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

2019/05/15

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