Tonight's episode kicks off with the "eyeball scene." (You'll see why we called it that tonight. Let's just say it's nasty). In this scene, Marisa is out for a jog when she hears two cars collide. This is what paramedics call an MVA or (Motor Vehicle Accident).
Trauma is a very physical show...
I'm glad I was keeping up with my cardio because THE NIGHT BEFORE shooting, I got a new scene. It said, "Marisa sprints down the Embarcadero... running like someone who is used to pushing themselves."
I immediately started stretching.
In typical Jeffery Reiner (our director) fashion, he wanted me to SPRINT. So, the next day on set, I ran as fast as I could. I was secretly hoping Reiner would say, "Aimee, you ran SO FAST that you were a BLUR on camera. Could you slow it down a bit?" But, instead, Reiner attached the camera to a CART so the camera could keep up.
I probably would have run fast anyway, but since people were watching and we were shooting on the actual Embarcadero, I ran like my life depended on it.
So, don't be surprised if by the time I get to this part of the scene, I'm breaking out in a sweat.
When a helicopter is called to a trauma scene it means that the patient is critical and must get from point A to point B FAST. But, when a San Francisco Fire Department TACTICAL helicopter lands on the scene, that means weapons are involved and things are REALLY bad.
Now, if you're wondering what kind of helicopter this is, it's a Eurocopter 350 B2. It carries six passengers (including pilot) and its performance is SPECTACULAR. Depending on the configuration, it can climb as fast as 1500 ft per minute... pretty cool if you ask me.
We just RENTED the Astar for tonight's episode, but production actually BOUGHT Marisa's 212 Utility Bell since Rabbit and I usually arrive to the Trauma scene by helicopter. I don't sit in a chair that is turned into a helicopter by special effects, I'm INSIDE an ACTUAL, physical helicopter. It never gets old seeing my helicopter land in different parts of the city, especially this episode, where it gets to land in the middle of a basketball court.
Well, enjoy tonight's episode and let me know if you guys have any questions.