Friday, 23 January 2015

Once Upon a Time Filming Season 4 Episode 7 in Steveston B.C.

As mentioned in my previous post, this post is basically an extension of our Spring Vacation Part 4. It will include pictures of Once Upon a Time filming. I will blog the filming locations, including those in Steveston in a separate blog later. I've been waiting to post the day they filmed, until I received photos from a couple we met from Florida. I've tried several times over the last few months through email, texting, and instagram, but still nothing. I figure if their that busy after almost four months, we'll probably never get them and there is no point in waiting to post this anymore.
We went down early around 6 a.m. on the Mon or Tue I think. We parked at Gary Point which is only about a 15 min walk to where they were filming and it's free. We weren't sure what the parking would be like around the streets. As we walked, we saw all the wardrobe and catering trucks. They were all in the empty lot near the Cannery. There were also trucks and people taking down signs and putting them up. I recognized a few noticeable changes from the time we were in Steveston in the spring and now, as well as within the few days we went earlier.
Business Storeybrooke signage storage on the street, actually on the sidewalk in front of the below crane.
They didn't start filming until 9 a.m. (2 hours late). There was a small crowd when we got to the area where they built the Sheriff station. They also had crew members who's job was basically crowd control. We stood behind a barricade on the sidewalk near the hardware store.
Then we were moved up the street between cars, the cars eventually moved and we could see a little better. 
Can you see the plastic barricades? I sure hope they have metal ones in the summer, because these would NOT keep FANATICS away!
We were again moved up farther after they started filming. Not that it bothered me terribly to be moved about, but I did wish they would have made up their minds. Although, it did start to bother a few people. I think they were either professional photographers or dare I say FANATICS, which I don't think anyone should mess with.
No zoom. What we could see from this spot
We were then moved again, which I don't have a picture of because we couldn't see anything. Basically we were moved directly across the street from the above picture (the umbrella one). So people left and started wandering around trying to watch at the corner of the street near the hardware store. There were assistants that blocked people from walking at each corner of the street while filming. It just wasn't very organized and I had heard from the candy lady that hundreds of tourists come in the summer while they film. So it just didn't make sense why they were so unorganized for thirty spectators.

We had been standing there on the sidewalk where the cars were for about an hour before the actors started showing up. No one was really paying attention because I think we all expected vans, but they were just walking. I was texting a friend at the time, so I was able to catch a couple people with my phone camera as they walked onto set.
Walking to set; Ginnifer Goodwin (Snow White) in the black and white striped sweater and Jared Gilmore (Henry) 
Colin O'Donoghue (Hook) in Black track jacket, Georgina Haig (Elsa)  in Orange sweater, and Jennifer Morrison (Emma) black jacket about to kiss director.
Robert Carlyle (Rumple/Gold) in red tracksuit and Jennifer Morrison
Robert Carlyle, Ginnfer Goodwin, Georgina Haig, and Josh Dallas (Prince Charming) in grey shirt
They had all these people with them carrying big black umbrellas that they used to block people from seeing the actors. It made it really difficult to get a good picture if you didn't have a good fast camera with awesome zoom. I think they also met for a meeting or something before they started shooting, because most of them were in street clothes when they got to set. They must have changed in one of the tents.
Robert Carlyle (can you spot him?), Colin O'Donoghue, Ginnifer Goodwin, and Jennifer Morrison
Ginnifer Goodwin and Jennifer Morrison
Georgina Haig and Ginnifer Goodwin
Colin O'Donoghue
Emilie De Ravin (Belle)
As I mention, they started filming round 9 a.m. and it started to rain a bit shortly after. It rained off and on all morning, but progressively got worse as the day went on. There was about thirty of us that stayed throughout the day, but as the day got closer to ending more people would show up. Eventually, they had to put tents up for the actors to stand under. Episode screen caps from Storeybrooke.net and Screencapped. The following pictures are from the morning. They filmed this scene for four hours before breaking for lunch and then continued for a few more after. I think in total the outer Sheriff station scene was shot for 6-7 hrs and was less than 5 min in the episode. I can't remember if it was two or three hours after lunch that they continued to film just this scene.
Ginnifer Goodwin, Georgina Haig, and Josh Dallas
I just love this pic, mid air. Not sure where he went but he had to come back to shoot
I love that you can see his hook
Josh Dallas waving and Ginnifer Goodwin looking at us. I know this is a bit of a silly picture Emilie De Ravin just drank some water. She waved at us too, just after finishing her drink.
Georgina Haig looking at us
Colin O' Donoghue and Jared Gilmore's legs, Robert Carlyle, Georgina Haig, Emilie De Ravin, Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas. Okay I guess Leah didn't hear action!


