The Christmas Club: Behind The Scenes | Guest Post By Barbara Hinske

The Christmas Club, my Christmas novella, was purchased by Crown
Media and made into a 2019 Hallmark Channel Christmas movie. I’ve
written about what a dream come true that was here.
As if having my story made into a Hallmark Christmas movie wasn’t
enough, my husband and I got to spend a week on location during
filming. That was an experience I’ll cherish for the rest of my life. In
addition to every single cast and crew member being extremely
professional, warm, welcoming, and downright kind, here are my “best
of” moments:



 The Hallmark culture that you see in front of the screen is what
goes on behind it; these folks are the real deal.
 If there is a world record for Fitbit steps in a day, it has to be held
by the assistant directors on a Hallmark shoot. These folks are in
perpetual motion.
 You hear about how efficient the circus was when it came to town
back in its heyday—the circus could have nothing on Hallmark set
dressers/makeup, wardrobe, and hair crew/evergreen
crew/sound/lighting/script—the list is endless. They all worked
together like an oiled machine.
 It’s hot out when they film these movies. The actors remove their
scarves and coats between takes, but if you’re a female star,
someone sticks a curling iron on your head! Yikes!!
 The cast and crew eat constantly. They break for a generous lunch,
but someone is always circulating with a wagon of sandwiches,
snacks, or water. They’re all in motion the entire time, so they burn
off the calories.
 Background noises in a city—sirens/helicopters/city
busses—frequently make themselves known and necessitate
retakes.
 Producers and directors notice something out of place from 1000
yards. Their attention to detail in uncanny.
 It is positively thrilling and quite emotional to hear actors say the
words that you’ve written.
 They asked my husband and I if we’d like to be in the background!
Look carefully at the people in the bakery. My “Alfred Hitchcock”
moment is when I’m seated at a table with Gertrude, eating
cheesecake (which was delicious). My husband is sitting on a
bench seat along the back wall.

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