With spring in full stride, there is not a lot to report from Vancouver for Supernatural filming obviously.
The new season, their 10th, will begin in July. Till then, I have a few odds & ends left over from the past 2 years that I never used for whatever reason in the past.
A few from their fan conventions they have here yearly of Misha Collins, Jim Beaver, DJ Qualls & others.
Also, a few shots of Jared Padalecki & Jensen Ackles returning from Chicago after shooting the failed backdoor pilot for Bloodlines, which was episode 20 of this past season. Plus Misha Collins leaving town during a break.
Lastly some departing shots of Mark Sheppard and Jensen Ackles as they left Vancouver at the end of season 9.
So first up... a few old shots from past Convention weekends.
I cant be sure, but I think I have managed to see Misha Collins out & about almost every con weekend here. Some shots here from 2012, and 2013 of Castiel roaming the city during the weekend.
As well Jim Beaver stops to talk to some fans in the courtyard.
DJ Qualls grabs a snack in his downtime.
While I personally will never support these conventions, it is still cool for those of you with no other way to ever see these stars to have the chance I guess. Vancouver being the hometown of the show always seems to nab a pretty decent roster.
A few months ago I caught up with Misha Collins as he left town during Christmas break. Below are a few photos from that encounter.
As well, a few photos of Jared Padalecki & Jensen Ackles returning to Vancouver after filming episode 20 in Chicago. The episode, which was intended to be a backdoor pilot for a spin off that got axed needed a few shots of them in Chicago, so the pair left for 2 days of shooting.
Upon returning, I asked both of them how the filming for that went and they both had similar replies....cold. Apparently, the mild Vancouver winters had not prepared them properly for the real winters that Chicago can have, and both of them were less than excited with having to work in those condition.
When I joked that it probably made them appreciate Vancouver's weather a bit more, they both were pretty quick to agree.
Last batch of photos is of the post-season 9 departures of the cast.
First up was Mark Sheppard. The man who plays Crowley was in a good mood upon finishing his season 9 filming. When I told him I hoped he would be back for season 10, he played it coy & acted as if he didn't already know Crowley survived.
A little while later I caught up with Jensen Ackles for the final time of the season.
He was also in a great mood. The man who plays Dean Winchester seemed pretty happy to have some time off. Seemed excited to finally get some time to spend with his new daughter, Justice Jay whom he rarely saw for more than a weekend throughout most of the season.
He asked us if we got Jared leaving that morning. Both my buddy and I were disappointed to learn we picked the wrong flight to cover for him. But also thankful at least Jensen let us know so we didn't waste time waiting on him either. Just wish he had told us BEFORE he started signing.. I would have focused on solo items, instead of duo items that I now need to get Jared on eventually. Oh well.
So that's it for my SPN photo dump.
I MIGHT do a Season 9 review sometime soon. I've started doing reviews, episodic, seasonal or complete series ones. Although so far I only really have 1 review up (for the How I Met Your Mother series finale). But I have started writing an entire S9 review...perhaps I'll have it finished before they start filming season 10.
As always, you can check out my Supernatural autographs gallery for any of the signed items obtained over the past few seasons I still have.
See you soon season 10.
Supernatural films a scene for a season 9 episode with Jared Padalecki & Jensen Ackles in the Impala
Odd day this was... Till I saw the filming on this colder than usual February evening, I had gone 0 for 4 at seeing ANYTHING go on at sets that day, including the SPN set earlier in the day.
I found the crew filming at a place on Main Street, near 16th avenue that was made up to look like a licenced drug paraphenalia shop called "Ians Herbal Remedies".
The scene, still quite unclear to me. From the angle I had I never really got a good read on what it was about. It certainly started with Sam & Dean Winchester (Jared Padalecki & Jensen Ackles) sitting in the imapala. The scene seemingly took place all in the car, even though the filming notices in the area claimed they were going to get out of the car & have a talk.
Maybe the unexpected snow flurries that arrived almost exactly around the time they started filming made them opt to change the dynamic of the scene.
In any case, heres my set from this night. The episode they were filming at that time is unknown to me. Could be tongihts, could be next weeks. Timing suggests it would be an episode coming up soon.
