Arrow shoots a couple scenes for a season 5 episode 511. Stephen Amell, Rick Gonzalez, Echo Kellum and newcomer Juliana Harkavy on set.
THIS BLOG POST CONTAINS PHOTOS & A SCENE DESCRIPTION FOR "ARROW" EPISODE 511 "Second Chances". If you have not seen this episode yet and do not want to see or read possible spoilers, do not continue reading or viewing the photos below.
Back on November 8, 2016 I finally caught up with the cast & crew of "Arrow" shooting a scene in season 5. Over the past two seasons the shows has found itself out on location downtown less and less as they have started relying hravily on shooting in & around their studios to save money (and conveniently, keep it out of the sight of the public).
On this day, they shot a scene in the Smile Diner (a location thats been used by many shows (& 1 iconic Kokanee commercial when they kill off the Kokanee Ranger) over the years. On this day, it was transformed into a Big Belly Burger. As far as I know, this is the first time on any of the shows that there has been an actual on location place for a Big Belly Burger. On this particular day, it was a BBB in Hub City. At a table we found Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen, Rick Gonzalez as Rene Ramirez and Echo Kellum as Curtis Holt chatting while a waitress from BBB brought them their orders. Notably absent was Joe Dinicol, and of course Madison McLaughlin, who hasnt filmed in several weeks now (is she M.I.A or is she D.O.A?)
Maybe the one thing I hate more than shooting night scenes is shooting day scenes on a busy street through glass. The amount of reflection off them is atrocious. But you have to work with whats given to you in this hobby/business, so I did. Not much to take from the scene, except that they were talking about .... something. Could it be the new member of the team they were out in Hub City looking for? Or could it be about how Artemis isnt in the scene? I guess we will have to wait to see.
After their shoot, I was the recipient of some good fortune, as the transportation vehicle that picked up Echo and Rick in a compound like parking lot behind the restaraunt, had the misfortune of getting blocked in at the end of their alley as they tried to leave by a delivery vehicle. With the window rolled down, I asked Echo if he could sign, and he actually got out of the vehicle and signed. Shortly after a crew member that was also in the vehichle got out, and I noticed Rick Gonzalez sitting in the back. I got him to sign too and then moved along only to run into Stephen Amell coming back from the lunch truck a couple moments later, and got him to sign a few items too. I then headed off for a bit since I knew they were going to lunch break for a couple hours.
When I returned they had moved to an alley that leads into the alley behind the restaraunt they were at. In the alley was the "Green Arrow" (never saw him standing or from the front, so unsure if it was Stephen or his new stunt double.) and 2 actresses both dressed the same. One was Juliana Harkavy, the newest addition to the Arrowverse as "Tina", and the other, her stunt double. Just like the Green Arrow I saw, I never saw either of them from the front, so unsure which was which. Shortly after they all moved into a small parking lot off the alley that was impssobile to get any view of and they shot scenes were GA tries to convince Tina that there is a better way to do things. This is essentially the START of her being brought into Team Arrow I think.
Included with the pics of the cast on set, is some cool pics from the exterior and interior of the Big Belly Burger location before the crews started tearing it down.
After a couple takes, I realized there was little to nothing to see there and headed home.
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THIS BLOG POST CONTAINS PHOTOS AND A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF SCENES SHOT FOR EPISODE 423 OF "ARROW". If you have not seen the episode yet, and do not want to see or read any possible spoilers, do not continue with this article.
Arrow shot scenes for the season 4 finale in mid-April in downtown Vancouver with several cast and their stunt team on set..... and a WHOLE LOT OF EXTRAS.
The two day shoot at the often used Oceanic Plaza near Burrard and Hastings had Neal McDonough as Damien Darhk there with a bunch of his ghosts taking on Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen / Green Arrow, and a few of his friends...and civilians.
Also seen on set were David Ramsey as John Diggle / Spartan, Audrey Marie Anderson as Lyla Michaels, and SOMEONE dressed in a Black Canary outfit.
I say "someone" because anyone that was there who managed to set eyes on her only did so for a brief moment here or there. The 1 and only time she was out in the open was walking back from a food truck, and when another set blogger and myself moved down the block to get a closer look, an over zealous security guy decided to act like he was saving lives from terrorist sniper fire and was purposely trying to impede our views.... thus why I only got 1 pretty blurry pic of her. What I WILL say is, the outfit is VERY Laurel BC, and NOT Sara Lance or Evelyn Sharp looking, as you can see from the mask. Did the producers pull a fast one on everyone & lie about her death being permanent? I'm inclined to believe no. I think shes still dead. Why this Black Canary look was on set, we WILL have to wait & see.
