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Christian Kane Music Video - Portland
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Christian Kane’s music video of House Rules

I arrived earlier than the extras call of 11 o’clock. I took a cab because the roads were blocked all around us because of the Rose Festival parade. While we were outside, we had a great view of the parade as it turned the corner around the Dante’s parking lot. I crossed the street after being dropped off and I saw Rachel Olschan walking at a distance. I waved and she spotted me, my pass past the security tape. She introduced me around and finally to Patsy, “Larry is here to help”.

I helped set up chairs, and miscellaneous chores before they found something specific for me to do. I was put in charge of getting the drink props ready for all the extras that were soon to arrive. We had empty bottles, glasses from the bar and cut lemon and lime slices. I’m now a bartender. We used plain water in the bottles (they were dark brown) and sparking water in the drinks, topped with a garnish. I got to work with Byron filling the bottles, we used a hose near by. Byron seemed to be their go to guy when ever they needed something. I could see why they trusted him to get things done.

A quick note: I will use Twitter names here whenever I mention someone (If they have one), since that’s the way we all know each other.

Rikkisixx arrived soon after I did and she was assigned to the prop bar too. The early morning fog was beginning to burn away and WE became the object of burning. There have only been 4 days in the history of the parade where it didn’t rain and today was one. Someone came by and gave us badges, ALL access badges no less. Now that the props were ready, I was assigned to guard the Actor’s food table. How did they know I was on a diet? They set up two tables, one on each side of a truck. The extras had chip and dip as well as iced water and drinks. The “actors” had fruit, sandwiches and cold drinks too. Let’s just say that the actors had better food, but nothing extravagant.

The extras started arriving and they were directed to the check-in lines. They were split up alphabetically and this part seemed routine. They were then directed to the chairs that we earlier set up. The covered awnings that were probably set up to stop the rain were used to stop the sun. Now we wait. I got to see a number of friends as they arrived. I couldn’t get too far away from the food tables, so I had to wait for them to find me. The first two I spotted were Colewagoner and Yusaku777. I don’t want to go any further trying to name everyone I saw, one because I’m over fifty and the memory is the first thing to go and two because I don’t want to leave any one out. Look on Twitter and search for hash tag #CKvid. You will see the pics posted and those that were there. Like I said we waited. The “Stars” started showing up. We saw Tim, Aldis, Christian and Steve, or at least I did from my vantage point. They all said “Hi Larry” as they walked by, but I could tell they were there for work.

I went inside before the filming started and got to see some of the planning. The overall Video was planned, but they were working out the details inside the bar. I managed to get to the back where they were watching this on a monitor. I’m probably not going to be in the video, since I made the choice to watch the behind the scenes stuff. Hiding in the back so that we were not visible to the camera when it paned around CK, were Rachel myself and others. We had some “Guest” appearances from Gerald Downey, Beth Riesgraf (who was walking around taking pictures the whole time) and right after take 2 as Tim was watching the take right in front of me, Jonathan Frakes brushes past me to look at the monitor. Frakes commented that this was awesome and then started kidding Tim a little. Aldis Hodge was walking around and in some of the shots giving CK a high five whenever they passed by each other. Gina was the only one from Leverage not here. She must have been dealing with the baby. We missed you Gina!

I want to point out that the technical team was on loan from Leverage (paid loan I assume) and they knew their business well. I could now wonder around more, but still stayed in back. I got to briefly talk to everyone, but the filming schedule had to stay on track. At one point I was standing next to CK when Beth called him over to take his picture, “This spot has good lighting”. After she takes a number of shots, she looks up at me and says “Larry, you’re next”. I walked over to the same spot and she took a number of pictures of me too!

I’m finding this getting a bit long, so to wrap up. After all filming was done, they thanked everyone. CK was extremely grateful to all his fans for showing up and helping with this video. They asked all the extras to exit out the various doors and cleanup began. I helped for a while, putting up chairs, collecting the props and some general trash cleanup. I went around and said my “Thank You’s” and Good Byes. I walked back to the Hotel, it was still a nice day.

There was a concert that night at Dantes for some additional filming and then finally fun. There was a great time had by all and we are waiting for the release of the final video, which they said would be a couple months. I have tried to be as brief as I could be and still cover the details of the fun we had, and of course the hard work. The fans endured the heat (one passed out), the crew simply had another work day and they work long hours.

Edited to remove spoilers :)


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