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Published June 13, 2013 on Vancouver is Awesome The fifteenth anniversary of the Leo Awards, celebrating the best of B.C.-made television and film, couldn’t have been more homegrown from start to finish. Vancouver-cop-from-the-future television series Continuum and darkly comedic film Camera Shy, about a corrupt Vancouver city politician,won the big awards. Both sprung from the creative minds of University of British Columbia film grads –Continuum creator and showruuner Simon Barry and Camera Shy director and writer Mark Sawers. Inside the Westin Bayshore Hotel gala, hometown comedy couple Brent Butt and Nancy Robertson entertained the BC Film crowd with non-stop jokes, as well as pitching projects and making mild jabs about the BC election and resulting loss of promised tax incentives. Jackson Davies took the stage at [...]
Crimes of Mike Recket is about failed real estate agent Mike Recket (Nicholas Lea) whose beautiful, pampered wife Jasleen (Agam Darshi) has dumped him and barred access to their daughter. In a bid to solve his money woes, he tries to scam widow Leslie Kemper (Gabrielle Rose) so that when she goes missing, Recket becomes the lead detective (Paul Skrudland)’s prime suspect in her disappearance. Agam Darshi, (below) won a Leo for her supporting performance in the film. Her next project: a co-starring role as tech expert Khali Bhatt in upcoming Toronto crime drama Played. Darshi was on stage at the CTV Upfront last week in Toronto, where the thirteen-episode series is filming from early May through September.
You’d think Hugh Dillon would be an easy man to find in Vancouver since he’s been recurring on Continuum as the mysterious Mr. Escher and on The Killing as death-row prison guard Francis Becker. But one character is mysterious (last seen in his office high up in the W-43 Tower in Gastown) and the other works in a prison (Burnaby Youth Detention Centre, Riverview, studio) so fan Julie had given up until he gave her a headsup today to check out Chinatown. Dillon was up on a roof helping out his friend James Hutson by appearing in his indie film The Last Crop about you-guessed-it — A man battles unknown enemies to find out who is stealing his marijuana crops. [...]
More is more when it comes to summer blockbusters. Promotion for the Man of Steel is in overdrive ahead of its release next Friday, June 14th. Trailers. Behind the Scenes Video. Talk Shows. Media Interviews. Best anecdote so far: Star Henry Cavill telling E! News how hard it was to pee between takes when dressed in Superman suit. ”There was no fly,” he says, “There was no zipper. So it’s just one of those things where you got to wait for the right time.” Apparently, it took 25 minutes to get the suit off him, according to Russell Crowe, aka Krypton Dad Jor-El. Last week’s 13-minute behind-the-scenes video has a discussion about the decision not to have red underwear over the [...]
For locals, Godzilla‘s Golden Gate Bridge set is Rise of the Planet of the Apes redux on the vast Kent Hangar gravel field at the Vancouver/Burnaby border. Rust-red street lights and railings. Giant greenscreens. Motorists and buses trapped on the bridge. Soldiers. Cop cars. Only this time the showdown is between the military/police and Godzilla not empowered apes. Plus the giant greenscreens are inflatable, something we haven’t seen before. Related: Rise of the Planet of the Apes Reshoots on Golden Gate Bridge Set at Kent Hangar Field Schoolkid extras looked out the windows of Oakland, Alameda and Freemont school district buses as tanks with soldiers rolled by yesterday. Any number of cast could have been on set in the rain. [...]
Update: Janjira is the name of the Japanese nuclear power plant in the Godzilla reboot Godzilla crew remade Steveston’s Japanese Cultural Centre/Martial Arts Centre into the Jankira International School for filming on Wednesday, adding fake pink cherry blossoms to the east side of the trees outside and parking a prop Japanese school bus and giant blue screen on the west side where the camera would focus. Dozens of child extras dressed in school uniforms practiced running out of the centre into the bus or towards Moncton Street. And had fun doing it. It’s not clear where the monster is in this scene because it’s unlikely they would run towards it. [Update: this evacuation might have more to do with an [...]
Godzilla’s main unit is spending three afternoon/evenings this week filming in Finn Slough on the Fraser River dressed as a Japanese fishing village in a nuclear quarantine zone. It didn’t take much set dressing to get the right look. Finn Slough in Steveston is a historic collection of houses on stilts, float houses, net sheds and drying racks left over from a Finnish fishing village founded in the late 19th century. All that was needed was vines of bamboo to cover up any signs of the 30-odd residents living there today. The addition of a few falling-apart float homes and Japanese gates. Long black tubes to fill the air with smoke. And lots and lots of quarantine and nuclear zone [...]
Filming started this morning on Godzilla’s USS Alameda landing craft set on the edge of Garry Point Park in Steveston with soldiers, technocrane, fog machines, rain towers, giant scrims and green screens added to the ride. Crew tested the mechanics last night, rocking and rolling the set while shooting sprays of water over the bow. Related: Testing the USS Alameda Landing Craft Set in Steveston
Godzilla crew tested their USS Alameda landing craft set last night on the edge of Steveston’s Garry Point Park. The craft was rocking and rolling as if battling a sea monster in San Francisco Bay with a stunt performer along for the ride. I’m guessing San Francisco because Alameda is the name of the old naval air station there. And the Steveston docks have been remade as San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf for the past two weeks. Filming started on the USS Alameda set this morning with a technocrane, fog machines, rain towers and green screens.
Newl Man of Steel of trailer — Fate of Your Planet — with Superman Begins scenes of a rugged, bearded Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) shot in Ucluelet and Nanaimo on Vancouver Island and on a vast green screen stage at the Vancouver Drydocks in North Vancouver. Related: Man of Steel’s Henry Cavill Films in North Vancouver What’s new is the challenge from General Zod (Michael Shannon).
In tonight’s rehearsal, a group of US soldier extras carry a warhead onto a prop red San Francisco Whale Watching Tours boat at the Steveston docks. Will that be enough to make Godzilla go kaboom?