Friday, June 23, 2017

In My Own Backyard

It was bad enough when they extended the hill in the yard behind us and built a monster house on it, but now the house is becoming a diva. Well, sort of anyway.

The occupants probably have no idea that there house is featured in HOOKING FOR TROUBLE and that it was the murder house in the book. When they first moved in, we were grateful that they seemed quiet and weren’t throwing wild parties every weekend. My son was convinced some rapper was going to buy it and have his entourage there all the time. I’m glad he was wrong.

Then came the first notice on our door handle that they were going to be filming at the house. We’ve gotten them before for houses in the area. They give the hours the filming is going to take place, what’s filming and a number to call if there’s a problem. To be honest, I didn’t even notice anything.

Then it happened again. I know somewhat how it works. You can put your house on a list that it is available to be used as a location. They pay quite well, though you have to vacate your house and hope that it looks the same when you return.

The second time, we did hear someone shouting “action” a few times and I could see some activity through our trees since that yard is higher than ours.

A few days ago, a guy came to the door. He was going around the area to notify they were going to be filming once again. He gave me the name of a TV show. I don’t remember what it was other than I think it started with an H. He wanted me to sign something that said I didn’t mind. My antenna went up for that and I refused. He just marked down my name and our address.

I was assured there would be no crew parking on our street. No, but the nearby cross street is barely driveable because of trucks parked on both sides of it. And then the construction began. The best I can tell is that they built a large weird looking cabana in the backyard that shows above the fence. There seem to be lots of blue tarps over something. It’s been going on for a couple of days now. We haven’t been home the last couple of evening, so I don’t know if they have been filming in the yard at night. By the time we got home, everything was pitch dark and deserted.

Tonight the house is lit up, but the cabana is dark and quiet. Are they going to light up the backyard and have an orgy going on in the cabana?


Linda Osborn said...

Just hope it isn't part of something like the "Bachelor" franchise or worse !

Betty Hechtman said...

Linda, the cabana looks like something out of one of those shows. Rather than being an enclosure it was more like a roof over a platform with long white curtains covering the posts. They must have filmed in it when we weren't home.

Betty Hechtman said...

I spoke too soon. I can see a bunch of people around the cabana, towering above the fence. We used to have such nice privacy in our yard, now thanks to that fake hill, the six foot fence doesn't do much good. The real blessing is that we planted trees along the whole back over twenty years ago. The block out a lot except for the area where the cabana was constructed.

Linda O. Johnston said...

We've had filmings at a house nearby and it's highly disruptive to the whole neighborhood even if your property isn't right next door. I feel for you!

Ellen said...

You think of it as your home. The film crew thinks of it as their set. As curator of a museum housed in an elegant old mansion, I lived with that. There was the time one of the crew was about to fasten something to a wall with "gaffer's tape". That's the film name of duct (or duck) tape, and it does not come off of plaster or walnut paneling without leaving residue. I jumped up and down and yelled, and he didn't do it, but he looked like he was wondering about my sanity.

Betty Hechtman said...

Linda O. Johnston, at least it's not as bad as when Dinner with a Rock Star filmed down the street. They parked up the street and then put on a performance in the backyard at night.

On the flip side part of When Harry Met Sally was filmed in my neighborhood in Chicago. They actually drove down my street and my building is visible in the background. Of course, I wasn't there when they filmed it. My mother watched from our front porch and said it took all day.

Betty Hechtman said...

Ellen, I can't believe they would be so thoughtless about what kind of tape to use or to use tape at all. But as you said, the crew just looks at is as their set.

Linda Osborn said...

This will no doubt inspire a new book--oh my gosh, maybe it's Molly's mother and her crew !

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