Architects Ted Goldberg and McCain McMurray bought their Mount Pleasant home two years ago and spent nine months renovating it into its simple, Art Deco style. The walls were white, the carpet was black and the decor was modern.

But about a week ago, Goldberg saw his sleek bedroom and study transformed into a room for a 13-year-old girl, complete with toys, lace, movie posters, children's books, model airplanes and a statue of E.T.

Then came the film crew: the directors, production assistants, wardrobe and makeup people and trucks with lights, cameras and props. And it looked much like a scene from Universal Studios.

But it wasn't. It was an opportunity of a lifetime, a chance to be a part of the action, McMurray said. Their house in the 1700 block of Lamont St. NW had been chosen as a site to film scenes for a major motion picture.

"How many people get a chance to have a movie filmed in their own home . . . ?" Goldberg asked.

But though some neighborhood residents said that the filming was exciting, they said that their visitors had caused an inconvenience. Since Wednesday, the block has been closed to through traffic and parking has been prohibited from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Residents said someone changed the 6 a.m. on parking signs to 8 a.m. and several cars were later towed.

Gail Whitley, director of the Children's Inn, a preschool on the same block, said parents who came to pick up their children were not able to park on the block. On Wednesday "some of them were very angry because they were late for work," she said.

Whitley said residents received a flier telling them a movie would be filmed on their block, but it "didn't say how many days they would be here or whether it would affect the cars. All of that first-day blues could have been done away with if {the movie company} had given us better information."

Filming of the movie "Likewise," produced by London-based WASA Films and Cinema 7 Productions of New York and Los Angeles, began two weeks ago in the District and began on Wednesday in the three-story house. Goldberg said he saw a flier last year near Dupont Circle advertising the need for movie sites. He learned two weeks ago that his home was selected, he said.

Early in the morning, work starts on the movie about a group of students who try to raise money for an injured music teacher by selling secrets to the Russians.

"Twenty-five to 30 people stay in the house all day. They say 'stand-by, rolling' and everybody gets quiet. And then everybody breathes a sigh of relief when it's over. The rest of the time, everybody is scurrying to rehearse a scene," McMurray said. During filming, which ends tomorrow, Goldberg and McMurray receive a stipend and live on the third floor of their home.

"It's a little weird . . . . It's pretty disruptive," Goldberg said. But he added, "It will be great conversation around the dinner table. It has certainly widened our experiences. It is going to offer a lot of history to the next people who buy {the house}."

Goldberg said the filming at his house is a public service "because there are positive things happening in Mount Pleasant. It's been an inconvenience for neighbors and parking, but we think the long-term effects will be positive."

Abram Goodrich, a neighbor, said, "This is a terrible neighborhood for parking. To get a spot almost in front of your house is a dream come true in this neighborhood."

"The sense that I get is that people would have been happier if they had blocked off half the street," said Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Alice Kelly, another neighbor. But regardless of the inconvenience, "people are going out of their way to walk down the street" to see what's going on, she said.