Sunday, March 20, 2011

Probably not a movie star

So the guy from the movie company came to look at our house on Monday afternoon.  It was really interesting to hear what he had to say and see what he was looking at in our house.  First he sat down and talked with us for about a half hour, let us know what kinds of things we would have to put up with if they chose to use our house.  Sounds like it would be a pain in the neck!  He said that it would probably take about 15 days to do all the arranging and filming, and we would have to move out for that period of time.  One week on each end for changing the furniture, painting, etc.  They'd put us up in a hotel, but I don't know, living in a hotel for three weeks doesn't sound that great to me.  The biggest problem for us and them would be the fact that one of the scenes is supposed to be a dinner party.  Our house is strictly kosher, so anything they brought in would have to be marked on the package as kosher or from a kosher caterer.  That means no pig, the meat has to have been killed a certain way, no shellfish, no mixing of meat and milk, and some other requirements.  It would be a big pain for them to work around all of those requirements.  They do offer payment, $1000 a day that they work in the house, $500 for days they have their stuff here but aren't working.  When you think of how much they'd push up the electric bill, that probably isn't very much.

He also said that there is some possibility of having a background role - you know, the kind where you say "that's my right ear!"  Which would be fun, but I don't know if it would be worth the annoyance of not being in my house for three weeks.  Since I don't have many reasons to leave the house, being stuck in a hotel would be kind of annoying.  And the date they are thinking about filming is right before Memorial Day weekend, so we wouldn't be able to BBQ for the holiday.   

After he told us about the requirements, he went around the house and took pictures of every room.  I was a little embarrassed when he took pictures of my room because it's such a mess!  He liked our house though and said they'd get back to us within a few days if it seemed like it would work out for them.  We haven't heard anything back yet, and my guess is that with our kosher restrictions it would be too much of a pain for them to use our house.  But it's exciting that they thought about using it!  I'll let you guys know what they tell us.  It is kind of neat to think that our house could be in a movie!  Even though I'm pretty sure we'll say no, it's a fun thought.


Zhu said...

That sounds like what I've heard from people who rented their house (there is a market for that in Paris, as I'm sure you can imagine!).

I'm curious about the kosher "rule". Most of my Jewish friend eat kosher but I didn't think you couldn't have any non-kosher food in the house!

getyourselfconnected said...

Keep us posted!

au soleil levant said...

Zhu - Yeah, I'm sure there's a huge market in Paris for movie sets! Having non-kosher food in your house depends on the person. We will get carry out and bring it back to the house, but we're careful about what it touches and where we put it. Like we won't eat it on our plates or with our silverware, we use disposable. You can't be sure that the move people would be as careful.

GYSC - I will!

Monique said...

oh my gosh, these last two posts are hilarious! I was thinking about how random that is, to have a director stop by and say we want YOUR house. That's so neat :)

If they pick you, you HAVE to share what movie it is, I'd totally go see it!!! :) Good luck!

au soleil levant said...

I guess the director or producer or someone has a family connection with my hometown, so the movie is specifically going to take place here and that's why it's being filmed here. That and the tax credits we used to have, until the governor cut them with the new budget cuts. I'll keep you posted!