Famous Behind-the-Scenes Movie Tidbits

One thing is for sure, a lot of work goes into making a movie, big or small. It’s no surprise that things go on during productions that viewers would never be aware of it it weren’t for crew and cast letting the public know. While browsing on Reddit I saw a list of some of the behind-the-scenes movie facts that users submitted and I have compiled a list of my favourites to share! Enjoy ūüôā

1- In Goodfellas, the spaghetti they’re eating was cooked by Scorsese’s mother. Submitted by HoboChique

2- While filming Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Bella, the Neapolitan mastiff that played Fang, got very protective of Daniel Radcliffe, and would jump in front of him whenever the animatronic spider for Aragog would come out to defend him, resulting in then having to refilm the scene multiple times. Submitted by addytude529

3- In The Shawshank Redemption, there’s a scene where a guy feeds a maggot to a crow.
The American Humane Association made them find a maggot that had died of natural causes to feed to the crow. They wouldn’t have given the “no animals were harmed in the making of this film” at the end if they hadn’t. Submitted by Noah-R

4- In Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers when Aragon, Gimli, and Legolas are approaching the pile of smoldering and dismembered corpses looking for Pipin and Mary, Vigo Mortensen kicks a helmeted Orc head and screams, thinking the hobbits are dead and gone.
It’s a really good scream and 100% authentic. When Mortensen kicked the head/helmet he broke two of his toes. He used the pain and stayed in character. They kept the scene for the movie.¬†Submitted by UCM Coyote

5- While looking for a tattered coat for the character playing The Wizard in the Wizard of Oz, a costume assistant bought one from a second hand store. When the actor put the coat on he turned the pocket inside out – written in the pocket was the name L.Frank Baum who is the author of The Wizard of Oz books. Baum’s widow later identified the coat as actually having belonged to her husband. Submitted by Naweezy

6- In Alien Resurrection, Sigourney Weaver really did make that no look, over the shoulder basketball shot. Ron Perlman almost blew the take because he was so surprised! Submitted by ry100

7- The movie “Wayne’s World” was filmed in less than a month, because the equipment was all borrowed from someone else.
Also, Dana Carvey actually didn’t know the lyrics to the Bohemian Rhapsody. He just mouthed along as the scene was shot. Submitted by Frye the Cat

8-¬†In Psycho, Janet Leigh’s infamous shower scene was filmed on the second take. The first, she did it and the water was average temperature. The second, the water was turned to freezing and it caught her off guard enough that her scream is real. Submitted by my_Favorite_post

Elvis is in the house!

I had the pleasure of attending Thane Dunn’s concert at Holy Heart Auditorium last week to shoot some promotional footage of his¬†act. For anyone that doesn’t know who Thane Dunn is, he is a professional Elvis impersonator from Moncton, New Brunswick. Thane has won multiple awards including the #1 title at the world’s largest international Elvis tribute competition in 2009 as well as the #1 spot at The Elvis Gospel Competition in 2012. If you have ever seen¬†Elvis impersonators before, I can assure you, this guy will put them all to shame. He looks, sounds and acts like Elvis.

After the show when we were interviewing some of the audience members, a lot of big Elvis fans raved about how you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between Thane and Elvis himself. They said it’s like going back in time. I was never old enough to see Elvis perform in person but I can believe it from watching videos of Elvis perform back in the 60s. I think Thane’s act would give momentum¬†to the “Elvis faked his death” conspiracy (outside of the fact that¬†Elvis would be 79 if he were alive today). Just take a look at these two photos. The photo on the¬†top is¬†Thane and the photo on the bottom is the original king in all his blinged out glory. See what I mean?

thane dunn as elvis in nlElvis Presley.

If you are an Elvis fan, keep an eye out for Thane’s next show in your area. He is coming back to St. John’s Jan. 8 & 9, and you can buy tickets here! Thane also has a Facebook Page that is updated¬†frequently as well as a website that lists his showtimes. Even if you aren’t a huge Elvis fan, the show is still great and most anyone can appreciate¬†a craft as well-honed as Thane’s.

Original photo of Elvis Presley provided by Keith Alverson. To order or view Elvis originals, visit Keith’s website¬†or email eponstage@charter.net

Tin Bird Productions very FIRST wedding video!

Well here it is the finished product! I had the opportunity to do Melissa and Blair Pelley’s wedding video and I had a great time doing so! We even got to visit some beautiful horses that work for the RCMP, although they were trying pretty hard to eat the bouquets haha

I’m really happy with the result, it’s not hard to do a good video when you’re working with a couple as in love as these two. ūüôā

It’s Business Time

Take a look at our fancy new business cards hot off the press!

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They are printed on a textured card stock from Quik Print and the font is Copperplate, for any font fiends that might be curious to know!

I designed the cards myself on Photoshop (with the help of a few YouTube tutorials) and I was really picky about the paper but I eventually made up my mind. Maybe I will get a photo of them to post here to show the final result? The whole process reminded me a little of the business card scene from American Psycho – anyone that has seen the movie, will know exactly what I am talking about. I had fun designing the card and I am looking forward to giving them out to potential future clients!

Also, this week I will be launching my Facebook page so check back later to see the brand new page!