Last week the Fox TV show "Fringe" was filming for a few nights in the downtowna rea finally. On my last night of checking out the set, I caught a scene of the lead actors Anna Torv (Olivia Dunham) & John Noble (Dr. Walter Bishop) doing a scene where they run out of a malt shop thru a broken window.
To see video of that scene, check out my last Fringe blog.
Here are some still photos from that night. The shots are grainy and somewhat out of focus because of how dark it was, and to top it off, an unusually bright orange light was being used for the scene as well. This gave all the people the appearance of being pumpkins.
I tried with some of the pics to take the colour down some...with mixed results.
Anyways, heres some of the photos from that night. A couple interesting ones as you see Anna & her double, and John and his double interacting.
Earlier this month the Queen of Daytime TV came to Vancouver for a talk on the Power Of Women tour.
Ellen Degeneres, the NBC talk show host rolled into Vancouver and brought along her wife Portia DeRossi as well.
The pair were incredibly personable & friendly with the professionals and casual onlookers that arrived at their boutique hotel shortly before Ellen was to go on stage at Rogers Centre for the Power Of Women tour.
Ellen signed autographs for most of the people asking, but was being aggressively rushed thru by the tours security, even though both her & Portia didnt seem at all phased by the attention.
The night before the show I managed to get 1 autographs from Ellen. The next day I got her to sign again, along with getting 1 from Portia as well.
Below is a few pics from the day of the show as the pair left the hotel to head to the show.
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Below is a couple short videos of scenes shot Wednesday night in downtown Vancouver for Fringe.
The first video shows Walter ( John Noble ) & Olivia ( Anna Torv ) in a malt shop where a pane of glass shatters after people start fleeing, and the pair jump out of the now broken window & flee.
The second video is from a different angle a bit later as they do the scene of them fleeing again, but from a bit closer.
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All summer there has been 1 question constantly asked by Fringe fans and even their marketing personnel. "Where is Peter Bishop?". It has had 4 incredibly popular & much talked about commercials (including the most recent that just came out yesterday). Its spawned hashtags on twitter #whereispeter and #whereispeterbishop and all in all, it has been the central topic of discussion amongst casual and avid Fringe fans.
Yesterday I went to the set of Fringe for the 2nd day in a row. I wasnt going there with any type of big plans. Just see a bit more filming, maybe take a few more pics to fill out the blog that I posted before this 1 and perhaps get John Noble to sign.
My entire purpose for being there changed however later in the evening when a Ford Flex pulled up at the set and dropped off a cast member that no one, including the crew had seen yet this season... JOSHUA JACKSON!
The man who plays the much talked about Peter Bishop character had not filmed a second of Season 4 prior to his arrival. The crew greeted him as if he was their long lost best friend they hadnt seen in 6 years. Hugs & handshakes everywhere. Josh then acknowledged the fans who had encroached in to the side of the street they were all on and said to us that he would come over to see us in "1/2 an hour". He then proceeded to go into the building they were filming in & start singing "Happy Birthday to you" to someone.
At the time, I wondered if he was here just to say Happy Birthday to someone since all we had been told by crew & websites was that Josh's character, Peter Bishop, who you fans recall was "killed off" at the end of season 3 in a storyline that rocked the Fringe fans, was not expected back till late September to film.
About 15 minutes later Josh came out & walked over to the crowd of 10-15 fans across the street. Most who were from around the globe including the U.K, Australia, Austria, Switzerland and elsewhere. He gave out photos with, signed autographs, and assured those of us there that he was in fact, filming scenes today. I asked him "so when do you get back to work on this show?" he replied "right now". I asked him if he wanted to give us any spoilers, which was greeted with a smart ass "you're joking, right?' look.
Josh spent 10-15 minutes with the fans. He recalled in fairly vivid detail meeting 1 fan who was meeting him for her 2nd time. She said to him "you dont remember me" and then Josh recalled their last encounter to a near word for word tee...even though it had been a year or 2 prior. She was impressed, and Josh had this look of "how good is that eh?" as the group marveled at his memory. Eventually the crew told him he had to go...afterall, he DID have work he was there for. He then joked "1st day back to work and I'm already late". Then he went off to film his 1st scenes of season 4.
A little later we noticed Josh & John Noble walking around from a corner, they stopped to chat to a couple women, and the pair of actors took the time to play around with the 1 ladies dog. John kept making reference to how he was going to have to get his make up re-done because the dog kept licking him, while Joshua listened to the woman closely while she pitched a charity event that was coming up the next month which is taking place here in Vancouver with a list of TV stars already confirmed to shopw up for it.
