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Oct 3rd
10:59 pm
Today's filming, info from local paper and twitter  
A local newspaper had a really great article about today's filming which happened at a local restaurant called The Junction.

From Northern Star:
Yellow caution tape roped off part of The Junction parking lot on Monday as film crews prepared to film a scene in Ramin Bahrani's Heartland.

The movie, starring Zac Efron and Dennis Quaid, began filming in DeKalb County in the summer. However, students still came out early Monday afternoon to 816 W. Lincoln Highway in hopes of catching a glimpse of the celebrities.

Kyle Sudges, freshman visual communications major, skipped one of his classes to check out the shoot. Sudges said he has followed the film since this summer, heard about Monday's shoot on Zach [sic] Efron's Twitter feed and then later confirmed it on DeKalb County's Twitter.

"We walked into the ice cream store earlier because we thought they were filming there; they told us that they would be filming right next door from [noon to midnight] and that [Efron] was supposed to show up at 2 p.m." Sudges said. "I've seen movies he's been in, and knowing that he's in town is cool."

Sudges, along with two other friends, arrived around noon to find a parking spot behind the yellow tape. Junior journalism major Lexie Clay said her plan for the afternoon is to see Zac Efron.

"I have a class at six," Clay said. "So I will be staying until six."

Debbie Armstrong, executive director of the DeKalb County Convention and Visitors Bureau, said the movie's secrecy is due to a lack of budget for crowd control. The DeKalb Police Department assisted with crowd control for filming Monday, said production supervisor Michele Baker.

"It's pretty low key," said Doug Nelson, President of the DeKalb County Convention and Visitor's Bureau. "There's not a lot of fanfare."

Nelson played a "critical" role in finding all the film sites, Baker said.

"They contacted the convention and visitor's bureau and gave us a list of sites that they were looking for, so we were able to meet with them and drive them around and show them several different sites," Nelson said. "As they had questions or needed more information, we were able to find the resources and hook them up with the right people."

Bahrani chose The Junction's location because he liked what he saw.

"Our director liked this location," Baker said. "There was no other location that really fit the bill for [Bahrani], so this was the place that he really wanted to shoot."

Tom Tsiagalis, part-owner of The Junction, said he would play a small role in the film. In addition, several waitresses and about 20 locals were recruited from The Junction to be extras in a scene, which will make up eight to 10 minutes of the film, Baker said.

"They were here with a tour at the beginning, and they looked at a lot of restaurants," Tsiagalis said. "They chose The Junction as something farmers would like."

Nelson said he had the opportunity to meet both Zac Efron and Dennis Quaid.

"[Zac Efron and Dennis Quaid] are regular people," Nelson said. "[They're] very polite and just very genuine. It was nice to meet them and nice to have them in town. It's created a great buzz for DeKalb and DeKalb County this summer."

Nelson wasn't the only local to meet the celebrities. Sycamore Speedway's manager Tiffany Gerace said Efron will race alongside local drivers this week. Armstrong said Quaid was spotted on a local golf course, and junior art major Katie Wendt said both Quaid and Efron have dined at Fatty's Pub and Grill, 1312 W. Lincoln Highway.

"We know that the actors are enjoying local attractions when they have a break from filming," Armstrong said.

The crews will return to The Junction on Monday [Tuesday?], Tsiagalis said.

Here is a picture from the paper of set-up:

There was also a picture on twitter where it looks like they've blocked windows for filming.

From dariacu:

Check out the paper's site for a couple other (non-Zac) pictures from today.
Mood: busybusy
8 8 comments Comment
Bee: Zac - Rolling Stone - looking downjeezbee on October 4th, 2011 12:13 pm (UTC)
It seems going by all the activity on Twitter et all that DeKalb has now caught on again that he's back. I hope it's just temporary excitement and it's not impacting filming too much. But they seem to be doing mostly interior shots now, so blocking fans there should be at least easier than filming eg on a farm. Or so I hope.
Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on October 4th, 2011 12:50 pm (UTC)
I just don't want a repeat of what happened in deKalb with fans this summer. It sounds like they are getting a lot filmed.
Malidociousmalidocious on October 4th, 2011 04:48 pm (UTC)
My friend met him there. I've got a few pics if you'd be interested in posting them?
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on October 4th, 2011 10:51 pm (UTC)
that would be awesome! you can email me at my lj address... it forwards to me, ehs_wildcats@livejournal.com
Malidociousmalidocious on October 6th, 2011 12:58 am (UTC)
Sorry for taking so long to reply! Livejournal is not alerting me when people reply to my comments... :( But I just sent you the pics from my email address. I hope you get them!
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on October 6th, 2011 01:04 am (UTC)
yeah lj is wonky today.

i'll be on the lookout. i think with the maintenance the forwarder on email might be super slow.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on October 6th, 2011 03:37 am (UTC)
i just got them, i'm gonna post them tomorrow i think cause i'm making a post of these lolz naperville pics tonight and it's getting late already.


Edited at 2011-10-06 03:38 am (UTC)
babytakemy_handbabytakemy_hand on October 6th, 2011 04:37 am (UTC)
im excited! Thank you!! (if we can see them?)