Shooting on the Wind at my Back backlot had many advantages but it required shooting from every possible angle to keep things interesting… including the studio roof.
When a site was required for Luc Gerrard (Carl Marotte) and Grace Bailey (Kathryn Greenwood) to have a private, romantic dinner in The Resurrection of May, the logical choice was the New Bedford Hotel Roof. This presented some problems however because the hotel facade didn’t actually have a roof.
To solve the problem, the scene was staged on a section of the studio roof that overlooked the opposite end of the street to where the hotel was actually located. This was a bit of a cheat but it worked quite well. To make the set, the carpenters built an artificial brick wall and the set dressers brought up a table and hung some coloured lights. A hydraulic scissor lift was used to get the crew and equipment safely up and down from the roof.
The hotel rooftop was a very simple, yet extremely effective set that created an excellent place to shoot and gave viewers a perspective on New Bedford that they had never seen before.
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