ScreenLight and Grip Equips...
A Heart Warming
Tom Arnold as Nick Crosby
Candace Cameron-Bure as
as his daughter Holly
The Hallmark Channel took over the town green of Chester Vt. last June for the production of a Christmas Special Feature: “Moonlight and Mistletoe.” “We wanted to film this winter but with the writers’ strike we had to wait until the script was completed,” explained Sheri Goldberg, director of network program publicity for the Hallmark Channel. The film tells the story of the aptly named Nick – played by actor Tom Arnold (True Lies) – who operates a Christmas theme park that is threatened by a real estate developer. Through movie magic the production transformed the late spring town green, surrounding bed & breakfasts, and storefronts into a winter wonderland - “Santaville.”
The premiere of "Moonlight & Mistletoe" on the Hallmark Channel was a huge success with a 3.4 HH rating with 2,920,000 Households. It was the highest rated ad-supported cable telecast of the day, the highest movie of the week, and the highest non-football program of the week!
In addition, Moonlight & Mistletoe" ranks as the 3rd most watched original movie in network history among households, W25-54 and A25-54 delivery. "Moonlight & Mistletoe" is also Hallmark Channel's highest rated November original movie of all-time.
For “Moonlight & Mistletoe,” ScreenLight & Grip provided a complete feature package consisting of 48' Production Trailers, a 10-Ton Grip Truck with onboard Crawford 1400Amp Generator, Crawford 1200Amp Tow Generators, 1-Ton Stakebeds, and 1/2-Ton Pick-Ups.
With diesel fuel at historically high prices, it no longer makes sense to truck packages in from out of the region. We saved the producers of “Moonlight & Mistletoe” the thousands of dollars they would have spend on drivers, road accommodations, and fuel to bring a production package in from outside New England. As a local lighting and grip equipment rental and production service company we were able to provide competitive pricing and better support locally.
To make loading quick and easy, our Production Trailers feature extra large power tailgates and an interior/exterior work-light systems. To efficiently organize feature size production packages, our 48’ Production Trailers are outfitted with customizable rack shelving, oversized belly boxes, and modular equipment handling technology. We outfit them with Backstage Equipment Carts, hampers (w/ oversized casters), muscle trucks, and we can stock them with a complete inventory of expendables.
Efficiently deploying lighting and grip packages from 48’ production trailers can be a challenge without support vehicles. This is especially true in old New England cities where it is quite often difficult to get production trailers close to set. To deploy packages, we can provide support vehicles such as Straight Trucks with onboard 1400A Crawford Generators, 1-Ton Stakebed Trucks with lift gates, ½ -Ton Pick Ups, and Crawford 1200A Tow Generators.
To provide a basic shooting crew package close to set when a trailer won’t fit, we can outfit your production with a 10-Ton Electrics Truck with an onboard generator. The sound blimped 1400A Crawford Generator on our 10-Electrics Truck can provide ample power close to set (where a trailer won’t fit), while its box provides immediate access to a package of equipment of the variety that would not be pre rigged - but, instead be required by the shooting crew at the last minute.
A 1-ton Stakebed is ideal for shuttling equipment from a trailer to set, carrying a satellite package, towing an additional generator, or dropping a rigging package at the next location.
An additional tow generator will greatly reduce the amount of cable to run which can be a great benefit if you do not have the capacity to carry miles of cable, nor the rigging crew to deploy it. It also affords you priceless piece of mind knowing that there is backup if the primary plant goes down.
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