What better place to film a flashback of If I Stay’s 17-year-old musician Mia (Chloë Grace Moretz) than the Cobalt Hotel on Main Street? Crew took a nothing parking lot and created a red wonderland on Thursday night for this scene of Mia in a silver wig and her boyfriend Adam (Jamie Blackley) walking to his car and enjoying a passionate kiss. Is this the kind of memory that will persuade Mia — who lies in a coma after a fatal car crash — to stay or leave her life? Crew filmed the kiss over and over and over, first in a long tracking shot for several takes and then a steadi-cam shot for even more takes. There could have been another camera setup after I left.
Chloë Grace Moretz in her long coat and Uggs for rehearsal.
Mia (Chloe Grace Moretz) and Adam (Jamie Blackley) leave the club and walk to his car.
Mia (Chloe Moretz without her warm coat).
Mia (Chloe Moretz) and Adam (Jamie Blackley) have a long talk by his car.
And then a long embrace in front of full crew. Over and over and over again. I lost count of the number of rehearsals and takes.