Those are great! You certainly got a lot of pictures. Even though there is so much in the shop windows, chances are none of it will be seen up close. Just goes to show how much goes into making a period piece actually look like the time period.
Possibly. Too bad, through it did sound a bit like Forrest Gump.
One change the Paramount decision-makers have made is that they will not use a Yale practice field in the scene. "Their creative team decided that they’re not going to use Derby Avenue for the chase scene," said West Haven Police Chief Ronald M. Quagliani.
Lamb said that part of the schedule will be filled with something new. "They’re creating a new scene, which hasn’t even been confirmed yet, so that’s going to go in there," she said.
Star Harrison Ford arrives for 'Indiana Jones' shoot
Michael Gannon, Register Staff
NEW HAVEN — Indiana Jones rode into town Wednesday night as the filming for the fourth installment of the classic series gets under way in New Haven today.
Harrison Ford, who first played the swashbuckling archaeology professor 26 years ago in "Raiders of the Lost Ark," arrived Wednesday night, according to the production team. Oscar-winning director Steven Spielberg is due to arrive today.
The Yale University campus will play a prominent role as fictional Marshall College circa 1957 in the yet to be named film.
"Maybe if my name had been different ..." said producer Frank Marshall, who along his wife, executive producer Kathleen Kennedy, met with the press Wednesday night with location manager Mike Fantasia.
Marshall said the decision to look at Yale was based on brief exterior scenes shot for "Raiders" at the University of the Pacific in California, a school often chosen for its resemblance to Ivy League schools.
Fantasia said Yale's classic architecture made it Spielberg's first choice for filming that will require 10 to 15 minutes of Ivy League-looking footage.
"Steven always said Yale is the most iconic-looking Ivy League college," Kennedy said. "It was his first choice."
Marshall and Fantasia said Connecticut's tax breaks for the film industry have been a definite incentive.
Marshall said an advance team has spent the last six or seven weeks dressing the more modern aspects of the neighborhood to look like 1957. He said the cast and crew had just arrived from extensive shooting in New Mexico.
"Then to Hawaii, and back to Los Angeles," he said.
Marshall estimates that they will have spent between $8 million and $9 million in the Greater New Haven economy before they are done.
"And that money gets recycled in the area," Fantasia said. "Some estimates say it gets passed around three or four times. Others say seven or eight."
Signs and street lights have been taken down. Countless windows have been dressed to fit the period, and vintage automobiles ("with the proper license plates," said Fantasia) had to be lined up.
There will be classroom shots, exterior shots and the prerequisite chase scene that includes the Old Campus, Phelps Gate and Yale's library.
"They have a lot of great old books that we didn't want to expose to fumes," Fantasia said. "I came up with the idea that we could build a tunnel to keep the fumes and the noise out of the building. The people from Yale and New Haven ... may look at us cockeyed and scratch their heads, but they've pretty much given us what we want."
The shooting schedule allows two days for rain, scenes Kennedy said will be the last to be shot if the weather holds.
Kennedy said the impetus for a fourth movie came in 2000 at the American Film Instutue tribute to Ford.
"We were all backstage, the entire family," she said. "Somebody said, ‘Wouldn't it be great to do this again?'"
And Marshall acknowledged that they were unsuccessful at coaxing Sean Connery, who played Ford's father, Dr. Henry Jones in the last movie, out of retirement.
And unlike the James Bond series, which has been handed off to a succession of five actors since Connery originated the role, they believe Indiana Jones will pass into cinema history once Ford decides to hang up the bullwhip and tattered fedora for good.
"We rode off into the sunset last time, and now we're back," Marshall said.
"I think Harrison Ford IS Indiana Jones," she said.
So Indy is still teaching at Marshall College in 1957?
And Frank Marshall says they go on to Hawaii and then LA.....I hope they film in at least one country outside the US: Veracruz, Mexico will probably be it I guess.
I seriously hope they aren't just filming in these handful of locations all pretty much based around the US. That'd be really disappointing. Of more concern it has the scent of convenience and complacency which I'm worried about too (there's a great thread on this elsewhere).
True, but you would think that they would do all the studio work after filming on location, instead of location, location, studio, location. Unless that's the only way it works with the actor's schedules. I know that Blanchett has a lot coming up, and Shia certainly seems to be keeping busy these days. But you're right, I guess we'll have to wait and see.
I am not surprised that Yale is being used as a stand in for a fictional college. Fits with the other films.
I don't understand why they ever had Indy change from Marshall College to Barnett College in the first place. I don't remember are each actually named in dialog? Otherwise I assume they made the change because the exteriors would not match. But Colleges are very big with multiple buildings.
