THE CLOSER
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By Stacey K. Black
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This episode starts us off with a bunch of new challenges, including filming at LAX on a Saturday night (what???), recreating a crime scene in the murder room and a HUGE car crash in an idyllic neighborhood that the locations department found in Valencia. The amount of work that went into that was unreal. Picture cars, photo doubles, stunt doubles, actors running and jumping over cars, prop guns, triples on wardrobe, a helicopter, 12 hours of shooting on 2nd Unit AND ... eleven cameras! Hand-held, slo-mo, lipstick cams: the whole she-bang. There was so much going on at that one intersection, and none of it could have taken place without our crack transportation department, headed by coordinator Ric Belyeu and captain Jeff Bova.

From the first read of the script, when Ric sees "CAR CRASH," it starts. Meetings with the writers, director and producers to find out how it should look, where the cars will crash into each other and what kind of requirements the stunt coordinator has (safety first!). Then the logistics are handled by Jeff and his Teamsters. It's a massive undertaking, all to capture a stunt that will equal about, oh, one minute of film when edited and aired.

And that's just for that one stunt, that one afternoon, that one episode. Transpo also has the responsibility of moving all of our work trailers and trucks filled with equipment and shuttling us from crew parking to base camp to set and back again. And again. And again. All while ensuring that we, and our work materials, arrive on locations safely.

And they accomplish this all this with a smile, a little chivalry, and a colorful Hawaiian shirt.

Stacey has been burnin' hair on Hollywood TV and Film sets since 1996. Her credits include "The Stepfather," "Nip/Tuck," "EZ Streets," "Running With Scissors," "Providence," and of course, TNT's "The Closer," where she is enjoying Season 5 as the Department Head Hair Stylist. She also enjoys making music and movies. And pizza.



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