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Monday I was lucky enough to stumble across the set for the Freeform hit series Motherland Fort Salem, in downtown Vancouver at a location thats been used by many productions throughout the years, the Plaza Of Nations. The episode is directed by Nimisha Mukerji.
This was the first time I had made it to a location for this show. In season 1, I had not heard of it, so the couple times I crossed paths with it, I didnt stick around.
On this day they were filming a scene at a place made to look like a U.S. Armed Forces building. In the early morning scene, they had Lyne Renee as Sarah Alder doing a scene, where she comes out from behind a stage, followed by a news crew, and several older women that stay down below, as Sarah, and the news crew go up onto the stage. As Sarah is heading to the stage, she gives an unimpressed glare off to her right, where a plethora of protesters are standing. Once up on stage, she does a very quick interview with a reporter, then the news crew leaves, and a few moments later Sarah leaves, again giving a glare at the group of protesters off to the side of the stage.
After that scene, they spent the rest of their exterior shoot working on scenes for the protest scene. First they shot some scenes of a bus showing up that had a banner on it that said "Not Our Daughters" on it. The protesters on the bus join the crowd that is already there, as they continue chanting. Later a second vehicle, a winnebago, showed up that said "Save Our Sisters" on it. But they never filmed (at leas ton this day) anyone getting out of that vehicle.
A little later they did more scenes with the crowd, but this time there were other cast members on site. The first person I saw was Demetria McKinney as Anacostia Quartermain. At the time I thought she had a face tattoo, as I was looking at her through the little 2 inch screen on my camera. As it turned out, its a print she has on a face shield she is wearing on set (I have been to several sets post-pandemic re-starting, and this is the first one I had seen using face shields as the standard. Most just use masks, except for the hair & make up team). Amalia Holm as Scylla Ramshorn was also on set, but not being familiar with the show, I did not realize that till I got home and could see the photos on a larger screen.
It was hard to really say what they were doing in the scene, as they were mostly obstructed by the crowd, the signs, and crew. The rare time I did see them, it was for a fraction of a second, and only partially. Most of the time when I did see them, it was between takes.
After that scene they moved inside for some interior shooting. They returned the next day to shoot more, and I will have another post on that in the upcoming days, that has more cast.
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Motherland: Fort Salem season 2 will air on Freeform in the U.S. sometime in 2021.
Stephen Colbert brings The Report to Vancouver during the Olympics. I see a podium finish for him in the sports of autograph signing & public relations.
**ORIGINALLY POSTED IN MY NOW DEFUNCT OLYMPICS BLOG ON FEBRUARY 26, 2010**
Last week, talk show/comedian host Stephen Colbert brought his incredibly popular show, "The Colbert Report" to Vancouver, BC during the 2010 Winter Olympics.
His shows were set up after a minor scuffle broke out between Colbert, and the people of BC over his reference to Canadians as "syrup suckers" & "ice holes" on his program when he was trashing us for not letting the U.S. Speed Skating team (which Colbert is a major sponsor of, with the help of his fans known as "Colbert Nation" thru a donation campaign) have ample time to practice on the new Richmond Oval rink prior to the Olympics.
Stephen set up an impromptu stage in the middle of Creekside Park, just off to the side of Science World (currently Sochi World for the Olympics) & did segments for several shows (airing this week in Canada on CTV & The Comedy Network. As well in the U.S. on Comedy Central) infront of an often rabid audience of 4 to 6 thousand fans & onlookers.
I of course am a huge fan of his show, unfortunately I saw very little of the performances because it did directly interfere with my work. I did catch a few minutes at the end of his first day & listened to most of his 2nd day opening. But for the first part, the episodes airing this week are all but a mystery to me since I didnt really get to see them, but I certainly did hound them.
The first day Mr. Colbert showed up at about 10:15 AM, being driven in a tinted out minivan. Security drove him up as close to the walkway they had constructed as they could. Still being 50 or so feet away, Colbert had to walk thru a swarm of fans, overzealous security & of course 5-8 autograph hounds. Not once did Stephen seem bothered by the near mob like situation, happily signing & walking, signing some more, walking some more. He was clearly a class act. Once inside he stayed in a tented off area to rehearse his lines & then came out to do his shows. Next time I would see him would be after the show when I returned looking for more.
After the show he was hurried thru by the security, but did sign 2 autographs along the rail of the pathway they had created. Both were for hounds, 1 of them being for me. I was pleased with my opening day totals of 3.
Next day I returned with fresh new photos from the day before performance. I was pretty hopeful to strike Colbert hounding Gold again. But this time he didnt sign before his show. Instead hurrying right in & going to his tent. He then went to the stage & did his opening performance. When he came off in between performances, I noticed the wooden plank type set up they had constructed behind the stage so that he didnt have to walk in the swamp like mosh pit the park had become. It mainly was a few feet away from the fence, except right in the corner I was in, where it bottlenecked. So I had hope I might get his attention coming back. Sure enough, he walked out of the tent to go do his next bit, I asked him to sign, and he did it without hesitation, then hurried off to the stage.
A little later he did the same thing, going to his tent & upon his return came right back to the spot where I was standing. Now more people were eager to try & get an autograph from him. The attention getter of the group, a fan who asked Stephen to sign an actual baby. Stephen smiled & replied in partial laughter "I cant sign a baby" as he chuckled for a second or two afterwards to the suggestion. He willingly did signin 3-4 autographs for the people there, including me again, then proceeded to do his show.
After his show was over, he did a massive impromptu autograph session all the way around the stage side, along the back & out the walk way. I got 2 more in this massive scrum. I was pretty pleased with the final numbers, 7 Colbert autographs over 2 days.
Stephen Colbert will certainly be a medalist at the 2010 Winter Olympics, in the sports of autograph signing & good public relations.