THIS POST MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS FOR EPISODE 502 OF ONCE UPON A TIME. If you have not seen the episode and do not want any knowledge of the scenes prior to viewing the episode, do not view the photos or read the blog post below.
In a rare double treat for visiting fans of Once Upon A Time, the show filmed for a 2nd time in less than a week in Steveston back in July. Usually, theres 2 or 3 weeks in between shoots, but with only 5 days between their 1st & second shoots there, the fans in town got an extra chance to see some of their faves shoot. This time for episode 502. Directed by Romeo Tirone.
The first scene of the day had the public debut of Liam Garrigan as King Arthur. The scene had King Arthur and two others ride into Storybrooke. They are soon confronted by Lee Arenberg as Grumpy and Michael Coleman as Happy with pick axes in hand. The dwarves soon find though they are no match for the King and his men and find themselves on the ground at Arthurs feet.
Below I posted a photo of just how far away I was to shoot some of these pics, to give you some idea how far away I sometimes have to be to shoot scenes as the crew of OUAT have been given an unusually large (and I suspect at times, not legal) amount of leeway by the City of Richmond & the RCMP over having fans out of sight of the scenes for the most bullshit reasons most times ("we can see your reflection" being their new fave - No, you cant...and even if you can theoretically.... NO ONE even on a movie theatre sized screen will notice it since they are already a block away from where you are shooting... and if shows that actually win EMMYS can shoot with 400+ people right across the street. Once Upon A Time should be able to do it with 150-200 people). This might be the saddest statement about the show. The crew treats their fans THIS BAD ON PURPOSE, and all in the name of making the scenes "better", and the show still never gets nominated (aside from costumes & VFX...which people watching them film is never going to impact), let alone wins, major awards. Comical and pathetic all at once, to say the least. Anyways, rant aside.... this might give you an idea why sometimes these photos seem small, or blurry. In this particular instance, this was about 3 city blocks away.
A little while later though, another scene around the corner, out of sight of the majority of fans was 1 with Jennifer Morrison dressed as Dark Emma and Colin O'Donoghue as Captain Hook. In the scene Emma walks towards Hook with a sinister grin on her face & they meet beside Emmas bug and she pulls him in close to her. The body language of Hook in the scene gives the impression he isn't impressed with whatever Emma is doing/saying. I did not hear any of the dialogue, so my interpretations COULD be off... so don't take what I saw/interpreted as fact.
The scene was quite heavily blocked, but little moments could be caught if you moved around enough to see around their heavily blocked scene. It appears Emma, Regina and Henry are on the pier having a chat. At the end of the chat Regina and Henry leave together looking quite unhappy/sad and Emma is left standing alone.
Similar to the early scene, this was shot far away from the fans. At least with this one, they didn't have to make up excuses for why they didn't let people closer. They simply closed the pier to public access.
During the break Lana acknowledged the fans with a wave & held up some type of fan made scrap book that she was given from someone there I'm guessing.
Once Upon A Time returns to ABC in the U.S. and to CTV in Canada for season 5 on September 27, 2015
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