I worked on the feature film The Insignificance of Harvey (IMDB) (official site) from the end of March until mid-April, and I have to say – it’s amazing what everyone accomplished in such a short period of time! For me, it was a great experience and I’m looking forward to some potential gallery work in the near future.
Harvey was written and directed by Jeff Kopas and stars Jordan Prentice (In Bruges, Wierdsville) as Harvey, Kristin Adams (Who is KK Downey?, Where the Truth Lies) as Dakota, and Steven McCarthy (Eating Buccaneers, Dead Mary) as Lucas.
Not to forget our canine star, Inca:
Here she is being a goof with director Jeff Kopas in the background.
Everyone – cast and crew – was a lot of fun to work with. Here is a brief recap from my 13 days on set.
We spent the first day at a really neat old church in the middle of nowhere that is apparently only open for service once a year. It was a really great location, despite the fact that it was freezing cold and full of thousands of dead/dormant flies. This place was dubbed “Where Flies Go To Die”. It had a very neat cemetery out back. Of course, I snuck around and took some shots of it – I’ll post them separately.
On the second day, we spent the morning at a vet’s office and then all afternoon and evening at the beautiful Scott Mission Lodge.
Cast member Steven McCarthy brought his dog Ben, so Ben and Inca spent the afternoon sprinting around the forest and tiring each other out.
Production Designer Brian Garvey did a very good job of turning this empty room into an orphanage in just a few hours.
The “Overweight Nun” (complete with fat suit and face full of cotton balls), pictured here with Jeff, was played by Karen Skidmore. Karen is an amazing theatre actor who stayed in character from the moment she put on her costume to the moment she took it off.
We spent days 3 and 4 at the Toronto Ski Club, which were two very difficult days. Lots of extras, lots of stunts, and not enough snow or time!
Again, I have to give props to Brian Garvey for building a whole luge track (seen in the last 2 pictures above) in just one morning when there was barely any snow left on the ground.
Days 5-8 were spent mostly inside, which was a nice change! We were shooting in and around a ski chalet on top of Blue Mountain.
Climbing onto the roof to get a neat shot.
The chalet was actually where the cast and crew were staying. One of the days was a closed set, which means non-essential crew (i.e. the still photographer) isn’t allowed to be there.