Supergirl films scenes for episode 213 with Melissa Benoist and guest star Peter Gadiot as Mr. Mxyzptlk in downtown Vancouver
THIS BLOG POST IS FOR EPISODE 213 OF "SUPERGIRL". If you have not seen this episode & want to avoid any possible spoilers from it, please do not continue reading the article or viewing the images below.
The cast & crew of The CW superhero show Supergirl were back at work this past week after their holiday break.
They had 3 days of shoots in the downtown core, starting with a Wednesday shoot inside the Orpheum Theatre.
On Thursday they moved to a popular filming spot at the foot of Hornby Street on Pender. Its recently been used for the 1st episode of The X-Files revival series, part of the intro for The Flash, and episodes of Fringe & many others. But is probably best known as the place in Dead Like Me where the star of the show is killed by a falling toilet seat in the pilot episode.
The crew, and more importantly the cast, including the shows star Melissa Benoist braved the low single digit celsius temperatures to shoot a scene for the episode. Along with Melissa was guest star Peter Gadiot as Mr. Mxyzptlk. I was fortunate enough to see Mr. Gadiot arrive in town for the role, so I knew ahead of time he was in the episode...but didnt say anything about it at the set to others until someone else noticed. To be honest, I am a bit shocked anyone knew what character he was, since he doesnt look anything like how the character historically has looked.
The scene sees the hero show up to foil an attempted bank robbery, but while she is seemingly taking shots off her chest from invisible gunfire, Mr. Mxyzptlk arrives seemingly out of nowhere, and Kara looks at him bewildered, before he snaps his fingers & something happens that causes Kara to run towards where the bank robbers were. A little later, they shot a scene where Kara elbows 1 of the crooks and KOs him.
Eventually, they moved indoors to film more scenes with other cast also in attendance for those scenes, including Chyler Leigh, Floriana Lima and Jeremy Jordan.
This location was of course crowded by fans, lookie loos, and a few paps, as this was also the 1st time since Melissas divorce from her former co-star Blake Jenner was announced over the holidays. I am pleased to say, Melissa seemed in really good spirits. She was often smiling, often laughing and considering how cold it was out, and how she was dressed, didnt seem terribly annoyed by the substantial attention on set that day. After 1 take, Peter & Melissa broke out into an improvised dance even.
Supergirl will return from Winter break on The CW on Monday January 23, 2017
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Supergirl shot scenes on the Georgia Viaduct for episode 202 with Melissa Benoist, Tyler Hoechlin and a guest star
THIS POST MAY CONTAIN POSSIBLE SPOILERS FOR EPISODE 202 OF "SUPERGIRL". If you have not seen this episode and do not want to see or read any potential spoilers to the episode, do not continue reading this post or viewing the photos attached.
For the third time (I'll try to squeeze in the blog on the 2nd time...but this one seemed more vital to get up first) since the Supergirl production started shooting season 2 in Vancouver I managed to see Tyler Hoechlin on set as the Man Of Steel, Superman. What was different this time however was.... I also caught Melissa Benoist on set shooting for the first time. While I have managed to see Melissa in Supergirl garb once at the 1st location last week, and met her recently elsewhere in town, I had not yet seen her actually shooting for the show that she is the lead character in.
The production for Supergirl closed down the Georgia Viaduct (you may recognize it from Deadpool, The X-Files or Arrow, among dozens of other productions) for a night shoot where Melissa, Tyler and a guest star Frederick Schmidt playing the part of Metallo, along with their stunt doubles did a variety of stunts/scenes on the viaduct. Stunt co-ordinator Simon Burnett (formerly Stephen Amell's stunt double on Arrow) carefully plotted out the action sequences to the stunt team that includes Atlin Mitchell (taking over as Melissas stunt double this season, formerly various characters on Arrow, along with many other roles on other shows) & the actors during breaks while the crew worked to set up the next scene.
When I first showed up, they were already under way with Superman & Supergirl standing by while the stunt Metallo stood on a ledge of the viaduct with safety wires attached. The scene eventually progressed a bit more from that with scenes of Superman being thrown backwards and a 1 on 1 battle with Supergirl and Metallo where she punches him, before he reacts with a backhand slap that sends her reeling.
A bit later, they moved to doing a solo series of scenes with Melissa and her stunt double first climbing off a car, then doing a scene where Supergirl pushes the car along the street (with several crew on the opposite side of the car helping push it along) as it starts to explode, then just a shot of Supergirl in the crouched position on the car slowly rising to her feet, standing tall on top of the car.
After a few takes of that, I decided to go home. It was a late shoot & while I might have seen something more awesome had I stuck around, I felt what I got was worth the time I put in already.
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THIS BLOG POST CONTAINS POSSIBLE SPOILERS TO EPISODE 201 OF "SUPERGIRL".
If you have not seen this episode and do not want to read or see any possible material from the episode, do not continue reading the article, or viewing the photos.
