Fringe took over a block of West Hastings Street in downtown Vancouver last Monday dressed as New York City to film a scene of Joshua Jackson’s Peter Bishop dodging about two dozen cars while crossing the street for episode seven of the final season. Observers, Loyalist troops and citizens dressed in 1940s garb walking in the background told us this scene is set in 2036. It was a deceptively simple one of Peter crossing the street, coming to a dead stop in the middle of it until a New York cabbie yells at him to “get out of the way” and then continuing on to the curb on the other side. But all those moving vehicles required a stunt coordinator on set.
Longtime mainstream media (MSM) journalist and author Susan Gittins began writing about and photographing Vancouver’s many film and TV location shoots in the summer of 2010 after the Winter Olympics put the city and its beauty on the world stage. Movies and TV series often showcase the Vancouver area in similar fashion. Vancouver is Awesome commissioned her YVRShoots series in the fall of 2010 and it ran regularly for three years. She launched her own daily YVRShoots blog in the spring of 2012.
- Sunday, October 7th – Once Upon a Time‘s second episode of its second season reveals the mess the Wraith made of Storybrooke, aka Fort Langley and Steveston.
- Friday, October 5th – Fringe‘s second episode of its final season airs, featuring scenes filmed at UBC as an Observer-controlled Harvard campus in 2036
- Friday, October 5th – World Premiere of Vancouver-shot Random Acts of Romance, starring Amanada Tapping & Zak Santiago, at VIFF
- Friday, October 5th – Supernatural films episode eight of its eighth season downtown on the roof of the Lumbermens building & then on Richards Street below with Sam & Dean & Cas and the Impala
- Friday, October 5th – Once Upon a Time films aboard Hook (Colin O’Donoghue)’s pirate ship on the seas off Steveston.
- Friday, October 5th – Cult films at Deer Lake Park in Burnaby.
- Friday, October 5th – IGN’s 1st look behind the scenes at Vancouver-shot Halo 4 web series Forward Unto Dawn shows Daniel Cudmore, SFU, and the BCIT Aerospace campus.
- Thursday, October 4th – Falling Skies begins a series of night shoots at the Langley Airport after 8 p.m. closing.
- Thursday, October 4th – Cult‘s Robert Knepper and Alona Tal film scenes from show-within-a-show at the Vancouver Art Gallery
- Thursday, October 4th – Fringe films episode seven of its final season at the PNE
- Thursday, October 4th – EW.com reports Grammy winner Jill Scott cast as oracle-like woman on Fringe.
- Thursday, October 4th – Psych films its 2-hour musical episode inside the Vancouver Playhouse, an episode which features Barry Bostwick of Rocky Horror Picture Show fame Read More »WEEK: October 1-7, 2012
Whatever happened to Castiel in Purgatory, he didn’t look so cuckoo-bananas last night in downtown Vancouver filming a scene for episode eight of the eighth season with his BFFs Sam & Dean. The scene itself was pretty simple: the trio get out of the Impala and walk over to a crime scene at the Lumbermens Building on Richards Street turned Oklahoma Bank of Commerce. Simple and quick. But in between takes, we witnessed all kinds of hijinks.
Jared Padalecki (Sam) and Jensen Ackles (Dean) kept howling with laughter in the Impala. I blame Misha Collins (Castiel), the shadowy figure in the back seat. All three have a comedic gift, but Collins is the true comic. I will miss his cuckoo-bananas Cas if he’s recovered his sanity in season eight.
On the way back to the Impala, Misha Collins (Castiel) kept staring up at something in the building opposite. He even pointed at it, bringing Jared Padalecki (Sam) into it. [UPDATE: That’s the prop cartoon black hole in the wall that Dean puts his hand through.]
That wasn’t Captain Jack Sparrow commanding the Tall Ship Lady Washington in the waters off Steveston yesterday, although Captain Jack did commandeer this exact ship in the… Read More »SHOOT: ONCE UPON A TIME’s Captain Hook and his Pirate Ship in Steveston for 2×09 – Updated
Now that Olivia has been de-ambered in Fringe’s fifth season premiere, it’s time (overdue) to share her reunion with her scattered family and ongoing role in the Fringe resistance in 2036. In tonight’s episode, In Absentia, Olivia (Anna Torv) is part of the team searching the under-Observer-control Harvard campus for a hidden tunnel into Walter’s lab, played by the west entrance to the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at the University of British Columbia, not by the main entrance to the CHEM building like it has been in the past.
I came to the scene late in mid-August and so was at the wrong end to capture the Fringe team’s faces like a set photographer did here. It was the first time I’d seen Olivia (after 20 years encased in amber) on location with her estranged husband Peter (Joshua Jackson), her father-in-law Walter (John Noble), her grownup daughter Etta (Georgina Haig) and her colleague and friend Astrid (Jasika Nicole) in 2036.
Updated April 10, 2013 – This was the last episode of Cult aired by The CW before it cancelled the show.
Cult filmed scenes of Cult — its show-within-a-show — today at the Vancouver Art Gallery, with Robert Knepper (Prison Break)’s cult leader speaking about a proposed youth centre while Alona Tal’s police officer opens the trunk of the red car featured in the show-within-a-show. Confused yet?
You should be. “When the line between the imagined and reality is broken” is the meta tagline of The CW’s midseason series Cult. Matt Davis (The Vampire Diaries) stars as Jeff, an investigative journalist searching for his brother whose disappearance may be linked to the fans of a TV series called Cult (which stars Robert Knepper and Alona Tal’s characters) recreating what they’ve seen on the show. Jeff enlists the help of Jessica Lucas’s production assistant Skye from the show-within-a-show. Hopefully, all this meta-ness will be easier to follow when we see it on screen early next year.
Kristin Lehman as Vancouver Detective Angie Flynn Filming at the Olympic Village for CTV’s MOTIVE – Updated
If I hadn’t heard that Motive cast Kristin Lehman as divorced, single mother Angie [Flynn], a “feisty female Vancouver detective” solving murders in the midseason 13-episode CTV series, I might not have recognized her today in Olympic Plaza at The Village on False Creek. There’s very little of “Lady Eaton”, as her political campaign consultant Gwen Eaton on The Killing was known, in this new character Angie [Flynn] with her leather jacket, kickass boots and permed hair.
Motive’s twist is to reveal the killer at the start of each episode and then let us follow along Angie [Flynn]’s efforts to solve the murder and uncover the reasons behind it. One of today’s scenes was of [Flynn] talking with someone over coffee at a makeshift cafe at the northeast corner of Olympic Plaza.
The curse is broken in Storybrooke so all the fairy tale characters know who they really are on Once Upon a Time. And they’re mad as hell… Read More »SHOOT: ONCE UPON A TIME’s Dr. Whale Mob in Steveston for S2 Premiere
The curse is broken in Storybrooke. All of the fairy tale characters know who they really are in tonight’s season two premiere, Broken. Here are… Read More »YVRSHOOT: ONCE UPON A TIME’s Charming Family Reunion in Steveston for S2 Premiere