The setting was perfect.

Tilly Willy's diner in Washington Depot was warm and inviting on a cool, rainy morning earlier this month.

Jars of homemade jam and wrapped candy apples sat amongst stainless steel coffee creamers and vintage milk bottles.

The layout was just what independent filmmaker David Brickman had in mind for the main scenes in his film, "Acquired Taste."

Shooting of major scenes from the film were happening Oct. 27 at 88 Bee Brook Road.

"I'd been scouting for locations around Washington and was coming in to Tilly Willy's every morning for breakfast," said Mr. Brickman, a former Washington resident now living in Los Angeles.

"I got to know Brenda (Williams) and she was perfect for a role in the film and the local feel of the diner was perfect," he said of Ms. Williams, who co-owns Tilly Willy's with her husband, Ty Williams.

Written and produced by Mr. Brickman and Nicholas Charles of London, England, "Acquired Taste" is the story of a young food critic, Nicholas, age 15, who lives in a very small town with limited food options.

An unlikely friendship happens between Nicholas and a master chef, who has left New York City after absorbing scathing reviews of his cooking by big city food critics.

"I came up with the story idea," said Mr. Brickman, 26, a Tufts University and New York Film School graduate. "Nicholas and I developed it."

Brenda Thomas Williams, 45, owner of Tilly Willy's, was nervous during filming last Wednesday. She'd never acted before but said just before shooting began, "I'm up for any challenge."

"My husband, Ty, was all for this," Mrs. Williams said. "I'm a nervous wreck, but it sounded like fun."

Mrs. Williams carefully reviewed her lines in the script with one hand as she poured coffee for two customers with the other. Her daughter, Tegan, 11, takes acting classes and had rehearsed lines with her the night before, she said.

Customers Charley Thompson and Mark Stone looked on with some amusement.

"I'd heard something was going on today," Mr. Stone said. "It's kind of surprising to have this happening in Washington."

The independent film will be a 20-minute short to be shown in festival venues, with a screening locally after completion.

The role of Nicholas is played by Luke Rosen of Manhattan. An experienced actor at 15, Luke has done voice roles in the films "Dear John" and "Serious Men," as well as acting in local theater in New York.