A little side note to this night. The always overbearing "security" guard of the leads, Clif, shining lights at me while I was shooting, even while they were filming a rehearsal. Even funnier, had to be the minion "buddy" he had with him who gave me the finger right afterwards. Always full of stupid antics on this set. For a show that's dipped as low as 1.86M viewers this year for an episode, the crew, specifically Clif, doesn't seem too concerned about negative P.R. for the show. Wonder if The CW or Warner-Brothers does?
After 3 weeks off, Supernatural returns tonight on The CW with the 1st of their final 6 consecutive weekly episodes for season 9.
Supernatural films scenes for a season 9 episode with Misha, Jensen, Jared & a recurring guest star... oh, and Jared gets a new bike, sort of.
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Yesterday the cast & crew of the hit CW sci-fi/drama "Supernatural" were at work in a familiar location to them, the Astoria Hotel in East Vancouver. They have used this place more than once over the years & were back there filming a variety of scenes yesterday.
Early in the day they did interior scenes at the hotel that had Jared & Jensen in their typical FBI suits. What was unexpected was that they were also there with another show regular, Misha Collins....who also was suited up.
Has out fallen angel joined the group? Or was this a 1 off situation? Well, it will clearly take us a few weeks to find out. When I saw Misha leaving the set I was quite unprepared for it & thus, wasnt exactly ready for him & hastily tried to get a couple photos of the suit covered Castiel. When they left for lunch, I got a few better pics of him as he & Jensen left together. Absent from the carload was Jared, who I saw driving by me a couple minutes later with his wife (guess she came by to pick him up for lunch?) Genevieve.
I too left. I came back later to see scenes being prepped in an alley behind the Astoria. On the film notice it said "two actors..." and I just assumed Jensen & Jared would be there.
Instead, I got the surprise of Jared being there, but not with Jensen, but with Curtis Armstrong, aka... Metatron.
The body language of Jared in the scenes suggested to me this was a conversation between Metatron & Ezekiel, and not Sam.
Not much to report on the scene. The dialogue seemed to be lengthy, but I clearly had no clue what was being said as you can tell by my shot of how far away I was. Which is also the explanation for why many of the photos look terribly grainy since I was about a block & 1/2 away.
When filming was done, the boys driver drove down the alley, with Jared in the passengers seat. When they got to the end of the alley, the vehicle stopped about 15 feet short of the 3 girls, me and another very passionate fan who had a bike that I am sure some of you have seen. Jared got out of the truck, and came & met with the girls and got his photo on the mans bike. As he passed by me, he gave me a quick playful jab in the ribs & said "I thought you'd be sick of us by now" before he moved on to getting his photo taken with the girls.
Then he asked his driver to take his photo on the bike...which of course, any of you with twitter have since seen in this post.
After that, we congratulated him on his recent accomplishment of a million twitter followers, he said thanks, and was on his way.
Supernatural stars Jared Padalecki & Jensen Ackles do a scene under Burrard Bridge with a guest star for a season 9 episode
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Odd, catching Supernatural 4 times in 1 week. When I say odd, what I mean to say is, it has NEVER happened to me previously.
The last catch up of the season 9 filming for that week in early August happened under the Burrard Bridge.
The scene was guarded with the type of security I expect Barack Obama to have. Even up on the PUBLIC bridge walk way, there was PA's there, and while none of them ever told me to move along or that I couldnt take photos, they certainly had the look of "dont do it" on their faces & body language. Every trail & road leading down there also had a PA.... more or less.
While it took me a good 10+ minutes of walking a 2 block circumference around the well guarded set, I finally found 1 path they werent stalking for passer bys. While there was very little you could see from the ledge of bushes & trees between me & the set, there was just enough that I could catch a few moments of them filming a scene. My 6'0 height finally came in use for something. If I were 5'10 or 6'2, I likely wouldn't have even noticed the small break in the trees as I walked by, being just at eye level & on a downward slope to the set, it was quite literally less than a couple inches in space & every time a bit of a breeze rolled in, branches impeded my view. Sure, there were more open spots along the path, but standing there would have been in plain sight of the several PAs that were roaming the area. So this short little patch was really the only spot to see anything and not have them see me.
