THIS BLOG POST IS FOR 2 SETS, AN "UNKNOWN EPISODE" SET AND A "LEGENDS OF TOMORROW" SEASON 5 EPISODE 08, AND MAY CONTAIN POSSIBLE SPOILERS FOR THE SEASON, AND THE CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS CROSS OVER EVENT.
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The massive 5 episode, 6 TV show Arrowverse cross over Crisis On Infinite Earths has begun filming in Vancouver.
My day started off heading out to Surrey for a shoot I had just heard about the night before. I rarely go out to Surrey, so this was a bit of a learning experience unfortunately. The night before I had been told it was for Supergirl. Yet when I got there, I found no sign it was for them. So I am unsure for which episode it was for, as it was not there too long.
The weather Monday was dreadful. Continual rain ranging anywhere from light rain to downpours. Not till the late afternoon was there any points where it was moderately dry for any periods, and they were sparse. When I first showed up there, not knowing the area, I saw a large building and thought that was where I needed to go, as the only things I knew about the area it was filming is there was a new hotel and a courtyard, and it looked like that was what was there..... turns out I was very very wrong. After a 40 minute walk that included me slipping and falling on a flat surface, I found them.... RIGHT UNDERNEATH WHERE THE TRAIN LET ME OUT. If I had simply turned left instead of right when coming out, or had paid attention when coming into the station I would have noticed the modestly small film unit just beside the station.
Once I got there, a lot of nothing was going on for a while. When they finally did seem to start, I had gone for a walk to check out something, and came back to see them ready to shoot a scene. Unsure exactly where the scene was talking place in the area they had set up around, I looked into the middle of the large maze of lights & skrims they had set up to give them any light they could on the dreary overcast day.
I finally saw a scene shot, and it was Stephen Amell dressed as the Green Arrow doing a scene where he seems to walk towards the middle of the courtyard from the library that was there. The angle I had for that was not good, so I went looking for a different one, and eventually found one..... just in time for them to have wrapped the 2 or 3 takes they did of that very short scene. Damn.
A bit later, they were doing a different portion of the scene, and again, I wasnt sure exactly where they were shooting till near the end. I kept seeing background people running, but no actors around. my problem was I was looking near where Stephen had been earlier and where the background people were now running from thinking it was going to be more or less near there, but it wasnt. They had moved the primary part of it down to where I THOUGHT they were shooting at the start of the day, near the maze of lights and skrims. By the time I found a position for it, I instantly saw the scene had Grant Gustin as The Flash zipping in and having a talk with the Green Arrow. Unfortunately Stephen was off screen, so he wasnt in full GA gear by then. They did that scene for a bit, then wrapped. That was it. They probably did less actual filming time there than I did in transportation there.
I am not sure if I missed any earlier parts, but there was two Central City Cabs parked at the set, but were never used during the time I was there. Perhaps they squeezed in a quick scene in the early part of the morning before I got there..... maybe I missed it on 45 minute tour of Surrey?
While I was there, I got a DM on twitter telling me of a set downtown that unfortunately I was nowhere near, and worse yet, I FELT might happen... but I had my eyes too focused on this set out of town So I made the long trek back.
After finally getting back to downtown Vancouver, I got a ride from 1 of my buddies over to the location for the Legends Of Tomorrow shoot. It was a massive huge battle scene. I will have more on that in a later blog post, as it was a scene that went on for multiple days.
But this post will focus on a couple late afternoon & evening scenes they did.
There was first a scene that had Caity Lotz as Sara Lance doing a scene where she is walking out of an alley. She at times seemed to be holding her head and maybe disoriented from something. She walks out into the middle of a street before 1 car comes to a screeching halt right near her, and another does the same before zipping around her & the stopped car. They also had a Star City Cab there, which they quite literally used for only 1 take of this scene. Quite random.
After that scene wrapped, I stumbled upon the crew setting up for a different scene just 200 feet up the street that was NOT known by anyone. Unfortunately I was exhausted & the rain had not let up still, so I only waited for a little while. The only think I do know about the scene is Audrey Marie Anderson was in the scene. But unfortunately I didnt have my camera ready when she showed up.
Want more Arrowverse materials not related to Crisis?
BEHIND THE SCENES of Batwoman go HERE
BEHIND THE SCENES of Legends Of Tomorrow go HERE
AUTOGRAPHS for Legends of Tomorrow go HERE
BEHIND THE SCENES of Arrow go HERE
AUTOGRAPHS for Arrow go HERE
BEHIND THE SCENES of The Flash go HERE
AUTOGRAPHS for The Flash go HERE
BEHIND THE SCENES of Supergirl go HERE
AUTOGRAPHS for Supergirl go HERE
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Crisis On Infinite Earths will start December 8, 2019 on The CW with Supergirl, Dec. 9th Batwoman, and 10th with The Flash, before going on a month break to come back with a 2-part finale on January 14th, 2020 of Arrow & the epic finale on Legends Of Tomorrow.
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