With Governor Bill Ritter's permission, of course. It's a lovely place and he, his wife Jeannie, and James Finnerty, the residence director
were the best hosts that I (and a movie crew) could possibly have asked for. And this was even their first time...well, the first
time that a movie has been shot there.
Being built and largely decorated in the Colonial Revival style, much of
was already dressed and ready to be a set for
The Highwayman, a
film set in 1750's England. We did a little redecorating to set most of the main floor up as the mansion of
Lord Shafton (and it's not every day that you get to redecorate the Governor's digs), but so much was entirely
appropriate, both for the period and the character, that our job was made a lot easier.
On top of all that, the Governor and his staff let us leave all the lights and equipment set up in his house while
we wandered off to sleep in between shooting days. With enough gear to fill our 40-foot grip truck, that alone shaved a couple of
hours of setup and teardown time off each day of filming. (Did I mention what incredible hosts they were?)