Arrow films some scenes with The Hood, China White & Bronze Tiger last month in Vancouver for season 2
I managed to catch up to the cast & crew of ARROW filming 2 days in a row, and in a rare event, I didnt get much from either shoot.
Back in the end of July I found them in 2 different spots on consecutive days.
Day 1 was in a make-shift studio in East Vancouver, so there was not much to see outside of some of the cast & their stunt doubles walking around. While I know Stephen Amell & his stunt man Simon Burnett, Kelly Hu & her stunt woman & former CFL star Tommy Europe (he has done stunts on lots of shows...maybe Michael Jai White's stunt man?) were all on set, I have ZERO knowledge what the scenes were.
Day 2 was a night shoot in an area of East Vancouver that screams Glades stand in with its abandoned looking facade.
On set that night were again, Stepehen & Simon, Kelly & her stunt woman, and Michael Jai White (aka - Ben Turner aka - Bronze Tiger) & a stunt person for Michael (couldnt tell if it was Tommy).
We never got to see the scene done in 1 full take, so all I know is what pieces we did see.
Arrow rolls thru the ghetto looking warehouse area on his bike, throws some type of flash grenade.
Then a fight scene with Arrow VS China White & Bronze Tiger.
What happens next is uncertain, because the next scene we were moved away as the camera would be shooting down the street, but we know it ends with China White hitching a ride on the back of a FEMA truck.
Several fans waited around to see the shoot. Stephen Amell came over & met the fans at 1 point, signing autographs & taking photos with them. Kelly Hu on the other hand? Ignored everyone, even when asked specifically by someone less than 15 feet from her. Heres hoping The Hood ends her run on the show soon.
I have some video of 1 of the scenes they shot, I just dont have the time right now to post it. Someday soon perhaps.
Arrow cast film scenes for the 2nd to last episode of their 1st season - Stephen Amell, John Barrowman, Emily Bett Rickards, Colton Haynes and Willa Holland
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This past weekend I found The CW hit vigilante action show "Arrow" filming some scenes in downtown Vancouver (aka - Starling City ) at an office tower that is apparently standing in for Queen Consolidated Headquarters.
On set was a plethora of cast, as the star of the show Stephen Amell, decked out in his Oliver Queen attire was joined by Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak, John Barrowman as Malcolm Merlyn, Willa Holland as Thea Queen & Colton Haynes as Roy Harper. As well, Colin Donnell as Tommy Merlyn was around in a different scene that I didnt see.
The spectators were unable to hear what was going on, but from the few takes we saw, we were able to piece together some of what the scene consists of. It seems to have Thea & Roy in the lobby of Queen Consolidated where Oliver walks up to them & starts to talk to them. Felcity is standing in the background near the elevator banks for whatever reason. Malcolm leaves the building while this conversation goes on. Not a lot I could make of this when I watched that scene.
A bit later another scene was done where Felicity would leave the building & Oliver would follow suit. Whether to chase after her, or just purely coincidental I cant be sure, but it lead to a few moment sof Ollicity hanging together in between takes off camera before they would head back in for the next take.
Later in the evening a stunt was being done in the elevator. I dont know much of it, but saw a few takes thru the screens the cameras were broadcasting to of a scene with Felicity & Oliver in an elevator that seemed funny, as a 3rd person would try to join them in there only to have their binder pushed out by Oliver into the lobby just before the doors are about to close causing the poor unsuspecting person to leave the elevator giving Ollicity some alone time on the elevator. I'm going to assume the elevator stunt I heard about that was going to go on was in conjunction with that scene, but I cant confirm it, but I was told by someone at the set that it was going to consist of a jump down an elevator shaft.
Funniest part of the evening was when Emily got ambushed by my friend & a few others during a snack break to sign & take photos. She decided she had to take the photos with at an angle, because she didnt want to spoil the uniform she was wearing.... now only if she had told the cast the same thing, as 1 of them tweeted photos of her in the outfit prior. The question is... why is she in a Big Belly Burger uniform?
