Arrow shoots a few scenes for the season 6 premiere with lots of cast in multiple locations in the Vancouver area
THIS BLOG POST CONTAINS PHOTOS AND POSSIBLE SPOILERS ABOUT THE SEASON 6 PREMIERE OF "ARROW". If you have not watched this episode yet, ad do not want to see or read any possible spoilers about it..... do not continue reading or viewing the photos below.
Arrow started filming season 6 of Arrow last month in a few locations. The two that I caught up to them at was in North Vancouver, in Princess Park that they were using as part of Lian Yu.
On set that day was everyone that we saw at the end of season 5 who were on the island actively trying to get out together. People I saw on set that day included Emily Bett Rickards, Willa Holland, David Ramsey, Echo Kellum, Juliana Harkavy, Manu Bennett and Anna Hopkins. I DID NOT see Katrina Law, but I did see a person dressed as Nyssa al Ghul there. I also never saw Katie Cassidy, Lexa Doig or Madison McLaughlin there.
All that said, who I saw, and didnt see does not mean 1 way or the other who did or didnt die in the episode, as much of what they filmed on this day was simply showing what everyone did in the final minutes before Adrian Chase threw a Donald Trump sized temper tantrum & blew up an entire island. I do know from things I do know about this episode and others so far, 1 person from the lists above is in a coma, and as of the time of writing this, nothing has changed with the character coming out of it, or being killed off yet. I suppose if/when they finally decide that will decide if/when the cast member playing the character decides on returning or not.
I managed to get some autographs that day from Anna Hopkins and Manu Bennett, despite crew being overly pushy about insisting they were "in a hurry" (despite the fact the minivan she said was in a hurry to leave sat there for another 4-5 minutes afterwards)
The area they filmed in was so well concealed by ravines and forest that it took quite a bit of effort to even find ANY shred of area that I could see the scene from. While I could hear pretty much everything that happened, my visibility was limited to two small cracks between some trees.... thus why the limited selection of photos I managed to get. Much of the scene had the cast running, so the only chance to really get a shot of them was after they were done running.
The best shots I got were of Emily Bett Rickards when she was finished shooting the entire scene, and wasnt in a rush to get back to her starting spot. In the pics, you can see Felicity is clearly covered in a variety of scratches.
After they changed the set up for the scene, I seemingly lost the spot I had as a crew member was then there stopping people from trying to see from there..... so i moved on for that day.
The only shot I know anyone got that day of Manu Bennett on set as Deathstroke was from twitter user @ArizonaJake
A few days later, I managed to catch up to Arrow shooting a scene on the Georgia viaduct. Tis is of course the same viaduct they used for that impressive Deathstroke army marching into Starling City back in season 2. On this day, they had several of the cast there shooting a variety of scenes on the bridge. While most of the shooting while I was there consisted of two actresses and their stunt doubles doing a fighting scene, others were in fact there, and did film at various times.... albeit, mostly after I left.
Katie Cassidy, Julia Harkavy, Stephen Amell, David Ramsey, Echo Kellum & Paul Blackthorne were all seen on set, along with most of their stunt doubles as well.
The majority of shooting took place with Harkavy, Cassidy & their stunt doubles. Below, at the bottom, is a quick video of 1 of the takes of the stunt team working thru the sequence.
A special bonus..... a rare guest photographer. Local photographer Lightbox Gallery allowed me to use a few of his photos from the day.. You will notice the difference almost immediately between my shots, done with a $500 camera, and his, done with a $3000-5000 camera. You can find other photos hes taken of different celebs on his Twitter and on his Instagram
While he did miss some of the stuff with Juliana and Katie out on set battling, he did get quite a few great shots, including a couple of Stephen, who I somehow never even noticed was on set at that time.
Arrow returns to The CW in the U.S. and on CTV in Canada on October 12 ,2017
You can also find my other behind the scenes Arrow blog posts going all the way back to season 1 HERE
You can find my Arrow Autographs gallery HERE
Arrow shoots scenes for the season 3 finale with Katrina Law and Katie Cassidy in downtown Vancouver
THIS IS A BLOG POST for the Arrow season 3 finale, episode 323. If you have not seen this episode yet and do not want to see possible spoilers prior to viewing the episode. Do not continue reading or viewing the photos.
Arrow was filming the finale for season 3 a few weeks ago in downtown Vancouver.
