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Bored To Death In Fort Greene

October 21st, 2008 · 24 Comments

A new series starring Jason Schwartzman (Rushmore, Marie Antoinette) was filming in Fort Greene today, near the corner of Carlton and DeKalb Avenues.  Bored to Death, which also stars Ted Danson, is due to air on HBO in 2009.

They were still about half an hour away from filming when I arrived this morning.

In the series, Jason Schwartzman plays a Brooklyn writer reeling from a break-up who decides to become a private investigator and live out his Raymond Chandler-esque fantasies. Mr. Schwartzman was filming a scene this morning outside of Smooch on Carlton, which had been made over as “La Galarza Velazquez”.

The set was dressed with more than a dozen strollers, and soon the extras and children showed up on the set.

Even on a beautiful fall day on a sunny, tree-lined street, the sun shining through leaves had to be manufactured.

Mr. Schwartzman arrived on the set, and hung out while the final preparations were being made to start filming (in the first picture, he’s chatting with director Alan Taylor). UPDATE: In the second picture, to Jason Schwartzman’s left is Zach Galifianakis, who has a long conversation with Jason in the scene about to be shot; thanks to Klaus for the info!  ANOTHER UPDATE: And in that same picture, on Schwartzman’s right, is series writer and producer Jonathan Ames.  Thanks, Jenny!

Director Alan Taylor (in the doorway, on the left) checked out Smooch to make sure everything was all set.

He had a final conversation with Jason Schwartzman and then shooting got underway.

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Tags: Fort Greene · TV Series

24 responses so far ↓

  • 1 klaus // Oct 21, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    to schwartzman’s left in the fourth photo from the bottom is zach galifianiakis (he was on the comedians of comedy tour with patton oswalt and gets lots of bit parts in movies and tv). I saw him on my bike ride home. cool!

  • 2 Amy // Oct 21, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    Thanks for the info Klaus, I just updated the post!

  • 3 jenny // Oct 22, 2008 at 9:59 am

    not to mention writer Jonathan Ames on his right.

  • 4 Amy // Oct 22, 2008 at 10:06 am

    Thanks, Jenny! See, this is why you guys should be taking the pictures and sending them in!

  • 5 Henry // Oct 22, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    Too funny! Alan Taylor was my neighbor when I was growing up in SoHo. He’s come a long way, I see…

  • 6 Alan // Dec 3, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    Is that Henry as in Hank? Can’t think of any other Henry it could be. I’m still at the same old building in Soho, but hoping to move to Fort Greene, which I fell in love with while shooting this scene!

  • 7 Resident // Mar 30, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    Parking sucked! The city should`ve suspend the street cleaning during that kind of activity coz DAMN…

  • 8 Amy // Mar 30, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    Resident – I agree with you 100%. It’s one of those things that would go a long way towards helping residents not hate filming productions!

  • 9 liz // Apr 30, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    how do you become an extra?

  • 10 Amy // May 1, 2009 at 9:22 am

    Hi liz, in general, the TV shows and movies use an agency to get their extras, who do this for a living (I did it for three years). Sometimes a show or movie will do a public call for extras, but it’s usually more of a publicity stunt than an actual need.

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