Jensen Ackles & Jared Padalecki (Dean & Sam Winchester) did scenes for the season 9 episode with an actor who I am not immediately familiar with. They seemed to be working with, or at least following the lead of this other actor to wherever.
Earlier in the day, fans saw them do scenes where they were getting out of The Impala. I missed those ones. But got a few pics from this set.
Supernatural season 9 premieres Tuesday October 8, 2013 at 9 PM/8(central) on The CW.
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Supernatural stars Jensen Ackles & Jared Padalecki film a late night scene for season 9 in the Downtown Eastside
Its always a good thing when filming is so close to you that you can sit on your porch & shoot the scene.... now only if I had a better camera eh?
Supernatural filmed less than 500 feet from my door recently for a scene in season 9. It was the 2nd set I found from that day for the show. Earlier I caught Castiel doing a scene in Chinatown.
In this scene, we see Sam & Dean (Jared Padalecki & Jensen Ackles) leave a corner store (I thought it was dressed up as a pharmacy at the time...till I saw a close up of the inside... btw - this is at least the 2nd time they have used this location.... its also the store from Appointment In Samarra... but has closed down & been renovated since then) with some goodies (maybe some pie?) and head towards an alley. When they get there, they are confronted by a man. I couldnt see that scene, but the film notice told me what was going to happen.
In between takes, both actors took the time to wave & acknowledge a group of kids from the neighbourhood that were out there watching them film their scenes. Later, the group, along with me, moved to the next street over to watch from the backside of where they were filming. In between takes, Jensen came out a couple times & was playing around on 1 take, showing off his boxing skills with his bodyguard. In a rare moment (at least in my many experiences) he noticed the group standing watching him, even pointing them out to the guard, and went back to goofing off & being animated in whatever story he was explaining to his bodyguard. Usually I find Jensen tends to try & avoid being at the other end of a camera when hes on set.
Jared spent most of the time (from the times I was able to really see them closer up) in the alley. Thus why I didn't really get any shots of him except when he was right on set filming. But I will have another set of the boys from a couple days later coming up in the next week or 2, more Jareds (and crisper photos..since they were in the daytime) in that set.
Supernatural moves to Tuesday nights this year on The CW starting October 8, 2013.
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With so many productions in Vancouver this year, it seems like I just don't spend much time on SPN this year, but its not true. They just simply havent been around as much where I am willing to go to.
But with the film notice I got a week earlier stating they were going to film about 200 feet from my door, I knew they would be in my area that day...and sure enough they were.
After finding the set the night before at our old Vancouver Police Department HQ & missing both the Winchesters & Castiel in different scenes, I caught them out the next day.
First up, I found Castiel (Misha Collins) looking quite un-Cas like. As some of you already know from reading a blog from another local set bloggers report, Castiel was recently seen sneaking into a Laundromat. He has shed his trademark trenchcoat (at the cleaners?) & is now adapting to being a human after last years finale which saw all the angels fall to earth.
This particular day I found Cas roaming the streets of a Michigan city Chinatown area. Two things that caught my interest in the scene.
1st - seems human Cas now notices girls. He does a double take in the scene of a busty actress who does a walk by before he continues on his walk.
The 2nd scene - one that I tweeted about & many of you loved enough to make it probably my most retweeted post ever (certainly in a long time) as 300+ retweets & 150+ Favorites in less than 48 hours, was a scene where he gives change to a woman sitting on the ground with a cup.
Even down & out and probably broke, the fallen Angel decides to give what little money he probably had to a stranger on the street. This could be an interesting plot twist to the fallen angel storyline, will they learn anything by being humans? We have seen in earlier seasons, some of the angels saw human beings as annoyances. Will they learn compasion or empathy for us now that they see what we have to endure daily?
Of course, we wont know if/when the Winchesters will cross paths with their friend, but for now, it seems Castiel is all by himself.
The day prior he did scenes that consisted of him looking in garbage (probably for food?) behind a restaurant, and hiding between two garbage cans in the rain. Looks like tough times for the man who used to get places by simply thinking about it.
I will have another set, this one of the Winchester boys doing their thing in a night scene soon.
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