I often give a lot of credit to the great stunts on The CW hit rookie action drama Arrow to their stunt team. But dont be fooled, Stephen Amell is more than capable of doing some of the scenes himself.
Here is a take he did for the scene you have surely seen in this weeks promo of him jumping over crates into traffic & sliding across a cabs back end.
Arrow stars Stephen Amell and Emily Bett Rickards shoot a scene for an episode as Oliver Queen & Felicity Smoak.. plus some bonus Amell & Katie Cassidy pics
With less than a month left in the inagural season of the hit CW action show "Arrow" filming schedule, its fair to say they are ramping up for a massive, probably cliffhanger including finish.
This past week I caught Arrow out at Burrard Ironworks (been used for many shows, most notably the Larsen home on "The Killing") doing a scene.
It was cold, it was rainy & it was dark. Top it off, they were down in a hidden nook behind the building so there was little to nothing to see from the street. So I got creative & took a 2 block walk to allow me to see them from the other side of 2 fences that guard the train stracks immediately between us & that were between them and myself. If only I was about 6'3 I would have probably had some better pics, but that 3 inch disadvantage was the difference between my "not overly great" shots & getting "good" shots. In the cold, rainy night, I had to hold my camera up above my head and look at my tilted screen to see what I was even photographing...but, I got something at least.
Most interesting thing from this shoot was, it appears Oliver gives Felicity a pretty hefty stack of cash to do something with... and judging by her attire for the scene, it isnt to buy some new duds as she was dressed to impress in the scene (the 1 photo I got of her facing me that wasnt completely blurry was so fark I had to play around with it a bit to make it lighter...thus why it looks different than the others)
So what is Oliver getting Felicity to do with the money?? Guessing we'll have to wait & see. My estimate is this should be around the 3rd to last episode of the season they are filming.
This was a 1st for me, as it was the 1st time I photographed Felicity Smoak on set... barely.
To make up for the less than sharp set of pics, heres a few bonus pics as well of Stephen Amell returning from the Peoples Choice Awards and Katie Cassidy going to Paleyfest recently.
Another scene shot by Arrow a couple weeks ago hadOliver Queen (Stephen Amell) ride in on his motorcycle (driving done by Simon Burnett) then take off his helmet & run inside a building, crashing thru some glass on his way (atleast thats what it sounded like).
There was another stunt later that I missed where they had Simon jump from 1 roof to a landing on the building across the alley. I really am disappointed I missed that one. Cant wait to see it on camera. It is apparently the same jump Jackie Chan did for Rumble In The Bronx, which was also filmed in the exact same spot.
Also - got a good close up of 1 of their licence plates this time... No state name on them. Just a motto "Land Of Mist"?? Strange. They talk about real cities & events like Australia, London & Super Bowls, yet they make up an imaginary state motto. I really dont care, its just interesting to me.
Here is the other set of photos from ARROW filming in Gastown. Check back for video of them filming in the near future.
The CW hit ARROW does a scene in Downtown Vancouver with Stephen Amell and his stunt double Simon Burnett
A couple weeks ago, The CW rookie action vigilante crime fighting hit "Arrow" did some filming in the Gastown area of Downtown Vancouver.
When I first got there they were setting up the alley for a scene where Oliver Queen ( Stephen Amell ) would jump from a rooftop of a multi-story building down onto the hood of a passing truck. Of course, they had his stunt double Simon Burnett do the potentially risky stuff, like scaling down the building with a couple pully wires holding him. Amell still did a jump on a moving vehicle to give the impression of him landing on the truck however, and more later.
From there, it was time to disembark Oliver's free ride thru the alley as the truck is stopped by a flatbed truck full of crates. First Simon would do the stunts, then Amell would follow suit. It started with jumping off the 15-20 ft tall truck onto the back of the flatbed trailer, then from there jump over the crates on the flatbed onto the ground, then of course run thru traffic, hop thru an open cab window, out the other side and down the alley. Simple right?
For most entertainers, those motions would be all the stunt man. But Stephen Amell isnt an ordinary actor. He completed all the same stunts Mr. Burnett did, except for the jump thru the cab. The only other leading man I have seen do that much of his own stunt work personally was Tom Cruise when he was here for Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol a couple years ago.
Here are a bunch of photos from the scene. Some of Stephen. Some of Simon. Some.... I even cant be sure of. More photos to come from another scene later on.... plus some video of this scene when I have time to do that.
Any "Fringe" fans that also watch Arrow should watch out for the cab in this episode & see if they blur out the top of it. Clearly they used an old NYC Taxi from the "Fringe" set as a "Rewardwire" sign was still attached to the top.
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