Kat’s (Definitely Not Definitive) Rules for Set Life

Life in Vancouver has been bliss. While I used to work in TV and film back home in Austria, set experiences here are a completely different matter. You can get so close to all the action and basically spend an entire day on set if you want to, I would have never expected that. People in Vancouver are so used to their city (and surrounding area) being occupied by film crews, most of them don’t even care to stop anymore unless it’s a scene for “Deadpool” (Seriously, the first question asked on any set is “Is this Deadpool?”). That means sets usually attract real fans or TV enthusiasts instead of random passersby and the crew does their best to accommodate these people while still trying to do their job. I think it’s only fair to not make their life any more difficult in the process, so here are some of my tiny tips and rules while visiting sets. *

*I am Jon Snow-ing this. I know nothing, I just pretend I do, so no guarantee on this working all the time.

RULE 1: Be Quiet

I was so used to just shutting my mouth mid-sentence whenever I heard someone scream “rolling” (pretty much what you’ll hear as soon as the cameras go on), that I didn’t even consider that some people might not know what that means. Technology is amazing these days and the microphones will pick up your voice for sure if you keep talking while they’re filming, even if you stand on the other side of the lot. I get that it’s exciting to be on set and to see your faves in action, you want to share that giddiness with the world, but there is nothing more uncomfortable than a crew member coming over to tell you that you just ruined a shot.

So, you don’t have to be mute the entire time. That would kind of defeat the purpose of the set visit, but just make sure you pay attention to when they are filming and when it would be more appropriate to be quiet.

RULE 2: Don’t Mess Up the Shot

This one goes kind of hand in hand with the previous one. Don’t just be aware of your sound volume, but also keep in mind the position of the camera. Most of the time PAs (Production Assistants, who you will recognise through their bright neon vests and solid attachment to their walkie talkies) will inform you if you are in the way, but you can make their life a lot easier if you just move on your own if you see they are changing the camera angle in your direction.

Also, even if you don’t feel like you are in the shot, move if the crew tells you to. This could have multiple reasons. For one, maybe you are wearing bright colors or fandom clothes and even if those were just in the periphery of the shot, they could be a real distraction. Second, and this isn’t the case very often but does happen from time to time, some actors/actresses prefer if the fans aren’t in their direct eye line while they are filming. As  pretentious as that sounds, imagine being deep into character and there are random people staring at you, sometimes even waving or maybe taking pictures from the other side of the street, it really ruins the mood. Speaking of cameras, this leads me directly to my next point.

RULE 3: Check What You’re Allowed to Photograph/Film

Most times it is perfectly okay to take pictures or film while you are on set, however, there can be certain restrictions to it. It may be due to the production not wanting certain details to leak (if certain characters survive/new costumes/special events or crossovers/etc.) before the release of the show/film or any other reason, but most of the time they prefer it if you don’t take pictures while they are rolling.

But don’t worry, essentially you’ll get plenty of chances to catch your faves during some fun behind the scenes moments and isn’t that better than the actual scene anyway? Now you just have to consider whether you really want to share those pictures on all your social media or not, because … spoilers?

RULE 4: Treat the Crew/Cast with Respect

Sometimes crew members will lie to you simply to get you out of the way. Sometimes actors/actresses had a rough day and don’t have the time to meet you. Don’t hold it against them. These people are only doing their job and believe it isn’t always an easy one. The hours are crazy, the concentration necessary is insane but they never actively try to work against the fans. They know that without them, they wouldn’t be able to work on their shows, but everyone has a bad day every now and then.

In my opinion this should be a no-brainer, but always treat the cast and crew with respect. There have been an increasing amount of incidences where fans were pulling and screaming at actors in an attempt to get a photo with them and it’s quite disturbing to be honest. Just because they lead a very public life, does in NO way whatsoever mean they are public property. I know that these people are a mere minority among the fans, but they are the loudest of them all and they overshadow all the others.

It is true that sometimes you have to be bold and go up to the person to chat with them and take a picture. No one will ever hold that against you and most people are really used to it (just don’t do it while they are eating. Seriously, don’t ever get between people and their food), but in most cases, the actors/actresses came up to the fans when they had the time. It means they don’t feel ambushed and may even be up for a little chat. To me, that’s the best case scenario.