While the big reveal scene that was shot VERY late in the night wasnt seen by many, and shot by no one including me. The more public shoot earlier in the night was seen by lots of people and photographed by quite a few.
It saw Katrina Law as Nyssa Al Ghul (or is that Nyssa Queen now?) teaming up with Katie Cassidy as Black Canary aka Laurel lance walking thru a Starling City park looking for trouble when the find it in the form of a knife wielding bad guy. What this guest actors role is in the whole grand scheme of the episode, I am not too sure. But Black Canary takes him down while Nyssa seemingly sits by watching.
A bit later in the night they shot a scene that only a very very small handful of people saw and they didnt want anyone photographing. It had David Ramsey as John Diggle in the scene along with Willa Holland as Thea Queen... or... something else. Since the spoiler is now out there on what this years terrible event is that will happen in Starling city, guess its safe to tell you the virus makes it to Starling City. Diggle is chasing the person with it when they seemingly get away. Diggle finds himself in a bit of trouble, and is saved by a costumed vigilante who shoots 3 arrows into an attacker. Since we have already seen Thea in a mini-Dark Archer outfit earlier this season you obviously have figured out who the archer is. Since you also saw her get a certain red jacket recently. You can probably guess what her new uniform colour will be. Diggle looks up at her and states "nice threads" and thats the end of the scene.
Arrow and several of the cast are up for May madness this year. Voting is going on right now on different match ups every couple days HERE.
Arrow autographs can be found here.
Arrow season finale airs tonight May 12, 2015 on The CW in the U.S. and on CTV in Canada.
Some leftover photos of the Arrow cast from season 1 and 2. Stephen Amell, Emily Bett Rickards, Caity Lotz, Paul Blackthorne, John Barrowman, Manu Bennett and even Seth Gabel.
Over the 1st two seasons of "Arrow" (on the CW in the U.S. and on CTV in Canada) I have managed to catch up to the cast quite a few times, in quite a few scenarios. On set, airports, hotels, even a couple cast get togethers. As a whole, the cast has been pretty great with the regulars in town.
I have also gained quite a few photos from those encounters from times that I just, for whatever reasons, never blogged about. They somehow fell thru the cracks of larger posts at the time, or simply I didn't feel there was enough to do a post on at the time.... so here they are. My unseen pics of the past 2 years.
Firstly, the star of the show. Stephen Amell.
This past season I ran into him quite a few times, seemed for awhile he was at every location I ever went to. So these off set interactions with him might have fallen by the wayside easily enough from late this past season.
Each time, he stopped for me and the others there, and happily signed for us. Hes been a class act here, glad they cast someone who was not just physically capable of the role, but also a good guy with the public off set.
Also, if you don't already... you really should follow his Facebook Page, he is easily 1 of the more engaging & entertaining celeb son FB, and his memes he re-posts from the public are usually pretty good. Hes honestly 1 of the very few things I even go on facebook to see anymore.
Below are pics from an encounter during "Family Day" (a fake holiday B.C. invented for an extra weekend off) & 1 pic from running into him at the end of the season... as well as the WORST photo with ever (my fault...didn't gtell the guard something my camera was going to do) that I got on the set the night they filmed the tunnel scene for the finale. I am definitely gonna have to get that re-done in season 3.
Stephen Amell Official twitter profile
In season 1, I found the Arrow set just a couple blocks from my house. UNFORTUNATELY, it was 1 of the hardest rains I can ever remember me enduring at a set and was all in doors. But I was determined since I really wanted to see the man who would play Count Vertigo, again, Seth Gabel.
I had met Seth many times on the set of another show he did here "Fringe" (a couple of these pics are from then btw... I just had never used them so thought, may as well now).
I caught up with Seth, and he had 2 out of country fans there to meet him too. He stopped even in the torrential downpour to talk to them, and signed for me & my buddy. I joked with him how less than a block away was 1 of the last places I saw him when he filmed Fringe. He told me he remembered it and when he was coming into work that day he passed it & instantly remembered what he shot there.
An added bonus that day was my 1st ever time seeing Detective Quentin Lance in person, Paul Blackthorne nearly snuck by me because I was looking the other way...but I caught him just long enough to snap off 1 pic. he then signed a couple autographs for my buddy across the street. Since then, I have seen Paul many times. Always been a great guy. Nowhere near as abrasive as Quentin is.
