On February 14, 2012 I shot a set for Fringe. It was episode 18. At the time, I was sure I would see several more Fringe sets to shoot...and while I did come across 3 more sets after this, I never had an opportunity (or desire) to shoot them. I naively believed I had more chances coming...those chances never arose.
So this set of photos, could possibly be the LAST SET of photos I might have from Fringe EVER.
Now personally, I want the show to come back obviously. It is my favorite Vancouver shot series. Ontop of that, the crew during their 3 years here, has been mostly all class with lookie-loos, fans & professionals alike viewing their work.
Do I expect it to be back? YES. This isnt a "Yes, because I want it to" this is a "yes, because FOX & WB will reach an understanding that makes it possible" feeling. It will only be a 13 episode season. I am not naive enough to think they are rolling out a full season order. I also expect FOX to be VERY up front with the shows creators, crew, cast & fans that this will be it, there will be no season 6. But they will give them a 1/2 season to give the show a real send off, a real definitive ending that will resolve as many questions as they can. FOX is getting a lot of flack from fans that they are "screwing over" Fringe repeatedly. I can see the reasoning for this logic, but in reality, I think the people in charge at FOX have actually tried to keep it alive as long as it can.
Truth is Fringe is a thinking mans shows. Its a show you have to pay attention to & has many moving parts. Unfortunately, society doesnt want that from television usually. It is more happy with brainless reality shows. Lets face it, even those of you who watch shows like American Idol or Dancing With the stars will admit, its braindead tv. There is nothing to it, its fluff entertainment. Sadly, this is what sells.
I think its been to FOX's credit they have given Fringe 4 (probably 5) seasons despite lowering ratings. Someone at FOX obviously understands the quality vs quantity dilemma & is willing to back it, despite it being an obvious cash strain.
Getting back on track here... this is the last set of "new" photos I might have if worse case scenario happens & FOX pulls the plug.
I posted a few other photos from this set in this blog post http://canadagraphs.weebly.com/1/post/2012/04/fringe-shooting-a-few-scenes-with-walter-peter-olivia-astringenterr-i-mean-astrid.html of multiple cast photos. This blog is for individual shots..... so enjoy.
Another Fringe set featuring in order....
Jasika Nicole - "Astrid Farnsworth"
Anna Torv - "Olivia Dunham"
John Noble - "Walter Bishop"
Joshua Jackson "Peter Bishop"
and a couple bonus shots of the Waltermobile.
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The last Fringe set I stumbled across in season 4 (and dare I say... if FOX does the unspeakable..the last set I'll ever see) was back in February & judging by the time compared to the last shoot I saw (only a few days prior) this should be for episode 418, which airs TONIGHT!
This was a major moment for myself. I had photographed Olivia, Lincoln, Peter, Walter, Broyles, Nina & even a couple of their alt-world versions... but I had never photographed Astro... sorry, I mean Asterisk, till this day.
For the 1st time in my experiences, Jasika Nicole was on set shooting. I had met Jasika a couple times in the past, once on set where she was in fact not working but just passing by, and a couple times at the airport. But this was the 1st time i had seen her working on Fringe.
Also kind of fitting (if this IS my last Fringe set) that they had the whole main gang together for it. Walter, Peter, Olivia & Asirin, all together for once.
There wasnt a lot to the scene I can really tell you other than Olivia & Peter come walking from 1 direction, while Walter & Asteroid come from his car & meet them in the middle. They then converse a bit, and head inside a building.
Below are some of the photos I took that day where 2 or more cast were in 1 shot.. A few Peter & Olivia shots. Walter & Ostrich shots. Peter, Walter & Ashram shots. As well as the whole group in 1 frame, Peter, Walter, Olivia & Claire.
I will post more photos from this days shoot later. Those will be solo shots of Olivia, Walter, Peter & ASTRID.
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You have seen the pics of "the kiss"... but they obviously had to do several takes to work up to that.... here is 1 of them.
this was not the full scene, as the crew eventually asked us to stop taping it when they got closer to the full scene. This was merely 1 of the rehearsal takes as they worked on their timing to do do the scene in 1 effortless motion.
