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“Let’s get spooky.” – Sister Janet Eisner, President of Emmanuel College.
Not quite, but the latest installment of the Ghostbusters franchise began its second day of production on campus Wednesday.
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Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig hung out in the Yawkey Center between several takes of a casual stroll across the quad, cameras rolling. Tents for director Paul Feig and film VIPs were erected inside the Atrium and furnished with couches.
Movie extras sat together on the EC beach passively reading.
“We were told to dress for fall,” said Kathleen Monteleone, who was to play a non-speaking role.
Ms. Monteleone said she worked in the company of McCarthy on “The Heat,” a 2013 comedy co-starring Sandra Bullock.
“It was so funny. [Melissa] just keeps doing improve of other things during scenes, and then she goes a whole other different way about it,” said Ms. Monteleone.
By 7 AM, other cast members took seats in the gym near makeup and wardrobe. They came from in town and across the state, East Boston to West Springfield, Rhode Island and beyond. Craft services provided food, but in the humidity they feared a long day shut in.
“The more you do these, the main thing you realize is that you need patience; a lot of waiting around,” said Ms. Monteleone.
Several building interiors were subdued a bit with a classic touch. The second floor of the Administration Building was transformed with large, oil portraits of shadowy scholars and marble busts, one of which resembled Walt Disney upon closer inspection. Lighting rigs and other equipment remained in several areas on campus overnight, ready to boot up again in the morning.
The Cardinal Cushing Library parking lot received dozens of vehicles and double wide trailers, veiled by large cypress trees. Several directories for an imaginary Colombia University greeted pedestrians along the sidewalk.
Boston weather today is poised to antagonize. The crew won’t be on the lookout for the Stay Puff Marshmallow Man, just a brewing thunderstorm in the horizon. WCVB Boston predicts severe rainfall and hail for parts of central and western Massachusetts, but the east could be a washout throughout the morning and afternoon.
No official title has been yet named for the film. The project is slated to be released in theaters next year.