Excitement in the Neighborhood

 

Anglican Church

 Last week we had some excitement on our quiet street. Someone rang our doorbell at 7 PM, something which never happens. My husband went downstairs to see who was there. He came back and announced that a movie crew was going to shoot a movie scene from 9:00 to 3:00 in the morning. 


We've never had anything exciting like that in our corner of Old Riga. I knew I wanted to share the experience with you. They were going to work by the Anglican Church which is across the street from us. I took all the pictures out of our window, so you can see how close we were. 

Spotlight in the embassy garden




They pulled up around 9:00 and plugged all the spot lights in. Our neighborhood was illuminated that night. They unloaded all sorts of equipment for their use. Good thing our bedroom is on the back of the apartment. We shut our bedroom door to block out the bright lights when we went to bed later on. 


Standing around 


It started raining shortly after their arrival. That seemed to slow them down a bit. They didn't look all that busy. 


Equipment set up



I was surprised by all the stuff filling up our quiet street. Most of it didn't look too important - of course, it was covered up because of the rain. 

Man in the right lower corner making rain




After the rain ceased, I could tell that they were setting up for filming a scene. A man with hoses and a very long-handled spray nozzle was practicing in the courtyard of the church. They were going to film a scene in the rain! I couldn't figure out why they waited for it to stop raining first then.


I realize the pictures are all dark since it was in the night. I hope you can see what's happening. 

Actors in the "rain"


After several attempts to make it "rain," they added some stunt doubles who ran through the rain and entered a back door of the church. 



Actor disappearing in door

After several tests, it looked like they had figured out what they needed to do the actual shot. The "actors" ran across the courtyard in the "rain" and entered the door. I'm sure the scene that they rehearsed lasted all of two seconds. 


I have no idea at all what movie they were filming. I'm sure it's something in Latvian so it doesn't really matter to me. It was interesting to watch. And I did hear someone call, "Action!" twice. I was surprised to hear this English word. 


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