Movie Set of "Blue Love"
A number of members of iFilmGroup were part of filming for m & s Marshall Production's newest production "Blue Love" at the Elgin General Hospital in St. Thomas on Saturday May 12th. What was extra fitting about filming on this date was that the week on May 6th to 12th was National Nurses Week. This week is set aside to celebrate nurses and raise awareness of the important role nurses play in society.
Saturday May 12th is the end of the week and this day is declared National Nurses' Day. May 12th and is also Florence Nightingale’s Birthday. Florence Nightingale was a trailblazing figure in nursing who greatly affected 19th- and 20th-century policies around proper care. Her writings sparked worldwide health care reform, and in 1860 she established St. Thomas' Hospital and the Nightingale Training School for Nurses.
The connection of Nightingale’s birthday and the end of Nurses week and the fact that she established the St. Thomas Hospital in England. All played into the perfect setting for the m & s Marshall crew to be in the Elgin General Hospital in St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada to film for "Blue Love" scenes that took place in a hospital and involved nurses on the day set aside for them.
It was even special that the cast had nurses, PSW's, nurse students and other related fields being part of the people playing the roles of nurses in the film. “It was an amazing day with some amazingly talented people who helped create some truly awesome shots that will look "out of this world" when they are edited.” says Blue Love director and iFilmGroup co-founder Matthew Marshall.
Marshall is also the co-owner of m & s Marshall Productions and he really loved that they got to do those scenes on the day that is set aside for recognizing nurses. “Those kind of things are special to me. I have a lot of respect for the jobs nurses do. I know a lot of family and friends who are either retired nurses or currently nurses. They are a special and important part of society”, Marshall goes on to say. Marshall and Don Hickey (who is the other co-founder of iFilmGroup) can relate to how special nurses are as they both can speak of personal experiences where nurses have taken care of them and or members of their families. “They do a special job and we at iFilmGroup are very grateful for the job they do”, says Hickey. "Blue Love" centers on the main character of Kaitlyn Butler. The role is played by iFilmGroup acting coach and actress Helena Rose. Her character plays a nurse in the film.
The scenes also included a Medical Clinic scene with a number of extras that featured a number of iFilmGroup youth and young adults. As well as some iFilmGroup members who are seniors. The extras in the clinic scene helped bring the scene to life. Although they were extras, a number of them were playing double roles in different scenes as extras playing kids with injuries or who were sick or there for various reasons. “It looked and felt like a real clinic with people waiting to see a doctor. All the extras were great”, says Marshall.
Over all he was very pleased with the day and the footage that was captured. More scenes will be filmed in the coming weeks to months as production continues with filming happening in and around London / St Thomas area. Within those scene a number of the iFilmGroup members were involved in this filming day as well as others will be involved in future scenes. “That’s part of what iFilmGroup does, which is nurture talent and bring the actors along in the process of the art of filming and we help them to develop into better performers and crew to further themselves in their acting endeavors”, says Hickey.