Author Page For: Susan Gittins

Longtime mainstream media (MSM) journalist and author Susan Gittins began writing about and photographing Vancouver’s many film and TV location shoots in the summer of 2010 after the Winter Olympics put the city and its beauty on the world stage. Movies and TV series often showcase the Vancouver area in similar fashion. Vancouver is Awesome commissioned her YVRShoots series in the fall of 2010 and it ran regularly for three years. She launched her own daily YVRShoots blog in the spring of 2012.
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SEQUEL: Disney DESCENDANTS 2 With Dove Cameron Filming This Fall in Vancouver & Victoria

Update: New filming dates = September 8th to October 28th. Wildly popular fairy tale musical Disney’s Descendants — about the teenage children of classic Disney villains and heroes — returns to Victoria and Vancouver this summer and early fall to shoot a sequel. Directed and choreographed by Kenny Ortega (High School Musical), Descendants stars Dove Cameron [...]

RESHOOTS: Bruce Lee Origin Story BIRTH OF THE DRAGON Returns to Vancouver for June 28th To 30th Reshoots

Young, up-and-coming martial artist, Bruce Lee, challenges legendary kung fu master Wong Jack Man to a no-holds-barred fight in Northern California. Upcoming Bruce Lee origin story Birth of the Dragon is not a traditional biopic. It blends real-life events leading up to the 1964 San Francisco fight between young martial arts artist Bruce Lee (Philip [...]

PREMIERE: ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING With Sabrina Carpenter & Sofia Carson Debuts Tonight on Disney Channel

First rule of babysitting: Never take your eyes off the kids. Adventures in Babysitting, an update of the 1987 movie, tells the story of  two babysitting rivals Jenny  (Sabrina Carpenter) and Lola (Sofia Carson) who have a series of adventures in Seattle after losing one of the kids in their care. Filmed in Vancouver last March, [...]

NEW MOVIE: Comedy TULLY With Charlize Theron & Mackenzie Davis To Film in Vancouver & New York City This Fall

Updated with new start date: Charlize Theron. Mad Max: Fury Road image. Mackenzie Davis. Halt and Catch Fire image. From the Juno team — writer Diablo Cody and directer Jason Reitman — Tully is about a young night nanny who is gifted to Marlo, a mother of three, by Marlo’s older brother. The two women [...]


Every year the Saturn Awards delivers in recognizing genre shows and talent which tend to go unnoticed at the Emmys, Canadian Screen Awards or BAFTAs. 2016 did not disappoint. Vancouver’s own time-travelling series Continuum won Best Sci-Fi TV series, over Brit sci-fi classic Doctor Who and Vancouver-shot American sci-fi classic The X-Files. Filmed-in-Vancouver The Flash [...]

CASTING: POWER RANGERS Movie Casts Bryan Cranston as Zordon

Bryan Cranston returns to the Power Rangers franchise as Zordon, the alien who recruits five Angel Grove teenagers as Power Rangers to battle his nemesis Rita Repulsa (Elizabeth Banks) in the upcoming movie. Much earlier in his career, the Breaking Bad star voiced Snizard and Twin Man in the early 1990s on the still-airing TV series Mighty [...]

SHOOT: FIFTY SHADES FREED’s Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) Picks Up His Wife Ana (Dakota Johnson) at Work. Filmed in Vancouver’s Gastown.

Fifty Shades Redux. Fifty Shades Freed filmed a scene today of Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) picking up his wife Ana (Dakota Johnson) at work, accompanied by her bodyguard Luke Sawyer (Pretty Little Liars’ Brant Daugherty). Production shot in Alexander Street in Vancouver’s Gastown outside a Seattle Independent Press  (SIP) facade. There have been other short [...]

EVENT: 28th Annual MPPIA Stephen J. Cannell Classic – Film Industry Golf Tournament Today

The BC Film industry gathers today at the Point Grey Golf and Country Club for its 28th annual golf tournament named for American television producer Stephen J. Cannell, one of the founders of what is now North America’s third largest film and television production centre. In the late 1980s, Cannell and partner Paul Bronfman built North [...]

LOCATION: FIFTY SHADES Sequels End Vancouver Location Filming Where it Started — in Gastown?

Fifty Shades Redux. The sequels to Fifty Shades of Grey started filming in metro Vancouver four months ago in Gastown at Seattle Independent Press (SIP). First at an interior set on Cordova Street and then SIP exteriors on Alexander Street — the famous Fifty Shades Darker walk-and-kiss when Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) gave the Seattle-billionaire-with-singular-tastes [...]

SHOOT: PRISON BREAK Revival’s Wentworth Miller as Michael at Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Park

Update: This was one of the final scenes in Prison Break season 5. A happy family scene of Michael, Sara, Mike, Line & Sheba sitting on the grass in the sun. I withheld photos of other cast so as not to spoil it. Prison Break had a rare exterior scene in Vancouver tonight at the [...]

SHOOT: FIFTY SHADES FREED’s Ana (Dakota Johnson) Gets Ransom from Seattle Bank Filmed in Vancouver

“May I help you ma’am?” The young woman gives me a bright, insincere smile, and for a moment I regret changing into jeans. “I’d like to withdraw a large sum of money.” Ms. Insincere Smile arches an even more insincere eyebrow.“You have an account with us?” She fails to hide her sarcasm. “Yes,” I snap. “My husband and [...]