THIS BLOG POST IS FOR A "MOTHERLAND FORT SALEM" SEASON 2 EPISODE 4, AND MAY CONTAIN POSSIBLE SPOILERS FOR THE SEASON.
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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.