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So, basically for the past two hours I've been standing with the Supernatural crew watching filming!

That's right. You just read that correctly.

I GOT TO STAND DIRECTLY BEHIND THE CAMERAS next to Jim Michaels!

I'm not going to spoil you all by describing the scene though - or the basic plot, which a crew member told me. They were filming 7x07 though.


So, yeah, tonight I had to go out to this meeting...it was a sort of networking thing to try to find work, only I'm really horrible at networking. And there was a cute boy there and I'm horrible at talking to cute boys too (it doesn't matter, he was probably too young for me...still in school and everything.) Anyway, I left the meeting feeling pretty depressed, but then on my way home, I saw MOVIE LIGHTS....

I knew Supernatural was in the neighbourhood, but their circus was about 15-20 blocks to the north, so I was confused...but I figured I would check it out.

I arrived and asked what was filming - Supernatural! Yay! I was told to stand further down the street if I was going to watch...so I did. (I realized when I got back down the street that the PA I had talked to was standing RIGHT behind Jared (how I missed Jared, I don't know...it's like that time I drove right by the Impala)...so he might have overheard me say "Supernatural! My favourite!")

I watched a scene with Jensen and a guest star, and then Jensen and Jared - it was really hard to see though, because I was down the street and behind a very bright light.  Between takes, I chatted with the set painter who was there...he was really nice, and I told him all about my horrible networking skills, and he cheered me up by saying that I was very pleasant to talk to and not at all bad at socializing. He also said my name really lovely. I have to say, I love the way continental Europeans say my name.  

Then they yelled wrap for that scene. Everyone started packing up and walking away up the street. I figured they were done for the night, so I would go home - but I decided that I might as well walk the long way home and see them packing everything into the trucks. As I was walking up, I saw the painter again, and he said "It was great to talk to you - oh wait, are you going to watch the next scene too?" And I said, "there's more?" and he pointed me up the road....where everyone was setting everything back up again to film at a different house.

So I wandered there, and as I was wandering there, I fell into step beside Jim Michaels. We got there, and I realized that I had basically just walked right onto "set" - so I said "Where do I stand to be out of the way with this shot?" and Jim said "I don't know, we haven't really worked it out yet." So I just stayed next to Jim Michaels...you know, about 7 feet behind the cameras with the rest of the crew.

They were setting things up with a stand-in....of course, I didn't know that at the time. The Impala wasn't around, so I figured maybe I was going to watch some guest stars filming...so for all I knew, that was a guest star. It's not like I'm super movie-industry savvy. So, there I was, just chatting to Jim Michaels while we waited for everything to be set up. 

We talked about last season, the French Mistake, and how Jim is enjoying Vancouver weather (hint: he is not...he basically feels like I do about it, so we had that in common.), then we talked about dating (not each other, just in general...haha...I told him I sucked at it. He didn't believe me. But I do, I really do.) He told me about the hours they work, and how it's really hard to have a social life - he got a call from said social-life while we chatted and had to tell his social-life that he wouldn't be seeing them tonight.

Anyway, Jim said they killed Kripke the way they did in the French Mistake because Kripke HATES slow motion shots - so it was to annoy him. I thought that was hilarious.

A girl walked by and asked Jim what was shooting - Jim said it was a Tampon commercial. She laughed and wandered away, not bothing to ferret out the real answer, though she must have guessed it wasn't a tampon commercial...as I said to Jim, I'm not sure I've ever seen a tampon commercial that is shot at night with fog machines.

Also, HE SHOWED ME THE TITLE SEQUENCE FOR S7!!! He told me I got a 48 hour exclusive sneak peak! I promised to keep it secret for those 48 hours! But guys....IT IS AWESOME. I LOVE IT. Very gorgeous!

I told Jim that I was on the location tour when the backlot burned down - he groaned and said that they lost two days because of that. Ouch. 

Then another crew member came up, and he was Serge's driver. Also, he probably went to High School with my Dad!! Guys...I'm starting to think that everyone in Canada actually DOES know each other. I certainly don't think me and Ted did anything to dispell that stereotype for Jim in any case.

