This week, I went up to San Francisco to visit the set of my first movie. And by my first movie I mean, the first that I've written. I've made a number of movies and been on a number of sets, but this time being on set was different. It was different, because I was getting a glimpse of my words coming to life for a special story. Even my friend and co-writer who rarely cares to go to set, wanted to fly up for this movie. There are no teasers or spoilers in this post, but I wanted to share this special experience with you.
Most of the movie was shot in Vancouver, but we shot two days in SF, because that's where the story is set. It was great to be able to do that, because often in movies you can tell when it's not shot where it's set (or maybe I've shot so many that I can tell haha). I'm sure if you know the city well, there will be parts of the movie that are clearly not SF, but Vancouver is used to portray San Francisco a lot! Even Always Be My Maybe was set in San Francisco but shot in Vancouver.
I'm so grateful I got to go up for not only my first movie, but this movie in particular. And I'm even more grateful for how much care the producers, director, and actors put into bringing this story to life. It really means a lot to feel your words being valued. And it was funny, because a couple times I heard the leads practicing their lines but thought they were just chatting. So I thought to myself, that sounds just like what we wrote in the script, only to realize that that's because it is what we wrote!
As a producer, I was also really happy to hear how much fun everyone had on this set. A positive set environment is really important. And I always just wanted this to be a fun and meaningful story and experience for everyone. After all, it's a Christmas movie :D I can't wait to see it all come together on screen!
I have no idea what the final title will be, but don't worry, I will keep you all posted, because you do not want to miss this very special Christmas!
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