2019/06/24

Hello Internet;

The last couple of days have been spent on the QOTA set, building one of the more involved sets… a space ship.

QOTA. Laura-Beth Bird. 2019

QOTA. Laura-Beth Bird. 2019

I should reaffirm that point that I am Tracy Lavigne's assistant on this shoot, and this her plan. I show up and do what I'm told, like spray painting metal and drilling guide holes every 16 inches.

The spaceship is actually a very tight frame, so we can get away with focusing detail in a small area. Instead of creating a full room with panels and buttons and all the other jargon associated with a space station we can just build a seat, walls, and windows.

QOTA. Laura-Beth Bird.2019

QOTA. Laura-Beth Bird.2019

So remember folks, when you see this beautiful shot, its a 4X8 box in Tracy’s living room, leveled with a lot of shims because its an old house.

-Laura-Beth Bird



2019/06/13

Hello Internet;

It’s another day on the QOTA set. Today we filmed the storage locker scene and the town hall scene.

It was a very sunny day. The team needed to set up a shade sail for the doorway. Thankfully the camera frame was tight and little else was needed for light control.

Storage Locker. Lighting and Camera Crew. Laura-Beth Bird. Queen of the Andes 2019.

Storage Locker. Lighting and Camera Crew. Laura-Beth Bird. Queen of the Andes 2019.

This was a heavy day in terms of extra’s as well. A lot of Fredericton locals showed up for the town hall scene. This all went very smoothly and we were done ahead of schedule, a testament to Jill's production team.

Town Hall. Camera Crew. Laura-Beth Bird. Queen of the Andes. 2019.

Town Hall. Camera Crew. Laura-Beth Bird. Queen of the Andes. 2019.

-Laura-Beth Bird

2019/06/12

Hello Internet;

Today was a frustrating day in the art department. I lost the key for the storage locker that needed to be set up today. I found it at noon and had to rush to get it done.

I didn’t have enough boxes, so I went to all the cardboard recycling dumpsters in the area. The Fero and GFL trucks are efficient. The cardboard dumpsters were full when I drove past to search for the key, and they were empty when I drove past again 30 mins later. I was racing the trucks across the north side to find a dumpster that hadn't been taken away. I found some more boxes, and I may have to cheat the screen to make the locker look full.

Locker. Laura-Beth Bird Queen of the Andes. Little Bear Productions. 2019

Locker. Laura-Beth Bird Queen of the Andes. Little Bear Productions. 2019

I had a Canada Arts Council funding class at 4pm. I came home made the protest posters for QOTA. I slipped and cut my leg. There are no band-aids in my house so I have some paper towel taped to my leg instead.

I think I need to stop for the day. It will be better tomorrow.

-Laura-Beth Bird

2019/06/11

Hello Internet;I’m back on set for QOTA. Remember that algae I was making last week? well, here it is on set. A big thank you to Theatre New Brunswick and Red Rover Cider for lending us science glassware.

Lab. Laura-Beth Bird and Tracy Lavinge. Queen of the Andes. Little Bear Productions. 2019

Lab. Laura-Beth Bird and Tracy Lavinge. Queen of the Andes. Little Bear Productions. 2019

So, building a set is a lot of work. What you see on screen is not the same as what we see surrounding the frame. This shot has filters over the fluorescent light bulbs, curtains with diva lights to diffuse the lights and a dolly track on apple boxes and pancakes to create a slow push. The boom guy is off screen but catching every shuffle the crew makes and the actors are repeating the scenes over and over again so the crew can catch it from all angles.

Lab. Laura-Beth Bird and Tracy Lavinge. Queen of the Andes. Little Bear Productions. 2019

Lab. Laura-Beth Bird and Tracy Lavinge. Queen of the Andes. Little Bear Productions. 2019

Neat, eh?

-Laura-Beth Bird

2019/06/07

Hello Internet;

Today I’m back on the QOTA set. Somehow, finding science equipment is way harder than anything I’ve had to do yet. It turns out, I don’t meet too many scientists in my line of work.

Today, we were dressing a room in the forestry building. We built a grow table, sourced an old microscope and I figured out how to make fake algae. I used T&T aloe drink, green dye, and matcha powder. We will shoot this room on Monday, and I will need to make 4.5 gallons of fake algae over the weekend.

Every day is different in my line of work. Gotta love it.

QOTA. Laura-Beth Bird. 2019

QOTA. Laura-Beth Bird. 2019

QOTA. Laura-Beth Bird. 2019

QOTA. Laura-Beth Bird. 2019

-Laura-Beth Bird

2019/05/30

Hello Internet;

Another day on the QOTA set. I'm painting walls and sourcing materials. Good news, the planets I made for A Life Of Galileo are getting a second life. The Mars globe is heading to the QOTA set for some astronaut graduate pictures. I love when sets get a second life.

Mars. Styrofoam and Latex Paint. Laura-Beth Bird A Life of Galileo. Theatre St. Thomas. Photo Credit: Andre Reinders

Mars. Styrofoam and Latex Paint. Laura-Beth Bird A Life of Galileo. Theatre St. Thomas. Photo Credit: Andre Reinders

Aside from that, I’ve finally added the last layer of tissue paper to the dragon puppet. This thing has taken an eternity to build. I’m glad I am finally getting near the end.

-Laura-Beth Bird

2019/05/29

Hello Internet;

I’m back on the Queen Of The Andes set today painting more rooms. This will eventually become a home office for one of the scenes. Aside from that, we are about one week away from shooting, and two weeks away from all the major art department requirements.

QOTA 2019

QOTA 2019

Down side is, my partner gave me his cold. Great timing.

-Laura-Beth Bird

2019/05/15

Hello Internet;

Today was the second day on the feature film set that’s rolling through town. I haven’t asked about the media regulations surrounding the shoot so I won't give to much away.

I’m working in the Art Department. So, I've spent much of my time painting rooms for shoots, sourcing materials for scenes and moving furniture from location to location.

Laura-Beth Bird

Laura-Beth Bird

-Laura-Beth Bird