By Lisa Pryce
Join Lisa Pryce, first-year Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU) media production student and co-host of TVOKids show, Green Squad, on her last day filming on set.
Pryce took The Eyeopener along on a busy production day back in January as she wrapped up eight months of production, explored downtown Montreal and said a bittersweet goodbye to all of her castmates.
6:00 a.m — Wake up and get ready for set
Our call times were usually around 7 a.m.––bright and early, I know. I woke up an hour before our call time and got ready to go to set by showering, putting on my outfit, grabbing a quick bite to eat and doing some light makeup. Then the production assistant came to pick me and the cast up and drove us to set. I always liked to grab a coffee before I film to ensure that I am alive, awake, alert and most importantly, enthusiastic! My favourite spot in downtown Montreal is Columbus Café where I got an iced oat latte and the softest chocolate chip and macadamia nut cookies.
7:30 a.m. — Arrive on set
I arrived on set, said hello to the entire cast and crew, reviewed what we were going to be filming for the day and then jumped right into filming the episodes. For our final day shooting in the studio, we reviewed all the old episodes we shot throughout the season. It was awesome to look back at all the fun we had together!
11:15 a.m. — Wardrobe change
Since we shot all of the content for 13 different episodes in one day, we needed to do a bunch of wardrobe changes. We got all of our outfits from home approved ahead of time by production. Then we went right back to shooting!
12 p.m. — Lunch
The cast and crew always had a yummy lunch break together. This particular lunch break was extra special because it was my castmate’s birthday, so lunch was paired with dessert—a delicious birthday cake! On the Green Squad set, we took our lunch break very seriously. This is when we did a lot of important work like playing Mario Kart on our phones.
1 p.m. — Film the theme song
After lunch, the cast of Green Squad and I headed to the green screen studio––see what I did there––to film our individual promo shots and the theme song ahead of the show’s premiere.
6 p.m. — That’s a wrap!
After we filmed in the green screen studio and shot some more episode content, we officially wrapped for season one of Green Squad. We had a cast dinner planned for later that night to officially say our goodbyes to everyone on the cast and crew.
6:30 p.m. — Quick exploration and shopping
My castmate, the birthday girl, was known as the Green Squad’s fashionista. As the only two girls on the show, we had a tradition where we’d explore downtown Montreal every time we filmed there together. We usually got up to some fun things like shopping––she is the fashionista after all––drinking lattes, watching movies and more.
8 p.m. — Cast dinner
Since we were always shooting in different locations, we didn’t have any signature spots to eat, but that just means we got to try new places all the time and have funny arguments as we tried to pick where to go. We could never agree on one place. I absolutely love cast dinners because although our jobs are super fun, it’s nice to spend time together outside of work and wind down.
10 p.m. — Bedtime and wind down
After dinner, it was time to go back to the hotel for a good night’s rest. Normally after a day on set, I read the synopsis and lines to prepare for the next day on set, but since we wrapped filming there were no more lines to be read. It was so odd to have nothing to do with myself since I had spent the last eight months busy filming. I reminisced about all of the fun memories we made with the kids while filming the show before heading to bed. I was so excited to see how our special moments unfold on screen this season.
7:00 a.m. — Train ride home
The next day it was time for me to take the ViaRail back home. Another one of my castmates also lives near Toronto and production booked our train tickets together so we could sit next to each other on the ride back. He fell asleep, but I had homework to do. I find that the train is a great place to catch up on work. While I’m filming I like to be focused on the task at hand rather than switching back and forth between schoolwork and production.
Thanks for following along with 24 hours in my life! I hope you enjoyed it!