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Our kitchen in your living room

exterior%202.JPG...that is, if you tune into NBC on Wednesday, May 14, for Law & Order at 10 p.m. (9 o'clock central time). "Our" episode, filmed here a few short weeks ago, will be on; it's called "Personae Non Grata" and in it, "the detectives struggle to solve a case with twists and turns involving an online murder mystery." Our main stairway and kitchen are the ones in which the character "Carl" is interviewed about a victim.  No, we do not keep messy food products and newspapers all over our antique hutch and baker's rack; that was the set dressers' idea.  (We keep dusty cookbooks, baskets, and china stuff on them.) Although the scene is supposed to take place in some upstate exurban location, you, the readers of CrazyStable, can point and say, "Hey! That's Flatbush!" (Well, that's what we'll be doing--perhaps while wearing our cool L&O t-shirts and hats, sent to us by the gracious NBC swagmeisters as extra thanks for our hospitality).


Posted on Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at 06:56PM by Registered CommenterBrenda from Brooklyn | Comments2 Comments

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Interesting. So, two questions I've often wondered about this.

1) Why your house? Did they just go door-to-door until someone said yes, or did someone in production know you, or did you put yourself out there?

2) How did they treat your house: With respect or whatever it took to get the job done?
May 13, 2008 at 10:35PM | Unregistered CommenterGreg
1. L&O filmed here once before (it's the very first few entries in the blog archives), so they knew us. But yes, many of us with big old Victorian houses get regularly 'scouted' for movie, TV and commercial locations off the street. They love the roomy interiors, I was told, because they can pull a focus and have a character enter and exit from off-camera, without cutting away to another shot. And for all that they pay us and then have to redress the house, it's still cheaper than renting studio space and building sets.
2. L&O is renowned for treating the property with kid gloves even as they make free with it; they take Polaroids of your tabletops and shelves so they can put the tchotchkes back perfectly! The neighbors, however, tend to grind their teeth about the amount of street parking lost to reserved spots for the crew (typically, an entire city block, and 2x that for a feature film).
May 13, 2008 at 10:45PM | Registered CommenterBrenda from Brooklyn

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