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Cassandra Clare’s MORTAL INSTRUMENTS Set Diaries: Day 5

BGjPwkSCcAAMT76 has partnered with Screen Gems to bring fans an exclusive look at Cassandra Clare’s experience on the Toronto set of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. They will be releasing a series of set diaries, written by Cassie herself, recounting her experience on the set. Check out Cassie’s fifth entry:

Day Five: Friday Because I am actually in a scene today, I have to show up early for costume and makeup and hair. I pass Robbie on the way to set — most parts of sets are unglamorous, back alleys and loading docks and that sort of thing. I get a trailer of my own(!), bonus of which means SIDEBURNS GUY has to bring me tea. We discuss his sudden fame. Godfrey is on set early to get his hair and makeup done too. Of course he looks cool even without his hair and makeup done. Here he is wearing his Magnus jacket and jewelry but without his hair done yet. And the shades are his. Cassandra Clare

I am informed [that I’m] going to be some sort of cat demon in a business suit. Maybe running a cat demon empire. I’m not totally clear on it, but I do know I have a great selection of AMAZING SHOES to choose from. Everyone who knows me knows I am obsessed with shoes, so this is the greatest day of my life. I finally pick a pair that are black and sparkly.

Cassandra Clare

After that, I get ushered into hair and makeup. Someone has pasted something hilarious but profane to the mirror; they tell me it was Kevin. It’s super fun being worked over by makeup people, especially when their instructions are to go wild and crazy. My favorite part is getting the cat ears attached. They are bright gold and held on with a band and a million hairpins

Cassandra Clare

After makeup, I wobble on my high heels over to set, which is inside an enormous mansion. It has been done up with bright lights and Chinese lanterns. There are tables everywhere, and on the tables are the brightly colored party drinks from City of Bones. Harald positions me carefully at a table with a ghoul and a banshee.

It’s already dark, and really cold, so we all get little handwarmers to hold onto. The ghoul and the banshee are big Hunger Games fans. We talk about that for a while. The crew keeps coming over to ask me questions, and so does Harald. Eventually the ghoul is like, “Who are you?” I explain I am the author and they seem pleased to have me since they feel this means we are likely to get more blankets and handwarmers.

There are long pauses between takes during which Kevin and Jamie have a contest regarding who can jump higher and touch the tree branches. The girls are much calmer and obviously very cold and covered in blankets since the scene requires them to be in party dresses — very short!

Lily and Godfrey have a lot of dialogue as Clary and Magnus. I sneak a picture of them in front of some cool screens.

Cassandra Clare

After several hours, the shooting seems to have wrapped up so I am ready to go home when I find out that no, it’s not over — all the scenes have to be shot again, from a different angle. We all shuffle around the tables and it’s about three in the morning so I start napping on the table in between takes. Acting is hard, I observe. No one is all that sympathetic.

MTV is on set that day so everyone is doing their interviews in between the action as well. Godfrey has to do his with no pants on, but you can’t tell because he’s sitting down. Now you know, though.

Finally. I am ready to go home. It’s dawn, so I go grab my suitcase and head to the Toronto airport to fly home. I am unable to get the cat ears out and have to walk through the airport wearing them. I get a lot of strange looks and set off the metal detector. When the guard asks me about the ears I explain I was in a movie. “Sure, you were,” he says. Clearly the glamour is over!

Catch up on past set diaries: Day 1, Day 2Day 3 and Day 4.

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13 Comments on Cassandra Clare’s MORTAL INSTRUMENTS Set Diaries: Day 5


  2. KikiLOVESJace // March 29, 2013 at 7:04 PM // Reply

    I totally want those cat ears! they look so cool!



  4. teamedwardjace // March 29, 2013 at 10:43 PM // Reply

    mangus/godfrey wasn’t wearing pants even between takes? *screams in delights and fantaizes ripping off his boxwers* anyways, if i was a security gard, I would reconized cassie! who’s very cool with makeup and kevin’s hilarious as is jamie lol

  5. teamedwardjace // March 29, 2013 at 10:43 PM // Reply

    and the girls must have been freexing but theey are troopers!


    please like this page guys, my friend just started this page today, and she would love fellow TMIfans to like it? 🙂 thanks so excited for movie and the trailer especially coming on Monday. and cassie! woo :’) gooo girl. when i watch that scence with her in it, im gonna try and spot her out. 😛 like a true fan aha. so please guys, like my friends page and she’ll be very happy with me 🙂 yay!

  7. Cassie looks so beautifullll 🙂

  8. Godfrey has funny hair 🙂

  9. Cassie you look awesome!!!! I love you cat ears 🙂 So the airport guy didn’t believe you were in a movie? LOL!!!! I’m glad he didn’t detain you!!!! These entries are great. I love reading them. Thanks so much Cassie – you are such a sweetheart!!

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