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SHOOT: FIFTY SHADES OF GREY Films Ana’s Graduation in UBC’s Chan Centre

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Today is the day: Fifty Shades of Grey is filming Ana (Dakota Johnson)’s Washington State University-Vancouver graduation inside the University of British of Columbia’s Chan Centre for the Performing Arts. It’s a major upgrade from the WSU-Vancouver auditorium of the book and a fitting venue for Ana’s BFF Kate Kavanagh (Eloise Mumford)’s valedictory address and Ana’s “boyfriend” and university benefactor Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan)’s speech about eradicating hunger and poverty across the globe. But all we can see of this closed set are the hundred to two hundred local extras who play Ana’s fellow WSU-Vancouver graduates, university dignitaries and families of the graduates.

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The massive interlocking tents on the Main Mall are not the marquee but simply the number of tents required to house wardrobe, makeup and a holding area for all the background performers.

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Of course marquee scenes in the book of Christian Grey meeting Ana’s stepdad Ray (Vancouver’s own Callum Keith Rennie) could be set somewhere else.  Today crew dressed the Frederic Wood Theatre inside for an WSUV reception and added nore trees outside.

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Unfortunately I missed the opportunity yesterday morning of photographing an exterior scene of Ana’s VW bug Wanda in the parking lot opposite the theatre at the Peter Wall Institute dressed as WSU – Vancouver with the WSUV emblem below. And crew has already started taking down the leaves they added to bare trees in this lot over the weekend.

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Monday’s other UBC shoot was at the Lui Institute and interior not exterior but some spotted Kate (Eloise Mumford) through the glass.

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SYMPOSIUM is the production code for Fifty Shades of Grey’s UBC shoot. Smart.

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