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You may remember that I worked as a set decorator on a short film project with my best friend, Nicki Manchisi, over the summer. I wanted to share with you some of the set photos from the film. The film is titled Woo Woo, and it is set in 1961 in Astoria, in New York City. I spent most of the summer prop shopping for the proper items that a working-class family would have in that time period. Researching was fun and so was shopping, but being on set and actually seeing all the work come to life was just over-the-top special. The film was shot on super 16 black-and-white film stock, which was recently developed and now in the process of telecine (being transferred to digital for editing purposes). All I have right now are photos, and I am anxiously awaiting for the final motion pictures!

Here are a few photos that I took of the different sets that we shot in.

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Bedroom. The paper doll art on the wall is a antique handmade piece I found on Ebay. They have real human hair!
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1 Bedroom. The paper doll art on the wall is a antique handmade piece I found on Ebay. They have real human hair! http://lemmemakeit.blogspot.com/2011/04/paper-dolls.html

Children in bunk beds in their bedroom.

2 Children in bunk beds in their bedroom.

Toys in the girls' bedroom. Some of the objects were actually mine but eBay and Etsy were good sources for vintage items.

3 Toys in the girls' bedroom. Some of the objects were actually mine but eBay and Etsy were good sources for vintage items.

Bedroom, night scene. Just love this picture with actress Paige Smith.

4 Bedroom, night scene. Just love this picture with actress Paige Smith.

Kitchen. Most of the kitchen props were purchased at Brimfield Antique Market.

5 Kitchen. Most of the kitchen props were purchased at Brimfield Antique Market.

Mother Beatrice in the kitchen.

6 Mother Beatrice in the kitchen.

Kitchen table. We were able to use the table from the location because it was an authentic 1950s table.

7 Kitchen table. We were able to use the table from the location because it was an authentic 1950s table.

Louis setting the dinner table. All the elements for this were purchased at New York City local flea markets, Brimfield and some of my personal things.

8 Louis setting the dinner table. All the elements for this were purchased at New York City local flea markets, Brimfield and some of my personal things.

Family having dinner

9 Family having dinner

Living room. The curtains really made this room—they looked great in black and white.

10 Living room. The curtains really made this room—they looked great in black and white.

Living room. The telephone table, purchased at Brimfield, was one of the first props bought. We found the phone afterward.

11 Living room. The telephone table, purchased at Brimfield, was one of the first props bought. We found the phone afterward.

Here are some photos of the actors, the crew, and the sets all taken by the set photographer, Lisa Weatherbee.

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Photography by Lisa Weatherbee

1 Photography by Lisa Weatherbee

Bedroom scene - Zoey Mae Dillion - Photography by Lisa Weatherbee

2 Bedroom scene - Zoey Mae Dillion - Photography by Lisa Weatherbee

Bedroom scene - Zoey Mae Dillion - Photography by Lisa Weatherbee

3 Bedroom scene - Zoey Mae Dillion - Photography by Lisa Weatherbee

Bedroom scene - Zoey Mae Dillion - Photography by Lisa Weatherbee

4 Bedroom scene - Zoey Mae Dillion - Photography by Lisa Weatherbee

Bedroom scene - Paige Smith - Photography by Lisa Weatherbee

5 Bedroom scene - Paige Smith - Photography by Lisa Weatherbee

Bedroom scene - Paige Smith - Photography by Lisa Weatherbee

6 Bedroom scene - Paige Smith - Photography by Lisa Weatherbee

Bedroom scene - Paige Smith - Photography by Lisa Weatherbee

7 Bedroom scene - Paige Smith - Photography by Lisa Weatherbee

Bedroom scene - Zoey Mae Dillion and Paige Smith - Photography by Lisa Weatherbee

