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SPN Hunt: The Wrong Side of the Tracks

Guess who is filming in my neighbourhood!

If you guessed "That show that you meticulously timeline and track the wardrobe," then you guessed correctly!


Not much to tell, and I'm not going to give any spoilers. But the "set" (location) looks fantastic! Not only that, but they are actually filming in an area that I have always wanted them to film in, because it looks PERFECT for the show. Of course, that also means that it's very creepy to walk around in at night, and so I didn't stay long. As I told the PAs - it was all well and good while I was standing with the crew, but it wasn't like any of them were going to walk me home at the end of the day. Plus, I'm still scheduled to be on The Killing tomorrow and I probably have to get up ridiculously early.

Anyway...

First, I walked completely the wrong direction and didn't find them. So, yay for an extra half hour of exercise!

Then I had the bright idea to walk to the crew park and see which way the trucks were driving away from it. So, I did that. (You might remember that the last time Supernatural was in my neighbourhood, they fooled me by filming more then 10 blocks away from the crew park). The crew park is on this gorgeous hill that has an amazing view of Vancouver, so once I was there, it was actually quite easy to see the HUGE MOVIE LIGHTS at the bottom of the hill. So, I walked down there.

Now, like I said above - NOT the best neighbourhood. I used to walk in it all the time, but only with my sister...it's really creepy to walk through it on my own. Even though I recognize that it's creepy because it's empty, not because it's filmed with rapists - but still...it might be filled with one hidden rapist, and that's too many rapists for me.

The first person I ran into was a very attractive lighting/electrician/PA guy who was in charge of looking after a crane light. He told me they were filming on the other side of the building, so I thanked him and wandered over there. 

The next person I saw was Russ, so I said "Well, I recognize you, so now I know what's filming for sure." And that creeped him out possibly, until I told him I had gone on his location tour in the summer and one of his associates pointed out that he's also on twitter. Russ was his usual charming self - telling me that the boys weren't filming, that the show hadn't filmed in years, that it was all CGI and they just came out and stood around with lights in order to keep up the facade. 

Then he left for the night...and I tried to charm the PA into telling me the truth. He told me that there wasn't any good place to watch and that nothing exciting was going on. Which you know, is probably what they are supposed to tell people....but then, he also kept reminding me that the really good gelato place was just around the corner - and maybe I should go get a gelato, and he wished that he had been assigned to watch the light by the gelato place...and isn't gelato good, even though it's cold?  So, I thought "Hmmm...are these hints, or does this guy just really like gelato?" 

The only solution was to make the ultimate sacrifice and go buy some delicious gelato. 

Sure enough, the lighting rig next to the gelato place had a GORGEOUS view straight down the set. I talked to the electrician there - who was a really nice guy. He's an ice cream man and doesn't much like gelato. His favourite flavour is chocolate. Anyway, he doesn't read the scripts, so he couldn't tell me much of what was going on, besides the fact that it's episode 7x17...and that they were filming action shots that night. We had this really confusing conversation where I tried to find out if they were driving the Impala again, and then got confused as to whether his answer was relating to reality or the show. Then he wandered away. I was MANY YARDS away from set. Like...a good block and a half - so although it was a great view of the set, it wasn't an amazing close-up view like that time that I hung out right behind the cameras.

I talked to the PA that was standing there, and he said that they were between shots and it'd probably be a while. He told me that they were going to be there until 1am. I could see Jared getting ready to film his action scene (I recognized him by size and jacket-colour...it's the green panel coat, I believe...yes, I can now spot wardrobe from a block and a half away, don't judge me.)

Anyway, like I said, it's not the best neighbourhood (awesome gelato place notwithstanding), and I probably have to be up early tomorrow - so I made the decision to go home while it was still relatively early and therefore safer. Action scenes, although awesome to see on TV, aren't that interesting to watch being filmed - unless there are ridiculous stunts involved, but from the sounds of it, there wasn't going to be (and the one where it could possibly be cool was probably one where they'd clear everyone away within a certain radius and I wouldn't be able to see anything anyway...and they weren't going to do that one until later).

So, I said goodbye to all my PA/electrician friends. They understood about the bad neighbourhood thing. (A couple of them had already expressed a bit of worry about me walking around on my own.) As I walked by the main crew trucks, I saw my man Ted, but I didn't go and say hi, because he was inside a crew tent, and I didn't want to freak people out by just walking into a crew tent.

I got out of the bad neighbourhood and started walking home...and as I once again passed the crew park...I passed this pretty golden dog sniffing around just outside the fence. Then I saw it's big ears perk up as someone just inside the fence said "Sadie, get back in here. Come on, Sadie-girl!" And well, there was my celebrity sighting of the night. The crew member looking after Sadie also had Gen's little spaniel dog, Indy, on a leash, and another dog that I didn't recognize (looked like some sort of schnauzer.)


Anyway - not that thrilling a report compared with last time, but it was still fun. :)

Comments

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mymuseandi
Feb. 2nd, 2012 06:46 am (UTC)
THAT IS SOOOOO COOL.

I saw your twitter and you were like, I saw Sadie, and I was thinking, who is Sadie?? Until I remembered that it was Jared's dog LOL

This has reawaken my squee and looking forward to this Friday's episode. Although I'm unsure if the livestreaming is still going on, what with all the censoring going on...
hells_half_acre
Feb. 2nd, 2012 07:06 am (UTC)
Yay! I'm not sure about the livestreams either - hopefully you'll be able to find one.

