Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Trolling Vancouver for Witches

A few months ago my radio group was approached about a contest promoting The CW's 'Vampire Diaries' and their NEW show 'The Secret Circle'. This contest would place DJs from cities across the US against one another for a trip to Vancouver Canada to visit with the cast on the set of The Secret Circle. The contest consists of photos of our DJ in their best Vampire attire, and a short audio clip of their best Vamp-voice (script included of course).

Bree is the mid-day girl on Mix 107.9 and was a perfect choice. (When it comes to The CW's Thursday night line-up Bree is a bit of a "fan girl") I arranged for a make up artist and photographer to meet at an 'undisclosed location' (IE: a friends living room) and here is what we submitted.

The country voted for their DJs and Salt Lake City won by a landslide (apparently). I attribute the bombardment of votes to our history of Twilight fans. (Stephanie Meyer having gone to school in Utah, fans here feel “connected” to her) but I digress.

Months had passed before the station was told the results of the contest. Then one random Wednesday afternoon Bree received an email inviting her and a guest to the studio in Canada to visit the set and film some segments promoting the show. Bree asked me to be her partner in Canadian crime and we found ourselves on a plane the following Tuesday.

Despite the rain we were happy to find Vancouver warmer than when we left Utah. Our taxi driver had a lot to say about the hotel we were booked at. “Anyone who is anyone stays at the Sutton Place Hotel”. I guess John Travolta was in town recently and had made quite an impression.

That evening we roamed the streets of Vancouver dinning, shopping, etc.

Bree's new fortress of Solitude.

The next morning we met with our publicity rep from the CW and were driven to the lot where the show is filmed. We learned these are the same stages where Smallville was filmed years earlier (Stages 7 & 1). We were whisked away to Stage 7 to meet our film crew who would be following our every move. Along the way we passed stages 2-6 where Fox's new series ‘Alcatraz’ was filming. After some quick direction we were let loose on Stage 7 to poke and prod each scene. The stage we were in houses each character’s bedroom and the first floor of Jane’s house (the main character’s mother).

We inspected each room in the house. I even left my business card on the desk in their office (a little Easter Egg for me).

After a few hours roaming we found our way to Stage 1 where they were filming that day. If you watch the show, Stage 1 houses the Abandon House, Garage, and High School Hallways. The stage was buzzing with activity. To set up today’s filming we learned Shelley Hennig’s character Diana has arranged a school dance/casino night to raise money to fix the school’s gym that Faye had damaged in a fire she created. We watched as the school hallways were flooded with students and teachers alike enjoying their “mocktails” and gambling the night away. Diana’s character interacts with a new student (who may be a new love interest)

Of course we were not allowed to take any photos inside while they were filming, sorry.

Shelley Hannig (Diana Meade)

Chris Zylka (Jake Armstrong)

Jessica Parker Kennedy (Melissa Glaser)

Grey Damon (Lee LaBeue)

We broke for lunch and hung out with the cast. We interviewed Shelley Hennig for the radio station, schmoozed, snapped a few pics, and filmed some closing segments for this promo thing that will play on the CW later. We said our goodbyes and were whisked back to our hotel for drinks and dinner. The next morning we flew back to Utah and found ourselves back at work within hours like nothing happened at all. Oh the cleverness of me!