Hey everyone! Welcome to Blogmas in July Day 2! The theme today: Personal/Throwback. Here's a behind the scenes look at my trip to the set of One Tree Hill in 2011.
2 quick things before I begin
#1. I HAVE A NEW WEBSITE!!! This is probably the most exciting thing to happen to this blog ever and I'm so excited to be self-hosted and be able to customize it. It may take a while to get it exactly where I want it, but just switching from wordpress.com to wordpress.org (which wasn't easy) was the biggest step!
#2. This article is longer than most of mine, just letting you know in advance. Enjoy!
Forever & Always: Behind the scenes on the set of One Tree Hill
So I was talking to a new friend on twitter about our obsession with the tv show One Tree Hill and I realised that people ask me about this all the time, but I've never written a blog post about it.
Quick rundown about how I got to this point.
One Tree Hill started in 2003, when I was in 6th grade. I remember hearing about it from classmates, but I was too young too watch it. I discovered the website thewb.com (RIP) in my Junior Year, where they would put entire seasons of shows for a month and then move onto the next season. Fortunately for me, One Tree Hill was playing season 1 and I decided to try it out. 2 months and 5 1/2 seasons later, I was hooked. I caught up in Season 6 in the 1940's throwback episode.
That June, my cousin invited me to a Kate Voegele concert. It was my first time being in the presence of a OTH cast member.
I continued to watch into college and one day ran into my friend Kathryn, who was also a fan. We started talking and by some strange luck, decided to go to Wilmington during our Fall Break 2011 to visit during the final season of shooting.
I was beyond excited to visit a place that I loved so much in my mind. During the trip, I decided to make a documentary, which we were supposed to make for my film class anyway, so I'll link that at the bottom. It's a little rough, I'll admit.
Day 1-October 5, 2011
When we got off the airplane, we drove to what I think is a nursing home of some sort. Shantel Van Santen (who's from MN, plays Quinn), Robert Buckley (who plays Clay) and Pierce Gagnon (who plays Logan, which we didn't know at the time, as the season hadn't aired yet) were filming a scene and we got to take pictures with them.
Then we went over to another set in a neighbor. When we walked up, we spotted Stephen Colletti (Chase) and Michael May (Chuck) as well as the woman who played Chuck's mom. They were super nice to us and we got pictures with them
Day 2-October 6, 2011 We got to be extras! It wasn't as fun as I thought (you can't see me at all), but still a great experience.
Day 3-October 7, 2011-Rivercourt, homes, and other spots around town
Where this happens
Day 4-October 8, 2011-More sightseeing
Day 5-October 9, 2011-Last day
Here's some of the behind-the-scene footage I shot!
What a great experience! Looking back, those 5 days were some of the coolest experiences I've ever had. Wilmington has had so many films and TV shows filmed there, it's really a character itself. One of the most magical places, it made the show 100% more real to me.
Thanks for reading!