Campus to cameo in film

Scenes from the upcoming thriller “In Bloom,” starring Uma Thurman and Pierce Brosnan, will be filmed on the Yale campus Sept. 18 and 19, University officials confirmed Wednesday.

The filming will take place on Chapel Street around Vanderbilt Hall, and includes a scene of Thurman running across the street, Associate Secretary Donald Filer said. Other scenes for the movie were also shot in the New Haven area, including one at Yale’s Sheffield-Sterling-Strathcona Hall, in the past two weeks.

Recent films that have made use of Yale’s campus as a shooting location include the Bollywood film “Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna,” released last month under the English title “Never Say Goodbye,” and “Mona Lisa Smile” starring Julia Roberts. Filer said the University is always open to film shoots.

“Our position is that if it doesn’t disrupt the normal daily routine of the University, then we’re happy to do things that really help the city build the film industry here,” he said.

Movie shoots also sometimes lead to opportunities like master’s teas with the film’s cast members, though it is too early to determine what, if any, benefits will be derived from the “In Bloom” shoot, Filer said.

Still, while many movies apply to shoot on the Yale campus, relatively few actually receive permission, Filer said.

“We only work with big productions, with the real pros,” he said, adding that only “low-impact” shoots are considered.

Jacob Abolafia ’10 said he had heard about the shoot on the Yale Livejournal community. Abolafia said that while having famous people on campus was an exciting part of the Yale experience, he did not expect the shoot to affect him significantly.

“If I see … Uma Thurman, or whoever is in the movie, I guess that would be cool, but otherwise life goes on,” he said.

Lauren Russell ’09, who said she saw scenes from the movie being shot on Aug. 30, said she thought the experience was extraordinary.

“I was walking across the street and all of the sudden I was immersed in all these middle-aged people dressed in business attire and wearing tons of makeup,” she said. “It was surreal.”

But Russell said she does not mind the idea of having movies shot at Yale at all, as long as the shoots do not impede her normal routine.

“It didn’t get in my way,” she said. “I think if I had classes in SSS that day and my classes were rerouted, that would be lame, but if it doesn’t interfere with my schedule it’s cool.”

Parts of Chapel Street will be closed to traffic during the late September shoot of “In Bloom,” but Filer said Yale students should not be significantly affected.

The television show “Gilmore Girls,” which takes place at Yale, is shot on a stage that Yale officials helped design, but no shooting takes place at the University.

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