Behind the Scenes at the First* "Consequence Free" Video Shoot
Photos by Fran Egan - all rights reserved, unauthorized use is prohibitedOn the morning of May 15, Blackwalk Productions posted to the GBS Chatroom that they would be filming a new Great Big Sea video on Thursday, May 20 in downtown Toronto. It was a rare chance for fans to participate, since they needed a Great Big Crowd for the shoot. More than a dozen Toronto and Southern Ontario Chatters were able to make it, as well as a few intrepid Americans. Many other Toronto area fans arrived that afternoon after hearing about the shoot on the radio.
Those of us that were "consequence free" that afternoon had a unique experience on a beautiful sunny day filled with fun and laughter. We saw first hand how much hard work goes into the filming of a video, and we participated as extras in dozens of takes of walk-through and crowd scenes (though it would take days to recover from hearing the song so many times over... just kidding!). We also got to see the day's shot list. Towards the end of the day, Alan kept the Great Big Crowd entertained between takes by going into human jukebox mode and taking requests for "any group", playing some inspired covers of AC-DC, Bruce Springsteen, and the Beatles among others. The hours flew by, and it was nearly 10:00 pm when filming finally wrapped up.
*But... (in the words of Alan Doyle, as posted to the Great Big Sea Chatroom on July 7):
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On location at Queen and Soho. Group shot of Chatters: Fran, Hap, Tina, Vanessa, Brenda, AJ, Fiona, Sarah, JenTaylor, Cas.
A scene with Darrell, which ended with water dumped where he had been standing - cool special effects!
As the fun continued...
"What a ridiculous way to make a living!" said Alan. Seán strummed his guitar while Bob and Darrell had their close-ups. Then Seán really got down with the guy in the white tank top. He had to have his makeup retouched when he was done.
Soon it was Alan's turn, and he played that "$75 guitar" for all it was worth and then some. He needed to have his makeup retouched too!
Finally, it was time to film shots of the entire band. Look closely and you'll see many Chatters in these photos.