The third “Mandie” movie follows our favorite blonde-haired and blue-eyed adventurer as she begins her first year of attendance at Misses Heathwood’s School for Girls. The challenges of bringing to life a boarding school from 1900 are many, not the least of which is finding a suitable bedroom for Mandie and her dear friend Polly Cornwallis.
While the majority of the boarding school scenes will be filmed in pre-existing (and historically accurate) locations, the set for Mandie’s and Polly’s bedroom is being constructed specifically for the movie. Here are the first photos depicting the process of transforming a backyard shed into an antebellum style bedroom!
The 19’x19’ shed is full of stuff…
Step One: Empty the shed and tear out the ceiling (okay, that’s two steps in one). There is a lot of useful space above that ceiling for mounting lights and running cables. Access to that space will make life a lot easier during filming!
See? Lots of useful space up there!
Unfortunately, years of neglect by previous owners left the floor of the building rotten in several places. Rather than have Mandie and Polly fall through the floor and meet certain perilous doom, we had to add “new floor” into the budget and replace the offending portions before continuing further.
The old floor was torn out…
Now it’s looking better:
…and a lovely new floor is installed! Next up: build a false wall so that a proper bedroom door can be mounted to match the main set that will serve to represent the boarding school. Here you see the door in place and the wall beginning to be installed on either side:
The false wall is almost complete:
Once the walls and door are completely installed and the floor properly stained it is time to decorate! All four walls must be completely wallpapered before the lamps can be mounted, moulding attached, and furniture brought in.
Future blog updates will show the completion of this portion of the set for “Mandie and the Forgotten Christmas.” Stay tuned!
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