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Crew Dick Interviews: Decorating Sunnyvale

The interior of Bubbles' shed

The camera dicks are back in Sunnyvale for the filming of Trailer Park Boys Season 12.  While their cameras are mainly focused on the drunk-n-stoned antics of Ricky, Julian, and Bubbles, there are other parts of Sunnyvale that are just as key to the success of Trailer Park Boys (no, we’re not talking about Cory and Jacob, nobody gives a flying fuck about Cory and Jacob).

The homes and art direction of Sunnyvale are jam-fucking-packed with character, and are often huge pillars of the schemes and stories of Ricky, Julian, and Bubbles.

James Kennedy has played a part in the look and feel of the park since Season 6 of Trailer Park Boys.

The on-set dresser

James Kennedy has been making Sunnyvale look like shit since Season 6.

It doesn’t take rocket appliances to know this, but working for the Trailer Park Boys is completely fucking different from a lot of other productions.  Kennedy has to contend with all kinds of unique issues — take the fury of Ricky’s clearing stick, for example.

“When a toaster oven hits the ground, it’s good for a couple takes,” explains Kennedy.  “After that, you’re basically picking it up in both arms and then setting the pieces back on the hood and making it resemble what used to look like a toaster oven for the forth or fifth take. It just goes downhill from there. But that’s a lot of fun.”

The residences of Sunnyvale are not your average dwellings, either.  Bubbles lives in a shed, for fuck sakes.  Julian has lived in a shipping container, and Ricky spent most of his life living in his car.  But since Season 8, the Boys have found themselves in a cozy little compound with Ricky’s trailer sitting across from Julian’s trailer, and Bubbles’ shed is tucked nicely between the two.

Julian’s Trailer – Sunnyvale’s Business Park

Julian’s priority is money, and he is constantly chasing the Freedom-35-oh-fuck-Freedom-45 dream.  This is reflected in the layout of his trailer, which usually resembles a business and not a home.

“Julian’s place keeps evolving,” says Kennedy.  “It was a country saloon one year, a beauty salon another year. It was all painted pink that year.”

While Julian was spending time by the ocean in Season 11, Bubbles transformed the trailer into a pizza sauce factory.

“Bubbles had a conveyor line for the pizza sauce, a bottling station, turntables, beautiful labels. He goes all out, Bubbles, when he has a business proposition,” says Kennedy.

 

The SwearNet art department dicks are always happy to help the Boys when it comes to boosting the look and feel of Sunnyvale.

“The art department started putting it together a few weeks before we commenced filming,” says Kennedy. “The process involves acquiring things, brainstorming stuff, defining the basic look, and then it’s a question of collecting things.”

Collecting “things” for the Sunnyvale set can happen out of the blue.  Kennedy remembers a bit of seren-fuckin-dipity from Season 6 when the camera dicks were setting the stage for the search for Oscar Goldman, Trinity’s chicken.  On their way to lunch, they found a penis-shaped mushroom on the side of the road.

“We said ‘oh we gotta use that’ and I preserved it in a paper bag through lunch.  When we shot the scene, Ray found the penis-shaped mushroom, held it up, and said ‘A cock is a male hen, we’re on the right track Boys!'”  

“When you find a mushroom that’s shaped like a cock, boy, I guess you gotta use it,” declares Kennedy.  “A gift from nature for sure.” 

Part Trailer, Part Hockey Rink

Before Ricky was falsely advertising Nathan MacKinnon for his hockey camp at the local rink, he was running hockey lessons out of his own trailer.

“That was a neat decor,” says Kennedy. “We had boards around the inside of his trailer, a blue line and red line on the ice, it was a lot of fun.  Everybody’s seen hockey games, we know what rinks look like. We just did it Ricky style.”

Kennedy points out that Ricky’s trailer has undergone some changes ever since the gramson came into the picture.

“Sarah’s kind of taken things in hand, she’s working with Trinity to make it baby-friendly,” says Kennedy. “There’s a nice couch and television. It’s gotten a little more homey. There’s still Ricky in there – there are little messes everywhere, but it’s nice.”

A Shed and a Borntday

Bubbles shed has also seen some changes over the years.

“He keeps a cozy little shed, it’s mostly a cat-themed decor,” says Kennedy.  “It’s got his bunk beds that he has always had. He sleeps in one and keeps stuff on the other. I guess one of the major additions on the top bunk is a major ghetto blaster that he got from Snoop Dogg a couple years ago and that’s an impressive piece of equipment.”

The stereo that Snoop Dogg gave to Bubbles now sits on his top bunk

Kennedy has a particularly fond memory of Bubbles’ shed, or more specifically, the honey oil refinery from Season 8.

“It was the year I turned 50 during the show. Bubbles was explaining how he was using rice cookers to aid in the oil process.  Ricky said ‘It’s that easy?’ Bubbles said ‘yeah’ and then he whipped the camera around to me and said ‘But you know the best part? That cocksucker James Kennedy turned 50 today’ and it shocked the hell out of me. The crew sang happy birthday and that was a great fuckin’ way to turn 50. Finished the bottle of Macallan he gave me that night.”

