Trams are an integral part of Melbourne’s transport infrastructure and form part of the cityscape and its sounds. Trams glide whir, groan, whistle and ding. They conjour up memories of conductors past and each brings together its own unique mix of commuters.
Shooting a scene on a tram was always going to be a challenge. We were running behind schedule and there was only a small window of time to shoot the scene. Our brief was that we could film the scene so long as we didn’t slow the trams down. Also we had to wait until the right kind of tram came along before we could start filming.
In the picture above the skeleton cast and crew, Uma, Lesley and Chandra are being briefed by Corey, the Second Assistant Director on the logistics of filming and performing on board. The scene was completed in two takes on two different trams with the assistance of Graham and Ian from Yarra Trams, Customer Relations and Marketing. For more information on filming in Melbourne trams click here.