On their first day on the job filming a chase scene for Indiana Jones IV, these cars got weary zooming down College Street. Harrison Ford -- or rather, his stunt double -- didn't.
"That's not Harrison Ford!" came the disappointing revelation as the man on the motorcycle dismounted on College Street. Indy wasn't even driving the motorcycle -- he was sitting on the back. But the commotion still set the streets abuzz.
Thursday, the first day the film crew started shooting Indiana Jones IV on New Haven streets, moviemakers set up shop on two locations: Inside at Yale's William L. Harkness Hall (WLH), Harrison Ford filmed a classroom scene, out of sight of passersby. Outside on College Street, drivers of old-time cars enacted, and reenacted, a chase scene between Grove and Chapel Streets. (Click on the play arrow to watch).
Crew members guarding the perimeter detained pedestrians for 15-minute blocks of time as the old cars, from 1945 to 1955, motored down the street. Behind an old-time bus, riding on the back of a motorcycle behind a younger man in a leather jacket, was Indiana Jones.
The crew said they got there at 5 a.m. By 11 a.m., these old cars were worn out from all the action: The one on the left had to be jump-started by its driver. Those whose cars were chosen got to drive the cars in the scene. They also got to wear hot pink tape on their pants identifying them as "Driver driver driver."
Upstream from the action on Elm Street, Fannie Brooks (pictured) took a break from her job at Yale's Berkeley College. "I saw Harrison Ford this morning! He was getting out of an Escalade," she said. "He was walking with his pretty suit, and his smooth hair -- he looked sharp!"
(Ford was also spotted Wednesday night eating dinner at Barcelona, the hip new downtown tapas bar.)
How did Brooks like having all the Hollywood action on campus? "It's fun, but it's a pain in the butt trying to get to work," said Brooks. The scene -- set in 1957 -- did stir up good old memories, however. "The costumes are great, the skirts with all the flare. Those were the days of my era. I remember them well!"
As the cars repeatedly rushed down College Street, set dresser Steve Finkin stood by this cart, stacked with old-style road signs and camouflage netting. His job was to take the street and "turn it back 50 years," replacing streetlights, removing parking meters, changing signs (New Haven to Bedford, Yale University to Marshall College).
What's the netting for?
"You throw it over a car if you don't want it in the scene," he said, pointing to a modern SUV parked near the staging area. "Or if someone refuses to move, we throw it over them!"
As Finkin raved about his profession -- "it's the most fun job -- we're there at the beginning, and we're the last to leave" -- a call came over the radio fixed to his hip.
"Linkin' Stinkin!" said a voice.
"That's my nickname," said Finkin.
And poof-- he was whisked away on a John Deere four-wheeler before he got time to be photographed.
You know, it's great to share the warm feeling you get in your stomach thinking about the shooting and all here at this place. It's good to know that you're not the only crazy person feeling like that for actually trivial events like that you cannot even influence.
But sometimes....especially if extreme excitement kicks in...I wish that instead of sharing that interface, I could share a room with you guys. I like the challenge to find the fitting signs for my rather speechless emotional states and all but sometimes it would just be nice to be able to exchange a grin or some scream of excitement...for real.
“You and I are simply passing through history. This…, this is history”
– Rene Belloq, Raiders of the Lost Ark
June 28th – Well, maybe not up there with World War II or the moon landing, but for us locals, this is historic…the first “Official” day of Indy IV filming in New Haven is here! I say official as there have been many dress rehearsals and filming here and there, but today it was the real deal. The boys, Spence, 9, and Owen, 7, headed out early and got to New Haven (or maybe the town of Bedford, located in Michigan – as one wild rumor was said by a local) around 7:30. The boys and I woke up early and headed out to as grabbed a great scrambled egg breakfast at the Bedford Grill (again, the modern day Copper Kitchen), which like many of the retail shops has been transformed to 1957. Now added to the scenery were stamp machines, scale/fortune telling machines, a Bozo the Clown – “fun-phone”, shoe shine station, and a few new shops. All the shops are still open behind their Indy IV, (or The Untitled Genre Project, as it is called on all the flyers around town – a PG Rated action-adventure set in the Golden Age of 1957 – see no “City of the Gods” or “Raiders of the Lost Dentures”) window dressing – so it is like stepping into “The Twilight Zone” as you travel back 50 years in time at every corner.
A glance down College Street shows vintage cars and trucks from the late 1940s and early 1950s, and then small groups of authentically dressed extras, being led across the green start to appear. One really has to take a moment and soak in the amount of exquisite craftsmanship and detail that has been poured into the sets. The professionalism of the crew, not to mention the local Yale and New Haven Police, who are keeping a watchful eye and making sure that the normal business life in New Haven, goes on amidst the action of Indiana Jones. And yes, oddly enough, a lot of would-be Indiana Jones walking around in costume – kind of like the guys at football games who paint themselves in the color of the team as my son, Owen, pointed out.
