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25 February 2008 @ 10:52 pm
An Evening On The Set Of Angel  

An Evening On The Set Of Angel

Okay: this blog entry isn’t about Supernatural. Surprise! I’ve always enjoyed reading accounts written by others of watching shooting on films and TV shows, and I’ve sometimes mentioned the one and only night that I had the chance to spend several hours on the set of Angel back in November 2001. Enough people have expressed interest that I thought it was about time I wrote it up.



Current Music: "Live Fast, Die Never" - the soundtrack to "Angel"
dprincess66 on August 17th, 2009 04:16 am (UTC)
Thank you!
You have really done a fabulous job of encapsulating the essence of being on set - bravo! Even though I have been both on set and on location of Supernatural numerous times, I still feel the same way every time I visit - enthralled and in awe of how film and television production takes place. It never ceases to amaze me how much work goes into each moment (so much so that I do end up staying until 3 am when they wrap!), all of that information fascinates me. Although the hours are along and the work is tiring, you can tell just how much everyone there loves there work... after 4 seasons, Supernatural is definately one big happy family. I have also had the fortune of seeing the late Kim Manners direct on several occasions and he is the master - everyone spoke extremely highly of both his skills and character and I know how much he is missed, both on set and by all of the avid television viewers at home. These kinds of opportunities are gems that I know personally are some of my favourite memories, so thank you so much for posting this and sharing your experience - it is so great to hear from someone who shares my passion and enormous amount of respect for television production! :)
bardicvoice: Kim by <lj user=ldyghstwhisprer>bardicvoice on August 18th, 2009 01:50 am (UTC)
Re: Thank you!
Thank YOU! You have no idea (well, maybe you do ...*grin*) just how much I envy you the experience of having watched shooting on Supernatural, and most particularly, having watched Kim Manners direct. I wish with all my heart that I could have had that experience, because by all accounts, Kim was brilliant - quick, decisive, always knowing what he wanted to achieve and how to get it, economical in his shots and gifted in pulling emotion from his actors. I wish, I wish, that I could have watched him kicking it in the ass ...

I have incredible respect for the people who make my entertainment happen, especially when it is done as well as the folk on Supernatural do it. Getting the chance to observe that set would be a dream come true, and I would love to be able to write it up as I did with this evening on the set of Angel. I would give almost anything for that chance! (You can imagine how disappointed I was to hear that the set tours were canceled for the Vancouver convention; that was the piece I was most looking forward to, even knowing that the tours would have to be running only when the set wasn't live. Sigh.)

Thank you for sharing what you have of your experiences. I live for those kinds of moments!
borgmama1of5borgmama1of5 on October 9th, 2010 05:38 am (UTC)
What a once in a lifetime chance for a layperson! Thank you for sharing your detailed observations!
bardicvoice: Bardic on locationbardicvoice on October 9th, 2010 02:44 pm (UTC)
I will NEVER forget that night! I'm a junkie for this kind of experience: I set my brain on record and put my eyes on camera detail and just soaked it up. It's why I can't resist location-hunting whenever I visit Vancouver: the chance to watch how the magic gets made trumps any standard tourist venue! :)

I'm thinking when I retire (965 days!), I may try to land some PA work in the local VA/DC film industry, just for the chance to learn more. It wouldn't be the same as getting to watch and be a part of something I already passionately love (e.g., Angel or Supernatural), but just being able to educate my eyes and my brain for when I'm watching shows and films would be fascinating!
yhellokb on July 6th, 2013 03:45 am (UTC)
Thanks for the re-post. My husband was camera operator on that show and I'm sure he was there that day (night). I remember him talking about the times they used the babies. One reason they aged Conner up so fast! Fun to read your description of the visit - very accurate, right down to the lunch! It was a great group of people on that crew and everybody was always nice. Did you know Kim Manner's brother Kelly was a producer on ANGEL? Good people stick together.