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30 Years of 669 | 2010's

Here are the hits of the 10's: 

2010 - The Killing

Set in Seattle, Washington, AMC’s The Killing is todays feature.

The hit TV show is filmed in British Columbia, predominantly in Vancouver.

The series was in constant limbo on whether it would get future seasons throughout its run. It shared a home with AMC, Fox and Netflix.

Location Manager for The Killing, Ken Sponagle, spoke with where he spoke about shooting in Vancouver,

“I was able to shoot in the new Vancouver convention center and I loved that. It’s an awesome facility and location and it was very cool to shoot in there. We also got to shoot at one of my favorites, Rogers Sugar. It’s an old refinery plant that just has such great levels of grit and dirt and a cool waterfront look. I was very happy to go back there.”

You can catch the full interview here:

Still Photographers: Chris Large, Bettina Strauss, Cate Cameron

Image courtesy of AMC / Netflix

2011 - The Grey

The Grey (2011) is next on the list. Shot in Vancouver and Smithers, BC which stood in for Alaska, USA.

Shooting in the cold, harsh weather that the cast and crew found in Smithers, BC really brought out the realism in the film, mentioned the film’s director, Joe Carnahan,

Connecting was made easier as the crew gathered on a remote mountain set in Smithers, a small town of 5,500 in British Columbia, Canada about a 12-hour drive north of Vancouver.

"There's that great Sir Ernest Shackleton quote about what the ice wants, the ice takes," says Carnahan. "We certainly experienced that on the mountain. We were completely at the mercy of nature's whims, and, as frustrating as it was, I also found it fascinating."

From the get-go, the director insisted on realism, keeping actors hip-deep in snow and facing bracing winds on the mountain slope.

"There were icicles on my eyelashes, it was that insane," says Dallas Roberts, who portrays Hendricks.

Liam Neeson found filming in British Columbia a surreal experience as he mentions in a Globe & Mail interview,

"The first day of filming in Smithers, B.C., it was minus-35, and I'm lying in the snow in only a sweater," Neeson says. "It was almost surreal. It was so visceral, the wind blowing. That image will stay with me for quite a while."

Still Photographers: Kimberley French

Image courtesy of Open Road Films

2012 - Arrow

Arrow is an important addition to the 30 years. A total of 8 seasons, 170 episodes, and the birth of a universe of DC shows on The CW. Over 3,000 local workers worked on the production from multiple IATSE Locals.

As producers Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Beth Schwartz said in a statement.

“We’re heartened by the fact that ‘Arrow’ has birthed an entire universe of shows that will continue on for many years to come. We’re excited about crafting a conclusion that honors the show, its characters and its legacy and are grateful to all the writers, producers, actors, and — more importantly — the incredible crew that has sustained us and the show for over seven years.”

There was outpour from the cast and producers alike on working with the crew for so long as Marc Guggenheim sums up,

“To the best Cast and Crew in the business:

It’s hard to believe that today is here: the final day of production on ARROW. We are so incredibly grateful to each and every one of you for helping us bring this show to life.”

Read the full post here:

Still Photographers: Cate Cameron, Katie Yu, Dean Buscher, Liane Hentscher

Image courtesy of The CW & Cate Cameron

2013 - Fargo

For three seasons, Fargo was shot in and around Calgary using largely local crews.

Seasons 1 and 2 of the Emmy-winning series were shot in Fort Macleod, High River, Didsbury and various parts of Calgary.

On pre-production for season 3, creator Noah Hawley told the Calgary Herald,

“We’ve had a great production experience up there for both seasons and have trained our crew and our departments to make the show Fargo and certainly our goal is to come back and do it again,”

L.A-based producer Warren Littlefield noted of the challenges of filming in Calgary, but noted of its great crew,

“We found ourselves, at times, making snow and having to go inside to (sound) stages, running out of things we could shoot on stage, trying to keep winter’s presence when chinooks were destroying it. We love Calgary. The overwhelming number of crew comes from here and it’s been a great place to work.”

The series will unfortunately not return to Alberta for season 4, but here’s hoping season 5 brings series back to its roots.

Still Photographers: Chris Large

Image courtesy of FX

2014 - The Revenant

The Revenant brings us to day 25. The picturesque production was filmed in British Columbia and Alberta over an arduous nine-month shoot.

Joshua Kloke, writing for The Guardian, on the mountains of Alberta,

“The province’s incredible natural backdrop was shown in its rawest form”

The film was nominated for 12 Academy Awards, with Emmanuel Lubezki winning the best Cinematography award, shooting only in natural light.

The shoot would turn out to be a tough one as cast and crew braved the elements of Northern Canada, as director, Alejandro González Iñárritu, notes,

“Everybody was frozen, the equipment was breaking; to get the camera from one place to another was a nightmare,”

The tension of getting the shot right translates into the movie and the performances, Leonardo DiCaprio said and was a bonding element between the cast and crew.