8 Bedroom scene - Zoey Mae Dillion and Paige Smith - Photography by Lisa Weatherbee

Bedroom scene - Paige Smith - Photography by Lisa Weatherbee

9 Bedroom scene - Paige Smith - Photography by Lisa Weatherbee

Woo Woo pacing scene - Martin Pfefferkorn - Photography by Lisa Weatherbee

10 Woo Woo pacing scene - Martin Pfefferkorn - Photography by Lisa Weatherbee

Bedroom scene - Paige Smith - Photography by Lisa Weatherbee

11 Bedroom scene - Paige Smith - Photography by Lisa Weatherbee

Woo Woo pacing scene - Martin Pfefferkorn - Photography by Lisa Weatherbee

12 Woo Woo pacing scene - Martin Pfefferkorn - Photography by Lisa Weatherbee

Nightmare scene

13 Nightmare scene

Nightmare scene

14 Nightmare scene

Neighborhood kids playing game scene - Photography by Lisa Weatherbee

15 Neighborhood kids playing game scene - Photography by Lisa Weatherbee

Neighborhood kids playing game scene - Photography by Lisa Weatherbee

16 Neighborhood kids playing game scene - Photography by Lisa Weatherbee

Neighborhood kids playing game scene - Photography by Lisa Weatherbee

17 Neighborhood kids playing game scene - Photography by Lisa Weatherbee

Prepping for close ups - Photography by Lisa Weatherbee

18 Prepping for close ups - Photography by Lisa Weatherbee

Neighborhood kids getting scared by Woo Woo - Photography by Lisa Weatherbee

19 Neighborhood kids getting scared by Woo Woo - Photography by Lisa Weatherbee

Photography by Lisa Weatherbee

20 Photography by Lisa Weatherbee

One of the neighborhood boys. Photography by Lisa Weatherbee

21 One of the neighborhood boys. Photography by Lisa Weatherbee

Nicki Manchisi, the director & writer of the film, going over a scene with Zoey. Photography by Lisa Weatherbee

22 Nicki Manchisi, the director & writer of the film, going over a scene with Zoey. Photography by Lisa Weatherbee

Nicki Manchisi, the director & writer of the film, going over a scene with Zoey. Photography by Lisa Weatherbee

23 Nicki Manchisi, the director & writer of the film, going over a scene with Zoey. Photography by Lisa Weatherbee

Eileen with the boys from the block. Photography by Lisa Weatherbee

24 Eileen with the boys from the block. Photography by Lisa Weatherbee

Louis, played by Paige Smith, looking out the window at Woo Woo pacing the street. Photography by Lisa Weatherbee

25 Louis, played by Paige Smith, looking out the window at Woo Woo pacing the street. Photography by Lisa Weatherbee

Louis looking out the window at Woo Woo pacing the street. Photography by Lisa Weatherbee

26 Louis looking out the window at Woo Woo pacing the street. Photography by Lisa Weatherbee

The Director, Nicki Manchisi, and the children actors on a break. Photography by Lisa Weatherbee

27 The Director, Nicki Manchisi, and the children actors on a break. Photography by Lisa Weatherbee

Louis and her sister playing a game under a sheet. Photography by Lisa Weatherbee

28 Louis and her sister playing a game under a sheet. Photography by Lisa Weatherbee

Running home for dinner. Photography by Lisa Weatherbee

29 Running home for dinner. Photography by Lisa Weatherbee

Actress Zoey Mae Dillion had the role Louis's older sister, Eileen. Photography by Lisa Weatherbee

30 Actress Zoey Mae Dillion had the role Louis's older sister, Eileen. Photography by Lisa Weatherbee

Martin Pfefferkorn had the role of Woo Woo. Photography by Lisa Weatherbee

31 Martin Pfefferkorn had the role of Woo Woo. Photography by Lisa Weatherbee

Breakfast table. Photography by Lisa Weatherbee

32 Breakfast table. Photography by Lisa Weatherbee

Actors Giverny Petitmermet and Jason Altman played the parents of the Louis and Eileen. Photography by Lisa Weatherbee

33 Actors Giverny Petitmermet and Jason Altman played the parents of the Louis and Eileen. Photography by Lisa Weatherbee

Photography by Lisa Weatherbee Kristin St. Clair on set.

34 Photography by Lisa Weatherbee Kristin St. Clair on set.

Tim Hegarty as the local bakery owner. Photography by Lisa Weatherbee

35 Tim Hegarty as the local bakery owner. Photography by Lisa Weatherbee

Louis, Paige Smith, walking home from the bakery. Photography by Lisa Weatherbee

36 Louis, Paige Smith, walking home from the bakery. Photography by Lisa Weatherbee

For more information on Woo Woo the film, please contact the director, Nicki Manchisi.

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