Tonight, there will be an "incident" at a street fair, and we touch down the copter on the now trashed "Embarcadero" (the eastern waterfront roadway of the San Francisco Port). In fact, it looked SO TRASHED, that when a couple of local joggers saw the set they asked if everyone was okay.
It didn't just LOOK real, it FELT real, maybe that's because the action you'll see tonight WAS real.
Between the wind, dirt and blood, we felt like we were in a war zone. And, not to give anything away, but YES that is a real car tonight.
The thing about shooting Trauma is that sometimes the actors can't hear each other (especially when the copter is on), and we actually have to use hand signals to communicate. And, we have an amazing makeup department that can make you believe the injured patient in front of you is bleeding profusely. It all makes for very real interaction.
You'll even see a scene where Rabbit puts something (I won't say what) up his nose. In the original scene, I was just supposed to WATCH him. But, when the cameras were rolling, I thought, "If HE'S going to stick that thing up his nose, then I'M going to do it too." Hopefully, THAT'S the take you'll see tonight. I didn't practice before we started rolling so I'm doing it for the first time ON CAMERA.
We then went from shooting in chaos to shooting in paradise.Shooting in Marin County
Nicasio, 45 minutes outside of San Francisco, is like landing in a postcard. We were surrounded by forest, horses and fresh mountain air in Northern California wine country. It's days like this that I'm thankful we're shooting on location.