In conclusion, I feel like most of these were pretty obvious ones, but apparently not to all people. Being on set can be exciting, but also super boring. Sometimes you just stand around for hours, not even really seeing what’s going on. It’s up to you to determine whether it’s worth it or not. I hope this post was a little helpful in case you want to try your luck one day. If you have any more questions, please feel free to ask them in the comments below!

TBT: My Mad Fat Diary (TV Review)

I don’t know what it is. Maybe it’s Thirteen ending last Monday and me missing Jodie Comer or because it features one of my all time favourite TV couples, but somehow I just feel the need to talk about My Mad Fat Diary!

First off, I used to love this show. It started in 2013 and had its final season last summer. On the one hand, I was sad that there weren’t more episodes, but on the other hand, I think the story might have been ruined if it had gone on for too long. The show is based on My Fat, Mad Teenage Diary written by Rae Earl, who is also the protagonist. But let’s see what it’s about:

Set in the mid-90s, My Mad Fat Diary follows the story of 16-year-old, 105 kg girl, Rae Earl, who just left a psychiatric hospital. She soon begins to reconnect with her former best friend, Chloe, who is unaware of what Rae went through. She neither knows about Rae’s mental health or her body image issues, instead Rae tells her she has spent the past couple of months in France. She keeps her secret bottled up while trying to make new friends and falling in love for the first time.

Cast: Sharon Rooney, Claire Rushbrook, Ian Hart, Nico Mirallegro, Jodie Comer, Dan Cohen, Jordan Murphy, Ciara Baxendale
Episode Order: 3 Seasons, 16 episodes in total
Running Time: 45 minutes

I was undetermined whether I would like it or not in the beginning. The accents are quite heavy and that can be so distracting sometimes, also, Rae is absolutely sex-crazy – which is both, hilarious and weird. However, the show completely won me over by treating serious topics with the kind of humour and wit that doesn’t ridicule the subject, but gets the point across to a broad audience. It treats mental illness with respect and that just makes you feel with the characters all the more.
Rae as a protagonist is just so authentic and so are her friends. Not all of them are supermodels, but all of them do have their very own quirks and flaws. In the end it is about friendship, family, facing problems head on and more importantly, about self-acceptance.

I for one laughed and cried and had butterflies in my stomach while watching this show. If you haven’t ever seen it before, I don’t want to tell you who Rae truly belongs with, that would ruin part of the journey. Just thinking about that person makes me swoon already though. However, I do urge you to check it out and give it a try for at least a couple of episodes!

So, this was a little throwback more for me than for you and I am off to watch some ship-related YouTube videos now. Tell me if you’ve ever heard of the show and if you’ve watched it in the comments!

Sleeping With Other People (Movie Review)

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I haven’t done a movie review in a while, but I recently watched Sleeping With Other People and I just couldn’t not write a review about it!

Genre: Romantic Comedy
Length: 101 min
Cast: Alison Brie, Jason Sudeikis, Amanda Peet, Adam Scott, Jason Mantzoukas, Andrea Savage, Adam Brody …
Director/Writer: Leslye Headland

(Click here if you want to see the Red Band Trailer!)

More than ten years ago Lainey and Jake had their first time with each other. Ever since then, neither one of them had much luck in the department of love since both seem to purposely sabotage their relationships. Upon a chance meeting, they rekindle their friendship and are determined to keep it platonic … but that isn’t as easy as it sounds.

I offered you the possibility to watch the Red Band Trailer for the movie because I think it has a more accurate depiction of what’s going on, even though both trailers can still be a little misleading – like none of the characters actually have a sex addiction. The movie obviously involves a lot of of sex and jokes about that topic though. Just wanted to get that out of the way!

I am confused about all the reviews out there. So many people seem to either completely dislike Sleeping with Other People or only find it mediocre. They criticize that it is very humorous in most parts, but streaked with real sincere and more serious moments. They say the movie doesn’t know what it wants and that it’s a wannabe retelling of “When Harry Met Sally” filled with clichés, but I wonder, what’s wrong with having both? Yes, I mostly laughed throughout the movie, but I was equally touched during some of the scenes that went deeper. Why aren’t they allowed to play with the mood a little?

Lainey and Jake’s relationship is the kind without boundaries and with endless trust and that’s something beautiful. So what if they start out as friends and then fall for each other? There are worse things than being in love with your best friend. The important thing was that it didn’t feel like they were pining for each other most of the time, instead their relationship progressed nicely and they knew what was going on. They weren’t fooling themselves, they just weren’t ready either. The happy ending probably wasn’t necessary, but I am still glad it happened. Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie had mad chemistry and that is the main reason why I loved the movie so much. 

