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Monday, October 06, 2003
Live from the set of Proof---okay, not really "live", and not exactly from the set either. Rather, I'm at the Harper Library, recalling what I saw around noon today: a rehearsal for the extras. The extras, students and professors playing students and professors, were all choreographed to follow these random-seeming-yet-precise patterns in the background of... Gwyneth Paltrow's body double.

So I watched them go through the scene twice when Gwyneth came in, passing right by the students watching the filming. She was wearing this massive black quilted coat, even though it was about 60 degrees. She sat down in her chair near the crew and chatted with her assistants... and yes, her hair is straight and blond in this movie. When actual filming was slated to begin, all of us onlookers were chased off the set. Anyways, there was still a lot to see--the row of trailers along University Avenue (none of them labeled), the craft services (hamburgers, probably for the crew), etc.

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