Life is a movie set
A few blocks away, in the middle of suburbia, sits a lovely piece of parkland: green grass surrounded by tall cedars and spruce trees. Two months ago work crews began building two houses on this pretty spot. Watched at night by a security guard, the site seemed to harbor gold. My husband asked the guard if the city sold the park to a developer.
No, the houses were for a movie starring Danny DeVito and Matthew Broderick. A Christmas movie, Deck the Halls is about neighbors feuding over who has the best seasonal display. The security guard added that when completed, the houses would be covered with a giant dome. And so they were, the huge dome concealing all that was happening beneath.
Remember the words cast of thousands? These days it's crew of thousands. There were dozens of trailers, trucks, buses, power generators, tents....people, people, people. Even camels, with trainers, had a special tent.
After some weeks, the dome was dismantled and we saw the decorated houses amid heaps of artificial snow. The other day we saw the snow had fallen on the big trees, the road going past, and the regular houses that were within filming distance. Kids in shorts and tank tops were stopping to pick up the snow and toss it around. On the hottest day of the year movie extras wore heavy parkas and scarves.
Driving past at night was a surreal experience. Snow fell from big bags on cranes, bright lights shone on the trees. It was a Christmas card come to life.
I'm told they'll soon be done: everything will be dismantled, the park will be a park again. All will be a distant memory.