Sunday, September 25, 2016

Frequency 7

The sun was setting on another week of filming on the CW t.v. series Frequency. We are already working on the 7th of 13 episodes of the show, due to air on October 5th.
(I took this pic at the Kamui Mintara (playground of the gods) statues on Burnaby Mountain)
One of the scenes this week was in this mock New York subway car that was built at our studio in Burnaby. (it will look like it is moving with the help of the projection screen beside it)

Random, is this golf shot allowed?, internet pic.

The attention to detail was so impressive at this New York police precinct set at our stages
including this elevator to nowhere

and this mock computer profile of one of the murder suspects (played by Michael Charles Roman)

 Coming north on Cambie Street,approaching one of my favourite views of downtown Vancouver.

Here we go again, taking over another neighbourhood. This was new territory for me, way out in south Langley, close to the Canada/U.S. border.
One way to reflect the sunlight.

This will be a flashback to a murder scene.

Later in the day we moved to the active Stokes Gravel pit in south Langley. Actually, a small part of it was quite beautifully treed.

But most of it was a wide open dust bowl.
Without giving too much away, this burnt pick-up truck could belong to the murder suspect. (In this scene the police come to investigate)

A buddy told me back in the day you could fish here, but this was the only evidence of any water I could find out there.

The next day our base camp was back at the Concorde Pacific parking lot near False Creek.
I had a great view of B.C. Place as  I waited to take cast to set in nearby Chinatown.

The "triple foam" car wash, to remove all of the dirt and dust accumulated out at Stokes pit.

Filming went late into the evening in Chinatown. I'm curious to know how much it cost the production to have some of the stores stay open all night.

Filming under the "faux" moon.
Staging for the cast vehicles was in the alley

another crime scene.

On the weekend I had a chance to be a tourist in my own town. Here is another shot of the Kamui Mintara statues at Burnaby Mountain. Created by Japanese sculptors Nuburi Toko and his son, Shusei, these works of art commemorate the goodwill between Burnaby and its sister city, Kushiro, Japan
and a lovely shot across the waters of Burrard Inlet at the Barnet Marine Park in Burnaby.

The train kept us at the park a little longer than I had planned.

That evening I took junior out for his birthday at Cristos Greek Taverna in Burnaby.

He even got to break a plate to a chorus of "Opa"!
Exploring Vancouver with a friend, haven't done it for awhile. This is the Sinclair Centre on Hastings St. downtown.

This picture does not do this picture justice. If you ever get a chance to go into the lobby of the Rosewood Hotel Georgia on the corner of Georgia and Howe, take a look at this incredible 3-D picture.

It is remarkable as it seems to move as you move, worth checking out.

One of the more noticeable buildings in historic Gastown, is the old Hotel Europe, on the corner of Powell and Alexander.
and I certainly felt like a tourist when I stood with a bunch waiting for the clock on Water St. to blow off a little steam.

We also took the sea bus to North Vancouver. A great view looking back to downtown Vancouver.

at the seabus terminal looking across to North Vancouver

good one

I will never understand cats or cat people
bad one

That has to be somewhere in Canada, eh?

what a tribute

that's some good logic, right there!

that's a start....


I wish I had this when I went to school

Chia sandals?

Surprised it wasn't invented long ago.


that's not enough of a fine to deter people.....

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Frequency 5/6

This week, as we finished episode 5 and started episode 5, brought us closer to the premiere of Frequency on the CW network October 5th.
Trying to solve murder mysteries means a lot of hospital sets for  filming. Our go to on this show is Riverview Mental Hospital in Coquitlam. Today we were at the West Lawn building.

Here is one of our transport captains, Serena, giving fellow Teamster peep Ward a little scratch behind the ears for a job well done. (our transport team likes to have a little fun amongst all the day to day filming chaos)

Later in the day we were at the cafeteria building at the Riverview Crease clinic.
Crease clinic. For what it was, and all of the tragic stories of the history of this place, it is somehow a peaceful place to spend a day, away from the congestion and busyness of the rest of the Lower Mainland.

Oh no, be careful Severino, (fellow Teamster) He was up on top of one of the star wagons  (a humungous truck and trailer combination that houses large dressing rooms for 3 of the actors) doing repairs.

Later in the week we were filming in the oldest neighbourhood in Vancouver, Strathcona. (the pic is looking west toward downtown in Chinatown, which border Strathcona.
In one of the Strathcona neighbourhoods. Filming enables us to find hidden gems in Vancouver, like this quaint little coffee shop Teamster brother Rob enjoyed, the Wilder Snail on Keefer St.

Filming at one of the Strathcona homes. That's what we do, we just take over entire neighbourhoods for a day. (all with permission and permits of course)

What a great neighbourhood, preserving the history of Vancouver.

I know we had permission , but where do the residents park when we take over an entire block?

This was a little art gallery, very cool.

Our base camp was at the Concorde Pacific property on False Creek. (This was the site of our world exposition in 1986)
Eventually all of this property will be developed, to what extent, not sure.
At the presentation center they had an awesome mock up of the downtown Vancouver core
later that day, I was hanging outside our set on Hastings Street on the eastside of Vancouver. The rain was blurred my view looking back at the Astoria Hotel.

We were back in Strathcona for a second day. I had a chance to walk around and appreciate some of the turn of the century architecture.

Right by where we were shooting was a plaque . (click and enlarge, please) (very inspirational)
The tree that was planted was this snake bark maple.
another cool part of my job is going to places like this. This is WCT productions in Burnaby. They do prosthetics for the film industry, as seen by this wall of fame. They supply everything to from alien creatures to the most recent I was involved with, a neck piece that will be a slit throat when it films this Friday.

the limb department
the week flew by as usual, here we are still filming in Strathcona late on Friday night.

evil campfire smoke!
creative, but why?

HaHa! he needs training wheels!

How's the fine china?


now that's a poor design, I think the city should ask for their money back from the contractor

sculpting at its finest

Hic! "honey, I'm home!"

I bet he always gets a seat to himself

what a way to end the week!  this a special kind of wax dummy (if he's even real!)