Ashley Jun applies labels to cover prop computer logosFilm student Ashley Jun applies labels to cover prop computer logos on the set of “Show and Tell,” a professional production shooting in Windsor last month.

Film experience shows student a new side of industry

They say everything in movies is fake, notes Ashley Jun. It took her a stint volunteering on a film set to find out it’s true.

Jun, a senior student of communication, media, and film, spent a couple of weeks as a props assistant for “Show and Tell,” a Lifetime Channel feature which filmed in Windsor last month.

“It was really cool I got this opportunity to be on a set here in Windsor,” Jun says. “I got to meet so many people in the profession — local as well as from Vancouver and Toronto.”

She was one of several UWindsor students and grads involved in the project and acknowledges that a professional production is very different from the student films she had worked on.

“The crew is a lot larger and everyone has their own task,” Jun says. “I found even the fast-paced flow of how it all works to be really interesting.”

Working in props, she was responsible for ensuring actors had what they need once the cameras started rolling — from coffee cups to smartphones. And, she learned a new term, “greeking” — covering up logos to avoid misuse of corporate brands.

“We made new labels for wine bottles and pasted them over the bottles,” Jun recalls. “It was fun to see the finished products and how real the props looked when we were finished with them.”

The experience helped her to appreciate the wide variety of jobs available in media production.

“It’s a lot of long hours and hard work,” she says. “But this is an industry I’m passionate about, which makes it all worth it.”

Now she is looking forward to gathering family and friends for a viewing of “Show and Tell” once it hits the screen: “I am excited for everyone to see all the hard work we all put into it.”