Sloppy Jones: Behind the Scenes is back! We’re here to take you on a tour of our Toronto location- the Sloppy Jones Grill -and to catch you up on what it was like being on set with Canadian comedy legends Linda Kash and Colin Mochrie.
The Style of Sloppy Jones
The design of Sloppy Jones was helmed by talented director Emily Cohn. Based on inspiration boards curated by the creators, Emily lead a team of artists (including wardrobe stylist Dino Cristobay, painter and set decorator Sebastian Sage and DOP Dale Hildebrand) to create and stunning and cohesive look.
DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT BY EMILY COHN
“As a filmmaker who grew up in the digital age (and someone who generally prefers TV to feature films) I’m exceptionally aware of our dwindling attention spans. For Sloppy Jones, this understanding is inherent to the format and style of the show. I’ll use a variety of shot techniques to draw viewers in and keep them engaged. For example, a whip-pan will reveal there are others in the room that previously went unnoticed (think: our leads discuss Frank’s dissected body, hushed in the bar corner, but then we whip-pan to a mortified patron who’s heard the entire conversation).”
“When they discover the body, we’ll do several repeated screams in dutch angle closeups. Or as one character speaks to camera, Deb’s hand reaches into frame with a cloth telling them to get back to work. Everything will be shot with ultimate humour, suspense, and camp in mind. Main points of inspiration are Heathers, Jawbreaker and Edgar Wright’s brand of directorial humour.”
“This heightened world and tone will also be complemented with subtler character moments –– most of my friends are artists who work in the service industry to make rent, so as absurd as the world of our show is, the core experience is very real. Those moments will use more standard closeups using a 50mm lens. I’ll also make each of our fabulously wacky characters distinct through wardrobe/HMU, with enviable thrifted looks and signature items. (I’d love to find a place for a hat like this.) We’ll all be dressing as the SJ crew for Halloween in a year’s time!”-Emily Cohn, Director of Sloppy Jones
On Set with Creator Sophie Nation
“The Dakota was truly the perfect venue for the series,” said co-creator and actor Sophie Nation. “There were so many details that made the space unique and feel like we were actually working at a bar. The walk in fridge was a real treat for us.”
@soapynation Sloppy Jones season one BTS 🤡🔪💔 @jonathanneilalexander @telltalehart @lorympiana ♬ Mad World – Timmy Trumpet & Gabry Ponte
Theatre Meets Film
“I am the most excited for episode four,” says Director Emily Cohn. “The way that we planned it and fillmed it, and the way that it was written and it was performed, is really like a play. It’s the most heightened moment of Season 1. The actors, Dale the DP and Michael our boom operator did an incredible job. They were all in the confined space and it happened pretty much in one shot every time we filmed it. It’s just very frenetic and exciting.”
Working with Executive Producer and Actor Colin Mochrie
@sloppyjones Behind the scenes of Sloppy Jones with DOP Dale Hildebrand & actors Colin Mochrie and @telltalehart #behindthescenes #fyp #filmmaking #filmmakingtips ♬ Toxic – Britney Spears