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June 18, 2013

Indie film shoots in law school's mock court

ANDOVER — The mock courtroom at the Mass. School of Law was transformed into a real movie set yesterday, as Hollywood actors, a film crew of dozens, and about 60 locals serving as extras were on-set shooting an independent film.

“The Minister’s Wife,” a tale of murder and dark secrets, was being filmed on the second-floor of the school, in a realistic-looking courtroom used by the school to train its trial-law students.

“We were scouting courthouses around the state and found this,” said Andrea Ajemian, co-producer and line-producer for the low-budget movie. “This worked out lovely and the school has been great.”

While most of the filming is being done in Worcester, two days of courtroom scenes are playing out at the school’s 500 Federal St. campus. Filming started there yesterday and is due to wrap up today before the crew and actors head back to Worcester for another few days more of filming.

The filming takes just 15 days, Ajemian said, and is due to finish by June 25.

In late May, Ajemian put out a call for extras. The college asked its current students and alumni if they wanted to sit in the audience or the jury box, or act as bailiffs or take other small parts. Many of them did, said Professor Michael Coyne, who is also serving as the legal consultant on the movie.

“We invited students and graduates to be extras,” he said. “There are a lot of alumni sitting in the audience. It’s exciting to have a real movie being filmed here.”

Two of the extras were from Andover — Pam Wilkie, 53, and her daughter Montana, 15, of Knoll Crest Drive.

“I had to take my daughter out of school for two days,” said Wilkie. “This is my first time in a movie — I’m on the jury.”

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