica Stroup and Michael Landes who had the day off. Here is Mischa doing her "Fargo" body disposal imitation blood and all! It looked as tho' she'd done this before in watching the scene!
Matt Long arrived later as the rest of the day was to be filmed inside the farm house. Matt showed up ready for bright sunlight or was expecting "People Magazine" with his nice shades. More later....


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