It’s been a busy year here at the Maison Vitry. Beside the photo shoot for Details magazine in February, we have had two movies filmed at the house. One movie, Dermaphoria, is supposed to be a suspense film coming out this spring and then the entire fall was taken up with filming episodes of American Horror Story – Coven with Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates and Jessica Lange. The Maison Vitry was “Marie Laveau’s beauty salon” and “voodoo throne room” in present day as well as Marie Laveau’s bedroom in a flashback to the 19th Century.
Filming a movie is quite an arduous task even if you are just in the back ground watching it take place. Most film days would start with prep people showing up at 5:30 am to unload trucks and lights and camera equipment to get the place ready for the actual actors to arrive by 10:00 a.m. A shoot normally lasts 12 hours meaning that the last person would leave the house around 11 p.m. During this process, there would be electricians, make up artists, special effects people and camera people, all told maybe 150 tromping through your house for 12-15 hours a day.
Recently I was privileged to receive a digital copy of Louise Vitry’s son, Achille Courcelle.
The photo is very interesting because of it’s striking pose. In many photos from this time, the subject was very stiff and quite nervous looking due to the novelty of the technology and the length of time the subject had to hold the pose while the extended exposure was taken. Mr. Courcelle has an easy, relaxed, open pose. Also note the gold watch chain.
It’s been a while since our last post, but we wanted to show off our finished floorcloth! Lots of work went into the process, but it is now in place in the second floor stair hall and looks fantastic. Take a look!
If you missed the previous floorcloth post, click here for a brief into to floorcloths and some images of the process!