The big wedding scene for "Blue Love"
The big wedding scene for "Blue Love" went off without a hitch. It ended up being a little smaller than originally planned by the production team but everyone in attendance enjoyed themselves and had a great time.
Eighty-four (84) people had confirmed to be extras and wedding guest for the filming of the scene in Port Stanley, but when July 14th came the final numbers of those in attendance were a little lower due to some illnesses going around. In the end 73 people attended the filming date and participated in the filming for "Blue Love". The casting team for the film received a number of sick calls in the last few days before filming. “We had a few with strep throat that is going around and a number of people that were missing were just under the weather for various reasons. It may have been a little smaller number but it did not affect the overall end product. Just tighten the shot up a little”, says Matthew Marshall.
Marshall is the film’s director and co-producer, as well he is the co-founder of iFilmGroup which is a support service to the event as it is in association with Marshall’s production company m & s Marshall Productions. iFilmGroup’s other co-founder; Don Hickey was in attendance for the start of the day and filming before he had to go to attend another business related meeting. Both were very pleased with the outcome. Marshall is especially pleased with the footage they got from the wedding scene as well as some other scenes that were filmed on the same day. “The day is very much declared a success” says Matthew Marshall.
The wedding scene is a flash back to the marriage of the lead Character "Kaitlyn Butler" to her love of her life Craig. The scene features Helena Rose who plays Kaitlyn, but is also the film's co-writer and co-producer. Craig is played by Ryan Mason. St John’s Presbyterian Church in Port Stanley even got into the spirit of the filming by changing their sign to read “Congratulations Kaitlyn and Craig”. St. John’s member and elder as well co-owner of m & s Marshall Productions Sharon Marshall had this to say. “The sign was a great way to create curiosity in the community and also was a way to tell extras that was the location” says Sharon Marshall.
Marshall had, had a casting call out for extras for a little over a month, and got a very large response from the call. “This would have to be my biggest response I have ever got for a call for extras” says Marshall. He had 174 people that showed original interest in being an extra. That was more than double what would have fit in the church. But through time and the process, the number slowly got smaller. Sitxy people who applied but did not message or respond back to messages that were sent to them. Another 30 were very interested and responded, but were unable to come on the date due to conflicts or prior commitments. Thus bringing the number down to the 84 which in the end, due to illness became the 73 that attended. “It was a great day and everyone had a good time” says Marshall. iFilmGroup is looking forward to more opportunities where they can open a call up of this size and get more people from the community to participate in filming. The team is not sure a scene of this size is at all in the works with the projects in development, but they would not rule it out at some point.