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How Guiding Light created the canyon scenes
Posted Saturday, August 18, 2001 9:04:50 PM
For those of you wondering exactly how the Guiding Light scenic designers created the canyon scenes, here's a behind-the-scenes look.


Production designer Rick Dennis designed the canyon scene around a water slide from a real-life amusement park. The design department created the "ground" around the S-shaped slide to make the canyon look realistic. For the raging water, a "dump tank" was attached to the top of the slide and over 500 gallons of water was sent barreling down the slide.


Because of the huge volume of water - and the potential for injury - show execs called in a stunt double for actress Beth Chamberlin (Beth). Stuntwoman Stephanie Finochio was called in to perform the more dangerous stunts for Chamberlin. Finochio is no stranger to the GL set, having doubled for Kim Zimmer (Reva) in the recent earthquake scenes as well as for Chamberlin during Beth's fall from the castle. According to Finochio, she did get some bumps and bruises during the flood scenes.


Chamberlin did, however, do more than dip her toes into the water. For Beth's close-up scenes in the canyon, the show used nearly 500 gallons of water.


It's unclear if any of the performers got to take a for-fun slide down the "canyon" after the completion of taping.


MORE INFO: IS BETH CHAMBERLIN OUT AT GUIDING LIGHT?


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