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SHOOT: Magic Makes a Mess in Fort Langley for ONCE UPON A TIME 2×02 – Updated

If you didn’t know that magic is coming to Storybrooke in season two of Once Upon a Time, then you haven’t been paying attention. The producers have said so. But what they failed to mention is what a mess magic would make of the town in episode two. Storybrooke — played by Fort Langley east of Vancouver today — is a disaster zone with blown-out windows in the Town Hall, posters of The Missing covering the town boards, an upside-down smashed vehicle, a fire truck and fire fighters and a populace in relief mode handing out blankets, bottles of water and toilet paper.

Here’s Meghan Ory’s Red Riding Hood/Bad Wolf bringing blankets to Keegan Connor Tracy’s Blue Fairy.

And Josh Dallas is acting a lot more like take-charge Prince Charming than wishy-washy David now that the curse is broken.

This is the first time I’ve seen David Anders in the mix — I can’t wait to find out who his fairy tale character is in the second season.

Raphael Sbarge’s Archie had a clip board.

Jared Gilmore’s Henry was there too for one of the master disaster relief scenes but not his mother — Jennifer Morrison’s Emma Swan  — or his grandmother — Ginnifer Goodwin’s Snow White.

And where’s Robert Carlyle’s Rumplestiltskin and his better half, Emilie de Ravin’s Belle — a couple now known as RumBelle.

This is going to be confusing with all the fairy tale characters knowing who they really are. I also spotted Lee Arenberg’s Grumpy of the Seven Dwarves and Tony Amendola’s Gepetto.

Also on hand were two set security guards, one of whom I remember from the season one finale shoot in Steveston. He’s a great big, intimidating guy for those deemed unwelcome but couldn’t be friendlier with the fans. I saw him and other crew arrange photo ops for fans with Jared Gilmore, David Anders and others. Once Upon a Time certainly didn’t disappoint on its first location shoot of season two.

Update: Lana Parrilla’s Evil Queen was on set for the early morning scene on a bench near the Town Hall and met with her Evil Regal  fans, according to Tara who lives in the area.

9 thoughts on “SHOOT: Magic Makes a Mess in Fort Langley for ONCE UPON A TIME 2×02 – Updated”

  1. Lana Parilla was there in the morning filming on the side of the hall on a bench. I was one of those fans who got to meet and take photos with the cast and I must say that they were the nicest, most friendly cast and crew that I have met.

    1. Susan Gittins - YVRShoots

      Ah, the early morning scene that I missed. I heard she was there and met with fans. Once Upon a Time is one of a kind. Fringe is good to its fans too but not in such an organized way involving the whole cast.

      1. Yes I was one of those lucky fans who got to meet Lana. While everyone was busy watching the front, I had gone digging around and found out she was there. Got to watch her for a good 2hrs or so this morning. She then came over and signed my sketch book, got bday gifts from 2 other fans I met today, and took pics with all of us. She is the sweetest, kindest woman ever. Genuine. Absolutely genuine.

    1. Susan Gittins - YVRShoots

      Ginnifer Goodwin and Jennifer Morrison weren’t on set yesterday. I wish I had seen them and it’s strange that they weren’t part of this big scene.

  2. Susan Gittins - YVRShoots

    Debra: How to find out where Once Upon a Time is filming.
    There is a hashtag on Twitter called #yvrshoots where people in Vancouver post sightings of different productions filming in the area. A couple of people who live in Fort Langley tweeted that they saw Once Upon a Time turning the village into Storybrooke on Monday. So we assumed they’d be filming there on Tuesday.
    Today Once Upon a Time is said to be filming in New Westminster but I don’t know exactly where yet. Probably the Mayor’s house but that’s a guess.
    It’s tough to find Once Upon a Time filming on location (especially the fairy tale world scenes) even for people who live here. We don’t usually find out more than a day in advance but when it works out it’s wonderful for the fans.

  3. I stopped by too and it was so magical to see them all filming!

    They were super friendly to us too – lots of waves and smiles. I was very impressed.

    Thanks for all the tips & information! Hopefully we’ll see them again somewhere soon.

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