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Monday on the Set of Blue Bloods

Monday I was on the set of Blue Bloods in a background role. This was an exterior scene, and blizzard conditions were forecast for later in the afternoon. I was wondering if they would postpone the shoot, but apparently they wanted to just git 'er done. My call time was 6:30 a.m., so we had a very early start, which was good in this case.

I was portraying a passerby on the street, and it was a winter season scene, thankfully, so I could bundle up and wear appropriate winter clothing. We were having light snow flurries throughout the morning and during the shoot, but it wasn't really sticking yet. I was placed with another lady also portraying a passerby. Our start position was right in front of a laundromat and under their awning, (and you spend a lot of time at your first position) so we had a wind break and could by out of the snow flurries somewhat. Our direction was to start walking down the street as the camera passed by. Our backs were to the camera, as the camera was following the two principal actors (cops in uniform). They did the scene pretty quickly, maybe an hour and half total.

There were other scenes that day that I was not in, so I could stay in the comfortable, warm holding area in a nearby church. I had another scene scheduled, but the blizzard was just rolling in, so they cut the scene and worked through lunch so that everyone could leave and get home safely. Good thing, too, because it was getting pretty nasty out. The subways were running with no problems at that time, but I had a short bus ride to my house after I got off the train, and the bus was VERY slow going because the roads were becoming quite a mess. I was glad to get home right before the worst of the blizzard hit.

I may have another job on Madam Secretary for Friday and next Tuesday, but that hasn't been confirmed yet. I should know more about that by the end of today. Bad part is that will also be exterior scenes, and it's supposed to be cold. Argh!

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wolfgirl569 wrote on January 28, 2015, 9:47 AM

Glad you were able to keep warm while doing the scene. Hopefully you get the other two and they are the same way. Very glad you got home before the worst of the weather hit.

zabelle51 wrote on January 28, 2015, 9:56 AM

Wow it seems you are on all of my favorite shows, I like Madam Secretary a lot too. :)

amyk49 wrote on January 28, 2015, 9:57 AM

Madam Secretary would be a role portraying a cult member. That's all I know. Hopefully the cult members wear warm clothing!

amyk49 wrote on January 28, 2015, 9:58 AM

This would be my first time on Madam Secretary. I would be portraying a cult member. That's all I know. But it's not for sure yet.

Willow wrote on January 28, 2015, 10:30 AM

As fun as that would be, I would find it miserable to just stand out in the cold like that. But congrats to you on the gig!

amyk49 wrote on January 28, 2015, 10:43 AM

I think one of my worst gigs was on Gotham, on a very windy, snowy/rainy night shoot wearing the costume, which did have a coat, but only sheer stockings. It was very uncomfortable! This Blue Bloods shoot really wasn't bad.

nbaquero wrote on January 28, 2015, 11:01 AM

amyk49 Well, it was good you were done with the scene and got home safely before the storm. Good luck in your next job.

Willow wrote on January 28, 2015, 11:35 AM

Oh my, that Gotham shoot sounds absolutely dreadful! It would take me days to warm back up!

wolfgirl569 wrote on January 28, 2015, 3:08 PM

I hope so also. But it might be against the cults beliefs. emoticon :smile:

mrsmerlin wrote on January 28, 2015, 3:16 PM

Its a good job you could dress appropriately, the cold has been lazy this week as my mom would say - too lazy to go round so it goes right through you. My brother started out as an extra in films and series and he told me of the incredible boredom that can kick in waiting for a shoot. Don't think I could do it

amyk49 wrote on January 28, 2015, 5:01 PM

Yes, there are often times when you're sitting around doing nothing for hours at a time. Other days you are on set nearly the entire time. It really depends. Every day is a new experience. :)

SandraLPetersen wrote on January 28, 2015, 6:18 PM

I was really interested in this post. How many people watch a TV show or movie and see all of the people in the background and not know how much goes into making the scene seem so realistic? Thanks for these inside peeks into what goes into those scenes. Glad you were able to be a little more comfortable tin this shoot.

amyk49 wrote on January 28, 2015, 6:28 PM

It's really true that TV shows and movies go to great lengths to make the scenes realistic, and of course that includes all the background actors who are part of the scene and create a realistic environment.

Soonerdad3 wrote on January 28, 2015, 9:52 PM

Other than the weather it seemed like you enjoyed the experience.

scheng1 wrote on January 29, 2015, 7:16 AM

I cannot imagine going out in this kind of weather.

amyk49 wrote on January 29, 2015, 8:39 AM

It was a good day, in spite of the weather. This job is always interesting and fun :)

amyk49 wrote on January 29, 2015, 8:41 AM

I think my worst experience with this job weather-wise was when I played a zombie in full makeup and had a flimsy costume. We were out on a cold spring day that was VERY windy, and we had to be out for long time. We had coats, but we had to take our coats off while the cameras were rolling. The wind was what made it so cold!

Telynor wrote on January 30, 2015, 12:14 AM

Glad to hear you survived Juno. We were barely clipped up here, with just a couple of inches.