Sunday, March 15, 2015

5 days, 5 locations

6 more days to go on the shooting of the Electra Woman/Dyna Girl web-series, and it has been a lot of fun. The executive producer of the original series from the 70's and this series, Marty Krofft gave the actors one of the original toys. Wow, I bet there was a lot of dust to be swept off of these.

Before the work week started, I had a chance to visit the Green Timbers Urban Forest  in Surrey.

I do not know Surrey that well, and did not realize gems like this park were even there.

Spring has sprung all over the Lower Mainland.
Look up, look wayyyyyyyyyyyyy up! Back to downtown Vancouver for the first of five locations we will be filming at this week.

and yes they were, my fellow Teamsters Tracey and Craig fueling up the generator that powers up all the trucks, and all the equipment needed for a shooting day.
Monday we managed to inconvenience a few of the downtown motorists by blocking off the entire block of Hastings between Thurlow and Burrard.

and a long day turned into night

I really enjoyed driving Andy Buckley around for the time he was here. He played the part of the manager for Electra Woman and Dyna girl. Very nice and very, very funny!
Tuesday found us at the Grand Villa casino in Burnaby.

Looks like a heist outside of the casino. It was, but it was a staged one for our show.

Inside the camera truck, they are downloading footage from the days filming. It is then sent to another location in town for processing.

Day 3, we were at the Vancouver Film Studios, in the parking lot between two stages. Our "circus" trucks (hair/make-up/actor's trailers/grip truck/wardrobe/assistant director's trailer) were actually used as a circus for a commercial filming that was one of the scenes in our web series. (did any of that make sense?)

Day 4 took us to a neighbourhood in North Burnaby. We had to set up the circus out on a street by a school. (spring break, school was out)

Another long day that kind of went like this pace.

The scenes were in and outside of this corner store, as well as driving shots out on the street. The t.v. show                      Once Upon a Time used the same location the day before.

Grace (Electra Woman) and Hannah (Dyna Girl) were gracious enough to get take pictures with a group of young fans that patiently waited most of the day.

It takes a lot of people to make a film happen. Day 5 took us to the Mount Pleasant area, 6th ave. and Yukon Street. All the filming today was out on the street.
earlier that day, at the "circus", which was about a 10 minute drive from set.

The circus by day

Heading from circus to the hotel to pick-up the cast, via Chinatown

The trouble (for me, anyways) with using my camera and my cellphone to take blog photos, is that I end up getting the sequence out of order. This pic goes back to day 2 at the Grand Villa casino. An illustration of the gear involved to make movie magic.

On the job, my duties include manning set and transport radios, cell phone communication, taking the film drive to the processors, and delivering all the important paper work to and from the office.

Wow, so much for chronological order. This is day 3, on the streets of North Burnaby.

Random shot facing west towards downtown

Random shot facing east towards "the heights" of Burnaby

This guy bugs me. He is a paparazzi that was on set every day this week taking pics of the actors. I see this creep everywhere, at the hotels, the airport, on sets, and even in Victoria when we were filming Gracepoint last year. I wonder who is giving him all the info of all the productions filming locations.

In my rearview, I can see Grace (aka: Electra Woman) doing her own stunts dodging cars in one of the scenes. No looking back now, pilot season is upon us, the busiest in Vancouver to date.

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