Entering the Abbotsford Salvos Stores at 8.00am, adrenalin pumping and excited for the days ahead, I was immediately blown away by the transformation the store had undertaken. This was no longer a Salvos Store… it was a set… and by the sheer size of the lighting rigs and camera equipment, it could have been a movie set!
It was evidently clear the crew had already been working busily away to get everything set up and ready to go. Once the actors started arriving, had their hair and makeup done, were styled by the fabulous Claire, we were ready to get down to business.
But something I learned quickly, it’s not all as simple as that…
Each shot has to go through a tedious set up process. First the camera men and Director discuss the scene and set up the camera in the best possible angle. Then the lighting guy goes to work. Our lighting guy, Pete, was quite the lighting mastermind! He made a clever little rig he set up out of materials lying around to make one scene look like the morning sun was coming through venetian blinds. Genius!
Then comes the set dressing process. It was all hands on deck to set dress each scene. No detail is over looked in set dressing. Everything in view if the camera needs to be considered, every article of clothing, every vase, every cushion… everything!
Then there is the colour blocking. Looking on the test screen you might realise you need something red on the right side of the screen or something green on the bottom left side, but the beauty of a set in Salvos Stores, it’s like shooting in a prop shop! We had everything we needed at our fingertips. We had a great time looking through some of the incredible donations and giving them new life in the eyes of the camera.
Once all this is done its go time! That’s when it’s time for the actors and the director to work their magic, bringing the script to life. Then of course the process starts all again for the next scene.
Myself and some of the crew actually got to make a bit of an appearance in the Donate TVC, granted we are blurry because it’s a time lapse scene, but there you have it, my 15 (micro) seconds of fame!
Thanks to the Director, Producer, Actors, Cameramen, Grip, Stylist, Stage Hands, Assistants and everyone else who helped out, we wrapped up two very successful days.
So even though I have just pulled back the curtain and revealed the magic of oz, I hope you’ll enjoy the final products…
-Posted by Simmone