The Day I Visited The Set of Heartland on CBC - Part 2

IMG_20141112_140357 Woohoo! Heartland episode 16 aired sunday night, and I'm now sitting down to watch it on CBC's website. Yes, I live in the dark ages and don't have cable or satellite.

If you missed my post last week, here's a re-cap: On October 12, 2014 I was invited by the wonderful, Winnipeg-based director, Norma Bailey, to visit the set of CBC's Heartland while she directed episodes 15 and 16. This was an exciting and amazing experience. Now that these episodes are airing, I'm sharing my experience from both sides of the television screen.

If you haven't yet watched Season 8 episode 16.... STOP READING. Spoilers ahead.

Watching this episode is filling me with dread. After episode 15, seeing Lou and Peter struggle has my stomach in knots. I keep putting myself in Lou's shoes and feeling the pressure to protect her children, the failure, and the sorrow of losing a huge part of herself.

These last couple of episodes, Michelle Morgan (Lou) has been the star, and she hit everything SPOT ON.

Alisha Newton portrayed the sorrow and confusion that Georgie felt so, so, so very well. For someone so young, she really understood the emotions going on. Alisha never ceases to amaze me, as both an actress, and as the young woman I met behind the scenes.

The scene at about 40 minutes in when she's doing her audition... when I realized she was going to go all out... had my heart thundering. There is something about watching these amazing instances of partnership between horse and human that brings tears to my eyes, and I don't cry easily LOL.

My day on set started with walking in during the filming of a scene in the kitchen between Peter and Lou.

Because I was staring around in awe and shock, I didn't really notice what was happening in that scene. When they finished the scene, Gabriel Hogan (Peter) walked over to his chair. Our wonderful tour guide, the series' publicist, walked right on over to chat with him, and introduced us (myself and my sister). What really struck me in this moment was when the publicist asked Gabriel how it was going today. Gabriel's response was that it was a tough day of shooting, that the scenes were heavier than he liked to play. You could tell that the subject matter really weighed on him.

When I was later brought in to the loop about the divorce, I gained a whole new appreciation for Gabriel's words. It really struck me that, in an industry that is often beaten up for not taking marriage seriously, that he really did take this hard.

Oh, and can I just say that I'm LOVING the dynamic between Casey (Victoria Pratt) and Tim (Chris Potter). I've always been a big fan of Victoria Pratt and Chris Potter in their various other projects, so when she came on the show, and became pretty regular, I was stoked. And so far, I've not been disappointed.

Thank you so much to everyone at Heartland for being so welcoming and giving myself and my sister such a wonderful experience on set.

If you missed the other two posts on Heartland, you can read the behind-the-scenes of episode 15 HERE and the post about Lou's office set HERE. And more will be coming, so to make sure you keep up with it be sure to follow the blog, or my Facebook page :)

And, of course, you can always follow my adventures through my newsletter, where this entire Heartland blog series will be shared: http://eepurl.com/UKdW9

Thanks for reading,

Christine Steendam

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