Seth Gabel Official Twitter Profile
Paul Blackthorne Official Facebook page
Paul Blackthorne Official Twitter profile
When Arrow originally cast the pilot of the show, they probably had not even thought of who would play Felicity Smoak. Little did they know a year later she would be the most popular female character on the show & essentially the lead female on the show.
Emily Bett Rickards got cast in the role that is now a staple of every episode. I've caught up with her many times, and shes always been really friendly with us.
Here is 1 such encounter from last May 2013 that I never managed to find time to post.
Emily Bett Rickards Official Twitter Profile
In season 2, the writers of Arrow decided to bring back the Sara Lance character.
However, they wanted someone with a background that was capable of doing physically challenging scenes. So they re-cast her.
In came relative unknown Caity Lotz. The woman who would eventually become "The Canary" (writers clearly wanting to keep the BLACK Canary title for the person they said was going to be it) became a mainstay throughout the season. I managed to catch up to her a few times early on, including this encounter as she was leaving town for Christmas break.
Caity Lotz Official Twitter Profile
In the final week of filming, I managed to catch up to 2 Arrow baddies.
1st up was the man who plays the seemingly unkillable Malcolm Merlyn. John Barrowman arrived in Vancouver to shoot his finale scenes, and I managed to get him at the airport. In true John Barrowman fashion, he gave me a couple wild poses as he came out the door to go to his vehicle. Hes always looking to leave a lasting impression on the fans.
The next day, I caught up to Deathstroke. Manu Bennett did a TV interview to promote an event he was going to be at.
I managed to catch up to Slade Wilson on his way out of the interview, and he happily signed for me, as well, told me quite candidly that it might be quite awhile, if ever, before we see Slade/Deathstroke again as nothing was guaranteed for his return in season 3. I told him the writers always find a way to bring people back, he seemed less certain.
Fingers crossed the Arrow writers find a reason to have him back sooner, rather than later.
John Barrowman Official Facebook page
John Barrowman Official Twitter profile
Manu Bennett Official Facebook Page
Manu Bennett Official Twitter profile
IF I don't get too sidetracked (which happens often unfortunately) I might write my review & opinions on season 2 of Arrow in my new TV episodes, seasons & series review blog I made (so far only has 1 whole entry...kinda slacked off on that). So you can possibly see that soon.
Arrow will start filming season 3 in Vancouver in July.
Arrow Official Facebook Page
Arrow Official Twitter Profile
THIS POST MAY CONTAIN NOTABLE SPOILERS FOR EPISODE 223 OF "ARROW" TITLED "UNTHINKABLE".
If you have not seen this episode & do not want to read or view any potential spoilers for the episode prior to seeing it. Please DO NOT continue reading this article, or viewing the photos.
Besides being my favorite Vancouver shot show right now, and POSSIBLY my favorite show on all of TV, Arrow is also 1 of my all time favorites to shoot. Mostly because, you never know what you might see when you go there.
The cast & crew for Arrow shot a major fight scene for the finale titled "Unthinkable" in a tunnel under the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge in mid-April. The scene involved them closing down a road to all traffic for about a mile on 1 side (no idea for how far on the other side). Thankfully, foot traffic was still allowed thru.
I found the set & after scanning the area with my camera, figured out where the main cast for the scene were generally starting from.
There was 2 spoilers I saw that night.
The 1st I noticed right away. (and has since been officially posted by Arrow) It seems Nyssa al Ghul is fighting along side "Team Arrow" and it looks like she has a few friends with her. A handful of "League Of Assassins" dressed actors were with Nyssa & Team Arrow members Oliver, Sara & Roy. They got into a fight with the Deathstroke mask wearing Army Slade Wilson has made while bystanders ran around in a panic & cars burned. Katrina Law, Caity Lotz & Colton Haynes joined Stephen Amell for these fight scenes in the tunnel, along with their doubles, who thankfully were easy to tell apart from the cast for the most part.
The other spoiler, I didnt notice right away thanks to the ultra grainy pics I took (night time + 500 ft away + $500 camera = grainy pics). I didnt notice it on my small 2 inch camera screen, but when I got home to look at them on my computer, it became quite clear, Roy Harper HAS A MASK ....AND A BOW. It seems clear that Roy has taken the step from angry hoodlum to Team Arrow masked member. Only question is, will he be referred to as Red Arrow, or Arsenal? Also, when/how will he get to this point? After all it was JUST episode 2x20 where Roy was in a RoyRage destructive frame of mind. Can he be turned into someone that the team can trust by its side AND given a weapon in a mere month? Apparently so. But considering the absurd Luarel shooting a bow scene they put out for episode 2x22, I suppose this is more believable than that. This was the Second Time this season I photographed someone in a new mask & didn't know it right away.