The interest thing we noticed about Josh, was the tags he was wearing all over his shirt. I counted at least 5 of them, perhaps there was more. The suggestion amongst the group is they are motion sensor tags, like what you see when sports video games try to capture players real life movements. This lead to speculation on what Josh's scene really could be. Was he actually there, or just a vision? Guess we all will have to wait to find out.
Earlier in the day Anna Torv was also seen on set. But I never saw her while I was there. It was suggested she was inside filming, but we never saw confirmation of it as we never saw her come in or leave in the time I was there.
Fringe season 4 is currently shooting episode 4. The season starts Friday September 23rd on FOX.
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Monday evening the crew and some cast of the FOX hit show "Fringe" filmed on Jervis St in Vancouver at an apartment building that was used in the past as the home of Fauxlivia from "the other side".
The scenes I saw were primarily John Noble (Walter) and Anna Torv (Olivia) getting out of a truck, walking up to the building, where they stop, have a chat before Olivia places Walter on a bench, then proceeds to go up the stairs, before Walter asks her for something (I believe it to be a cell phone) which she stops to hand him, them goes into the building.
At the end of their evening of filming, Anna stopped to sign autographs and take photos with fans, as well as some fans of Supernatural who were so impressed with him friendly and respectful the crew and cast were that they promised to give the show a chance.
I will have another blog in the next day or so from the Tuesday set of Fringe shooting at the same location...with a LARGER spoiler. A Mighty Ducking big spoiler. So Pacey yourself for that. Wouldnt want you all Petered out by the time I post that.
Below is some of the pics from Mondays shoot. Apologies if some are a bit fuzzy/grainy. My camera was being quite unco-operative with me yesterday.
The 2nd video from the Supernatural filming the other day. Told you there wasnt much to it.
Even less to see in this 1, as you really can only see Jared for most of it, since Jensen is behind a post.
Thanks to the anonymous filmer of these videos who asked not to be credited (wise move - considering Cliffyboy claims he lets fans take pics). Wonder if these FAN vids will send Clif into an ALL CAPS RAGE and just try to stop anyone from taking pics or filming now. Dont worry Tiny, I'm sure the company thinks your still doing a stand up job of blocking SOME photos from being taken, as well as representing the company in a good light by making disrespectful gestures at people on camera and boasting about it on the internet. The CW must be proud of that.
So Thursday there was a couple scenes done for Supernatural downtown.
I was lucky enough that someone with a little handheld camera phone taped a few seconds of 1 of the scenes for me.
There isnt much to the scene. Just Dean walking away while Sam stands there.... but, I suppose its better than nothing for all of you.
I'll post it on youtube sometime later this week for those who arent having luck seeing it here for whatever reasons... so dont try posting this on youtube, or your own personal sites...it will get taken down... as some of you are already aware of. Simply link to this blog
So yesterday there was a Supernatural shoot not far from my house...so I went and squeezed in a couple hours at the set.
There was not a lot to shoto (with my $500 semi decent camera...you really need the $1000+ type stuff to shoot from that far away and have great shots every time) because the crew decided to put up screens at a variety of angles & made set personnel stand around the outskirts of the scene to minimize angles for both the pros & fans alike to see, let alone shoot, what was going on... which wasnt even anything season spoiling.
It appeared to be a scene where where Sam & Dean walk out of a hotel (earlier they were shot going in...but I didnt get anything off that scene) and Dean walks away on Sam. Not exactly season spoiler, like I said...but the crew acted like they were protecting the ending to Casablanca....and as much as I love Supernatural, the greatest episode of this show isnt fit to even be accidentally put in the same class as an iconic movie. This brings me to a point where I am going to ramble on on a moderately related, but not too likely interesting to most of you, topic.
When one crew member takes it upon themselves to start a personal brigade against photographers or fans from seeing or shooting something. It isnt winning over anyone for the show. TV is all about eyeballs on the TV sets. TV industry is a VERY PR heavy industry. It relies heavily on fans being happy...and trying to shun them, and prevent them from seeing whats going on, all to inconvenience 4 people that 1 person on the crew doesnt like, is absurd. You did more harm than good by your over the top antics. I've been told "its distracting to the actors"... and while I did watch an actor once have a bit of a fit over such a thing.. the vast majority are oblivious to people photographing it....since they are 100 ft away. Also, NO, they are not "in the shot". Unless your camera can see around corners with some magic futuristic camera that can bend around solid objects, that too is BS.