In this take Olivia walks across a street & Peter comes running at her from out of the shadows.... he then proceeds to pick her up & spin her around.... in later takes, they would also add in the kiss scene to this rehearsal before eventually doing the whole scene.
This scene was filmed on the coldest day of the year, with temperatures reaching -17C... and you thought being an actor was all fun & games.
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I promised all of you more photos from the scenes back in December that I shot on the coldest day of the year of Peter Bishop (Josh Jackson) & Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv) doing a kissing scene for episode 15 "A Shortr Story About Love".
Of course, for those of you up to date on the show this scene might seem more of a dream sequence now than a real time sequence that all of you hoped for when I posted the first batch of photos back then with the way the recent episode panned out.
Below is a few of the pics from that night... like I said, none were terribly "great" but you all get the idea.
I originally promised to hold off on posting these photos till the week of the episode, but was strongly considering posting them earlier after discussing the situation that unfolded around me holding them back with others. the point that was most often brought up and I agree with is... the people begging me not to post them because they "abhor spoilers" are hypocritical in saying that.... as they themselves SAW the spoiler...and then bragged about it on a public forum. Why should those people unable to be there on that night miss the chance to see what the fans saw that night before the episode airs?
That is in the past, what matters now is... figuring out what context these images are from... real life, or a fantasy?
Coming soon..... a video of 1 of their practice takes.
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So last Wednesday night I made the short 10 minute walk down to Gastown to watch a verrrrrry spoilery scene for the show Fringe.
On the film notice they gave local residents & businesses to warn them of the filming, they added a piece of info that made more people than usual want to come out & see the scene. The scene speicifically called for "2 main actors to kiss". Of course the addition of "main actors" was notable, as it meant it was going to be out of the core 7 regulars Josh, Anna, Seth, John, Jasika, Blair or Lance. Of course the vast majority of people had narrowed it down to 2 probable couples. Joshua & Anna, or Seth & Anna. Of course, almost every person that came to that decision was hoping the couple would be Josh & Anna.
I went down earlier in the afternoon to see what I could see for them setting up the scene & hopefully catch them filming somewhere else close by, which is often the case. Today was sadly not 1 of those cases, as they spent the 1st part of the day in studio. To make this worse, Wednesday was the coldest day this winter, with the temperature dipping into the double digits below freezing. Even more random, it was colder in the middle of the afternoon, than it was later that evening once it was dark when the scene was shot.
I came back around 6 PM & the final touches were being done on prepping the area for the scene. I assumed they were going to be filming on 1 corner, as it turned out, the scene was actuallly on the street directly across from this...which made a couple things problematic. 1, we would be quite far away from the actual scene being shot...and 2, Could not just sit inside 1 of the several restaraunts/stores to stay warm and still see what was going on.
Eventually they started the filming. At first, only 1 main actor was seen. It was Anna Torv (Agent Olivia Dunham) in her "our world" look. She drives a car up, parks it, gets out & starts walking down a street. Nothing overly special. Certainly not the big spoilery scene advertised. I joked with another regular of film shoots that it seemed strange they hadadded that part on the film list as it wasnt needed, and she joked the fans were going to be mad when they dont actually film that scene.
Eventually they finished that take & moved equipment around to set up for the next angle of the scene. While they did that, I noticed the second actor that was going to be needed for the scene. Joshua Jackson was on set, hanging around in the frigid conditions chatting with crew & seeming unfaszed by the considerably chilly conditions by Vancouver standards. He was talking with everyone, hugging people, giving out kisses to female crew members, it was as if he hadnt been there for a year. Him & Anna shared a few laughs along with 3 or 4 other crew all huddled about in the middle of the street, then a call to start the scene was made and everyone took off for their positions.
The 1st take was Olivia walking down the street as before, then Peter comes towards her out of nowhere & they run up to each other, Peter grabs her and spins her around with 1 arm. No kiss. Clearly just a practice run for the later shot. After that take the crew did final adjustments, while Josh took off from the set. I tried to get his autograph as he hurried away & he said "I'm coming right back, I just have to move my car" and he wasnt joking... he literally had to go & move his car. A few minutes later he was back on set & ready to shoot again.
