Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Fun Facts from Behind the Scenes

I am honestly floored at everyone's support for the Launch of my #SweatingForThis Campaign. (<--Click here to see my full video)

The whole thing was a bit of whirlwind, and I am still trying to process it all and put everything into words. This was not something I ever saw coming and I am so honoured to be asked to be a part of it all. So I wanted to be able to give you all a glimpse of what it was like behind the scenes. Due to the confidential nature of the shoot I wasn't allowed to take any pictures. But I do have some fun fact for you!

1. The timeline for this was extremely quick. They asked me to shoot the commercial about 10 days before we actually shot it. I was mid-Easter Chocolate Bonanza, and was slightly panicked about the minimal prep time.

2. Even though it looks like we shot this in the middle of winter. It was actually the last Friday in April. I was decked out in Spring Gear expecting typically Spring weather, but it ended up being -5 and snowing. (*gotta love Canada*)

3. In between shots I had to wrap myself up in 2 blankets and a winter coat.

4. We did different running shots for about 5 hours. I ended up running 11km in total.

5. There was a special camera rig that followed me while I ran. The last time they used it it was used to film Kathleen Wynne (*she is the Premier of Ontario for my American friends*).

6. Even after moving inside I could not stop shaking. I didn't warm up again after the shoot wrapped and I could have a shower...15 hours later.

7. This was the 15 hour day that preceded my disastrous 5 Peaks Trail Race. I think a combination of the cold and a long day meant my body was not up for racing the next morning haha.

8. To make it look like I am sweating they painted my face with glops of lip gloss and sprayed me with a mixture of water and vegetable oil. My eyelashes almost froze together a couple of times.

9. The commercial was shot at my house and in my neighbourhood. So this is where I really train and run.

10. Yes, that is the one and only Clark. He refused to leave the scene, and for whatever reason he decided he would sit there calmly and watch me tie my shoes. He is not normally quite so obedient.

11. The whole block received notices about the shoot in the mail. And sections of our street were blocked off during production. ("Hi new neighbours. I am just going to shoot a commercial over here!"). Talk about making an impression...

12. I got in trouble for trying to smile way too much throughout filming. I am not normally that serious. But by the end I was so cold I didn't really feel like smiling much anymore, so that kind of worked to my advantage.

13. My husband is referring to my voice over as my "Batman Voice" - again I am not normally that serious

14. I cried the night they called to tell me about the commercial. The last few years have been tough, and this year has been a complete 180. I don't really know how to handle all this nice stuff.

This was definitely a once in a lifetime experience.
Thank you for letting me share it with you.
Love Your Favourite Darwinian Fail,