The recently re-assigned to The CW network DC Comics hit Supergirl filmed scenes for their season 2 premiere in downtown Vancouver yesterday.
Before I get started on the details..... as I do with all new fan bases that come to this site. A quick run down on photo/article using etiquette.
To the right of this article you should see my "Photo Permissions" section. You can use photos posted here.... long as you follow these rules. IGNORANCE is not a defense for not following them. If you dont follow them, I will absolutely take the appropriate actions against you, regardless how "naive", "stupid", "young" or " bad your English is". These arent excuses. you will learn there are several regular set photographers in Vancouver, including 4 paparazzi, 3 set bloggers (including myself) and a handful of smaller "fan bloggers". Each & every one of us has different standards for how we expect you to credit/use/pay for the materials. I STRONGLY suggest you LEARN each of their preferences before you ever post ANYONES materials, and DO NOT assume just because 1 person is ok with a specific standard that everyone is the same. you will find some far far far less tolerant than myself about using photos posted, you will also find a couple more tolerant I am sure. If you are not sure of the users expectations ASK BEFORE YOU POST. I consider myself kind of lenient, and I sent out just under 150 DMCA takedown notices last year between twitter, tumblr, facebook, youtube & pinterest. So be aware of each users preferences, they vary greatly & if you annoy the wrong one, you might end up with a LOT more financial/legal trouble than just a DMCA notice. Lastly, NO ONE, including me thinks its acceptable for you to post EVERY photo from a set, even with proper credits/sources posted. An acceptable number is 1-5 to most people. More than that, and most people feel you arent giving viewers any incentive to check out the originating source material. Okay....with that out of the way..... Welcome Supergirl fans to my 1st blog post on the show.
The day started with a scene that consisted of no actors as a stunt scene was done with falling debris that was buring and a Cop car skidding to a stop before crashing into the debris. Once they wrapped this scene, they moved a couple hundred feet down the street to the main course of the day for fans to take in.
The day focused almost entirely on the shows newest, and most hyped about addition to the second seasons cast, Tyler Hoechlin who will take on the role of the iconic Superman character for a guest/recurring role.
The first scene that Tyler was on set for saw the new Man Of Steel come to the rescue of a family by sheltering them with his body & his cape, before quickly taking off right after. Part of the scene, as I heard the director explaining it to extras/cast was Superman destroying a drone with his heat vision & this was played out a bit later as a crew member had to stand up on a ladder and toss flaming broken drone debris to the ground.
After those scenes, they did a very quick rehearsal in an alley near there for a later scene, then broke for lunch.
After the lunch break, I managed to run into the shows lead, Melissa Benoist, as she showed up for a very short scene she did inside the Canada Post building. This was the only sighting of her anyone in the public had of her all day. She was gone shortly after.
Upon returning from the lunch break the crew outside had moved to the front of the Canada Post building. There, a scene with Mehcad Brooks (aka - James Olson) and Tyler (aka - Clark Kent) took place. The pair casually walked down the street chatting as a mugger behind them stole a purse from a woman and attempted to take off with it before a well timed elbow from Clark lays the would be thief out on the pavement and allows the woman to retrieve her purse. The pair dont even break stride & just continue on their walk.
After that scene, the pair came over to the crowd of 15-20 fans & stopped to take photos & sign a few autographs. There I happened to get my 1st Tyler Hoechlin autograph on my freshly printed Superman photo that I had just taken myself a couple hours earlier. To the best of my knowledge, this is the 1st Superman photo he could have signed, since the promo only came out the day before & no one I know of had got it done yet.
After that scene, they moved back to the street they used before the lunch break to film what seemed like the same scene as the 1 they just did, just from a different "angle".
A little while later the crew moved to the alley they did the quick rehearsal in earlier in the day.
There they filmed a scene with just Tyler. There we find Clark Kent running down an alley ripping open his shirt & exposing his Superman outfit underneath.
After that scene, they moved back to the Canada Post building where they filmed a couple more scenes, 1 of Clark standing in front of a Daily Planet newspaper kiosk, and another where Clark is walking along a walk way seemingly stopping to phone someone before continuing on with his walk.
After the scenes wrapped, the few fans still around managed to get Tyler to stop quickly for an autograph & a couple photos with.
My first impression of the crew for the show. A mixed bag. There were some very knowledgeable, and friendly crew who understood this is Canada & you cant tell people they cant do things on public property. However, there was some, I'm assuming they were shipped in from the U.S., because I have never encountered so many of them on a set, who were under the impression they CAN tell people what to do on public property, and did so repeatedly. These people will probably either fall in line sooner or later, or will find themselves unemployed. The crew members who were GOOD, were quite good. Quite professional. But they had more than their fair share of over steppers.
Supergirl will have their season 2 Premiere on The CW this year (moving from CBS) on October 10, 2016
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