They did a couple more takes of Peter grabbing her & spinning her around, but still never seemed to be a kiss. We were then asked by crew to not photograph anything & of course everyone for the mostpart did as asked, the occasional newcomer to the crowd would not obey, and eventually they crew just gave up asking people again.
During another long break while they changed camera angles, I managed to get Joshua to sign a few autographs. He stopped to do photos with some fans & autographs for others.
As more & more takes took place, the scene became more & more passionate. First it was just a grab & spin her around, then it was grabbing her, holding her closely, spinning her around & gazing at each other... then eventually, they added a kiss... then it turned into a long kiss.
Shortly after 1 of the set of takes, I got Anna to sign some autographs for me, and with MY part of the mission completed... I opted to go home as I was starting to feel the cold a lot more than I did 3 hrs earlier when I 1st got there.
If there was more to the scene afterwards I didnt see. It was too cold to wait it out all night... although by the time I left, they had less than 2 hrs of filming time left, so there probably was not much mo Below is some of the pics from my shoot. I wish I had my old camera. Although it still wouldnt have been perfect from that distance, they would have been a little less grainy/fuzzy.
As I said to some of you, I would post a a couple of the pics from the main moments of the scene, but not the best ones. So, that is whats here... a couple pics so you can SORTA see what happened. For pics that are better, you will just have to check back the week of the episode. I'll post more from this scene then.
Also, dont forget to vote for Peter & Olivia in the "Best Of TV Polls" going on RIGHT NOW! Some polls have already wrapped, more wrap today, including best couple. Others like best actor/actress in a sci-fi & best sci-fi show wrap later this week.
Last week, before I broke my camera, I captured a few frames of Josh Jackson (Peter Bishop) and Seth Gabel (Lincoln Lee) on the set of Fringe for season 4 filming.
Gabel was donning his alt-world attire with the leg holster gun as he was heading to set. Jackson was however not in wardrobe yet when I saw him.
Unfortunately, these were the very last shots I would take with my camera before it was broken from dropping it.
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To see some pics from filming for this upcoming weeks episode, check out these old blogs of ours... MINOR SPOILERS!!
Joshua Jackson RETURNS to set
Anna Torv & John Noble on set.
PHOTOS CONTAIN VERY MINOR SPOILERS. Nothing season spoiling, and likely, even episode spoiling. But simple spoilers of who did scenes with each other recently. If you want to know absolutely NOTHING about upcoming episodes...do not read on or look at the photos.
This past week I managed to stumble onto 2 different Fringe shoots.
The first day they were in the West End at an apartment where lots of police tape was in use for the scenes being shot. I saw a lot of cast on set, but only had a chance to get photos from Seth Gabel because of timing. Also on set that day were Anna Torv, Jasika Nicole & Lance Reddick. I also saw John Noble at the set, but he was not dressed in character. He was at the set with his real life son, I assumed at the time he might have been just showing up for work, but never saw him after that...so perhaps he had just wrapped..or was passing by & said hi (I've seen it before with this cast)
The next shoot was 2 days later in the Yaletown area of town at another apartment. This time there was scenes shot in plain sight in the alleyway. The scenes involved Anna, Seth & Lance at another situation that had crime tape, Boston PD cars, the swat team, and an Observer. They also shot some scenes inside the lobby prior to that, but I dont have much insight on what that entained.
In any case, I took photos of course. As always, like with the other sets I have shot this year (links below) and in previous seasons...feel free to post them on your site WITH THE TAGS...or you can get them without the tags for purchase.
Probably the most fascinating photo of the bunch for me is where Lance is signing...and behind him...an Observer. They are everywhere.
Other Fringe sets from this season...
Torv & Noble - http://bit.ly/r5RR2N & http://bit.ly/pDqAzP
Torv & Noble videos (mild spoilers) http://bit.ly/qCEvAA
Joshua Jackson returns to set for season 4 - http://bit.ly/q2j7E0
Cast going to & returning from comic-con http://bit.ly/qp8ISX
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