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TMI Set Day 14: Aathy’s report from the CITY OF BONES set

Filming on the highly-anticipated adaptation of THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES continued on Friday in Toronto at Garroway Books and Curios. One of our Toronto look-out, Aathy made the trip out to Garroway Books and Curios. Check out her full report:

Hey Shadowhunters! TMI set day 14 was the last day the crew were working on scenes at Garrow Books and Curios and it was a really fun day on set for most fans! I made some incredible friends including @_DanilaMN, @whimsdoll, @InnerDraki, @nics_herondale and finally meeting @MichelleMags! It wouldn’t have been the same without you ladies! I love our fandom and everyone in it!

I arrived around 5:30 p.m after an amazing day at my UofT frosh week parade. I felt so bad for people driving downtown today because all the roads were blocked off for a bunch of first years, plus TIFF and soon to be closed off for TMI. There I met @humilityc and we talked with Gris, the security guard who was there since 7 a.m keeping watch until the crew arrived! Unfortunately she had to go at around 5:45 p.m. Just then I met up with @nics_herondale and @whimsdoll. One crew member who was there told us they’d be starting to film in 1 hour (around 8 p.m) We were waiting patiently until crew arrived and had a run in with a dead bird. Cars with crew quickly started to arrive and they closed off the road.

The lighting and equipment was set up along the side of the road and Harald Zwart was out with the rest of the crew discussing how they were going to film the scene tonight! At one point I even saw him on the ground, which was probably a demonstration of how Lily was supposed to be positioned for the scene later!

Karen came over to talk to us, which she so kindly always does and informed us that Robert and Jamie weren’t going to be in the scene. I gave her a drawing I made for Robert to give to him, but moments later she returns and tells me I should give it personally to him. All I can say is she’s awesome! One of the fans’ (@clarekennedy) friends even informed us she met and took pictures with Rob like an hour earlier! We even met s woman who was watching the filming with us who met Aiden at a bar a week ago! The cast is definitely being noticed out and about Toronto

Filming began around 8:30 and we even saw a little dummy fly through the air and an explosion where the windows broke! It was really exciting! The wolves were also on set and being guarded in cages at the side of the building. Lily’s stunt double was also present walking by us several times. It was nearly 9 p.m. when we were hanging around the back and this one crew guy who’s always there sprints past us. Something was definitely up! The driver who gets the actors was leaving and even asked us if we were having a camp out. We invited him to join us but he had to do his job. We had a fun discussion about TID and TMI theories of what’s going to happen in CP2 and CoHF etc (you all know how excited we get). Shortly after Lily and Aiden arrived on set and we just missed seeing them!

We then saw a crew member with curly hair walking by us, who was always smiling and saying hi to the fans when we saw him. I finally had the courage to ask him what his name was. He said his name was Hartley and he was a line producer! I couldn’t believe it and replied, ‘no you’re not… are you?” he just smiled and said “no really” I can’t believe I just said that to him. We then saw the tweets from Martin, the executive producer, and told @MichelleMags to ask him if we could meet him! When we went to the front side to see shooting he was there in his suit. We even spotted him taking pictures of Lily’s boots and moments later it is all over Twitter. How great is he?! While he was over by an ice-cream truck off to the side parking lot talking with 3 other producers (i’m guessing) including Hartley, he waved at us and tweets back to Michelle! Then Hartley comes over to us and tells us to come back around later for ice cream.

The first scenes they were filming were out on the street with a little girl. There was a smoke and bright lighting everywhere. Every time they said “action” I had to use all my will power to stay quiet and contain my excitement. They had to redo the first few takes because people were crossing the street on the side of the road they were filming. Soon after we hear Lily scream, “don’t touch me”

We then follow Hartley who treats us and tells us to order whatever we want at the ice cream truck! He was so chill and incredibly nice to the “dedicated fants that are here almost everyday” Some of us were waiting for vanilla, while other crew members came over to order too, including the make-up artist.

We walk back to the barricades, where we could watch filming and spot one of our crew friends we saw earlier. Not knowing what else to say I jokingly call him “muffin man”. Let’s just say he doesn’t like that name (he wasn’t mad, he just insisted not to be referred as that)

That concludes our not-so-typical-day on set!

About Michelle Mags (13 Articles)
Michelle is a 17 year old that aspires to become a successful published author or screenwriter, however, would very much love to be living in the world of Shadowhunters and to be married to Gwilym Owain Herondale and to be best friends with Simon Lewis. For the time being, she hosts a book blog ( and is found constantly reading a book—her favorite being Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter series, Sarah J. Maas’ fantasy series “Throne of Glass” and any other YA fantasy novel. Michelle has been a fan of the Shadowhunter series since 2008 from then on has devoted her heart, mind and soul to the world of Shadowhunters.

5 Comments on TMI Set Day 14: Aathy’s report from the CITY OF BONES set

  1. i really want to to go!

  2. Marvelous report!!! Im SO living through all of you my dear Shadowhunters!! <3333333

  3. ahah I luVVVv TMI. I’m too obessed 😦

  4. Thank you, thank you and Thank You. 🙂

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