Twilight Fan’s Visit to the Vancouver Sets

Twilight fan and Lexicon reader Lisa traveled to Vancouver to check out the filming locations. She was there the day the cast was filming in a theater in downtown Vancouver. Speculation was that it was a flashback scene of Edward’s being shot in the theater. Judging by the costumes the extras are wearing, the time appears to be the late 1920’s-1930’s. A big thank you to Lisa for sharing her pictures and her report!

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My very good friends and I traveled to Vancouver to see anything we could Twilight.  Of course our main goal was to try and see Robert Pattinson…but we would settle for anything Twilight.  On Sunday we went on a tour with Amy from Vancouver Set Tours (highly recommend!) and it was great.  We saw Bella’s house, Jacob’s house (where some overzealous fans upset the owner and called the cops!), The Cottage and the breakup location.  It was so cool to be standing right in the spot where “they” stood.

We knew they were filming at the Orpheum Theater on Monday, March 14 and thought this was our chance.  On Sunday evening we saw posts and tweets and blogs about “signs going up” at the theater.  It probably around 10 pm and we were only a few blocks away, so we grabbed our coats and our cameras and headed out.  At first we thought it was a bust as the Orpheum Theater has an older entrance and a newer entrance around the block. At the older entrance we found nothing but luckily we kept walking  and then we saw all the white trailers and trucks and security and knew we found the right place.  We walked along the street and came across a cone that said “TSBD”.  I have never been so happy to see those initials.  We took pictures of the cone and did a happy dance right there in the street.

Early Monday morning we were highly motivated so we got up, got ready and left the hotel at 5:00 a.m.  Everything we saw posted said the call time was 5:30 a.m. so we couldn’t be late.  We found a spot right in front along with about 4 other Twilight fans and settled in with our umbrellas, and coats, and gloves, and cameras and staked out our spots.  It was freezing but we were determined.  The extras started to arrive, the catering was brought in, make-up people arrived…it was all very exciting to see a movie in production and to be that close.  About an hour later we were all told we could not stand in front of the theater and needed to move.  So we walked around to scope out the best location.  About an hour later a security guard crossed the street to talk to the fans, ask us questions…distract us maybe.  One of my friends realized the distraction and we walked passed him around to the alleyway to see what they might be hiding.  We saw a white SUV at the back door entrance in the alley right up to an open door.  This was it.  This was where they would be dropping him off.  We decided this was a dry run to check out the route and planted our feet and were not leaving until we saw a certain someone arrive.

A little about me – I’m just a mom, a huge Twilight fan, who happens to have a camera with a pretty long zoom lens because I like to take pictures of my son at his baseball games.  Apparently the security around the building thought I was some paparazzi or something because they kept pointing at me, looking at me, and talking about me.  Never mind that I have a flowery green and white camera strap and was wearing bright pink gloves.  That screams paparazzi, right?

It was all so exciting.  The action, the people, the planning, the execution.  Even though there are a handful of people on the screen the amount involved is incredible. Later a few extras would come out for smoke breaks in costume.  They were dressed in 20’s period costume and when approached told everyone “cannot say anything, confidentially agreement”.  Had to try, right?  I cannot tell you how many white vans drove up delivering things – maybe just one box (we would shout “the green box has arrived!”), one person, one person with lots of coffees, food, etc. And we saw racks of costumes being brought inside.

The security around the theater (especially by us) had huge umbrellas and we knew when “they” arrived the umbrellas would come out blocking any view.  One nice and friendly security guard actually told us that we won’t see anything because “we are very good at our jobs”.  But again, we had to try.

We are determined women because when the septic waste truck came to where we were standing to…do its job…we did not leave.  I think we stood there for about 45 minutes with the loud engine, the smells, oh the smells, but we were not giving up our post.  I could have kissed them when they finally left I was so happy.

It was around 9:30 a.m. and my 5 friends decided it was time to eat.  They look at me and informed me of their plan and I just looked at them and said “…..I cannot leave….”.  So they went across the street where it was warm and dry and I stayed at my post.  I was hungry and cold but I just couldn’t dare miss a thing.