Then Jared showed up! So there I was, about 10 feet away from the action, while Jared ran through what would inevitably be 3 different "scenes."

I won't tell you what he said in the dialogue, because it gives away the villain of the piece, but he did each scene in about three or four takes.

I'm going to tell you a funny Jared story though and I'm going to try to be as non-spoilery as possible.

START
Because Sam and Dean were split up in the episode at this point, Sam was driving another car. Jim explained that the car they were using actually belonged to Kevin Parks. Jim said as soon as Jared found that out, he started fucking with it for fun...not caring if he ran over curbs, or whatever. Apparently, he slammed the door so hard yesterday that he broke it and it wouldn't open. And the crew had to fix it...

Only, the crew apparently hadn't fixed it, because Jared (while filming) couldn't get out of the car. The scene was that he pulled up to the house, was supposed to open the door, get out of the car, and then to the house (all in a big rush)....so

Take 1: He pulls up to the house, and can't get out of the car. Cut.

The crew look at the car, he backs it up again...we can't see if they figured out the door or not.

Take 2: He pulls up to the house, frantically rolls down the window, then throws himself headfirst out of the car window!

The entire crew has their hands on their mouths trying not to laugh. It was hilarious. His gun fell out of it's place in the waistband of his pants too and hit the pavement, and...yeah, if you can picture 6'5'' Jared throwing himself out a car window very ungracefully... still they didn't call cut, so he grabs the gun, and runs up to the house...and cut! and much laughter was openly had. My laugh is so weird, I actually think at one point Jared looked directly at me and smiled - especially since it was a smile and a slight 'who the heck is that?" look.
END.

So, while we were laughing at that, Jim slipped away into the night, and it was just me and Ted. We watched as they worked it out that Jared would pretend he had just closed the car door and then pick up the scene from there, since they couldn't get the car door to open.

Ted told me he drove Serge around, so we talked about how awesome Serge was for a bit...then we talked about acting, because Ted used to act too...and I told him about the Shakespeare play I did when I was 13. 

Ted's been working on Supernatural since day 1. He said that it's really rare for a crew to be as tight and as happy as the Supernatural crew. He said that EVERYONE is happy, including "the boys" and that they were all really excited already for a possible Season 8 - that Smallville set a precedent, and they were all really positive about the future because of it. He said that the fanbase is so solid and amazing, that there's no reason for the network to cancel it - and the only other reason shows get cancelled is because the actors want to leave...but he said that "the boys" are really happy with the show and, "as the boys say, why would we get off a winning racehorse?"

I was really happy to hear that - and I have to say, the crew REALLY was the happiest people I've ever seen stuck in the rain for hours in Vancouver. There were a bunch of them doing gorilla impressions at one point (some of them were quite good) and everywhere I looked people were chatting and laughing. I don't think I saw one sour face. Even the PAs whose only job was to stand there and gradually freeze to death were all smiles when they wrapped, waving goodbye to everyone happily and telling each other when they'd be in the next day.

Jared disappeared as soon as his scene wrapped. I actually didn't see him go, I was too busy chatting with Ted about the community back where my Dad and Ted grew up. (Seriously, small world!) 

Then I watched them do a Sam-POV steady cam shot (that they didn't need Jared for) as their final shot of the night, and then someone said "Check the gate!" which is the signal that they have the shot they want and are done, so Ted suddenly said "Check the gate? Oh! I have to go get the car!" So we shook hands, and hopefully he remembers to tell Serge how awesome he is for me (I asked him to) and he took off running down the street. I have to say, for someone 3 years older than my dad, Ted looks AMAZING. I couldn't believe how old he was when he told me. He's a GREAT-grandfather, and he looks like he's maybe all 50 at most, not nearly 70. 

Anyway, I took off home then, Jim was busy, so I couldn't say goodbye to him, and the set painter I talked to earlier was no where to be seen either - so, I just slipped quietly off into the night. 

