Monday, March 28, 2016

Wayward Pines Season 2 Episode 2

I think that is a very fair warning, don't you?
Early start on Tuesday, the lights are still on in the office buildings around Pender and Thurlow in downtown Vancouver.
new and old collide around Burrard and Hastings downtown.
Okay, I spend a bit of time "standing by" in my cast driving gig on Season 2 of Wayward Pines. I thought, after 3 weeks of driving the car, it was time to get the owner's manual out on the Ford Flex. There are way to many buttons and touch screens for me to figure out on this vehicle.
One of the scenes in episode 2 will be shot at the Wing Wong nursery. (the obvious choice). In the show the town has to grow their own crops to survive. (It's tough in 4024 you know.)
We all love the many cherry blossoms in the Lower Mainland this time of year. (unless they stick to your car and make it look like a parade vehicle)
We seen to be a little cursed in Coquitlam. The area we use as the Wayward Pines neighbourhood seems to be a little cursed as far as weather is concerned. It had been rainy, actually poury? most of the time. Miserable on set and also at the "circus" (base camp)
later in the evening, all you could see was rain cascading down from the flood lights at the neighbouring sports fields.
Thursday's itinerary.
and the weather cleared for a day of shooting at the Wayward Pines (Coquitlam) neighbourhood.
Leaving my house heading west on Friday morning. A little fog, what were we in for today?
As I got to the hotel to pick-up on of the executive producers, it became clear to me. It was Good Friday. Of all the over 40 productions filming in Vancouver right now, I'm pretty sure we were the only one working on the holiday. (Evidence of the hotel parking lot, which is usually teeming with other cast and production vehicles. It was a lonely time this morning. (not really, it was a nice change of pace, there was little traffic as well. )
Back at the Wayward Pines studio, the finishing touches on the "faux" Wayward Pines main street.
Good Friday in Wayward Pines meant an evening of "harvesting the crops" at the Blieberger farms in Langley. (I have shot hear before, always nights, always muddy, and always cold!) It was a beautiful start to the day (night), thought. One road into set, the plywood is laid out, no going on the grass! (an impossible task)
it was grand in the afternoon, a nice oasis from the concrete jungle of the lower mainland.
and this is what needs to get done tonight. A lot more killing than harvesting, I must say.
Not the "abbies" (creatures of the night in Wayward Pines), this is some of the crew moving into the light!
Lots of light and smoke (atmosphere) . Unfortunately I cannot get close to the action. Tonight 4 stunt actors were lit on fire, and it was a closed set. I could see through the trees as flamethrowers torched our brave (crazy) stunties.
My view for a lot of the evening. I guy could start seeing things as the evening wore on. (5 a.m. wrap, a long night)
This was man made, still ominous
Sometimes the Galaxy S5 does not catch what I am looking at. This actually was the moon rising over the corn fields in the sleepy little town of Wayward Pines.
It was the Easter week-end.  This is one of my favourites.
These Easter bunny pictures are just down right frightening!

and just sad

Monday, March 21, 2016

Wayward Pines Episodes 201 and 202

Could it finally be spring? (sans rain?)
This week was the finishing touches of episode 201 and the beginning of episode 202 on Wayward Pines. I was looking online and found a couple of shots from last year that is certainly making me more and more curious about the show. Here Meagan Fisher (played by Hope Davis) teaches the "new generation" about the history of Wayward Pines..........
as they spend their days at the Wayward Pines Academy. (apparently the original generation is still kept in the dark about the town's dark and mysterious history.)
Move that lighting lift out of the way!, it's blocking my view of Riverview and beautiful clouds beyond.
It did serve a purpose though, lighting up the front of the building for a night shot.
Making a pick-up at Sim Video for the camera department I ran into, I mean bumped into, I mean saw another Ford Flex brother, they must be the same brood, the license plates are only one number off.
and then we were back at the Main Street set of Wayward Pines. I'm not allowed to take pictures from the street, so the closest I could get was the back wall of one of the buildings supporting some of the electrical panels.
So many different ways to approach downtown Vancouver, this time I am cruising, (well, crawling) down East Hastings street, by Nanaimo Ave.
A 2 minute "pic" stop  down by the sea bus terminal
Looking past Canada Place at the snow-capped North Shore mountains.
Well you don't see this every day. Back at the costume office it was time to dry the paint on the "abbie" creature footwear. (you can see one on the last pic on my last blog.)
and you don't see this too often as well. Back at the stage the boulders have to be sorted and stored, of course!
as the week went on and the weather brightened , I pick-up one of the guest stars at a residence by David Lam Park in False Creek. A view across to the Granville Street Bridge and Granville Island
Now that's more spring like it!
Look up, wayyyyyyyyyyy up, he's in there somewhere.
A brilliant sunny day. (unless your afraid of those chemtrails)

There was a big scene in Robert Burnaby Park, where they have built a prison gate for the scene. The  "abbies" are trying to escape over the wall. (cannot say much else). Unfortunately I was ill and missed the entire day. So I have added some extra footage of some behind the scenes filming from movies of old. (borrowed off the web, of course.)

a little King Kong
 a little Gozilla
 Freddy Krueger
 Jurassic Park

 you know
 the Shining
Spielberg hanging out.