So, yesterday was my first day on set! After arriving on set around 2pm during the torrential downpour, I was drenched and freezing cold, but still very excited to be there! I first noticed the NYC taxis parked across the street, and watched them bring in the old style station wagon (which was used in a scene shot later that night). I wandered around the corner to see that they were filming behind the bookstore in the alley/parking lot. Eventually a few more people showed up and we quickly made friends with the police on site and they got us as close as we could get which was fantastic.
It was pretty slow going; we did hear them call “Rolling” and “Action” a few times, and overheard that they were filming upstairs as well. We got a few friendly warnings from the crew, just sort of telling us to be quiet, which as our group gradually became bigger, became a bit more of an issue. We did see a few brief appearances by Lily, Jamie and Aiden walking around and getting in their cars. Our first glimpse of Luke! The publicist came over to talk to us, saying that Robert was supposed to be there later that night. She also mentioned that it was a rough day for dialogue and that they were a bit behind. We then heard them call “last scene before lunch” and once the actors and crew had left, we decided to finally get some food.
After the break we watched the crew arrive and start setting up again. We moved out to the front, directly across the street from the bookstore and had the perfect spot to watch them film. They set up two cameras and multiple rain machines so they could film Jace, Clary and Simon running through the rain and then trying to get into Luke’s bookstore. While we watched them filming, we met Dudley, a stunt wardrobe crew member, and we were later joined by Anne who works for the agency.
They ran that same scene a bunch of times. Here’s how the scene sort of went: Jace, Clary and Simon running down the sidewalk in the rain, stopping at the gate in front of the bookstore, Clary would rattle the gate trying to get in and they would run around the corner of the store, Jace would stop to tell Simon to wait outside (I’m only assuming, as Simon didn’t follow them into the alley and looked upset at being left in the rain.) Then they moved the camera across the street, directly in front of us! It was so cool to be that close to the filming. They only asked us to move when they wanted to get some shots of the side of the street we were on. And even then, we weren’t asked to move far and they were very nice about it.
Then Aiden showed up. It was very exciting having all of them on set, however Jamie and Robert left after the inside scenes were finished. We watched as they moved the cameras back across the street (again in front of us!) and they started lining up all their cars. So Luke’s green truck was already there in front of the bookstore, there was another truck behind it, then a motorcycle, then the station wagon, then what I’m assuming used to be the Resident Evil ‘Raccoon City’ school bus and then two motorcycles behind that. We saw Aiden get into the truck with Lily and someone sat in the back on the edge of the truck bed (we assume it was Alcide). So they took a few shots of all of these vehicles driving away from the bookstore (we assume on their way to the final fight against Valentine).
We desperately wanted to be on the other side of the street, and a few of the crew members behind us suggested running across the street with our books and things we wanted signed. We were so nervous
to do it, thinking we’d be stopped before we even crossed the street. However we made it across and walked right up to Aiden and he was very nice about giving autographs, although he said no to photos because he was in costume (which we knew anyway, but we still tried) We left rather quickly because they were taking a few minutes before their next shot, like the director was telling Aiden what they were doing next while he was signing our stuff. We figured that was a good end to our day (around 12:30am).
Again, I need to thank Jessica (it was very nice to meet you!) and the crew, they were unbelievably nice to us and I can’t wait to go back again tonight!
Another day means another TMI Set Day visit for me. Looking forward to today’s set visit due to the wonderful, sunny weather. Today is a great day as I see Aiden, JCB, Lily and Kevin D on set.
I head out to set immediately after school and arrived around 3:30 pm on set to meet Rebecca (@stolethenight), Becky and Megan. Unfortunately, Megan had to head home early so we wait for the bus with her then we roamed around and spoke to a few of the crew members that we knew. Also, we passed by the ally where the set was when they weren’t doing anything. Around 5 pm, three more people joined us by the side of the set.
It was 5 pm and everyone was grumpy because now the sun was way up high and burned us too much. To kill time and just because we wanted to see Robert, I pulled out my laptop and we all watched Misfits season 2 episode 3 and my volume was up to 100% when the part where, I believe the song is called “Careless Whisper” played on the scene where Robert Sheehan’s character Nathan Young seduces Simon played by Iwan Rheon. I believe the set heard the song very clearly too. That was fun.