I didn't even think about the dog until her name was being called...and I realized "hey! slightly-famous dog!" The crew park was right next to a popular spot for people to run their dogs at night, so I'm really used to seeing random dogs around there. :P
sgmajorshipper
Feb. 2nd, 2012 07:01 am (UTC)
Dude, that is so cool. I am so excited for any set pics or spoilers we might get out of this episode, but aside from that, it's always been a dream of mine to get to watch filming of anything, so, awesomeness! Living in Vancouver certainly does have plenty of perks.
hells_half_acre
Feb. 2nd, 2012 07:04 am (UTC)
That it does.

Well, the PAs were very tight-lipped. The last time I was on set (The Mentalists) everyone I talked to told me the plot...this time, it was very much just a vague description of the shot. And I wasn't close enough to spot if there were any special guest stars - I really could only recognize Jared from such a great distance away.
sgmajorshipper
Feb. 2nd, 2012 07:06 am (UTC)
I think the tightened plot security has to do with the fact that pretty much all of fandom is waiting for that episode with bated breath, waiting to see how it goes, one way or another. And I don't mind. I may like spoilers, but I don't want to know the whole plot ahead of time. A little bit of mystery is good for the soul.
hells_half_acre
Feb. 2nd, 2012 07:11 am (UTC)
Yeah, I actually don't like being spoiled at all - so I'm always a bit torn when I do find them shooting. With The Mentalists, I knew it was still early in the season, but I actually don't want to be spoiled for 7x17...which is also why I didn't describe the "action scenes" at all in my post. Who knows what a spoiler might be. I could say "Sam trips on a log" and think that it doesn't mean anything, but then watching the episode it might turn into this crucial thing that if people know is coming it ruins everything (that's a poor example, but you know what I mean.) There were certain ways the crew described the scenes that leads me to believe they were being very very careful about how they phrased things for a reason.
sgmajorshipper
Feb. 2nd, 2012 07:16 am (UTC)
SPN is actually the only show I'm spoiled for, right now, out of everything I watch. I get all my spoilery urges out on one show so I can be surprised by all the rest XD
But, yeah, I totally know what you mean. Especially with a show that's as detail-conscious as SPN can be; the little things can make all the difference, and the smallest slip can be the biggest spoiler. That's why I try to avoid talking about explicit spoilers outside of the specific posts designed for them, because you never know what could be big, what could be little, and what could be wrong.
hells_half_acre
Feb. 2nd, 2012 07:20 am (UTC)
Yeah, I'm a little spoiled for SPN, because some spoilers are too big to avoid :P ...but I'm trying to stay away from episode descriptions.

I watch the promos for the next episode, and SOMETIMES I watch the preview clips (if I'm weak willed)...but that's it.

On a similar note: I just got my info for my stint on The Killing tomorrow - looks like I'm about to sign a non-disclosure agreement, so I probably won't be talking about my experience too much on this blog it seems. :P
sgmajorshipper
Feb. 2nd, 2012 07:24 am (UTC)
Yeah, especially when some big-name people tweet spoilers out wantonly.

Oh, how interesting. I guess that makes sense. From what I remember reading somewhere, that's a pretty tight show, so I can see why they'd want to keep things on the dl.
hells_half_acre
Feb. 2nd, 2012 07:29 am (UTC)
Indeed.

Yeah, I can't say that I'm too surprised. Once I learned what kind of show it was, I was pretty much expecting to get the "Talk and we'll kill you. Please sign here." It does sound like it's going to be a fun shoot, if my call sheet is anything to go by.
borgmama1of5
Feb. 2nd, 2012 09:01 am (UTC)
How cool to see Sadie...wow, I sound like a pathetic fan :)

After the episode airs you will fill us in on the probably not-spoilers but keeping quiet anyway bits?

And I'm looking forward to hearing what you can not-tell us about your day on 'The Killing.' (Which I don't even know whether it's a series or movie...)
hells_half_acre
Feb. 2nd, 2012 04:16 pm (UTC)
Haha, yes, after the episode I will definitely tell you the not-spoilers but keeping quiet anyway bits. I'll, at the very least, point out which scenes they were filming.

I'm off to shower and get ready for my day on The Killing. It's a TV series about murder, apparently. I've heard it described as a "non-weird Twin Peaks" :P
harrigan
Feb. 2nd, 2012 01:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks for sharing! I love driving by (or strolling through, depending on the neighborhood) past shooting locations when I'm in Vancouver.

Yes - only you would recognize a jacket a block and a half away! LOL! The celebrity sighting at the end was the best!

I appreciate your spoiler sensitivity - and your priorities for personal safety! Enjoy your own shoot today!
hells_half_acre
Feb. 2nd, 2012 04:13 pm (UTC)
Yes, I was quite pleased with my celebrity sighting. :)

I like seeing shooting locations too - it's always so interesting to see what they are turning things into (or how they are using spaces that are already awesome.)

I appreciate your spoiler sensitivity - and your priorities for personal safety! Enjoy your own shoot today!

Thanks! I'm off to shower and hopefully find a decent outfit to wear for it.
khek
Feb. 3rd, 2012 12:55 am (UTC)
LOL! I think I would be more excited to see Sadie than almost anyone else, other than Jensen or Jared. :) I'm a pathetic dog person.

It sounds like it must have been fun! Too bad there wasn't more going on, but if you're trying to avoid spoilers, it's probably best not to see too much. Good luck tomorrow! Maybe when you get back after the job, you'll see more filming of SPN!
hells_half_acre
Feb. 3rd, 2012 01:05 am (UTC)
Oh, I don't think they were filming there more than one night...I could be wrong though! But yeah, avoiding spoilers and staying warm are both very tempting things to keep me inside.

I was super thrilled to see Sadie, and I'm not even a dog person.
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