When residents spotted some guy with a gun on the roof of 30 Jamaicaway, they called police. Police found six people, armed with what turned out to be replica semi-automatic weapons and handguns.
They claimed to have permission to film a movie on the roof; police say the suburban sextet, however, could not provide the names of anybody who had actually given them permission. They face disturbing-the-peace charges; the Globe reports the ringleader now faces an incomplete in a class at the New England Institute of Art.
According to an ad on NEFilm, here's what they were up to:
Student class assignment shoot of a scene from the matrix. Looking for casting for Neo, Trinity, an agent, and extras to play guards. Participants will be given food and a copy of the finished project.
Vlvtjones applies some smackdown:
... You dumb bastards. You have a bunch of people on a rooftop in camo and guns, pointing down to the street? You're on the J-way! You say you notified the Boston and Brookline police, but they have no record of the call. But what about posting a damn flyer in the surrounding office buildings saying you're shooting a student film, with someone's number to call for information? I know, you're only 21 years old, which means you haven't had that many college parties yet--but the cool thing to do (to not get the police called on your ass) is to talk to all the neighbors, tell them that it's going on, and have them call you if there's a problem. ...