THIS BLOG POST IS FOR A "THE FLASH" SEASON 6 EPISODE 08, AND MAY CONTAIN POSSIBLE SPOILERS FOR THE SEASON.
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UPDATE: NOVEMBER 22, 2019 - Details on the actress & character in the final scene have been added.
The Flash was on location for the 8th episode of the season on Wednesday at B.C. Place, and Thursday & Friday nights, into Friday & Saturday mornings at Melville & Thurlow in downtown Vancouver.
The first of those nights, the cast & crew of The Flash found themselves at B.C. Place Stadium. For those unfamiliar with the shows regular locations, this is where they go for exterior shots of S.T.A.R Labs.
This night they had the set up further down the concourse than they usually use. Setting up on the west side of the building, as opposed to the east side, or the North West main concourse, as they have many times before.
After some recent changes to the area in the past few years, that side is no longer accessible from the back end (the stadium used to just have a complete encompassing concourse that you could walk all the way around.... but now, the majority of the West & south west part of it is gone), so the only way to catch the filming in this area was either working in 1 of the offices that overlooked it, or, as me & 3 or 4 other fans that night did, go into Boston Pizza, and watch through their windows.... which even with that, was limited to just a few panes on the top floor. Because of this complicated set up, I did not stay too long that night, but I was there long enough to see they had Grant Gustin as The Flash and Sendhil Ramamurthy as Dr. Ramsey Rosso/ Bloodwork out there filming a scene where the pair are walking together up towards S.T.A.R. Labs.
The pair did not seem to be in any type of conflict with each other, and it wasnt till after the fact when I was home and could see what I shot on a larger screen I noticed the details on Barrys suit (which you can see a bit better in the upcoming pics in this set... but this first set it is a bit tough to really tell), he has black marks on his logo, his gold ear wings, belt, and dark black fingertips.
After they shot that scene, there seemed to be a long break, and so I left, as it was probably going to drag out for awhile, and I had another set that I thought might have better stuff to do that night to get to.
What is happening to Barry? Is Bloodwork doing it?
On Thursday night The Flash moved their unit a couple miles across downtown Vancouver to a block I have been to many a film set for, but not at the location they were shooting. Melville Street was home to a several story large building & parking lot that many shows used until just as recently as last season, but is now just a crater as something new is clearly being planned for that spot. On this night, the cast & crew were about 1/2 a block east of there in a little courtyard in front of a variety of small businesses that share the corner.
The main scene of the evening had an unknown actor in The Flash suit taking the place of Grant Gustin who was off working cross over duty with several others on a different show. The Flash stand in did a scene with Sendhil in full Bloodwork make up, Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon, and later in the evening a scene was done with Danielle Panabaker in full Killer Frost attire. Each of the cast there had doubles on set too, but I rarely saw them working except for Grants, and at times the one for Cisco.
The night was an all too quick reminder that summer is officially over, as strong winds that night brought the temperature down into the lower single digits celsius. The winds were so strong at points that equipment was knocked over a few times. I actually wondered if there was any point where they considered cancelling the rest of the night.
As I said on the night one photos, you can see the details on The Flash suit a lot better here. With the Bloodwork dark vein look all over his logo, and gold trimmings.
In the scene with the 3 of them, Cisco comes in with a gun (all the photos I got of that were out of focus, just something about the angle I had, and the light off the gun did not work for my camera), yells at Bloodwork, using the characters name, and then shoots the gun at the villain, causing him to fall to the ground. The Flash then zips over, grabs Cisco and pulls him over to Bloodwork. The trio then were crouched down too low to really see what was going on.
At the lunch break Sendhil and Danielle, stopped to take photos and sign autographs for fans before heading off to eat.
After lunch, Danielle did a scene that I think she was the only main cast on set for. All I can tell you about it is a lot of extras were running, and she runs in to the middle of the scene then vanished out of my view.
Again, like the first night. I left before they wrapped. This time, because of the unexpectedly cold night from the strong wind.
On night 3 the cast seemed to be back down to just Grant & Sendhil for the entire night. A woman I had never seen before worked with Sendhil later. More on that down below.
The evening started off slow, a scene of The Flash zipping in front of a green screen was done, then a looooong break happened. When I came back to the set from working a different event, they had moved from the court yard out onto the street.
When I first got there I instantly noticed a man that for the rest of the evening I referred to as "tall Abraham Lincoln" out there standing on stilts. While I never heard specifically what he was a stand in for, its a fair assumption (I hate assuming in posts on my site, but this seems like a safe time to do it) to think this is a stand in for Bloodwork when he is in full Bloodwork mode.
The thing I noticed during the scene they shot with tall Abe was The Flash no longer had black marks all over his suit. Did The Flash finally break the control Bloodwork had over him? Or is this a scene from before it happens?
The scene seemed to have The Flash using his speed to punch tall Abe all over. A bit later, they did a scene where it seems tall Abe gets the upper hand, as The Flash is thrown into a vehicle (obviously they had Cody Laudan do that part), and the impact of it completely causes the vehicle to be crushed. Then Grant came back in, to be The Flash seemingly being held by some type of force against the vehicle, having trouble moving off the vehicle.
After Grant wrapped that scene, they did a scene with Sendhil and Meera Simhan. The scene had Ramsey in the middle of the street, clothes torn, looking angry, making a motion like he is about to hit someone, when he stops, to look at someone behind him. Its his mother. He then turns around, and a conversation happens between his mom and him. She moves towards him and gently puts her hands on his face and they share a couple moments interacting. In this scene there are no dark veins on Ramsey, he seems to be calmed down. Is his mom how The Flash & the team end up beating Bloodwork? In the season 6 promo where they introduce Bloodwork to everyone, they show him standing over his mothers grave. How does she return?
The Flash will start shooting their portion of Crisis On Infinite Earths next week, someone I know on set was told Tuesday, and that about lines up with what I had down as their projected start date for it. Other shows are already on their portion of the Crisis episode. So you should check out my COIE blog section for posts on filming for that when I finally catch up to them. There could be scenes on other shows that pertain to Flash characters that wont be found in The Flash blog section. So keep up to date on them HERE
EDIT - 12:40 PM - September 29, 2019 - video added at the bottom from rehearsals of 1 scene, and shooting another scene.
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The Flash returns to TV for the 6th season October 8th, 2019 on The CW in the U.S.
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The Flash is a superhero TV program on The CW network.