In the end I really enjoyed the movie! I hope I can feel secure enough with someone to have such an open relationship with them like Lainey and Jake did! Have you watched the movie? What are your thoughts on it?

Chicago Fire Season 4 Premiere

Chicago Fire is back and that means one by one my favourite franchise is becoming complete again. I already showed you a little Preview and First Look (including Spoilers for the entire Season) in a previous post – click here to check it out! Otherwise, let’s continue with the Season 4 Premiere!

Okay everyone, you should know how this works by now, but I still feel obliged to say it every single time. We pick up right at the same moment the last episode ended, but there is so much going on each episode that I just break it down into characters and my thoughts for their storylines. Spoilers ahead!

  • Gabby and Casey – I think everyone wants to know what’s going on with them. Well, Gabby was really worried after finding dead Katya, but Antonio got to Casey in time. He’s changed and now has a more violent/impulsive streak, but after Gabby was in danger during one of the fires, he FINALLY realised that he just wants to be with her. So, in the last seconds of the episode he goes to Molly’s to tell her how he feels and she’s super happy and that’s when she tells him that she’s pregnant and they hug.
    I am so glad it happened this way around and not him wanting to get back together after she told him about the pregnancy. Now I don’t feel like they just got back together for the baby. But throughout the episode you could see how much Dawson was struggling as a firefighter and probably wanting to stay one.
  • As announced, Severide got demoted and I was super mad on his behalf! I think he is handling this a lot calmer than expected, but definitely still not well. I just think it’s so unfair, because while the turnover rate on Squad may be high, that surely isn’t his fault. I am so worried about him, because he wants to leave Firehouse 51 and I am NOT okay with that. I hope that Cruz could dissuade him from that idea.
    Also, we got to meet his new love interest, who he meets at his management training course. They hooked up already, but I read something about complications on the way, so I don’t think it will last.
  • Dallas Patterson, the new Captain replacing Sev, seemed really nice. I wanted to like him and not resent him, because after all it’s not his fault that Sev got demoted. However, by the end of the episode I didn’t particularly like him, especially not because he told Sev that he HAD to show up at his boat for a mandatory group thing. Just give the guy some space to breathe and digest what happened!
  • The new recruit Jimmy totally blew it! He came off like some stupid frat boy and that’s not what Firehouse 51 needs. I am glad he apologized in the end, but he will have to do some serious growing up. I am however interested to see if there’s really something going to happen between him and Chili – she definitely thinks he’s hot.
  • Will Halstead once more got to make an appearance and it makes me so impatient for Chicago Med! Chili and Brett had a really heartbreaking case and they asked for his help to find out about the fate of a patient.
  • The fire the firehouse had to attend to was something different too this week. I can’t believe those people are suing the firehouse even though they were the ones delaying them and causing the death of one of their neighbors. I was really disappointed in humanity on this one. I mean, how can they be so irresponsible?
  • I can see a lot of trouble for Molly’s coming because of the new neighbors

So, that pretty much sums it all up. What did you think?

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Teaser Trailer Release

I am not going to lie, Zombies usually aren’t my thing, but I am intrigued about Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. It’s based on the bestseller adaptation of Jane Austen‘s novel by Seth Grahame-Smith and includes a cast that makes me feel obliged to watch the movie. Some of the names featured in the film are: Lily James, Douglas Booth, Matt Smith, Lena Headey, Jack Huston, Charles Dance, Sam Riley, Hermione Corfield, Suki Waterhouse, Bella Heathcote, Emma Greenwell, Sally Phillips and many more!

It seems to have worked really well as a book, so I am quite excited to see it as a film. I have not yet read it but I do intend to get myself a copy before the movie release in 2016. I think it could be interesting to see such a well established story changed up and as I said above, the cast looks great!

What do you think? Are you scared for a beloved Austen story to be ruined or excited for all the new possibilities?

The Flash Season 2 Premiere

Why stop when I am on a run? So, let’s also talk about the Flash Season 2 Premiere. Like always, beware of Spoilers ahead!!

