Supernatural star Jensen Ackles filming a scene for Season 7 episode 11 in New Westminster
Last week I took a rare stroll out to New Westminster After an even rarer doctors appointment, I went over to find the SPN crew working at a court house. At that location the crew decided to pull umbrellas on me...even though I didnt even have a camera out yet. Despite that, I still saw Jared & Jensen leaving the set. I HAD planned to leave shortly afterwards, but when they decided to play games I decided I was spending my night hanging around New West as I knew they had another shoot later in an area just 1 block from where I grew up.... gave me a chance to see the old neighbourhood... as I havent really been back there since moving out of NW.
In the downtime I sent out a tweet to a certain bodyguard trying to diffuse any further shenanigans, since hes the primary demander of said foolishness. I pointed out how I knew where the stars trailers were, how I could have, if I so chose, shot them from 3 different sides unobstructed (and unseen) and how I have respected that boundary.... but, if the absurd games want to continue, I could be more intrusive (legally) in how I get photos. I never got any response from my observation. Which didnt surprise me too much, still a bit disappointing to think an olive branch would be disregarded with such defiance as to umbrella up an hr later again. Perhaps he never read it? Who knows. Perhaps next time I am at set, I will see the desired results of my suggestion? We've been told no autographs at set, so we respect that. I have respected that rule, I have avoided shooting them at their home away from home. I go to the set to get a few pics. I understand if, as I have been told before (legitimate request) that we're in the actors sightline or "in frame" (often exaggerated...but we accept it still most of the time) being asked to move or dont shoot. But, when your 150 ft back, behind the actor and the camera....theres zero excuse for these actions.
The shoot in the evening was down at the edge of a lot. It entailed current sexiest actor, best sci-fi actor & favorite character nominee in the Best Of TV 2011 Awards, Jensen Ackles (Dean Winchester) getting out of a car hesitantly. Not much to the scene, and I cant even be sure if someone else was in the car with him. I can say for sure Jared wasnt seen at that location.
The crew again was being aggressive in trying to stop ME and 3 fans that were there from seeing anything. As the evening went on 1 of the fans too the initiative to walk over to another corner that we were previously shooed from but was now clearly open as the camera wasnt shooting that way. This annoyed the set security guard Clif & his umbrella twirling sidekick. It then donned on everyone, spread out, and they will have to either put 4 people out trying to block us, or talk to us. They chose to send someone over to talk to us. I made the case that we didnt HAVE to co-operate...to an extent. I told him straight out, stop the umbrella BS, we stop spreading out, plain and simple. Lo & behold, the next (and final scene) of the night they stopped the games & allowed us a chance to get a few pics.
I got a couple (moderately grainy) shots & a person I know thru being at sets got a couple herself & volunteered them to me to use for no other reason than her own annoyance with how the set was dealing with her & the other 2 fans that were there just because they had cameras....despite being approx 150-200 feet away.
Its certanly not my largest set of SPN pics, but I know you fans want SOMETHING...so here they are.
I occasionally argue with inanimate objects, but I usually win. So its all good.