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TMI Set Day 1 Recap: Shadowhunters take Toronto by storm

Who would’ve thought that the first day of filming on THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES would have brought the frenzy that it did?

Fans went into Monday praying for a photo of anything from the set and left with tons of high-quality photos of the actors in character between takes and with their fangirl hearts pounding to the beat of a drum.

From set photos to fan accounts, catch up on everything that went down on the first day of filming:




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Allie W: “…The scene they were filming basically consisted of the four marching down the street, stopping for a bit of dialogue, then continuing to walk. This was when I realized how PERFECT Jemima was. It was a small thing- when they stopped, it looked like Clary was saying something, and Isabelle sort of stands there, her body language very much saying “Hurry it up, I don’t have time for this BS.” She’s got her weight on one leg, but not so much that she’s slouching, and she looks aggressive and ready to go but still bored of whatever Clary’s on about. It was AWESOME. They did that little scene at least a dozen time, and every time she had that stance down…” Read more

Humility C: “…Also, I managed to talk to a props guy and told me some interesting things! Like how he managed to get a see a scene of Lily/Clary drawing runes for apparently a cafe scene. The man did not know a lot about the novels but he said he was explaining how we’ll get to see (once it comes out in theatres) the runes come alive or something like that. Well from the runes and her drawings we know that her drawings become pretty life-like! The props man also told me that most of the filming will be inside. Based on the photo the executive producer posted I’m guessing that’s where! The man told me that the ceilings were beautiful because of the angelic paintings… which OBVIOUSLY means somewhere inside the Institute!…'” Read more

WindowOnTheWest: “…Once I arrived on set I was just in time for a scene they were shooting. I was watching from a house across the street of Clary’s. The scene they were shooting was Clary in Shadowhunter clothing walking down the road with Jace, Alec, and Isabelle walking behind her. This nerdy looking guy stops Clary and says “Wow Clary, you look… different.” Clary is clearly in a rush and she says “Sorry, I can’t talk now.” She and the Shadowhunters continue walking towards the house, turn right and walk up the stairs to the house and enter. In the meanwhile there’s a scene with the nerdy guy, where someone bumps into him. It’s supposed to be the Shadowhunters bumping into him because they’re clearly invisible. The guy continues walking, looking back wonder “wtf who bumped into me and what’s up with Clary?”…” Read more

Sandra: “…There is Robert Sheehan (who had an American accent, might I add), talking to an employee about his new role. I shook my friend’s arm, gasping: “Oh my God! That’s Robert! That’s him!” He was adorable. I overheard him say: “I’m playing Simon!” I’m guessing the lady asked him about Clary because he responded with something like: “Yeah, I follow her everywhere!” It was so funny! I’m guessing he was talking about them being best friends and how close they were. Shyly, I walked up to him and asked him for an autograph and picture. He was very happy and eager to do so! “She wants me to sign her City of Bones book!” He told someone. “It’s starting!” He said (something like that) about the whole movie phenomenon…” Read more

How excited are you guys to see what excitement Day 2 of filming brings?

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13 Comments on TMI Set Day 1 Recap: Shadowhunters take Toronto by storm

  1. I read at a article, that Jamie and Lily are GF and BF?! Is that true…?

    • Jace campbell lightwood (; // August 21, 2012 at 2:59 PM // Reply

      It was never confirmed i think but people assume they are since they were walking around in Toronto holding hands and leaning towards each other (not kissing just talking) so now alot of the tabloids are going around saying their boyfriend and girlfriend… But neither confirmed it (I think its just for publicity)

    • I doubt they’re really together. They’re probably playing it up for the cameras and to make the public think they are. He was literally engaged like a few weeks before him and Lily were seen holding hands. For his own sake, I hope they’re not together, as it makes him look like a bit of a jerk.

  2. Ohmygod, this is so cool, I’m getting so excited! But I’m a bit annoyed about Izzy and Alec, would have been better if their hair was black, and Jemima wore higher heels, since she is quite short, and Lily is taller than her, when Clary is meant to be WAAAAY shorter. Maybe they will do some special effects or something 🙂

    • I agree about the hair! What is it with movies and the piss-poor handling and/or sticking to the characters true hair colours?!

  3. TeamEdwardJace // August 21, 2012 at 5:20 PM // Reply

    i’m really excited! i’d love to go to the filming locations in Toronto and watch them and hopefully meet the cast!

    He’ll probably put one on for the movie.
    People really need to stop mixing those accents up.

  5. KikiLOVESJAce // August 21, 2012 at 7:21 PM // Reply

    I just saw this on etalk and I’d screamed for pure joy and excitment! I can’t believe its autcally happening! 😀 I love the actors so much I wasn’t so sure about them at first but they’ve all managed to pull the characters from the books into reality. Very well done, looking forward to more pictures from the set and from the actors too! 😀 This totally made my day! 😀

  6. When I saw the pic of Jace I couldn’t stop smiling 🙂 .

  7. It’s so great to finaly discover the characters!
    But although Lily and Jamie are great, I dont understand why Jemina doesn’t have black hair. And what about Kevin? Alec is supposed to be way taller than all the other characters! Why does everybody always forget that???
    Anyway, cant wait for the movie!

  8. They’re cast for their acting abilities not their height in relation to their character. Who is the costume designer? I love the shadow hunter gear

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