Lights, Camera,… Wait….and….Wait………Wait
We look down the street to see a familiar baseball capped, bearded gentleman walking down College Street framing the scene with his thumbs and forefingers – no, it couldn’t be… but it is, the one and only Steven Spielberg! There he was walking down the road, seeing how the forthcoming chase scene will look in his mind.
Now after they cleared the real local traffic, and washed down the streets, and waited for local traffic, again. The scene started. After a few practice runs, and now that the street was “lockeddown”.. here it was…ready…., lights, …camera, ….ACTION! If you didn’t think Hollywood hadn’t arrived to the Elm City, the black sedans, being pursued by a motorcycle being driven by a 50’s hipster, with an older, scholarly looking professor hanging on for dear life was the clincher! Yes, Indiana Jones was here! Well, his stunts double anyway.
Now, amongst the spectators were cheering fans from around the area, locals who were just trying to get to work around the closed streets, and being the mini-New York it is, a lot of ticked off, New Haveners who could care less! NOTE TO GENRE PRODUCTIONS – When hiring Production Assistants and Day Laborers, get ones who know the area – I helped give directions over three dozen times to lost pedestrians and confused production personnel, and in one somewhat scary situation, calmed a very irate bicyclist who was a little “angrier than normal” when told he couldn’t cross College, due to the filming.
Anyway, watching the chase scene, again, and again, and again, and again… you realize movie making is done by folks with the patience of Saints! A lot of standing by to stand by. Oh well, there is only so much the boys could take. We walked around, had a bite at the Yankee Doodle Diner - great cheeseburgers -- and looked around the familiar streets where I grew up, to see what else was going on. Going by Naples Pizza on High Street, we bumped into a few extras and readers of these “Raiders Ramblings” who recognized me and the kids. Another thing about movie-making, especially for extras, is they need to supply air-conditioned pants and skirts – it was about 88 degrees today, but the costumes looked a little warm for summer. I wish I could have got some shots of the gang with the kids, but we didn’t want to get any of these fine folks in trouble. It was nice to talk with actors and fellow fans, lucky enough to get picked – and yes, I agree with you guys – the “Entertainment Weekly – Obsessed Fan of the Week” – may have put me in the reject/fanatic bin –maybe I should have said it was the Obese Fan of the week and I could have got something like Chubby Guy at Bus Station extra. However, the kids were excited, because to them everyone was a famous movie star and it was a treat to say hi to these 1950s looking Indy extras. After we walked away they told me they forgot to ask for autographs! Fedoras off to you guys and gals – keep cool and don’t upstage the leading men and women!
Dr. Jones, The famous archeologist?
Speaking of the lead, the man himself, Harrison Ford, was around the corner in a university building rehearsing a classroom scene with Spielberg. There were lights and reflectors outside the windows and a lot of folks hurrying around. My son, Spencer, who has had Bill Murray wish him “Happy Birthday” when he was 5, and met and received Bruce Springsteen’s guitar pick, waited to see if Harrison Ford was going to come out and shake his hand and sign his Indy action figure he picked up a Disney World last year. I had to gently tell him, that Mr. Ford was a little busy at the moment.
As we walked around the chase scene was going on and on. There was a weird sight in the Yale Commons is a new statue of 10th Yale President Theodore Dwight Woolsey that was being put together near the real one – except this one was missing a head. In fact, he had about 7 heads that were being put together by the craftsman from Paramount. No doubt to be blown up or some devastating event that awaits, similar to the fake Iron Gate on Chapel Street and new wooden doors on Calhoun College.
It is now raining out and they have done the chase scene a zillion times, no doubt it will be jam-packed few of celluloid scene magic next May.
That’s all folks!
As we sit at the table in 1957 McCurry’s Seafood Restaurant on Chapel Street (known as Starbuck’s Coffee Shop in 2007) to write this and take a much need break from the heat, all we can say is “Wow”! Owen wants to go home and make a movie in our backyard with the video camera. He is telling Spencer that he can ride his wagon with our dog, Indiana, in the back and pretend to be chased by the bad guys. That being me – the baddest bad guy Dad in Connecticut!
That is all for today. There are some new pics of the Chapel Street scenery – and construction the fake statue on myspace.com/mitchellhallock – but none of the chase scene – that you’ll have to see at the movies next year! The local WTNH.com and NewHavenRegister.com will have all new video clips and articles everyday – visit them and search for “Indiana Jones”