Thursday, September 24, 2009
Yesterday was, by far, the best day I have had at a set. Generally when I have been to sets it is so closed off that you can't see anything. I am not a tree climber or professional so I have to try to see what I can see from the streets like everyone else. This means I rarely get to see anyone or anything that isn't covered with black tarps or strategically hidden behind umbrellas or tinted glass. Yesterday was a totally different experience for me.
About 20 minutes in, I had gotten a picture of David Slade and a profile of Rob and already called the day a success! Seeing anything at all is a win as far as I am concerned and based on my past set experiences yesterday was just that.
They were filming shots at the Fork's Police Department. We were all struggling trying to remember what scene from Eclipse would include the police station. I have a friend that is a walking talking Twilight reference guide. She knows everything there is to know about the books, even details not included in the books but that Stephanie Meyers has mentioned in interviews. This girl is good and even she was stumped. The best guess is that it has something to do with the newborns and the script must include a scene where Edward and Bella go see Charlie at the station about the problem. But, your guess is as good as mine.
After walking around the set while the actors where at lunch, we were asked to move down the sidewalk because they had permits for the road adjacent to the set and behind the set. This was fine with us and we made our way down to where we were asked to stand. This, along with a street lined with Washington plated cars led me to believe their would be street scenes and that we may get a chance to see some filming. I never guessed that we would be able to see Rob and Kristen in full view, in hair and make-up, driving the volvo into the station. It took quite a few takes to get it right so we got a clear view of Rob & Kristen pulling in and then reversing and pulling out.
Rob would check himself out in the rear view mirror and fix his hair and Kristen appeared to be filing her nails? Odd but, maybe it was a nervous twitch, who knows! Rob appeared to stay in character even when the camera wasn't rolling. He had a stern expression on his face that conveyed that he needed to be serious for the scene they were shooting.
Before they filmed these scenes that everyone was clearly able to see, I got some pictures of Rob, Kristen & Billy filming/rehearsing on the steps of the police station. It really was cool just to see it all. I love filming of any kind. I find it amazing how they can transform a sunny day in Vancouver Canada into a rainy day in Forks, Washington.