This was filming for the 2nd to last episode of the 1st season for Arrow.
You can catch Arrow on The CW Wednesday nights at 8 PM, or in Canada on CTV at 7 PM.
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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.
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.
Arrow is on 8 PM on The CW Wednesday nights, or in Canada at 7 PM on CTV.
Arrow films a gunfire & fight scene for episode 11 w/ David Ramsey, Stephen Amell, Colin Lawrence & the stunt team.
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Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning, the production of The CW new action hit series ARROW took over the area around Terminal Ironworks in East Vancouver.
When I rolled up, they had already filmed some stuff, seemingly including a Starling City Police car, as I saw it being parked off set & they were re-positioning for their next scene.
I was lucky enough to find a spot close to the action.
The first scene they shot when I was there was part 1 of 2 part scene that should all flow into 1 non-stop action scene.
It starts with John Diggle (David Ramsey) standing in the middle of a road, gas mask on, a grenade launcher in his hand, dressed in his trademark suit. A delivery van speeds by him, narrowly missing him. As the truck speeds away off camera, a group of henchmen down the road from John armed with assault rifles & guns yell at him that he shouldnt have done that, and now they were going to have to kill his "girlfriend" as they referred to her in the scene. Carly Diggle (Christie Laing) the widow of John's brother was being heldby the henchmen. John tells them they have made a mistake, they ask why, and he reminds them he hasa grenade launcher, as he fires at them, the front henchmen are knocked to the ground, as John yells at Carly to get out of there, he runs in, takes 1 of the henchmens gun, and proceeds on foot down the street.
A 2nd scene is them prepared. The henchmen still on the ground, 1 of them unconscious, the other 1 gets up, groggily grabs a gun and looks to set his sights on Diggle down the street, when from out of no where its shot out of his hand (I assume with an arrow, although we dont see it)
Arrow (played at this time by stunt man Simon Burnett) then comes rushing in to fight the henchman (played by "The Killing" & "Battlestar Galactica" alumni Colin Lawrence). He runs up, and they both make their first move. Then the action stops, so that a stunt man can come in for Lawrence. The two stunt men proceed to do a fight scene that ends with Arrow taking down the henchman, before he grabs his bow and runs off in the direction Diggle left in.
Stephen Amell comes in to do his Arrow scenes, to do close ups of him choking out the henchman.
These were scenes for episode 11 of season 1. Where these scenes will fit in the overall story arc of this episode, or the full season is yet to be known. Will newly added Seth Gabel's ("Fringe" alumni) character Count Vertigo have something to do with this, or will he not yet be introduced, we will have to wait to see.
I was pleased to finally get autographs from David Ramsey on this night as well. I'm liking his character more & more each episode, and best part, he was exceptionally classy. Even thanked me for watching the show. My night ended at 2:15 AM when I finally got Stephen Amell to sign, as always, the newfound fame of being on a hit show hasnt soured him like others have. He remained classy, even despite being asked at 2 AM on a chilly November night.
Below are photos from the nights shoot. Apologies if you think some of them are grainy/fuzzy, I was shooting from more than 1/2 a block away at times, in the dark, with no flash on a camera that costs less than $500.
Arrow premieres on The CW tomorow - to celebrate, how about a short video (and some pics) of a stunt being shot for the show (not from the pilot)
Back in early August I caught the new CW action/drama ARROW filming a stunt scene at the CBC building downtown.
Now I KNOW Stephen Amell (Arrow) & Michael Rowe (Deadshot) were certainly at the building that evening, but I never saw them do any scenes.
What I did catch however, was a stunt being done by the Arrow stuntman where he jumps thru a glass window.
Below are some photos from the night, as well as a video of the stunt. This stunt was for an episode that is NOT the pilot. But gives you an idea what type of awesome the new version of the comic book hero Green Arrow will have in store for fans.
ARROW Premieres tomorrow, October 10th on The CW in the U.S. & CTV in Canada. Check your local listings for the time.
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