That’s a wrap! Movie shoot heads for home – Galleries and slide show included |

That’s a wrap! Movie shoot heads for home – Galleries and slide show included

Can it take a group of 55 more than three weeks to make a Christmas Card?

Apparently, it can ” at least in case of the movie, “The Christmas Card.”

For the past 22 days, the crew of the movie, which will be televised next December on the Hallmark Channel, has been filming at various locations in and around Nevada City and Grass Valley.

And Thursday was the last day of shooting.

“This is the end of the movie,” said producer Randy Pope, about the scene that was being shot late Thursday afternoon on the Yuba River Bridge. “It is the finale, where the character of Cody (the hero) has given up on getting the girl. He’s just left them (the heroine’s family) a present, wrote them a card and he is heading back to Afghanistan (as a soldier). And Faith, the leading lady of the movie, has chased him down and has found him at this spot. This is a spot that her father had told him he needed to visit, so she knew he would be there.”

The scene was originally scheduled to be shot at the Alpha-Omega rest stop off Highway 20.

But the location was changed to the Yuba River Bridge off Highway 49 because of the snow.

The unpredictable weather, nevertheless, has helped the movie.

“It’s a Christmas movie, you want snow,” Pope said. “And when something has snow on it, it’s just so much more beautiful. There’s no doubt about that. Snow on the trees, snow on the ground, it’s just so much for the production value.

“It (the weather) slowed us down obviously, and we had to juggle the schedule. The biggest factor is continuity: we shoot part of a scene one day and the next day we shoot another part of the scene, and one day it’s snowing and the next day it is not. The hard part is to make it all look right.”

Rob Kreiter, who acted as a stand-in for various actors throughout the shooting, agreed.

“It was an arduous process trying to get around everything,” the 28-year-old Nevada City resident said. “Whether it be getting from one place to another or the damp and cold, there was some adversity there.”

But Pope is happy about the final outcome.

“It (the snow) has made the picture look 1,000-percent better,” he said. “Sometimes when things like that happen, you end up with a better situation than you started with. That happened here.”

Paul Matson, former mayor of Nevada City, was the location manager of the movie.

He assisted the producers in finding the right locales they were looking for.

“It was a lot of fun,” Matson said. “I really enjoyed seeing what was involved in making a film, quite impressed with how hard these people work from dawn to dusk and well beyond that on the job.”

Matson was excited about a possible special screening of the movie in December in Nevada City.

“Some of the cast and one of the producers are going to talk about the creation of the film (at the screening) and we will, if there are any proceeds, dedicate it to some worthy cause in Nevada City,” he said.

“The people of Grass Valley and Nevada City have made this the easiest shoot,” Pope said. “They’ve bent over backwards. Anything we needed ” no problem. Anything we wanted ” no problem. And hopefully we were just as good in accommodating their needs.”

To contact staff writer Soumitro Sen, e-mail or call 477-4229.

• The Nevada City United Methodist Church

• The Nevada City City Hall

• Old Barn Self Storage in Grass Valley

• Mackey Realty

• Citronee Bistro and Wine Bar

• Nevada City Classic Cafe

• The National Hotel

• The Reeder house in Grass Valley

• South Yuba River State Park

• Snow Mountain Camp

• Camp Augusta

• The Bridgeport Covered Bridge

• a few private residences

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