A few weeks ago, Matt Code, the Associate Producer on The Best Laid Plans CBC Television series being produced by PDM Entertainment, contacted me and invited me to Ottawa to shoot a cameo appearance in a particular scene. I was nervous about it but decided it was one of those once in a lifetime/show off in front of your grandchildren experiences that I should not miss, butterflies or not. So up I went to play the role of a newly-elected MP. The scene was a reception in the Caucus Room. Peter Moss, the Director, conveyed his instructions to the group of us, and then we shot it… many, many times, from many, many different angles. It was quite a fascinating experience. Mercifully, I had no lines, but did have to shake hands with the Bradley Stanton character and then applaud enthusiastically when our fearless leader (played by Mark McKinney) arrived to address his caucus.
It was fun to be a part of it all and to spend more time with the wonderful actors who are bringing The Best Laid Plans to life for the small screen. Fear not, I won’t be packing up and moving to Hollywood any time soon. It was fun, but I think I’ll stick to my job in front my laptop. My sincere thanks to the whole PDM team for putting up with me in Ottawa. The big question now is will any of my appearance escape the cutting room floor. The jury is still out on that. The shoot is now over so it’s editing time. Episode one of the show is set to air Sunday evening, January 5, 2014.
In the photo below, we’re all getting a pep talk from the unseen Director, Peter Moss, just before shooting the scene. The great wardrobe team provided and installed the lapel pin I’m wearing to indicate that I’m an MP (…much easier than having to get elected.)