Sharpen your pencils…. Five Year Engagement to shoot in Ypsi

Remember how, a few weeks ago, we had a pencil paparazzi sighting of Jason Segel and a bunch of other marginally famous folks having drinks in Ann Arbor? Well, it looks like some of them may be headed to Ypsilanti next week to continue work on the film that brought them to MIchigan. (It’s called Five Year Engagement.) The following notice, sent from the production team behind the movie, was distributed to local businesses today.


As Michigan’s extremely generous film incentives are being scaled back considerably under our new Governor, this might be your last chance to see someone more famous than the members of Animal Magic in our city, so sharpen up those pencils and get ready to get out there on Washington Street with your sketch pads on Tuesday…. And, if that’s not motivation enough, the best pencil paparazzi sighting will win free tickets to the next episode of the hit local talk show Dreamland Tonight!

Speaking of Dreamland Tonight, since we film on the block where they’ll be shooting, I wonder if there’s a chance that we might be able to lure someone from the cast or crew over for an interview. It doesn’t leave us a lot of time to get ready, but I bet, if we tried, we could get a new episode written and ready to go by June 3.

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  1. Knox
    Posted May 27, 2011 at 5:37 am | Permalink

    Did anyone else find the phrase “can’t wait to show its beauty off to the rest of the world” to be condescending?

  2. roots
    Posted May 27, 2011 at 7:12 am | Permalink

    I like the spelling error in the original. IT’S beauty, all right.

  3. Edward
    Posted May 27, 2011 at 8:02 am | Permalink

    If they leave the snow, we should have holiday street party once they leave town. Who has a Santa outfit?

  4. dragon
    Posted May 27, 2011 at 8:41 am | Permalink

    Walking out of the strip club and finding cameras pointed at me. It feels like this has happened before.

  5. Mr. X
    Posted May 27, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

    I don’t want to be the kind of guy that would condone extortion, but maybe the Dreamland could make some quick cash by putting something grotesque in the window, like a puppet dancing in a gold g-string, and then waiting for the producers to make a financial offer of some kind to have it removed.

  6. Kim
    Posted May 27, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Permalink

    When you Google “drunken pig productions” is the third thing to come up. The first two are LinkedIn pages for production assistants. So they haven’t been around long. I don’t know much about the movie business, but my guess is that the production company was created for the sole purpose of making this movie. Is that the way things are generally done?

  7. Christine M
    Posted May 28, 2011 at 12:13 am | Permalink

    Anyone here know who delivers the free Ypsilanti courier paper? I am trying to get a new one since they delivered mine into a puddle instead of on the dry porch 4 feet away from the puddle.

  8. Brainless
    Posted May 28, 2011 at 7:04 am | Permalink

    Kim, yes. The specific company that makes each movie tends to be practically a stand-alone business entity at some level. The movie business is like that. All those layers and cross-ownerships and weird deals. It probably also dovetails nicely with some provision of our subsidy.

  9. Wilber Vu
    Posted May 29, 2011 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    So, we stab them with these pencils?

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