So it’s about 10:15 a.m. and I’ve been watching the area and the security for about 5 hours at this point so when something changed – I knew it.  A delivery truck drove down the alley and then a van blocked the alley entrance, then all the security guards moved to new locations with their umbrellas open.  I looked back down the alley and there was the white SUV, doors open, umbrellas blocking everything.  So I took what pictures that I could and really hoped that I caught something.  There was a van moving to block me (it took about 4 times of back and forth before I caught on the van was moving because of me) as I moved even 5 feet for a better view.  Then the doors shut and it was over.  Everyone went back to their posts like nothing had happened.  So while I didn’t see anyone really, I was able to get the pictures that some fans are talking about on videos.  And not matter how small it is – I’m taking it!

So the security guards are really good at their jobs, some are friendly (some are not), and we saw some cool movie stuff happening.  Even though we didn’t see Rob during our trip – I feel it was a fantastic Twilight trip.

Video: The Waiting Game Outside a Breaking Dawn Shooting Location

Fans from all over the world flocked to the theatre in Vancouver the other day when Breaking Dawn was shooting there including a guy who gets mistaken for Robert Pattinson.

Via Twifans

Breaking Dawn Used Historic Theater to Shoot Unknown Scene

The Breaking Dawn cast and crew were at an historic theater in Vancouver to shoot a scene. Rumor has it that it is some type of flashback.

Check out the full details here.

Probable Cullen Backyard Set Located

New vampires, like Judi Shekoni who plays Zafrina, have tweeted that they are shortly inbound to Vancouver. Others like Denali Clan members Mia Maestro, and Myanna Buring are already in town.

Check out more pictures and details here.  What do you think are the filming possibilities?

Stunt Gear Being Tested at the Bella’s House Location

Previously we told you about preparations at the Bella’s house location outside of Vancouver. The house had been decked out in Christmas decorations, which would coincide with the picture director Bill Condon released at Christmastime.  Now it seems there is a team testing out rigging that would be used to seemingly do the enter Bella’s window trick.

The last time this rigging was used was back in New Moon when Taylor Lautner, and not a stunt double, entered the upper window using the rigging. There’s lots of speculation as to what scene this is in prep for, and exactly who will be doing the window entering/exiting.   Check out the Newsflic blog for more photos and speculation.

Jacob’s House Set Being Prepped for Breaking Dawn Filming

Mandy took a trip to the Jacob’s house location which is located at the intersection of two public roads. We giggled when Mandy described this part because we have been to the area and it’s so true.

“They have added the fire wood, boat buoys, the Black mailbox and other details. There is no ocean nearby this actual location, so it’s funny when they add boats, crab traps (which they did for the previous two movies) and all the boating and fishing props. They seem so obviously out of place, but perfect touches for the movies.”

Check out more photos and details on Mandy’s blog.

Breaking Dawn Cast Starts to Arrive in Vancouver

The Breaking Dawn Cast started to arrive in Vancouver over the weekend. According to People:

“The cast of Twilight is once again converging on the Canadian city, this time to film the Breaking Dawn films, with Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart arriving together on Monday…Three other cast members arrived Sunday night on the same flight – Mia Maestro, who plays the vampire Carmen; Myanna Buring, who plays Tanya; and Mackenzie Foy, the 10-year-old newcomer who plays the daughter of Edward and Bella Cullen.

More arrivals are expected as the week goes on.”

One reporter new to the Vancouver scene, who is a Twilight fan, asked MacKenzie Foy for her autograph(seen left video below).  You have to love the newbieness of this particular reporter who seemed stunned that her encounter would end up on a fansite after she Tweeted about it using a Breaking Dawn hash tag on Twitter.  Tweeting with regulars who cover Vancouver  and using a Breaking Dawn hash tag wasn’t exactly low profile. It’s sort of like running into the middle of Times Square waving a huge “I love Twilight banner” and screaming “I’m here” into a megaphone and then expecting no one to notice…subtle it’s not. She just started a new blog about her relatively new career. Check it out here.

