On this particular day, cast and crew for Squirrels to the Nuts, Peter Bogdanovich‘s first feature directing effort in 12 years, were camped out in Washington Heights around West 175th Street. Since the production was winding down, HuffPost Entertainment reporter Mike Ryan caught sight of some more-unusual-than-usual scenes, like this one:
Cybill Shepherd is sitting in a director’s chair to my right, signing her autograph to a stack of periodicals. One is a Rolling Stone with the headline “Cybill Sizzles.” Another is an old TV Guide featuring the cast of Moonlighting. Part of me likes to think that this is just what Shepherd does in her free time, but it’s the last day of filming, so these are most likely requests from the crew.
The crux of Ryan’s piece is his failure to get much going conversationally with Bogdanovich. He notes that unlike most set visits, where a group of journalists are herded around to precise, scheduled chat sessions, he was left to his own solo devices.
What’s most interesting about Ryan’s piece is intentionally or accidentally, he perfectly captures the hurry-up-wait-hurry-up-wait flow of a film set. Unlike TV, the pages roll to camera at a slower pace. Read his complete take here.