in my ‘hood


this is when it always seems to happen. just as the weather turns the slightest bit cooler and darkness begins to fall earlier in the evening, they descend. it’s almost without notice they arrive, bringing with them their bright lights and their glowing decorations.

around these parts, movie cameras and trailers are a common sight. it happens all the time. i mean all the time. almost constantly, there is some crew set up around the neighbourhood.

here’s the drill: if it’s within a certain distance, as residents, we’ll be given notice. sometimes it’s a letter delivered and posted to the front of the building, but if it’s close enough, the news will be delivered door to door. they outline how the folks invading the area will inconvenience residents with their needs, but the reality is, there are perks in it for everyone.

you see, once filming has begun, there is bound to be a catering truck in the vicinity. if i’ve learned one thing, it’s that the folks working the counter of said catering truck would be thrilled to include you as their customer. the times when my actual building has been used, catering is all access for those of us living here, but i once made friends with a very talented soy latte maker i passed on my way to work each morning and he became very reliable in having one ready and waiting for me when passed by every day. let me tell ya, i was pretty sad to see that production wrap.

i dig the whole film-making process. i find it really exciting to watch and i love to see all of the effort and hard word that goes into a project. i’ll often try to follow up and check out the final product later on. i’ve seen a lot of shows from my apartment window and even more while out walking the surrounding streets.

q: my suite was short-listed to be used in the pilot episode for which popular tv series?
a: criminal minds (back then, it was called quantico)

it’s amazing how much trouble can go into recreating an everyday scene. a lot of what i see is an elaborate production designed to look routine, but nights like these are special. these are the nights when they line up the pumpkins and web the walkways, it’s lights! cameras! hallowe’en!

approaching the set just after midnight

we kind of missed all the action, but there are a bunch of kids in costumes just past the big light and the white truck in the photo
the scene was them walking down the street and catching a fright

years ago, at almost exactly the same time in september, i was rolling in laaate from a wedding. the cab pulled up on the street about a block away. they were in the business of making diary of a wimpy kid. i’ve never seen that reflection of my neighbourhood, but there must have been a significant hallowe’en scene because lining the street where i got out of my chariot and around the corner from the actual filming, there were carved pumpkins lining the sidewalks. it looked way better than it does any other time of year – even on real hallowe’en!

the current project: the secret circle, a television series.

The “Secret Circle” series follows 16-year-old Cassie, who moves from California to live with her grandmother in New Salem and falls in love with a mysterious boy named Adam. But, when she enrolls in high school there, she realizes that he, she and all the other elite students at the school are witches! She befriends their leader, Diana, but soon discovers that Adam and Diana are dating, which leads to a whole bunch of complicated drama.

sound familiar? ugh.

they say that one of the reasons vancouver’s so appealing for film production is because it can be dressed up to look like any other city. sometimes it’s the little details that make that most believable.

i know. leave it to me to focus on the mailboxes.


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  1. I saw the previews on TV for this series the other night. It actually looked kinda interesting, but seemed a little tween for me to truly admit I could watch it. I hope to see this magic when I’m there!

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