Check out for the latest blog post! For those of you who are regular readers of the Heartland Blog, you will know that production films (and yes, Heartland still shoots the series on film) two episodes in 15 days, called a Block. For Heartland's 5th Season, Block 2 is on its 3rd day today. Click through to learn more about filming on set, the Rosies, recent and current auctions, Cavalia and much more
So... a little trivia for everyone! The ever-shifting place near a set where you find the work trucks, star trailers, generators, hair, makeup and wardrobe trucks and the place where everyone eats is called the circus in Canada. In the U.S. it is generally called Base Camp (sounds like the Army!), and this assembly of vehicles in the United Kingdom has by far the most poetic description - the Caravan (which I kinda like).
It certainly feels like a caravan on this 15 day block when Episodes 503 and 504 are being shot.
After 2 days at the Calgary studio (where the interior sets are located) production moved twice today - first to Maggie's Diner in High River and then to the Millarville Racetrack. Tomorrow they're at Caleb's trailer, the following day at the Dude Ranch, the day after that at the Heartland Ranch set and then the following day at a ranch where Heartland has never filmed before. So that is 6 moves in 6 days. Good thing the show has a very talented and experienced crew... an ambitious schedule like this might do another production in!
Speaking of other things that makes Heartland unique, I mentioned earlier that Heartland - via its great cinematographer Craig Wrobleski - still shoots on actual film, making the series one of the last major series in North America - and possibly the only one in Canada - to do so. But to maintain the great look that Malcolm Cross gave the series when he was the Director of Photography for the first 3 seasons, Craig has opted to continue shooting on actual film. I think you'll all agree that Heartland continues to look fabulous, and this upcoming season is going to show you parts of Alberta you never knew existed!
And as for Malcolm Cross, as much as a lot of people out west love Alberta, Malcolm's home is further east and, wanting to be closer to his family and friends, he can now be found working in Newfoundland, on another CBC drama hit series - The Republic of Doyle - where he is applying his craft on that returning series! You can't keep a good cinematographer down!!! (Or out of work!)
This means that Craig - being an Albertan - has been honoured at this Saturday's Alberta Film & Television Awards - the Rosies - by being nominated twice for best cinematographer in the Dramatic over 30 Minutes category, for an episode of Heartland and also for "A Heartland Christmas." Everyone is crossing their fingers that he wins for one of them.
Albertans working on Heartland are nominated a total of 15 times and I'll let you know who takes what hardware home in next week's post. Can Shaun repeat as Best Actor? Will Heartland again win the Best Series? It is up against the very good APTN series Blackstone, which keeps Nathaniel Arcand busy as one of the leads when he's not playing Scott Cardinal on Heartland.
Coincidentally, Nathanial is also up for the Best Actor Rosie. Maybe he and Shaun should just have a good old fashioned arm wrestle to determine the winner. Ha! I'd like to see that!
To see all of the Rosie Awards Heartland's Albertans are up for, check out this post from last month.
Anyway - Good luck, Team Heartland - I'll be rooting for you on Saturday, along with a lot of you fans, I'm sure!
Last week I mentioned that there was a set visit being auctioned off on bay to assist an Alberta charity called Healing Hooves. Well I am happy to report that over $5,000.00 was raised for this worthy cause, and the highest 2 bidders are going to have the time of their lives on set. Production promises they will make it an experience they will not forget!
Not a set visit, but still something else Heartlandesque that is still available for a much lesser amount - at the moment - are Chris Potter's (Tim Fleming) Gucci sunglasses. Chris Potter is one of many celebrities helping Canadians rebuild their lives after losing their vision - by donating his Gucci sunglasses. The charity receiving the proceeds is the CNIB, in an auction initiative they call "The CNIB Shades of Fun". If you are interested in bidding on the sunglasses and getting an autograph from Chris (That's him in the photo at the top of this blog) - as well as helping out a truly worthy charity - go to http://cgi.ebay.ca/CNIB-Shades-Fun-Celebrity-Sunglasses-Chris-Potter-/180669306805?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_2&hash=item2a10bad7b5 .
The copy on the site may suggest that it's open to bids from North America only, but the CNIB assures me that international fans of Chris Potter can also successfully bid on the glasses. Good luck!
Well, last night many cast and crew caught the premiere of Cavalia (www.cavalia.net) as it opened in Calgary under their huge white tent. Sitting front and centre in the audience were Amber Marshall (Amy), Graham Wardle (Ty), Chris Potter (Tim), Jessica Amlee (Mallory), Jessica Steen (Lisa), someone returning to Heartland who I'm not going to reveal (Ha!), and writers Heather Conkie, Leila Basen, David Preston and Mark Haroun. Also in attendance for the opening night were Executive Producer Tom Cox and Series Publicist Gordon Imlach, who went backstage with Amber after the performance and shot some video that I edited into the short piece below. It's a glimpse behind the scenes of a truly remarkable performing horse and human show that is playing for the next few weeks in Calgary. Have a look!
So that's all for this week. Have a great weekend, and if you're in Alberta, try doing a sun dance or something to help get rid of the spring downpours.
Blog Whisperer out!