Bubbles gives James Kennedy a birthday gift

Bubbles gives James a birthday bottle of scotch (from the Season 8 DVD extras).

On Set with the Crew Dicks – Part 2

It takes a lot of crazy bastards to capture the fuckery of Season 11, and we are lucky to have a hard-working group of crew dicks to help make Trailer Park Boys a reality.

In the first instalment of this series, we met a make-up artist, prop master, and the set liaison.  Let’s keep rolling through Sunnyvale!

 


Hannah Giffin – Electronic Press Kit 

 

The behind-the-scenes shit hawk takes a break from circling.

The behind-the-scenes shit hawk takes a break from circling.

Hannah Giffin has been with SwearNet and Trailer Park Boys for just over three years, and she is in charge of the Electronic Press Kit (EPK).  If you’re not in the film world, you’re probably wondering what the fuck that entails.

In a normal day, I just shoot the behind-the-scenes material,” says Giffin.  “Whatever happens, maybe the Shitmobile breaks, you know, anything that’s interesting that’s happening while we’re shooting.

Luckily for Giffin, finding interesting things is not a difficult thing to do, when you’re a fly on the shit wall of Sunnyvale.

The crazy shit is self-made from the crew,” reminisces Giffin.  “All the crew are all unhinged, special people.  (1st Assistant Director) Preston Hudson is the most special.  One year he wore a lady’s see-through top for money.  He charged quite a bit, maybe $400, and the pooled money from the crew because everyone wanted to see it.  It was a mesh shirt, nipples coming through.

Preston thinks about wearing a shirt

Click this picture to watch Giffin’s GREASY behind-the-scenes video of Preston’s nipples poking through this shirt.

 


Mark Kenny – Lighting

 

TPB lighting engineer

The man responsible for lighting the dark side of Randy’s gut.

Mark Kenny has been shining a light on the Trailer Park Boys since Season 8.  The gaffer needs to make sure everything on the show has natural lighting, and though there are a lot of outdoor scenes in sunny Sunnyvale, he must also squeeze his lighting gear into greasy trailers and tiny sheds.   Thankfully over the years, they’ve been able to get two birds stoned at once — Kenny gets more light, and Bubbles and company get some DECENT renovations.

The great thing about this is the lighting department, along with the grips, work very closely with the art department,” explains Kenny.  “For example, in Bubbles’ shed, we never had a skylight there, but we put one in and it brings in light.  The trailers have changed over the years too, they’re a little more wide.  We might ask the art department to put a window in, to help bring light further into the trailer.”

Which member of the Sunnyvale community does Kenny most identify with?  That was an easy question.

Probably Randy.  I don’t walk around with my shirt off, but I do love me some fuckin’ burgers.

 


James Kennedy – On-Set Dresser

 

The on-set dresser

James Kennedy has been making Sunnyvale look like shit for a decade.

James Kennedy has been working with Trailer Park Boys since Season 6 and handles set dressing.  If Lahey pounds a bottle of Liquormen’s Ol’ Dirty Canadian Whisky, but leaves just a little sippy-poo for tomorrow, Kennedy needs to make sure that the sippy-poo is there for the next scene.

“I represent the art department and the set-decoration department on set,” says Kennedy.  “When shots are determined, I rearrange the dressing – pictures, furnitures, whatever – so that it looks good on camera.  If things are in the way, where the camera needs to be, or where they need to set lights up, I remove them and then I put them back in exactly the same place to preserve continuity.”

Working for the Boys means he has to move around some uniquely fucked items.

“I have to take care of weed plants, liquor, hash, bologna sandwiches with mustard — I fed one to Gord Downie once, he enjoyed it.” 

 


Adamm Liley – Director of Photography

 

Director of Photography

It’s really fucking intimidating to take a picture of a Director of Photography!

Adamm Liley is the shit wizard that controls the very shit lens through which you view the shitiverse of Trailer Park Boys.  As the Director of Photography, he is in charge of the overall look of the series, including the shooting style, the shot set-up, the lighting, and just about everything to do with cameras.

Liley has been with the show from the very beginning — Season 1 — and he’s been hoping to return there ever since.

“In Season 8, when we came out of the hiatus period, the Boys wanted to go back to the Season 1 original style, which was dirtier and rougher,” says Liley.  “I think Season 11, which we’re shooting right now, is actually the closest to it.  Even though it’s a dirty style and it’s ugly, it takes a lot to make it look that way.  I think Trailer Park Boys pioneered that mocumentary style; there were shows and movies like it, but certainly the show really invented that style.”

Clapper board for TPB

A shit-tag-team of epic proportions!

When asked about the most fucked-up thing he’s ever had to shoot, for Liley it’s like choosing his favourite fucked-up kid — he can’t.

“Everyday there’s a fucked-up a thing,” says Liley.  “Everyday there are so many crazy, funny things.  I’m blessed to be on the show and to be around these guys.  The nature of the crew, it’s like a giant summer camp.  Everybody goes away, then we meet back the next summer, and it’s like you haven’t missed any time.”