Cameras were rolling and Quinn's Arcade was ready for her close-up as filming for a Japanese commercial got under way yesterday.
Location manager Clayton Tikao said rain put a halt to filming on Thursday, but the weather had been good to them yesterday.
He expected they would finish filming around Quinn's Arcade last night and move on to their next location shoot in Kakanui today.
Although they could not disclose what the commercial was for, it had something to do with an energy drink.
Mr Clayton said the Japanese company came to the South Island especially for the commercial as it wanted to shoot the sunflowers. It also wanted an old building to use.
Mr Clayton said he had shown them many others in the region but they "absolutely loved Quinn's Arcade".
Yesterday's shoot involved more than 100 crew and actors, 25 from Japan and the rest from across New Zealand.
Waimate man Stephen Harvey was working on the shoot as set construction manager, in charge of building props and set.
He had been working on the pre-production set-up with the art department 10 days prior to filming starting. He said the experience had been great and the locals helpful.
"This doesn't happen much in Waimate. In the job we require things really fast; the Waimate people have been accommodating finding sources like timber."
Both men agreed that the Waimate District Council and Pro-Ject Waimate, which own Quinn's Arcade, had helped the shooting process go smoothly.
Post-production editing will be done in Auckland.
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