An hour later, vans began pulling up. Each van we saw we would say, “van!” and immediately check if anyone we’re looking for is inside. The first few vans were crew and equipment pulling up. Then much more minutes later, we see Aiden Turner who plays our wonderful Uncle Luke gets on his van and heads for the trailers. Then Pangborn comes to set through another van. Not sure if it’s Pangborn being freakishly tall and broad or was it Pangborn’s stunt double?
Right after Pangborn came Aiden returns to set.
Soon after, Jamie’s van pulled up. Slowly driving by us and he was facing forward but smiling, I think it was a smug smile? The van pulled all the way to the door of the set and there came JCB coming out of his van.
Then a few more minutes later, we see Pangborn and his stunt-double come in with Jace/JCB’s stunt double rocking out all that Shadowhunter wardrobe and runes. After Jamie, almost an hour later came Lily Collins. She is SO gorgeous it hurts. Even her stunt-double is hella gorgeous.
Then they all went inside the garage, perhaps for prep and mostly make-up before the scene. A few more moments later we see the actors all in a circle by the doors of the set, perhaps having their snack time.
Then we see possible-Pangborn stunt double and JCB’s stunt double heading our direction because the truck that held all their mats parked right next to us.
As they gathered all the mats from the van, I got this really quick glimpse of JCB’s stunt double’s face and I’m not entirely sure but I as to what I saw, I strongly believe that JCB’s stunt double looks EXACTLY like Kevin Zegers but with blond hair. It was freaky, maybe I just miss him on set too much but I got Nicole (@nics_herondale) agreeing with me.
We sat then for another hour and we were all starving for dinner. Eventually the actors all came out again and just spoke to the publicist Karen. Karen is also such a sweetheart. This being my fifth time visiting set — this is my first time meeting her! She’s really so kind the way people describe her to be. She approached us and mentioned how she’s happy to have us around and that we are such great fans for being so quiet and respectful and that she appreciates that love we pour of for their project and our dream.
Suddenly, all the Shadowhunters wearing Shadowhunter gear began rehearsing fighting sequences right on the ally as they all huddled together for break. Nicole saw JCB hitting Pangborn’s stunt-double’s cheek with a set weapon and we all stood there very much amazed with the entire cast and having to see them train for the fighting scene was very entertaining!
It was 9:00 p.m. and we could no longer take our hunger and head out to this delicious coffee shop. They make THE BEST Grilled Chicken Breast sandwich (WITH BACON and TOMATOES). Totally worth one’s money! It’s actually my dinner and what I’m chewing on right now as we speak as I compose this report.
After everyone got their orders sandwiches or coffees, we head back to set and glance if anything new happened. The actors either left or went inside to film. We were all pretty much drained from the sun’s heat and being mostly everyone’s first time eating in the day, we head out and wait for the bus and together all went home.
I would just like to take this time, if by chance any of them reads this, to thank all my new friends from TMI sets. I swear I haven’t been this sociable my entire life and to be around people who understand your loves. Also would like to thank the extraordinaire crew that was very friendly with us, specifically Adele, Andrew and Lily Collins’ publicist Karen. It is really overwhelming to know that they appreciate how we are and how much dedication we pour into the things we love. Thank you to Alyssa from TMI Source for always keeping me updated for any news from the TMI, for without you, this front row seat that I’m on wouldn’t be possible– technically Alyssa made my wish come true so, THANK YOU. Last but not least, the awesome, awesome Shadowhunters that check out TMI Source’s website for updates and actually read MY SET REPORTS, I’m happy to make you guys happy (which is why I head out there everyday, no matter what the weather)
That being said: Same deal tomorrow. I will be heading out to set again around 2:30 from school and arrive around 4:00 latest to set and meeting up with Rebecca and Nicole (those two are the only ones I know who are going) so stay tuned for MORE TMI Set Reports and I hope everyone enjoyed this one, despite my photos being really annoyingly blurry (sorry guys, I take pictures only with my iPhone 4)
Until then, stay sexy in black Shadowhunters,