The Flash Season 2 Premiere takes place a couple months after the occurrence of the singularity. The public is celebrating the Flash, wanting to give him the key to the city, but Barry has retreated into himself. He’s turned into a lone wolf, because he blames himself for the past events. But the team won’t give up on him

Here’s the break-down:

  • The team is divided. Barry thinks he can take on the world by himself, but he couldn’t defeat the weekly villain by himself. He blames himself because he couldn’t stop the singularity and Firestorm had to step in. They had to separate in the eye of the storm and that lead to Ronnie dying “again” and only Dr. Stein getting saved. He’s a funny addition to the team and  has sort of assumed the role of Dr. Wells. Cisco even let him pick out a name – that has to mean something. But Garber has also signed up for DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, so while we will definitely get to see a lot of him in the future it’s not necessarily on the Flash.
  • Caitlin left STAR labs after the incident, but she wasn’t mad at Barry, she blamed herself instead. So, basically everyone felt guilty somehow. As Joe said in the end, everyone made their own decisions that day (also poor Eddie) and they therefore equally share the blame.
  • Wells is apparently not entirely evil because his last will is a video in which he admits to the murder of Nora Allen and exonerates Barry’s father. Yet, Henry decides to leave, which makes Barry very sad but gives him the chance to mature.
  • The real big event took place in the last seconds of the show though. Jay Garrick (played by Teddy Sears) appears and warns the gang about what’s to come. He was the Flash in his own universe and apparently will become something of a big brother to Barry since he has a lot more experience.

While I really do like the Flash, it wasn’t one of my most anticipated returns of the season. I think the first episode set up some interesting things for the rest of the Season, but we will have to see in which direction it will really go. What did you think of the first episode of Season 2 of the Flash?

Fall Review: Quantico and Blood & Oil

Today’s shows are both from ABC. While they do have to work on their CGI, they definitely know all about drama. Here’s what I’ve got for you!

Quantico

CastPriyanka Chopra, Aunjanue Ellis, Josh Hopkins, Jake McLaughlin, Yasmine Al Massri, Johanna Braddy, Tate Ellington, Graham Rogers, Anabelle Acosta, Mark Pellegrino, Brian J. Smith, …

An explosion in the middle of New York, the city is in chaos. Amidst it is young FBI agent Alex Parrish and it seems like she is going to get framed for the whole incident. Now she has to go back to her training at Quantico to find out who of the other cadets or staff could have done this.

The first episode definitely starts with a bang – both literally and figuratively. I can’t believe how many known faces are in this show, I was just like “Oh, I know you from somewhere and you and you …”. At first I thought that the constant switch between present day and the start of the academy was a bit too fast and random, but it worked better as the episode progressed. I like a lot of the characters with my current favourites being Simon, Nimah, Shelby and Ryan, but it’s a ton of information at once. Especially considering how many lies and secrets are uncovered in those first 45 minutes.

I was personally more invested in what’s going on at the Academy, because we still need to get to know everyone and can’t really judge who’s framing Alex from the get go. The whole explosion is just too far in the future and too many pieces are missing inbetween. However, the show knows how to deal with drama and is surprisingly funny at times. I definitely want to continue watching, even though I am still sad that Brian J. Smith‘s character was such a bust.

Blood & Oil

Cast: Chace Crawford, Don Johnson, Scott Michael Foster, Rebecca Rittenhouse, Amber Valletta, India de Beaufort, Adan Canto, Miranda Rae Mayo, Delroy Lindo, …

Billy and Cody gave up everything to make a better life for themselves during the modern-day oil boom in North Dakota. While they are resourceful and hard-working they have no idea what they are getting into, playing with high stakes and rich devils.

This is not my typical TV show. It’s very Dallas-y, which you could probably already guess, and while I appreciate some good soap drama, there is just not much mystery to it. First off, Blood & Oil does not seem realistic at all to me. There are already so many twists and turns, money owed and deeds to pay, they could have easily put those in 3-4 epsiodes. I cannot imagine how they’ll keep up with the pace.

I started watching the show because of the cast, really being excited to see Chace Crawford on TV again. Also, Scott Michael Foster is one of my favourites and he is reprising the role of a rich bad boy. Unfortunately, I think I have to be disappointed and he won’t have a golden heart deep down though. But I am not sure that will be enough to keep me as their viewer. While I do understand the motives of everyone, I don’t really feel sympathetic with a lot of the characters – it’s all happening too fast.

I’m going to stick around for a couple more episodes, hoping for a little slower pace and for the characters actually having to work for what’s coming to them.

So, what do you say? Are you in for the drama?