The angle in the tunnel made it not optimal for actually SEEING any of the fight details. With the exception of when someone would step up on a car, they were too low down to see over top of the cast, crew & equipment surrounding the area. So the only time I could get many shots was at the top of the scene, when they were above my sightlines.
Since a lot of people have asked me via emails & on twitter what else I know about the finale. I will simply say this. I do know a few things, some BIG things. But, my policy is, if I do not actually see it myself, I am not going to report it as fact. For that reason the no less than 6 spoilers I am aware of over the final 2 episodes that I didn't see, I wont comment on. So please quit asking. All I will say is, as you would expect from ARROW, its going to be a wild ride.
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Arrow airs Wednesday nights on The CW in the U.S. & CTV in Canada. The finale is scheduled for May 14, 2014.
The Cast of Arrow on set for the Finale - Colton Haynes, Caity Lotz, Katie Cassidy, Paul Blackthorne and Katrina Law
Recently, the cast & crew of Arrow were working on the finale titled "Unthinkable" around Vancouver.
I managed to catch up to the cast a couple times while they were here. First up was at their non-studio studio in South Burnaby that they use for a variety of scenes.
On set that day I saw Katrina Law there in her Nyssa al Ghul outfit after she had shot some scenes. Of course, the CW has already promoted this, so this isn't a shocker, or a spoiler for anyone. But was cool at the time to see her. Also there at that time were Paul Blackthorne, Caity Lotz & Katie Cassidy. As they were leaving. Colton Haynes seemed to be starting his shooting day.
While I was there I found out quite a few spoilers for the finale, most of which I cant really talk about since I have adopted a policy that I wont post a spoiler if I did not in fact witness it myself. Needless to say though, from what I found out, the final 2 episodes is another action packed roller coaster ride like the last few have been.
I will have 1 more finale filled blog soon.
Arrow airs Wednesday nights on The CW in The U.S. & CTV in Canada.
THIS BLOG CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR EPISODE 17 OF SEASON 2 Of "ARROW". If you do not want to see/read any spoilers prior to the episode. Please do not read the article or view the photos below.
A very cold early February night, I caught the cast of Arrow filming scenes for episode 17 of season 2, "Birds Of Prey" on Homer Street. Both interior & exterior shoots were done, including scenes in a court room & outside in a courtyard upstairs that I couldnt see in the early part of the day.
As night time came, they moved to outside to shoot in the -4C chilly Vancouver air.
They did a scene in an alley that I was unable to see because of all the crew huddled around that I THINK consisted of Caity Lotz and Stephen Amell, both in their alter ego attires. Interestingly, as open as Degouw was about letting me photograph her in her mask, Caity was the exact opposite,
The 1st scene was 1 of Oliver walking up to a gaggle of cops, special forces personnel out on the street in front of the "Starling City Courthouse". Paul Blackthorne as Quentin Lance was also in the scene. Because of the terrible vantage point for the scene, I never could see much of what it entailed, just that Oliver is on the phone & walks around a police cruiser.
The 2nd scene after that I saw was with 2 ladies that you never expected to probably be sharing a scene. Jessica DeGouw, who I saw earlier in the day in her Huntress uniform & even posed for a photo in her mask had traded it in for a cop uniform. She was forcibly escorting Katie Cassidy (Laurel) at gunpoint out of my view in the scene, pressumably into a police cruiser, or away from the crowd of cops who seemed oblivious to this going on.
I also saw Caity Lotz on set this day in her Black Canary mask but she didn't want to be photographed in it, so I didn't....so its going to be a masktravaganza episode it seems.
I managed to get autographs on this day from Stephen, Katie, Caity & Jessica. I think that's a season 2 record for people I got on an Arrow set.
Arrow is airing new episodes every Wednesday on the CW in the U.S. & CTV in Canada.
Birds Of Prey episode is currently scheduled to air March 26th, 2014.
Arrow films scene for episode 2x05 "League Of Assassins" with Caity Lotz & Paul Blackthorne - where Sara reveals to Quentin shes alive
Here is a video of Caity Lotz & Paul Blackthorne shooting the scene from episode 205 "League Of Assassins" where Sara lets her father Quentin Lance, know she is still alive.
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