Amazing. I can't believe I actually got to stand in with the crew and chat. I think it helped that I WAS just chatty and interested in what was going on - not obsessively asking about Jensen or Jared, or focusing all my attention on them like a stalkery fangirl (Thank goodness I'm not a stalkery fangirl.)

It was their last night in my neighbourhood. Tomorrow and Friday they are in the studio, and then they start 7x08 on Monday.
I found out that they get 10 days off at Christmas, and they try to give Jared and Jensen American Thanksgiving by scheduling the Canadian guest actors to shoot that day if possible. Other than that, it's just work work work. 
So, yeah...that was my evening. It went from kind of crappy to the BEST THING EVER! I can't wait for the episode to air, then I can tell you guys exactly the scenes I saw being shot. I had my camera with me, but I did not take it out - again, I was REALLY close the action, and it would have been quite obvious and possibly disruptive to Jared if I had taken pictures. Plus, when they weren't filming, I was chatting with either Jim or Ted about the show, so even if I did want to be rude and take pictures, I didn't have the time.

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raloria
Sep. 22nd, 2011 08:53 am (UTC)
Aw, lucky you! Standing right with the crew and next to Jim and all that. :D

I totally printed this out for further reference (and saved it as a PDF). ;) Looks like my filming schedule info. is right on! Yay! Thanks for all the valuable information and the plain old fun trivia. Can't wait to see that title sequence!

I'm sure you got to stay for so long because A) you were by yourself and B) because you didn't bring out a camera. I know from reports from friends in the past that one or a few fans will get to see a lot more than a large-ish group. Easier to control, more low-key so they can get their work done...it's better for their work environment.

Anyway, this is very cool! And to think all I knew before was the address of where they were for the day/night. This certainly fills a lot in! Thanks Alix! :D
hells_half_acre
Sep. 22nd, 2011 09:11 am (UTC)
They were filming on 6th, just east of Commercial. Did you know that? You should have let me in on it? Haha, it was a complete surprise to me, seeing as how their circus was all the way over on William St.

Anyway, yeah, I think it really helped that I really was just on my way home...and I didn't bring out a camera or a phone...and I was friendly and but not obsessive over the boys. It was actually kind of funny, because while I was talking to Jim, I kept correcting him. "Frontierland, not Frontierville" "no, that was episode 11, not 10." And then I sort of realized and was like "uh...sorry...um, yeah, I really like the show" *facepalm*. Though, I think it worked out to my advantage, because that's when he figured I deserved to see the titlecard. :P

But yeah, I also made the crew laugh, because at one point I shushed them! They had called "action" and the crew around me were still trying to chat with me! So I was like "shush! Filming!" and then they made fun of me by shushing each other repeatedly all through the take.
greycat17
Sep. 22nd, 2011 08:54 am (UTC)
Wow. You have had the luck ;) And that scene sounds like one for the gag reel.
hells_half_acre
Sep. 22nd, 2011 09:12 am (UTC)
I hope it makes it. It was hilarious! We were all trying to stifle our giggles.

But yeah, this has been a great week for me, all things considered!
missyjack
Sep. 22nd, 2011 09:51 am (UTC)
Wow - what an amazing night! Sounds like the perfect crew encounter!! See awesome things happen to awesome fangirls!

It's lovely to hear yet again that they all so enjoy what they do, and working with each other - as well of course as the good feelings about S8 ;D

AND YOU SAW THE NEW TITLES. OMG. Sera mentioned them in one of the interviews today and I was all squeeful because its one of the great thrills I get each season.

It would be awesome if the Jared scene ends up on the gag reel - certainly sounds like it was hilarious!
hells_half_acre
Sep. 22nd, 2011 09:58 am (UTC)
Yes! I am beyond thrilled (case and point, it's now nearly 3am and I'm only just coming off the high enough to go to sleep.)

It was lovely to SEE how well everyone enjoys themselves and working with each other. It was happier than Disneyland, I tell you...and in the cold Vancouver rain too.

