In 2004 I was fortunate enough to stay in the real life Summer Bay for a month, in a beach house just down the road from the Surf Club. I arrived on Friday 13th August 2004, 45 minutes before the Olympic cliffhanger aired. Unfortunately for me it marked a 2-week break for 'Home and Away' both on screen and off screen. In the meantime I spent some of the 2 weeks visiting the locations for the 'On Location' section.
|9th - 13th Aug 2004||30th - 3rd Sept 2004||6th - 10th Sept 2004|
|Interior Scenes||768 (Eps 3836 - 3840)||769 (Eps 3841 - 3845)||770 (Eps 3846 - 3850)|
|Exterior Scenes||769 (Eps 3841 - 3845)||770 (Eps 3846 - 3850)||771 (Eps 3851 - 3855)|
Rehearsals for the coming week are also held in a building a few streets away from the Seven Studios in the neighbouring suburb of Eastwood.
Every single person on the production receives a weekly schedule
telling them not only what time they have to arrive, go into makeup
and be on set, but also a breakdown of every scene being filmed.
Here is an example of one for a few of the scenes to be filmed today:
Once their scene is over Tammin is off to the studio to join Kip, Christie is off home, and Isabel, Indi and Clarissa House (Beth) arrive to film a scene on the beach. By this time I am chatting away to this weeks Technical Director, Mick, at the Directors unit. This is basically a small cart jam packed with equipment.
On the left sits Mick and he monitors the visual quality on a
large High Definition monitor situated at the end of a long sun
guard. He controls the focus of the cameras via two small control
units in front of him.
Next to him sits the Sound Guy, obviously he is monitoring the quality of the sound that comes from large fishpole microphones (sometimes incorrectly labelled as booms) or wireless lapel mics that the actors wear hidden under their clothing. Today they're on the fishpole. Surrounding him are a number of Polaroid pictures from various scenes they have done in the past, including one of an impressive dolly track that the grip department had to construct in the bush.
Finally sitting underneath his coat watching another monitor is the director Mark and his assistant. He calls the shots and looks over the whole scene picking out things that would have to be changed i.e. the extras not walking when they're supposed to be. He is linked via walkie-talkie to the crew on the beach. Down there the 3rd Assistant Director (lovingly labelled as a 'ferret on speed' by my mate due to her having to rush around everywhere) is responsible for all the people on set making sure they are in the correct positions.
Isabel, Indiana and Clarissa finish their scene where Matty has
been complaining about the Kim situation and are finished for the
Meanwhile back at the studios Laurie has filmed her one interior scene in the Diner where she is seen for all of 3 seconds (this is the scene in episode #3843 where Josie comes downstairs after her meeting with Morag). Tammin and Kip are filming scenes with Maggie Kirkpatrick (Viv) in the City Hospital set.
Joel McIlroy (Flynn) arrives at Palm Beach from the studios along with Mark Furze (Dalby) who is filming his only scene for the day. He is quickly whisked into the makeup van, as he has to appear as though he's been beaten up. Flynn's VW camper van is also making a reappearance in this scene as he drives to the beach to find Dalby. Joel and Mark film the scene as the sun sets behind them over Pittwater and that marks the end of the day of filming at Palmie.
At the studio Tammin, Kip and Maggie film their final scene of the day at 7:30pm.
n the studios Sally and Flynn's house and the hospital set are out and the main corridors of Summer Bay High and Alf's apartment are in. All of the scenes involving Robbie, Tasha, Dalby, Wazza, the Police and the cannabis plot are filmed. Then in the early evening Laurie, Cornelia, Ray Meagher (Alf), Tammin and Kip film their scenes in Alf's apartment. For the final scene of the day at 7pm Lynne returns from Warrawee to join Cornelia in the apartment set. This short scene immediately follow Laurie's scene for #3843 that she filmed yesterday in the Diner.
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