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I caught up with Supergirl filming episode 6x19, the penultimate episode of the entire series, directed by Glen Winter, on the riverbed of the Coquitlam River in Port Coquitlam.
Before I get too far into this blog, just want to say, this was definitely the worst set I have ever tolerated/endured for actual effort/problems. Some of that, self inflicted, like when I walked 30-45 minutes in the wrong direction on the river before realizing I was NOT going the right way. But some of it just the crew who really were overstepping their boundaries on this day, and if it weren't for the fact I was kind of beaten down from that earlier wrong direction walk, and just the efforts taken to get to anywhere in the park, I might have actually argued with them much earlier in the day about how they don't own the park. But I kept thinking "yeah, fine, I'll just go to the next spot", I kept thinking "okay, I'll just find another spot", only for them minutes later to tell me I couldn't be there either. There were a few spots to see the set from. Some with okay views but not great, some with semi-okay views long as you were willing to overcome some challenges (like the one we spent the majority of the day at, literally sitting in water, surrounded by bushes), some with shitty views. To give you an idea how long this day was, rough estimate according to google maps, was about 5KM of walking (2.25 of that in the wrong direction), 6 trips across a river, that at its peak came up over my knees, having to quite literally stand in the river, surrounded by trees to see the scene for several of the 10 or so hours spent there. Then when finally moving to another spot after getting the "okay", had the crew put up a massive scrim across the riverbed they were filming on to prevent anyone from seeing what was going on from the other end, meaning a trip back across the river, 2 more times, to get back to the original spot we were in, just for the last 30-40 minutes of filming for the day.
Anywho, now you have a slight idea what this day had in store for us.
The day started off with a not terrible view of the scenes, but it was just stunt work. A familiar theme on this day by the way, was stunt people in scenes. While almost every cast member was there during the day, many times, it was their stunt doubles doing the scenes, even when it wasn't a stunt. This is not a rare thing in the film industry, it happens quite a lot, but on this day, it seemed to be 5Xs more often than usual.
The first scene had the stunt team of Guardian, Sentinel, Dreamer, Lex Luthor, and Nyxlygsptlnz, along with a stunt double for a character that is played by a little unnamed girl. The scene had Guardian & Sentinel mainly fighting Lex, and I honestly never saw what Dreamer or Nyxly did the whole scene (for all I know they actually werent in the scene, and were just out there during rehearsals.... that happens a lot more with stunt people than actors).
Shortly after that scene wrapped, while they were prepping the next scene was the 1st time a crew member told us we would be in shot, and could we move. Since he asked nicely, I agreed at the time to do so, thinking I'd find a better spot. That never happened though. Ten minutes later, he was telling me, and a couple of the 9 fans that were at set that day to move from the 2nd location we found. Eventually, we all ended up on what I have referred to as the "island" which is kinda technically right, but a bit of a stretch since at its widest, it was maybe 25 feet, and by the end of the day, maybe 18 feet. This is where the majority of my day would end up being spent.
Also in this set of photos, a couple pics of what we had to shoot through, as well as a feathered friend.... saw a few, but I decided this duck gets his 15 minutes of fame. Random note, despite Canada being known for beavers, I am about 80% sure that this set was the first time I had actually seen one.... or, 1st time I remember seeing one. But he was too fast for me to photograph....... anywhoo, back to the sets, right?
Once we had relocated to the island, things picked up a bit more. While many of the stunt personnel were out all day, some of the actors were seen on set from time to time. A plethora of scenes were shot, so many I really cant say I recall them all.
People on set for this day included
- Melissa Benoist as Supergirl
- Chyler Leigh as Sentinel
- Azie Tesfai as Guardian
- Katie McGrath as Lena Luthor
- Nicole Maines as Dreamer
- Jesse Rath as Brainiac 5
- Jon Cryer as Lex Luthor
- Peta Sergeant as Nyxlygsptlnz
- Unknown little girl as unknown character
- Martian Manhunter (David was not on set, just a stunt/body double)
The majority of the scenes had the heroes fighting on various battles against either Lex, or Nyxly, or both. As I stated earlier, these scenes sometimes had the actors, sometimes the stunt/body doubles in the the scenes. Some of the doubles were a little unconvincing when you saw them face on, but since they are mostly just needed for shots over a shoulder, or of them jumping/flying, they were able to fill the spots.
A lot of the scenes seemed to revolve around trying to get possession of a crystal type item that I saw no less than 5 different people holding at different points of the day, it was like a hot potato.
Since I know a lot of analyzing online has already happened over the Lena Luthor pics, I will break down what literally happened. Then explain why what you saw on line COULD, or COULD NOT be valid.
The first scene we see of Lena is her laying on the ground, eyes closed, rubble on top of her, while Dreamer lays near by as well. Lex walks over and has a gloating look on his face, before he turns and walks away. Lena seems to turn her head slightly towards him as he comes towards her, but only slightly.
Later, a 2nd scene was done which had Lena just up and sprint away from the fight scene into the forest. She only did 1 take that I recall of that scene.
Finally, she did 1 scene right near the end of the day of her showing up from nowhere out of the forest she ran into to seemingly do something that looked like she was performing magic, beside Supergirl. Again, I only saw 1 take of this shot. So random.
Now I know a few people have theorized Lena dies because of the rubble scene. Others have theorized she hasn't because of the fact she films the scenes of her running away. Problem is, when filming is done for a show, or movie, the order they shoot the scenes, is NOT the order they air on screen. Occasionally, some may run continual because of the scheduling of the actors, and location availability, but often, they are not done that way. So basing that she is alive off her running away AFTER the earlier scene, as I had seen a few people suggest, is not a valid defense.
Also, saying she is dead because she clearly looks like shes dying in the one scene is not a valid defense, as either of the latter scenes COULD be after that scene in the episode, or even, the fact she moves her head slightly in the scene could mean she survived whatever Lexs plan was.
Anywho.... I saw a lot of debate about this, and thought I would squash both "reasons" why either side thinks they are right. You'll just either have to wait and see what happens on screen, or, wait for more set content to come out and see what happened.
I know I usually post MUCH more than this from a set. But this set was very tiring, time consuming, and frustrating, so I just got this bunch out. If you want to see the other 700+ photos from the set.... I will have them for sale soon. Just inquire at the contact form to the left of the page, or on the bottom of the main page. I may add on to this blog later this month, time permitting, so perhaps check back later for more?
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