THIS POST CONTAINS POSSIBLE SPOILERS FOR EPISODE(S) OF SUPERNATURAL SEASON 11 (Probably around ep 5 or 6 or 7). If you have not yet seen these episodes and do not want to see or read any possible spoilers to them. Do not continue.
In late August and early September I caught up with Supernatural shooting a couple times. They COULD be for the same episode, or completely different episodes. I never spent enough time at either location to get a read on where they were in the filming schedules for the season.
The first location was in North Vancouver on a quiet side street. I know little about the shoot except for the face that Jared Padalecki as Sam Winchester walks out of a drive way into the street where a couple of emergency vehicles are. I have been led to believe Jensen Ackles was also on set for the scene, but I never confirmed that (I thought I saw him at the wrap of the scene leaving, but it was too dark to be completely sure).
A short while later the crew moved a block down the street to a church that they had redesigned to look like the parking lot of a biker bar. When I heard no primary cast were going to be there for the scene, I took a couple pics of the signs they put up and left on the last bus out of there for the night to get home at a reasonable hour.
A week later, I caught them downtown. This time they were shooting in an alley just off of Granville Street and it involved Misha Collins as Castiel doing a scene where he was crouched over top of a man laying on the ground.
This night was pretty busy for me as I had 2 film sets I was working on. So I didn't get to stick around there long. But still long enough to run into Misha, along with a few lucky fans that were there as he went for a snack break.
Misha chatted with the fans there, and told us a "worst restaurant" story about 1 of the places they once filmed at in Chinatown. When I asked him the name of the place so I would know never to go there, he said "unfortunately I don't remember.....which has caused me to avoid the whole area all together". He then told me he would see me "next week" which I then told him I wouldn't be in town at that time and he said "well, I guess I wont then." and he was off to grab his snacks and go back to work.
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You can see season 11 of Supernatural starting October 7, 2015 every Wednesday night on The CW.
Supernatural shoots scenes for episode 3 with Misha Collins and guest stars with director Jensen Ackles calling the shots.
Supernatural started shooting season 11 in July with the 3rd episode of the season first.
On the 7th, I caught them out twice. First at a scene with Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki & Ruth Connell earlier in the day.
Later, they did interiors scenes in a more upscale bar than you usually find Supernatural filming in at the Bar next to the Granville Skytrain station.
The scene seemed to involve to unknown cast (maybe others as well? If anyone can ID the two actors, please let me know so I can credit them properly.) in a scene inside. Director Jensen Ackles was there, but unlike the scene earlier in the day I saw him at, he was dressed more casual than I would expect if he were in the scene. I feel he was there JUST in a directorial capacity. No other notable cast were at that shoot.
Although the crowd of fans got an unexpected surprise when former recurring star Ty Olsson (Benny) rolled by in a van & stopped to chat with the fans while waiting for the light to change. This actually was the 2nd guest star sighting at set that day, as earlier in the day Mitch Pileggi was at the set with his daughters to help them meet the boys.
Another unexpected arrival at set was when Danneel Ackles showed up with Jensens daughter J.J. shortly before the lunch break. Eventually the pair left with the boys driver and went to a restaurant to await Jensen for his lunch break.
When they went on lunch break, Jensen came out with the guest stars, chatted for a moment and then walked to his lunch. I caught up to him briefly around the corner, out of the way of the majority of the fans waiting there & asked him to sign. Of course, being able to get up to him, he willingly obliged & said "I'll just do 1 though, as my family is waiting for me" and I nodded in understanding & let him go on his way afterwards. This marked the 1st ever time I have got Jensen Ackles to sign while at set.
After the scene in the bar, the crew moved across the street to an alley.
Director Ackles made his way across the street after he was driven across the 2 lane street, instead of just walking 50 ft to the light & crossing across. I am sure that was more the idea of the driver than his own, but still I actually couldn't believe they did it.
Once over there, they put the final touches on the alley for a scene that only had1 cast member at it.
Misha Collins arrived to shoot a scene, and there was very little that could be taken from the scene. He seems to walk out of a space and into the alley. Perhaps more happened later? I don't know. I eventually packed up my day after Misha came over and greeted fans & signed for me.
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Supernatural start shooting season 11 - episode 3 with director Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki and guest star Ruth Connell
Supernatural season 11 had a couple days of shooting in downtown Vancouver for its 1st episode (the 3rd episode of the season) to shoot this season.
With the shows star Jensen Ackles again directing an episode, the 3rd episode of the season was being shot prior to the 1st one to give the director & shows star enough time to do his job on it as he juggles to jobs. Donning a fairly un-Dean Winchester like Hawaiian shirt and beach hat, I assumed what I was looking at was "Director Jensen" and not him in "Dean Winchester" attire..... turns out, I was mistaken. When I saw his stunt double also wearing the same garb later, I realized.... Deans traded in the jackets & fed suits for some beach wear. When I tweeted a photo of it that day, a few fans replied with the "sand between our toes" line that Dean says last season to Sam. Perhaps Dean got to experience that.... guess we'll have to wait to see.
On this particular day, a few cast members were seen (some in unofficial capacities). Season 10 troublemaker Rowena, played by Ruth Connell was back, but with a little wardrobe change for the day..... as she was sporting blonde hair.
Crowleys mom appeared to be doing 2 scenes there, 1 with each of the Winchesters. Firstly with Dean (either Jensen or his stunt double, our angle never quite gave us a good look) where she seems to point her finger at him and he goes flying. A bit later, a scene with Sam as Jared Padalecki roughly drags Ruth as Rowena away by her arm.
A lot of the time on this shoot it was hard to tell when they might have been rolling and when they may have been in between takes. Other times however, they were clearly on a break. During 1 of their breaks, former Supernatural guest star Mitch Pileggi stopped by with his family and introduce his kids to Jensen & Jared. The trio chatted for awhile while they re-set the scene. Funny enough, I was unaware I had even seen him till well after the fact when I was going through my pics & saw him in some of them.
Eventually Jared wrapped and left. Shortly after Ruth left. Lastly Jensen left, as he not only wrapped that location but had to head to the next spot where the crew was already preparing the next scene.
After this shoot, the crew packed up & moved to another location a few blocks away for an interior shoot that had another random former guest star sighting, and a night shoot in an alley that I will have more on in another post.
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Supernatural will be back with their 11th season this fall on The CW starting October 7,2015
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