There’s also a video of her encounter. MacKenzie’s mom was there as well as security and they didn’t seem to mind the video camera so we are posting the footage.

Bella and Edward’s Probable Cottage Set Found Outside Vancouver

We are putting the photo of the cottage under the cut for those of you trying to stay spoiler free. The cone with the Breaking Dawn initialing is the proof of it being an actual Breaking Dawn set. Speculation is that location is Bella and Edward’s cottage. Photos were taken from nearby public property. Get a photo and a link to more details under the cut. [Read more…]

Twilight Cast Packing Out and Heading to Vancouver

The Twilight cast have roughly a week’s worth of filming left in Baton Rogue (barring any unforeseen delays). They are then heading up to Vancouver (as the Vancouver Sun reports)where they will be filming what is assumed to be mostly exterior work. (photo via Twifans)

Both the Bella’s House location and the Jacob’s House location are anticipated. Fans however shouldn’t bank on being able to actually see any filming though. The Bella’s house location is in the middle of a long roadway with deep woods flanking it on all sides. The production in the past has blocked access on filming days. Though, the house is easy enough to see when there isn’t filming.

The same is essentially true with the Jacob’s house location. Instead of it being in the middle of a roadway, it’s a corner property. However, the barriers (in the past) have been such that no one was really able to see anything. The only exception were photographers who managed to snag a cherry picker. During the Eclipse shoot they were lifted just high enough to get an obstructed view of the wolfpack in bathrobes between takes. That incident actually freaked Bronson Pelletier out as he explained at one of the Creation Entertainment Twilight Conventions. The photographers were using laser devices to presumably judge the distance of their shots. Well, imagine the reaction when a small red dot from a beam of light landed on Bronson’s chest. Though harmless, the high-tech, laser sighting looks exactly like the rifle scopes portrayed in movies.

We’ve reported before on how there has been essentially no news or photographs coming out of Baton Rogue. With a corp of entertainment photographers, paparazzi, and press based in Vancouver, this will likely change. Baton Rogue has been very, very laid back. Almost unbelievably, the cast has been out numerous times to clubs/dinner without a bevvy of followers, lookers-on, press, etc. They have come in and out of the airport, tweeted departure times, and almost no one has gotten an airport photo.

It’s a different culture in Vancouver, they’ve had a thriving movie and TV industry for years, there is a large base of tipsters, photogs, etc based there 24/7. Count on a series of airport arrival shots, and that’s just for starters. With apologies to the Wizard of OZ, we have a message for the new cast members heading north “Welcome to Vancouver new vampires, you’re not in Kansas anymore!”

Twilight Fans Perched on Government Building to Catch a Glimpse of Filming

It certainly seems like our Southern Twilight fans are just as dedicated as those in the Pacific Northwest! According to The Advocate:

“Jamie Ryan, 28, said it was her first time visiting Baton Rouge as she peered over the ledge of the State Capitol building’s observation deck on Friday afternoon, bundled up against the cold wind that whipped her hair around.

She’d flown in from Lubbock, Texas, on Thursday and had been perched on the lookout post for more than four hours with brand-new binoculars pressed to her face.

But Ryan wasn’t interested in the sights of the capital city — her eyes were locked on the enormous green screen erected in Arsenal Park, trying to catch sight of the stars of the “Twilight” movie filming there.

“I’m staying right here,” she said of her spot, where at least five other fans lingered around her. “I am determined to see something.”

“Twilight” mania hit the streets of downtown Baton Rouge this week when the movie’s crew began building a massive green backdrop near the State Capitol building that sent the local rumor mill and online forums into a frenzy.”

See the whole story here.

Shout out to the girls who run the Twilight Takes Over Baton Rouge Facebook page for getting a mention in the article. They are an enthusiastic and classy group!

(photo credit:Richard Alan Hannon)