THE TITLE IS AMAZING! It is one of my kinks! I am not even joking...if someone can have a fetish over writing, mine would be the new title. Haha. I'm probably building it up too much - but man, so good. I can't wait to see it on something bigger than an iPhone.

I do hope the scene makes it into the gag reel. :)
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elliemurasaki
Sep. 22nd, 2011 10:41 am (UTC)
No spoilers? *sad* Glad you enjoyed your evening, though!
hells_half_acre
Sep. 22nd, 2011 07:21 pm (UTC)
I can PM you the spoilers if you want...I just didn't want to ruin the episode for everyone, because I did get to hear/see some major episode plot points (just for the MOTW though...not the myth-arc). Well, one spoiler for the myth-arc a little bit, if you can call it that.

But yeah, just let me know and I can PM you all the spoilers, as long as you don't spread them around.
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ratherastory
Sep. 22nd, 2011 11:38 am (UTC)
OMG All my nerve endings would totally have been on fire by the end of that kind of evening! I am so jealous of you and your sister and your obvious attractiveness to all things Supernatural and awesome!

I can't wait to see the new title now! And when the episode airs you will have to let us know! I am dying of curiosity.
hells_half_acre
Sep. 22nd, 2011 07:26 pm (UTC)
Oh man, all my nerve endings WERE on fire! I was thankful that it was cold and rainy and I had my umbrella to hang onto...at one point in the evening I was shivering slightly and it wasn't anything to do with the cold. :P And then I stayed up until 3:30am, because I had to sign on to skype and brag to my best friend (who is currently in China).

I swear I do not normally have this kind of luck - but damn, I am not complaining. Maybe the Universe is trying to make up for the fact that I'm broke and unemployed. If so, the universe is doing a good job of keeping me happy. :)

I will let you know everything when the episode airs! Or, if you are a spoiler-holic, I could PM you the spoilers - but it really would ruin the entire MOTW plot-twist.
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dairygirl
Sep. 22nd, 2011 12:08 pm (UTC)
What a stupendous experience! I did not think the crew would be so welcoming but hey, for a girl with no networking skills, you found a way to peek in on the filming. I look forward to the episode reveal and new title track. The scene with Jared jumping out the car window sounds hilarious! I hope it makes it to a gag reel. Of course he did screw up the car door so who's fault was that? Thank you for sharing your story.
hells_half_acre
Sep. 22nd, 2011 07:29 pm (UTC)
Haha, yeah, I guess I'm not so bad at networking after all? :P

I hope it makes it the gag reel too...he did it so earnestly. Really, it was Sam jumping out of a car window...well, until he got about halfway out, and his gun fell, and then he fell, and then it was all goofy Jared.

That'll teach him not to screw up the cars! (Actually, it probably won't.)
cappy712
Sep. 22nd, 2011 12:20 pm (UTC)
I'm so happy for you that even though you think you are not good a networking - the evidence of what you said speaks so much more that you don't have a problem with networking so to speak, it's when you think you are or having to do it that you think you stink at it.

By being yourself - you were networking! It's great that all you were doing was heading home and you stumbled on to an opportunity to network and meet others that you probably made an impression with. Here's to hoping you get to meet them again!

Can't wait to see the title card either, you are so blessed to have been able to see it before any of us..... okay the green went away LOL.

Looking forward to your insight after Friday nights episode! Have a great day today too!
hells_half_acre
Sep. 22nd, 2011 07:35 pm (UTC)
Very true. I guess I'm only bad at networking when there is pressure to network - when I think I'm just having a good time with potential new friends and people to meet, then I'm much more outgoing. It helps though, that the crew I talked to where all really friendly and engaged me in conversation just as much as I engaged them in conversation.

I hope I meet them again too! I have to tell Ted whether or not my Dad remembers him from 40 years ago :P

I'm looking forward to talking about friday's episode too!! :) And seeing the titlecard on a screen bigger than an iPhone!
quickreaver
Sep. 22nd, 2011 12:34 pm (UTC)
You make me want to move to Vancouver SO hard, rain and all! (Hey, I'm happy when it rains.) Sounds like you had a great time and SPN lives up to our vision as the Best Show Evar. Thanks for the run-down!

