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PROFILE BABY BOOM TURNS 30 BABY BOOM © 1987 METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER STUDIOS INC. Behind the scenes on the set outside Manchester’s First Congregational Church with The Equinox Hotel in the background. Writer/Director Charles Shyer “One of the things we loved most about Vermont was how idiosyncratic everything was. From the people, down to the road signs. Everything was unique and had a personality all its own.” 20 STRATTON MAGAZINE | WWW.STRATTON MAGAZINE.COM Keaton’s J.C. finds love with veterinarian Dr. Jeff Cooper played by the late Sam Shepard. were filmed in Hollywood sound stages but the filmmakers shot many scenes on location and the home became its own sort of unique character. “We knew the moment we drove up that country road (that) we’d found the house that J.C. Wiatt dreamed of. It was just perfect,” Shyer said. “Of course, we dolled it up a little: painted it warm colors, did some minor landscaping. But in essence, what we saw as we drove up that road was what the audience got. The warm vibe of the house was all Vermont.” Added Meyers: “It was love at first sight.” Both filmmakers paid homage to Shepard and Ramis, two enormous Hollywood talents who wrote, acted, and directed in many classic films and experienced great success before and after Baby Boom. “Both Sam and Harold were highly accomplished writers, so they understood the process in a way that perhaps they wouldn’t have, if they’d been only actors,” Shyer said. “Plus, their parts seemed to fit them like a glove. It’s very sad that they are no longer with us. But we’re so pr oud to have had them in our movie.” “Harold and Sam were warm, kind guys who inherently understood what we needed and understood they were there to serve the film,” said Meyers. “It’s always a relief and a pleasure to work with actors who are also writers or directors, but these two were extremely special talents and I’m honored to have known and worked with them both.” For Shyer and Meyers, the 30th anniversary of the beloved film brings back fond memories of Vermont and the locals who worked on the movie, and is a warm reminder of a once-in-a-lifetime experience they’ve carried with them throughout their careers. “I remember everyone being super nice and very down to earth,” Meyers said. “They seemed to have a lot of fun working on the movie and that was infectious.” “We had written a screenplay that portrayed an idyllic, Rockwellian Vermont—a state we had visited only via books and photographs,” Shyer recalled. “When we arrived to film the changing of the seasons, we realized, ‘Wow, this movie can be even more beautiful than we imagined.’” Watching the film 30 years later, it’s clear that it was. /