Geoffrey Prince writes for Bleeding Cool
This day began with a beautifully cool and clear sunny morning, and I arrived in Downtown Los Angeles about 10AM. The address was easy enough to find – it was one block behind yesterday’s interior only Flower Street shoot.
As I approached the plaza, I noticed a few traffic lanes being coned off and several large trucks being unloaded at break neck speed; awnings and umbrellas being put up, and a small police presence forming. A very good sign for an outdoor shoot.
As I walked through the growing chaos with the rest of the downtown morning crowd, I asked a man (who was soon to be my new best friend and protector) what was happening – (sometimes they’ll tell you, sometimes they want to hide the shooting information from the public for safety/crowd control reasons).
“Do you remember that TV show, Wonder Woman?
“Oh, yes. I think I remember that one. (OMG! OMG! OMG!)
“They’re doing a remake, and this is one of their locations”
“Really, now? Can I stay and watch if I don’t get in the way?
“Can I ask you lots of questions?
“Can I take photos like the tourist I am?
“Sure, or at least until they say “no photography”.
”Cool. Dude, you’re my new best friend!
Before long there were lights, cameras and plenty of action in the plaza. Herds of extras dressed in business attire were shuffled from here to there, and at 10:29 AM – a beautiful, shiny black Rolls Royce pulled up.
I was originally told “Wonder Woman’s ‘alias’ is going to leave the building” but after a while, and a few more questions, it became clear it was going to be a “Veronica Cale” kinda day.
Veronica Cale leaves her (?) office and is besieged by reporters and camera crews before she coolly gets into her chauffer driven Rolls Royce and drives away.
The scene, which when filmed lasted no more than 40 seconds, was rehearsed several times with the extras and an Elizabeth Hurley stand-in.
10:40 AM – “Action!” is called – and then almost immediately – “STOP!” The assistant director noticed that there seemed to be one too many extras dressed as news reporters. Security (and police) were called and after a few minutes it was discovered that one of the extras was a REAL photographer with a REAL camera! (these guys have BALLS OF STEEL!) I was shocked – and he was promptly removed from the set. And there began the “no cameras on set” policy for the rest of the shoot.
11:02 AM – I am politely told to leave – but my guy stepped in with a firm “its okay – he’s with me” (NICE!!!)
11:42 AM – Elizabeth Hurley arrives under an sun shade held by an assistant. She looks stunning in a very form-fit green dress. Her face is BEAT! (uh, that is fashion speak for “her makeup was done admirably well”.)
With Ms. Hurley – the scene was filmed countless times, and from every conceivable angle. I don’t think Elizabeth Hurley was overly thrilled as it was high noon when her scene took place – but that seemed to add to Veronica’s disdain for the reporters she had to deal with. I was not able to (clearly) hear any dialog – sorry.
There were DOZENS of photographers with telephoto lenses across the street, so watch for shots of Elizabeth Hurley in a green dress coming soon to grocery store checkout stand rags everywhere.
Things that make you go “Hmm …”
Earlier in the day – while the crew was setting up, I noticed two cameramen in a rather animated discussion. (They were both clinging to standing cameras, so I assume they were cameramen). All of a sudden, one of them broke into a spin and then continued the conversation like nothing happened. Was this a spasm of some kind? Or perhaps a discussion of a scene to come? You decide.