Crowds gathering at Liberty Plaza as 'Five Year Engagement' plans night shoot
Angela J. Cesere | AnnArbor.com
Curious onlookers already seem fascinated to watch the men expel fake snow from an enormous blower, coat the plants and concrete with bags upon bags of the stuff, and sweep it around until it looks just right. As it begins to get darker, trees wrapped in little holiday lights are beginning to sparkle.
“It is definitely a stopper,” says onlooker Timothy Ernest. “As I was walking by and I see all this snow in the middle of June after 90 weather, I was quite amused. I find it humorous. And it really looks authentic, and I just hope it is healthy and eco-friendly.”
Brian and Micky Barr think the setup “is really fun to watch, and I think it’s good for Michigan,” Micky Barr says. “The more they do here the better we are ... This is really the creative process in process.”
Brian Barr saw the movie set while “I was driving down Liberty about 20 minutes ago dropping something off at FedEx, and there it was—a corner lot full of snow. It just so happens, I was doing the same thing driving down Main Street a few weeks ago at about 1 a.m. and all of Main Street was full of snow. I assumed this was a similar event, but I couldn’t be sure. We had to come down here and investigate.”
Michael and Gerri Wilson “were having dinner at Seva when we saw this,” Michael Wilson explains. “I saw this going on in Ypsilanti last week,” where they also used the fake snow. “The way they make it gives the bottom parts a dark, shaded quality—like dirty snow,” which is then sprinkled with new white snowfall, he says.
He agrees with his wife that “it brings an energy to the state and the community. We were sad to see what happened to the film incentives. It’s more than a dollars and sense things. It’s about the energy it creates,” she says.