FIRE COUNTRY’s Bridgehanger Fall Finale Tonight Directed By Kevin Alejandro
Fire Country star Kevin Alejandro directed tonight’s “bridgehanger” Fall Finale, mainly filmed at the Nelson Canyon Bridge in West Vancouver:
Inspired by Max Thieriot’s own experiences growing up in north California fire country, the CBS series follows Bode Donovan (Max Thieriot) as he reluctantly returns to his hometown as one of the convicts training as firefighters under Cal Fire Captain Manny Perez (Kevin Alejandro).
Episode 1×08: An attempted rescue of two siblings in a car hanging off a bridge triggers emotional memories for Vince Donovan of the night his daughter died in a car accident.
On location: at the Nelson Canyon Bridge in West Vancouver:
Max Thieriot as Bode Donovan and Billy Burke as his father Vince Donovan.
Kevin Alejandro talked to the New York Post about directing tonight’s episode.
One of the advantages of being an actor/director on a series is that you do have the opportunity, from Day One, to read every single script, which I did up until Episode 8. I know everyone’s journey. I had the opportunity to not only read the scripts but to see what the other directors had done and see the pace of the show as they were editing everything together, so that was tremendously helpful.
On the style of filmmaking:
We’re running with the actors [with a camera] and passing from actor to actor…..this is raw and gritty and it leans into that handheld style. It’s almost like documentary-style filmmaking sometimes .
After Bode rescues the driver, the crashed car plunges into the river below with him in it.
Vancouver filming dates: July 21 2022 – April 05 2023.
Showrunner: Tia Napolitano.
Cast: Max Thieriot, Billy Burke, Kevin Alejandro, Diane Farr, Stephanie Arcila, Jordan Calloway, Jules Latimer, W. Tré Davis, Michael Trucco, Ty Olsson.
Max Thieriot is Bode Donovan, one of the prison inmates in the Cal Fire firefighting program.
Billy Burke is Vince Donovan, the fire chief and Bode’s estranged father.
Diane Farr is Chery, a Cal Fire board executive, and Bode’s mother.
Kevin Alejandro is Manny, the Cal Fire captain in charge of the prison inmates.
Jordan Calloway is firefighter Jake, whose girlfriend is Manny’s daughter Arabella.
Stephanie Arcila is Manny’s daughter Arabella,, a former champion diver. girlfriend of firefighter Jake and new firefighter.
Jules Latimer is firefighter Everly, who’s been friends with Jake since childhood.
Filming of episode:
October 3, 2022 – October 7, 2022. Some of the parking was in North Vancouver.
Producers: Jerry Bruckheimer Television/Midwest Livestock.