They are so cute!
Robert Carlyle
Jared Gilmore and Georgina Haig
Josh Dallas was sent or volunteered to go get Jared Gilmore. He apparently disappeared. Not sure why or how
Checking the cell phone

The boy who plays Henry missed the van that came to pick them up for lunch around 1 p.m. So he did some autographs at the end of the street (at the opposite end of the block we were standing on). Sasha was really upset about it and wanted to give up on the day, but she also had her daughter who wasn't really that happy and difficult to get to be quite while rolling. Needless to say, Sasha felt like the whole day was a waste because we didn't get a single autograph. This is what I was afraid of, if you go with specific expectations and they aren't met, then you feel let down (very similar to the New Moon premiere and what we experienced with Brandee). I didn't go with the intention of getting autographs, although, it would have been really nice. I went because, I thought it would be fun to see how a TV show was filmed and maybe see the actors. I like Once Upon a Time, but I didn't know the actors real names, except for Ginnifer Goodwin. I am not a FANATIC, I just like the show. Not that I'm saying Sasha is one, but I think she likes it like Brandee and liked Twilight. So I totally understand her disappointment.

It was a bit frustrating for all of us though, because we were listening to the rules. Which were basically; no photos while rolling, no talking while rolling, staying behind the barricades, standing in the designated area, and listening/respecting the assistant that was in charge of us. We had also been standing there in the rain for 6 hours and people who may have just been passing by or just showed up were the lucky ones. Sasha didn't care much for the rules after that, as long as she wasn't in the shot, she felt she should be able to stand wherever she wanted. Which we all kinda agreed with, so we did move around a bit until we were asked to move. You can tell in some of our photos coming up by the different angles. We never would have seen the Snow Queen or Prince Charming if we hadn't moved from the alley. They filmed three scenes after the Sheriff building.

We had several conversations about whether or not to stay, but mostly during the hour break they took for lunch. We walked back to the van to eat our lunch and decided that we wanted to stay, but drove back and paid for parking in a lot near where we were standing. Sasha wanted to be able to take Eliana to the car if she was fussy or getting cold. We all agreed that if we left, we would always wonder what we would have missed. That is the reason we ended up staying another 5-6 hours.

After lunch, we were moved across the street to the corner in front of Marine Garage, which is adjacent to the Storeybrooke Library. Not much to see from this angle. The barricades also hadn't been put along the right side of the sidewalk, just in the front of people looking towards the Sheriff department. Which seemed silly to me. I don't think they brought enough, they only had 2 or 3.
Josh Dallas and Ginnifer Goodwin are inside Charming's truck
The above mentioned autograph debacle wasn't the only one. I think it was sometime between 4-5, after the scene with the Sheriff building wrapped, the girl that plays Belle walked over to us. She approached from the right, as if coming from the library. As soon as she started walking over, people swarmed her and came at her in the road as she was crossing the street. She did only a few autographs and left. Which I don't blame her, they were all crazy teenagers, hysterical and scary. Crew were yelling at us and security whisked her away. It was totally crazy. We were then moved to a new location, across the street from Any Given Sundae in the alley beside the Storeybrooke bakery.
Chelsea, Sasha, Me, and Leah
A scene with Maid Marion and Rowland coming out of Any Given Sundae was filmed, but it's not in episode seven and I haven't figured out which one it is. I thought it might be episode 3, but that also has Robyn in that sceen. Our pictures are pretty blurry, it was raining pretty hard and we were zoomed up between peoples bodies in front of us.
Another scene was with the Snow Queen standing outside of the Library and walking toward the entrance.
And last, a scene with Prince Charming that is in episode seven for a few seconds. It's of him coming out of the Library talking on his cell phone. Chelsea and I had left the area in alley to go back to the car when we noticed this, so we went up to the second floor of some shops near where we were in the morning. We got some really good shots of him. Sasha, Elaina, and Leah eventually found us and were glad they left too.
It wrapped around 7:30 p.m. In the car on the way to Surrey, I tried to lighten the mood as they all seemed to be upset about the day. I just said that I was a little disappointed too, but that we had to try and put ourselves in their shoes. They were probably cold, wet, tired from working all day, wanting to get home, didn't want to get sick, or stand in the rain any more doing autographs. I wouldn't want to either if it were me. We had to try to focus on the fact that we got to see so many of them actually filming and be grateful we had the opportunity. How many people can say they watched a TV show filming?

When we got to Surrey we bought a ton of sushi to go from our favourite place in Surrey, went back to my aunts house, got in our pjs, and watched a movie while stuffing our faces. After eating we were all Happy Happy Happy! I think we were all tired, hungry, and wet. Which is a perfect combination for the grumps don't you think?