As for you Clif. Since I know you are fascinated with what I say & do...you will read this at some point. Yes, I am aware you dont like me. I even know why. I am even ok with it...I didnt at anytime think you & I were going to be hanging out together trading cupcake recipes. YET, the 1 and only time you asked me not to bug the guys, I respected your request...and yet, you STILL feel the need to take a pot shot on twitter at me. Seemed uncalled for, and unprofessional. ESPECIALLY, considering, like I said, the 1 and only time you asked me to not do something, I did as you asked. I have both publicly in person, and on twitter, invited you to discuss your problem with me the proper way, man to man...which I think for YOU would be ideal...but you opt not to accept that proposal, then wait a year and take a shot at me on twitter out of the blue. Seems random, and not terribly wise for you to do.
Anyways, I didnt get a lot in the way of photos. Infact, most of what you are seeing here was screencaps off a video a friend gave me to see if I could do anything with....but, hey, its free and I suppose, its better than nothing...right?
Last season I shot a few pics of different Supernatural cast that either didnt make it to the blog because of time, my own personal opinion on quality, the tragic death of my old computer, or my personal temper tantrum over people untagging my photos...in any case.... here are some of those pics.
Yes, I am aware some of the group pics are grainy. They are free. So, really, complain to someone else.
A few pics of Jensen Ackles, a solo of Mark Sheppardand a few of Jensen & Jared, along with a group shout of J2, Misha & Mark Sheppard returning together one night.
You can follow these castmates on twitter at
Jared Padalecki http://twitter.com/jarpad
Misha Collins http://twitter.com/mishacollins
Mark Sheppard http://twitter.com/mark_sheppard
In a little over 2 months, it will be the 2 yr anniversary since I started using Google Analytics to track my websites stats. Unfortunately, some pretty big traffic days were not recorded prior to the addition of that service from the Twilight days...but, that aside...heres a look at what has been popular in making my site semi-popular for some reason.Top 10 most viewed pages
1- Best Of TV Awards Polls
2- TV Character Current Games
(blog sidebar links)
4- Random Bloggings
(main link..and where you are reading this)
6- Team Switzerland - 2010 Olympic Mens Hockey Roster predictions
7- Supernatural filmed some S6 scenes in New Westminster
8- Hellcats stars Julian Parish & Marti Perkins get to know each other better
9- Supernatural star Jensen Ackles (Dean Winchester) leaves the WB Press Junket
10- Smallville Cast & crew say good bye FOR GOOD. Final Wrap Party for Season 10
(random bloggings)Honourable mentions
"Jensen Ackles & Lindsey McKeon filming a few scenes for Supernatural season 6
" (Random bloggings)
"Smallville stars Erica Durance & Cassidy Freeman head on out to Comic-Con, with some bunus Elise Gatien
" (random bloggings)
"Some Supernatural leftovers. Jared Padalecki Jensen Ackles & Others
" (random bloggings)
" (main link)"Celebrity autographs" (main link)
"Supernatural tidbits - Misha Collins Jim Beaver and Jensen Ackles" (Random bloggings)
"Supernatural autographs" (main link)
"Fringe season 3 shooting has begun- Some Anna Torv and Joshua Jackson" (random bloggings)
"Candid photos" (main link)
"Robert Englund says a few words about working on Supernatural" (random bloggings)
Interesting stat - 158 pages have only 1 view on my site. They are all translated into other languages versions of pages
Top 10 keyword searches
2- Team Switzerland 2010 Olympic hockey roster (or variant combos/wordings like Swiss, Oly, suiss...etc)
3- Best of TV polls
4- hockey autographs
5- Cassidy Freeman
6- Anna Torv
8- Jensen Ackles
9- Twilight autographs
10- Rob Pattinson
honorable mentions - Erica Durance, Fringe, autographs, Smallville, Tanith Belbin, Fringe autographs, SGU, Stargate, Kristen Stewart, Josh Jackson
Interesting stat - Not sure which 1 is more random.
4 views for "is Canadagraphs a celebrity" or 2 views for "nude female hockey players wrestling"
Top 10 referring sites
honorable mentions -
http://google.com (seriously..only 14th??)
Interesting stat - I had 158 views from http://patrickgilmore.wordpress.com after he referred to our site in 1 of his blogs encouraging people to vote for him in our TV character league games... it worked I suppose. He won the regular season in his division.
Top 10 visiting countries
Honorable mentions - Philippines, Japan, China (although I think they are mainly spambots), Ukraine, Portugal, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Argentina, South Korea, Mexico, Ireland, Hungary, Greece.Interesting stat
- I had 1 visit from Timor-Leste. Thats 1 more than the U.S. had from that country visiting their country in 2010 (US visitors stats dont include government personnel or students, since they are technically, not visiting)