The scene, which took up a large part of the block to shoot, consisted of a few scenes that I suspect will all fall together in the end., First 1 I saw was where Damian & Oliver battle it out as Oliver seems to crawl out of some type of makeshift memorial for the dead in the Havenrock attacks, & it looks like Darhk is getting the upper hand. The next night was the big fight scene. Hundreds of extras, some ghosts, some civilians, faced off in the middle of the street with Darhk and Oliver right in the thick of it. With so many fight scenes taking place, the stunt team had a lot of work those two nights and I honestly saw them on set more than the actors on the 2nd night. Kudos to them as always, especially since they had to work till late into a Fraturday both nights.
During the lunch break on the first night, I FINALLY had the good fortune of meeting Neal McDonough. Such a nice guy, as he signed my photos eve though 1 of the crew attempted at first to prevent it, and even signed 1 for a fan visiting from Arizona who knew him from another project as well. This would turn out to be my LAST autographs of the season for Arrow. Solid way to go out.
As I said, another set blogger was there, and you can see his photos HERE (hes got some pretty good ones from angles I didn't have).
Arrow season finale will be on Wednesday May 25, 2016 on The CW in the U.S. and on CTV in Canada.
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Season 3 of ARROW has started filming - Pics of Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy and Paul Blackthorne shooting scenes for ep 301
Arrow season 3 is under way in Vancouver, BC, Canada FINALLY!
The 1st public shoot (that anyone seems to have known of) was on Friday right in downtown Vancouver as the production took over Terry Fox Plaza at B.C. Place to film scenes that involved Oliver Queen walking along with Laurel Lance
The pair did a scene where they are walking from the stadium in the blazing heat we had here, eventually they stop and talk to a 3rd character, alive and seemingly well... Quentin Lance.
A bit later they did scenes where Laurel talks to Quentin in front of the media.
In these scenes, you see Quentin dressed up in a little different Police attire.... as he is now Captain Lance.
After those scenes, Paul Blackthorne wrapped his work on those scenes. Short time later Katie Cassidy also wrapped.
This left Stephen Amell there to film scenes that involved another cast member...which I will get to in my next blog post.
I managed to get autographs from all 3 of them at different times. This included a good 15-20 minute chat that Stephen had with those of us that were there. Glad to see he is still cool.
Arrow returns this fall on The CW in the U.S. and on CTV in Canada. for their 3rd season starting October 8, 2014.
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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.
Arrow shoots scenes for Episode 222 Streets Of Fire with Stephen Amell, Emily Bett Rickards, David Ramsey & a LOT of bad guys.
THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR ARROW EPISODE 222 "STREETS OF FIRE". If you have not seen the episode & do not want to see or read any details prior to viewing it. DO NOT procede.
A few weeks ago I caught Arrow filming a major night time scene for the penultimate episode titled "Streets Of Fire"
The scenes I saw tell as much as they dont tell if that makes sense. What is noticiable is "Team Arrow" seems short handed in this scene as they have Felicity Smoak out helping "the team" (just Diggle & Oliver) on an overpass with a plethora of crashed & burning cars scattered on the Georgia Viaduct, which Arrow paid big $ to have closed down for the night so they could get these big scenes done. Diggle, Oliver & Felicity are making their way along the overpass when someone screams & the group goes running. Thats all I could see from my viewpoint at the time. Later, I changed sides, and took the 5 minute walk to the other side of the overpass where I was able to see they were rushing to an overturned car looking for someone who had already fled the scene.
Later on, after Stephen Amell, Emily Bett Rickards & David Ramsey had wrapped for the night, the crew filmed a big scene that many of you have surely seen form my teaser photo on twitter a few weeks ago, or the most recent Arrow promo video. Slade has been making a mirakuru army & we see his results as a Deathstroke mask wearing army marches along the overpass seemingly towards the city. After they wrapped these scenes, I tried to get photos of 1 of the cast members in the mask, but kept getting denied when I asked. I guess whoever was in charge of co-ordinating them told them to try not to be photographed in them. Only pic I got of the mask close up was while 1 guy was holding it up against his chest after he took it off.
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.
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