Holiday (Home Again)

The tractor trailers, rental trucks, equipment vans and power generators jammed into the parking lot down the street gave it away.

Somebody was shooting a movie.

So the only two questions I had were: where, and how do I get on-set? After the kids went to bed, a short walk downtown revealed film crews setting up in Brampton’s downtown Gage Park.

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The American TV movie being filmed is called “Holidaze” (working title Home Again) and stars American actress Jennifer Garth and Cameron Mathison, a Canadian born in Sarnia, Ontario. Director Jerry Ciccoritti, also a Canadian, was shooting scenes in a nearby church when I arrived.

I had a short conversation with one of the assistant directors and, despite denying access onto the church set, he agreed to allow me to shoot some stills in the park.

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The park was alive: snow was being groomed along the edge of the ice rink; photographers moving camera trolleys; lighting equipment being set up; and about 100 extras on ice skates waiting just down the ice.

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And after a couple hours of set-up, the cameras began to roll.

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And, as always there’s the on-screen kiss.

It was quite an experience. But when it began raining around 2:45 a.m., I figured it was time to head home, again.