Filming a Movie in Our SF Neighborhood

We were warned that an earthquake disaster movie entitled "San Andreas" was going to be filmed in our San Francisco neighborhood.  

  So, the evening before the actual filming, Tommy, Chief and I took a walk to see what they were up to.

 Chief wants to know if they need any "Extras."
They simulated the park's cement wall collapsing
See Alcatraz in the distance? 
It IS scary to have the threat of a major earthquake always a possibility.

Tommy and Chief climbed into a burned out fire truck before 
they were politely asked to get out by a security guard.

The next morning, I was glued to the window.
You can tell the guy in the blue shirt and the girl getting make-up applied are some of the main characters (they also had stand ins dressed the same).
The director is giving instructions and the cop gets a camera close up later.

They used the tennis courts (put up tarps...not sure why)
to apply "disaster" blood, dirt and dust to the extras.
Here is the cute couple coming down for the filming.

This is our slightly foggy view of the Golden Gate Bridge.  

Now they are about to film survivors leaving the City.
The director is telling them "don't look happy but don't look like zombies."  I can hear it all and wonder if anyone can look up and see me in the window still in my pajamas.
No...they are Actors... all traumatized.
They had to stop filming whenever the cable cars came through.
THAT had to be annoying and expensive.
   The people on the cable cars LOVED it. 

So, by this time, I'm sure I am losing your interest.
Watching the hundreds of people go up and down the street...
 "action...cut" then "action...cut" for two or three hours...
even I finally lost interest.

And then I made this healthy 
Oatmeal Yogurt Parfait
 This is great for a quick breakfast.  

Mix the night before you serve it. It keeps as long as the expiration date of the yogurt.
One 32 oz. container vanilla (not Greek) yogurt
2 cups plain uncooked oatmeal
1 small can can crushed pineapple, undrained
2/3 cup sliced almonds
Stir and serve in the morning with fresh fruit.
I have used sliced peaches, too.  Try a different fruit each morning. 
Howard and Tommy both like it.
My friend, Joann gave me the recipe 
along with this book that I just finished reading:
it's sad and heartwarming and a quick summer read.

PS.  The movie company has the 
neighborhood all cleaned up and back to normal.
My next post will be more about decorating :)
Thanks for visiting.


  1. How interesting. This is literally right at your home.

  2. What fun to have a movie made outside your window!

  3. Lots of excitement in the neighborhood.
    Mary Ann your oatmeal yogurt parfait sounds delish, will definitely make it!

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  4. Always fun to see a location shoot especially from the best seats in the house!

  5. It's so interesting watching the making of films. We used to live close to Senoia Ga. where they did tons of filming for the Walking Dead. It was extremely interesting to watch!!! You can get addicted!!!

  6. What a view YOU have of the bridge!Enjoy the ACTION!

  7. too cool! love that chief wanted in on the action too. he's already a star in my book :)


  8. How cool and scary and exciting, glad its a movie and not real life:) Read the Orphan Train a few months ago, sad but good. The yogurt parfait looks soooo good wish I had one right now!

  9. Wow, you have a prime viewing spot. We had a movie filmed in our town last summer and a lot of folks complained about it. It was Drew Barrymore and Adam Sadler in the last movie they released a couple months ago. It was pretty cute. We had to go to see if we recognized our town.

  10. Wow, I am trying this in the morning1
    I am glad that you were able to see a movie in the making. Isn't it great? But as you said, it gets old.
    Happy Monday, Mary Ann.

  11. Mary Ann, I loved seeing this, how fun to watch all the action! Good recipe with oatmeal, heart healthy!! :))

  12. Well that made for a fun morning. Oh, the thought of a major earthquake is so scary.

  13. Fun! Did you recognize any stars???

  14. I loved this post (even though I already heard about it from you know who). You honestly can make an interesting post about positively anything...that is why you are the bomb!!!

  15. Wow...how fun is that.....and right outside your window! I would have been right there beside you watching. But I know how those things drag on and on. But still very interesting! I have to try your breakfast parfait....it looks yummy! Thanks for sharing your exciting morning! xo

  16. How fun to be entertained by a movie crew! A a tad scary thinking of the real possibility though!

  17. When we stayed at the Fairmont Hotel in Toronto, a TV show episode was being filmed there but all we saw was one man jumping out of a window...over and over and over again!

  18. How cool is that?! And yes, they definitely should have jumped at the chance to make Chief an extra :)

  19. It's probably pretty exciting to know that a film is made in your neighbourhood! Sound so fun to have a chance to see the working posses and all these celebrities!
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  20. Exciting!!! And that oatmeal recipe looks great. I make steel cut oatmeal every morning....think it will work with that? I'm gonna try it tomorrow!


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