Disclosure: I was provided with an all expense paid trip to L.A to facilitate the review of AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON.
During my trip to LA I was able to visit the set of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D ( yeah pinch me it happened!) and while I was there I was able to speak with some of the cast in an awesome interview as well as walk around set. Let me just say everything is as awesome as it is on the big screen but more compact than you would think. Yeah this fan girl was freaking out while on set since its so cool to see whats on the big screen in real life.
I feel so honored Ming-Na Wen (by the way one of my favorite actors of all time! I have loved her since ER!) shared this photo and tweet about us the day we visited her. UGH This fan girl melted in her chair when she saw it…I have no idea why I’m speaking in 3rd person but I think it’s just to much of awesome sauce to take in fully right now. Oh and look to the far right, YES! You see it! It’s a tiny hint of LoLa! And sadly no I didn’t get to sit in her but wouldn’t that have been awesome!
— Ming-Na Wen (@MingNa) April 11, 2015
After the interviews with most of the cast we were able to actually go and walk through the set and take pictures with some of the props which was very cool!
This photo is from the Quinjet which was actually used in the Avengers Movie and transported to this set! From what I remember this is a multi million dollar set/prop that we had to be OH so careful with. Thank goodness I didn’t break anything I don’t have a million dollars laying around.
To add to this awesome experience we were able to briefly speak with Ann Foley who is the shows costume designer. She spoke to us about her vision board, some iconic costumes as well as some of the difficulties she faced meeting deadlines and fittings. Can you imagine how awesome it would be to have a job where you are paid to shop for clothes?
FACT There is a vision board that Ann and her team use to help create looks and costumes for the cast. The board serves as inspiration for where Ann would like to see the characters looks go and when you view it you can see how the costumes begin to become more edgier and darker.
Ann Foley: This is my workshop this is where we built a lot of the costumes on the show, I have a few of the costumes on the manikins we made here in house and one of them being Reina’s with the flower printed dress which is Reina’s probably one of my favorite characters. We actually print the fabric and made it in house, I worked with the writers closely and went into Reina’s head and depending on where her head was in that episode we tried to choose that color wisely, they are all 100% custom made and that’s special to our show.
If you look at the silver sequin dress that is May’s dress from earlier on in the show
FACT: Ann and her team only had 1 Week to make this dress, and they had to make FIVE total!
Those tiny sequins you see on there – We were finding these sequins all over the studio!
Why Did You Have To Make Five Of Them?
Ann Foley: We made five because Ming was fighting herself in the episode so we had one beautiful one for May and one she could fight in that we sewed stretch panels in, and she had two stunt doubles and then Agent 33 wore one as well.
The other two costumes on the right are Skyes new tactical outfit which its hood is custom made and then mockingbird which we all know about.
Next we walked through more of the set and ended up in front of this logo which I felt as though I was violating a top secret facility.
Next we sat at a table to take a group selfie, I just want to add how unbearably hard it was for me to not take a picture of so many differnt things I saw. We were on a basic media blackout during this entire visit which was for a few hours (torture I tell you! hours! No phone!) Anywho we weren’t able to post any photos until now but thankfully I can finally share these now and now yall get to see how awesome this entire set was!
A Brief Moment With Chloe Bennet (Skye)
Sadly in our previous interviews with the other cast members at the beginning of our visit we weren’t able to speak with Chloe due to her hectic schedule. The universe smiled on us though because during our walk through the set we ran into Skye and Lincoln prepping for their newest scene! Oh did I forget to mention we got to watch her practice and actually film the scene?
If you’re wondering no I didn’t ruin it by coughing or doing something else stereotypical but the fear of it accidently happening was in the air – It was tense! We were situated in front of some monitors with some headsets which we shared with one another so that we could see how the process works.
During our brief encounter with Skye though we were able to chat with her for a few minutes questioning her about her thoughts and feelings about the show.
— Sorry no spoilers though we can’t report any of it (hehehe) —
Although I think its safe for me to report that on one of her scenes mother nature helped with her dramatic gestures that everyone thought she must have timed perfectly, yet she denied any credit.
Whats Up Next On The Show?
WAR TEARS SKYE APART, ON “MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.” ON ABC
Edward James Olmos Guest Stars as Robert Gonzales
“Scars” – Skye is torn between her loyalty to S.H.I.E.L.D. and her connection to the Inhumans as tensions rise between the groups — and Coulson reveals a secret he’s been hiding from even those closest to him, on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” TUESDAY, MAY 5 (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” stars Clark Gregg as Director Phil Coulson, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, Brett Dalton as Grant Ward, Chloe Bennet as Agent Skye, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz, Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons, Nick Blood as Lance Hunter and Adrianne Palicki as Bobbi Morse.
Guest starring are Henry Simmons as Alphonso “Mack” Mackenzie, Ruth Negga as Raina, Patton Oswalt as Sam/Billy Koenig, Kyle Maclachlan as Cal, Edward James Olmos as Robert Gonzales, Jamie Harris as Gordon, Christine Adams as Agent Weaver, Mark Allan Stewart as Agent Oliver, Maya Stojan as Kara/Agent 33, Dichen Lachman as Jiaying, Luke Mitchell as Lincoln Campbell, Alicia Vela-Bailey as Alisha, David Douglas as Michael and Crystal Coney as scientist.
”Scars” was written by Rafe Judkins & Lauren LeFranc and directed by Bobby Roth.