The youngest had an art workshop in Lawrence today, so when we went to pick him up, we had a little wander by the movie set to see what was up. The second unit of the Ben Affleck directed movie Live By Night (based on the novel by Dennis Lehane) was shooting with stuntmen today, no big stars on site. They were moving a lot of cars around and the scenes had gunfire in them.
We turned this into an educational opportunity. When the youngest asked why they picked Lawrence for the movie, I asked him to look around at everything they did to make the 1920's movie set. They didn't have to change too much, mostly just cosmetics and staging.
You can see the building on the right has modern windows on the second floor, where the building on the left has new windows fitting into the original architecture. You'd never guess what the Lawrence General Store is in real life. . . Dunkin Donuts!
See the extras on the left, crew on the right. This is a pedestrian mall now, anchored by City Hall and the courthouse up at the other end. The cobblestones were not put there for the movie. They hosed them down, so I asked the little one if he knew why they were hosing the cobblestones down. I thought he might have remembered after having sat through Light, Motors, Action! at Disney Studios umpteen times, but he did not. It's to prevent any sparks from the gunfight from causing a fire.
As a side note, I have a photo of my great-grandfather and his brothers, dressed very much like the man closest to the middle of the photo. They were working on one brother's farm, and there is a wagon of similar size as the one on the left of the photo, only it has much heavier wheels, as it was used for farm work and needed to be sturdy enough to haul through mud, unlike the "street" wagon here.
This car was parked across the street, out of the way, on a street that was not used in filming. But you can see how very little would need to be done to make that street look like it might have 90 years ago.
I love the juxtaposition of the old and new cars. The mill in the background is the Everett Mill. I learned something today about a business in the Everett Mill - there is a business that has been around for over 75 years, but was bought about 15 years ago by some former Disney employees. It's a bit of a specialty business, making fabric out of furry and hairy materials, and also making costumes. They made the fabric for the Chewbacca costume in Star Wars III - Revenge of the Sith, for Cousin Itt of The Addams Family, the Duracell bunny, the Tumblemonkeys at the Lion King show at Disney's Animal Kingdom, the Kia hamsters, and for the new Muppets in Jim Henson's Turkey Hollow. I had no idea this business was around. I'm learning something new every day.