Monday, February 27, 2017

The Mountain Between Us

I had the honor of helping out on the last week of filming on The Mountain Between Us, starring Kate Winslet and Idris Elba. It is based on the novel by Charles Martin.

A shot of filming one of the scenes, which included Vancouver and the surrounding areas, as well as Invermere in the Columbia Valley in Eastern British Columbia
My view from the bowels of the  Shangri-La hotel downtown Vancouver as I waited to pick-up one of the Fox executives.
Familiar ground as I wait at the taxi stand at the Vancouver airport for my exec pick-up.

and more familiar ground as I head downtown to pick up the same exec the next morning. (looking east from Crab Park towards the Port of Vancouver with North Vancouver in the background)

The studio for this feature was in Coquitlam. The wardrobe shop was close by, and offered a spectacular view of the Fraser River and the Port Mann Bridge.

The last night of filming looked a little chaotic to me. There were many little sets all over the stage, with gear everywhere
Omg! This winter is never going to end! More snow started to fly as I headed back towards Vancouver.

Part of the duties, an asap call to pick these two pieces up for the camera department. Then, once again it became a Fraturday, and my Friday turned into 6 a.m. on Saturday. (and........... unemployed again, thanks a lot!)

on the web, I knew right away, this was in the mountains of British Columbia


as redneck as it looks, the ingenuity is impressive

now that's redneck!

Have you no dignity?

just tell me where

where's sparky?

tiny p____?


Sunday, February 19, 2017

Part-time work

Being unemployed (hopefully short term) gave me a chance to do a couple of unique things week. We recently filmed Timeless at St. Andrew's-Wesley United church on the corner of Burrard and Nelson in Vancouver. When I mentioned it to my daughter she thought it would be cool to go to one of the Sunday services there.

I haven't been to church in a very long time. (12 years). It was a very positive experience. Everyone was welcome and I guess there was at least 400 people there.

still not quite cool with the selfie thang.

Later that Sunday, we headed towards Delta, to the M.O.T lands a short trip across the tracks from the Boundary Bay Airport. (another place that has been used for filming so many times, including recently on Timeless)

If you have never been there, or have not heard of this area, it is quite amazing. There are dozens of bald eagles, many, many hawks, and lots of other birds including herons. The reason seems to be, unfortunately, the Vancouver landfill is close by, and West Coast Lawns, which provides topsoil, compost, and ????
Small world, we ran into a old friend of mine , Ed Rocker, and his friend Meg. Edwin has his own blog of his acting adventures in film, click here.

Still looking winter, but I saw a bunch of robins, could spring be close by?

One of the many herons we saw that day.

Days off also gives you the pleasure of catching up with friends that you lose touch with as you work in the film industry. A pub on the Fraser river in Richmond was the half-way point to meet my buddy...

Tracy, who decided we needed to catch up on life really quickly!
The fish and chips were very good at  Tugboat Annies.

Then it was time to pay the bills. I took a part-time job on a feature movie called the mountain between us. Friday night was a very familiar view, looking west by the Vancouver train/bus station on Terminal Street.
It did not take long to realize it was fraturday time again, this time at Vancouver Film Studios. Besides us, tonight there was filming of Arrow, Flash, and Girlfriends Guide
As I view the web, I thought I had it bad



Sadly, I have friends who think this is a good idea

god speed

Monday, February 13, 2017

Officially unemployed, again

and then there was only 2 days of filming left on the first season of the NBC series, "Timeless." One day was in one of the barns at the P.N.E. grounds in Vancouver.
Another snow day at the base camp. 2 months of this weather is long enough!
Random, treated to a nice birthday spaghetti dinner by my daughter, pic.

soon I wont even be able to find my car!

The last day of filming included re-shooting some of the scenes, including this make-shift hospital room in the middle of the studio

one more trip through the Shine Auto wash on Terminal Ave.
One last cast pick-up downtown. (looking across to Stanley Park)

Looking east along the convention centre.

and then season one of Timeless was over. I had to return one of the work trucks to Langley, and I had a chance to stop by and visit my son as he was working as a grip on the set of Supergirl.

and here I am with National City as my backdrop. I think their studio is the largest one I have been in.

I do not watch the show, but I can only assume this is a command post of some sort.
Back at the Timeless studio, the time machine has been parked for now. (season 2?, time will tell)

I knew I was unemployed the second I had to take my cast vehicle back to the rental agency. Good thing most of the snow has melted off of my personal car.
Had to Know

The Stanley Cup is still the king of the trophies
I remember that, I also remember actually using a paper map, wow, I have certainly dated myself

this is snow joke

now what

ouch, maybe not quite ready?

valentine's day cards that were online. (that is not too unrealistic)

points for honesty

hmnnnn...... I'd have to think about it.