PS...you are SO not horrible at networking! This proves it.
hells_half_acre
Sep. 22nd, 2011 07:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you. And you SHOULD move to Vancouver (especially if you like the rain.)...plus it'd give me more people to hang out with. :)
franztastisch
Sep. 22nd, 2011 01:12 pm (UTC)
Aaaah jealous! Haha and when I start feeling crappy at any point, I'll just imagine Jared attempting to throw himself out a car window. :P
hells_half_acre
Sep. 22nd, 2011 07:39 pm (UTC)
I will as well! Hahaha
mymuseandi
Sep. 22nd, 2011 01:19 pm (UTC)
THAT IS SO COOL. I'm glad you had the chance to see the scene up close and personal and talk to the people around the set! They sound so friendly, and relaxed, and everyone sounds happy.

And I'm glad that it turned out to be the best night ever for you. Things are looking up, I say! :)
hells_half_acre
Sep. 22nd, 2011 07:41 pm (UTC)
Yes! IT WAS SO COOL! I hope they come back to my neighbourhood again someday, so that I can stop back in and say hello! :)
borgmama1of5
Sep. 22nd, 2011 01:30 pm (UTC)
OMG OMG OMG

I am squeeing so hard for you!!!!

And Jared going out the car window--I would die to have seen that!

You are so lucky, and you handled it so right by just being normal and it couldn't have happened to a nicer person!!!
hells_half_acre
Sep. 22nd, 2011 07:43 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you. :) I'm squeeing for myself! Haha

Oh man, I really hope it does make it on film somewhere, just so that I have something to look at to remember it...though, I like the fact that I could also see how much the crew was cracking up....we were all biting our knuckles to keep from laughing.

galwithglasses
Sep. 22nd, 2011 01:45 pm (UTC)
So awesome for you. See, good things do happen...especially for those who catalog clothes and timelines. It will be really cool for you to see the actual episode so you can see how what you saw translates to film. Do you know who was directing? After it airs, we'll all pick your brain. I'm glad you got to pass on a good word to Serge. He's my hero.
hells_half_acre
Sep. 22nd, 2011 07:50 pm (UTC)
Yes, I debated briefly whether I should mention that I catalog clothes and timelines...but then I thought "no no, don't let them see the crazy." Hahaha

I'm really looking forward to the episode! It was really cool to see how they cut scenes together...one of the scenes I saw was filmed sequentially, but it's not actually sequential in the episode.

Sadly, I don't know who was directly. I didn't recognize anyone - but everyone was in raincoats with big hoods, so that doesn't necessarily mean anything.

It was great to talk about Serge to someone on the crew, and who knows him too. I think he is everyone's hero. :)
sandymg
Sep. 22nd, 2011 01:53 pm (UTC)
OMG. What an amazing story. Incredibl. And I couldn't think of anyone sweeter for it to happen to. I hope the var incident makes the gag reel.

Thanks for sharing in such great detail.

hells_half_acre
Sep. 22nd, 2011 07:52 pm (UTC)
:) Thank you! I hope it makes the gag reel as well.

Thanks for sharing in such great detail

At this point, I'm incapable of sharing in not-great detail :P Every time I sit down at my computer, I think "this will just take me 10 minutes" and then an hour later I'm sitting there going "Oh man, that'll have to do!"
trystan830
Sep. 22nd, 2011 01:54 pm (UTC)
ok that is just awesome!! =)
hells_half_acre
Sep. 22nd, 2011 07:52 pm (UTC)
It was! I am so thrilled with my life!
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jeymien
Sep. 22nd, 2011 02:34 pm (UTC)
Sounds pretty awesome! You got pretty lucky there :) *is jealous*
hells_half_acre
Sep. 22nd, 2011 07:53 pm (UTC)
I did! I'm very lucky that I noticed those lights!! Otherwise I wouldn't have thought to look in that end of the neighbourhood for them.
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