So here’s Michelle’s Ballroom. We locked this location down last week, and we’ll be shooting the first two scenes of Episode 1 in the main ballroom (pictured above). Then we plan to swing the camera around to pick up an additional scene in a later episode, one where the boys attend the Anniversary party of Vinod’s parents, the Duke and Duchess of Somewhere.
Originally, we had planned to shoot these scenes for free at Cortelyou Commons back in October, but it was booked for most January, so we had to look elsewhere. As nice as it would have been to shoot for free, Cortelyou had some limitations that we no longer have to deal with, namely the close proximity to the El (a sound mixing nightmare) and the fact that the large windows would have put us into a corner in terms of lighting
But honestly, I think the rental fee is worth it. The owner’s son is a recent DePaul graduate so he really bent over backwards to help us out. We get the space for 10 hours, which is more than enough to light and dress these two short scenes. Frankly, I couldn’t be happier with it. Just look at that place… it’s the definition of swankdom (which clearly needed a definition).