“This is the most difficult film, I think, that any of us have ever done.”

Still Photographer: Kimberley French

Image courtesy of Kimberely French & 20th Century.

2016 - Deadpool

Deadpool graces its presence on our 30-year celebration. The comic book movie was filmed in Vancouver, BC.

The production employed 2,000 local cast, crew and extras throughout its two-month shoot. Those workers brought home total wages of C$19 million — or a weekly average of about C$1,190.

The MPA said about C$1 million was spent on location costs, C$815,000 on hotels, catering and restaurants, $735,000 on construction and C$780,000 on transportation and car rentals.

Speaking to the Global News, executive producer, John Kelly has only positive things to say about Vancouver, 

“After scouting locations in North America and Europe, we selected Vancouver for both budgetary reasons and because of the City’s increasingly positive reputation regarding its support for filming,”

Vancouver’s Mayor Gregor Robertson says the City strongly supports the film and TV industry, and the major economic and community benefits. 

“This collaboration with 20th Century Fox is more exciting news for our growing economy and another important way of showing that Vancouver is open for business for major motion pictures,” says Gregor.

Still Photographer: Joseph Lederer

Image courtesy of 20th Century & MARVEL

2016 - Altered Carbon

Altered Carbon is next on our list. The sci-fi cyberpunk film has so far filmed two seasons in Vancouver, BC.

Speaking with Vanity Fair, Dichen Lachman, who plays Kovacs’s sister, Reileen, recalled, a 50-foot crane as she compliments the crew. “I still talk about that,” said Yun Lee. “How did they get the crane up there?!

“Whatever they could get in the real world, they did,” Lachman said. “As much as they could limit the greenscreen, they did. So as an actor, that’s a wonderful gift, because you just walk in and you’re there. You’ve done your work, they’ve done their work, and it all comes together really beautifully.”

“Everybody was level-headed,” Yun Lee added. “You had to show up with your A-game . . . We’re doing 17-, 18-hour days on top of that gondola stuff. If someone didn’t know their lines, that was never part of the equation, because we would have never made our days. From the crew to the cast, that was the beauty. We felt like we were on a really big guerrilla indie movie.”

For Lachman, the actual shoot “was challenging, but I had so much support with my fellow cast and the crew, and with the producers, that by the end of it, I felt so strong, like I could do anything. Not to say that it wasn’t logistically extremely difficult and challenging to shoot, for a number of reasons.”

Still Photographer: Katie Yu

Image courtesy of Netflix

2017 - The Good Doctor

The Good Doctor is day 28 of 30. The medical drama is filmed primarily in Vancouver, BC, and has just wrapped its third season. A fourth season has been commissioned by ABC.

The star of the Good Doctor, Feddie Highmore, spoke to Brief Take about the supportive crew, “You’re in such a supportive environment with a wonderful crew, a wonderful DOP, everyone wants you to succeed, and it’s lovely to start up directing in that familial environment”

Highmore also mentions that because most of the crew also worked on another ICG 669 production, Bates Motel, the transition to Norman Bates to Shaun Murphy was pretty smooth,

We’ve got a lot of the same crew, one of whom is actually a New Zealander: John Bartley our DP, who worked on all the seasons of Bates and has done the first season of The Good Doctor. A lot of the camera crew and the gaffer as well, so it’s nice to have that family from Bates kind of segue into The Good Doctor and keep that intact.

Still Photographer: Liane Hentscher, Bettina Strauss, David Bukach

Image courtesy of ABC

2018 - SEE

Apple TV+ joins us as we near the end of the 30 years. SEE was filmed entirely on Vancouver Island between late 2018 and early 2019.

"Everything is focused around the small screen right now," said North Island film commissioner Joan Miller in an interview on CBC's On The Island, adding there is an "onslaught of need for content."

Miller added that local businesses benefited as well and in total, the production paid for 18,500 nights in area hotels. 

"The town played a major role in it but it was kept very, very quiet as requested, so there is a lot of excitement now this week that we can be proud of the work we did," said Miller.

Jason Momoa, star of the series, in a recent interview with etalk CTV, stated of his love of Canada,

"I always love Canada, I feel like I’m always there and It’s beautiful, Canadians are amazing.

“I’ve never spent as much time as I have on Vancouver Island. That place is like New Zealand, it was phenomenal.”

“Those people are winning. Every day. Vancouver Island is winning.”

Still Photographer: Murray Close

Image courtesy of Apple TV+

2019 - Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Ghostbusters: Afterlife wraps up our 30 years of 669! Alberta has never looked so good!

The sequel to the 1984 hit, Ghostbusters, finds itself set in the fictional town of Summerville, Oklahoma. Scenes were filmed in Calgary, Fort Macleod, Drumheller, Turner Valley, Beiseker, Dorothy and Crossfield.

Production designer, Francois Audouy told Postmedia just before filming wrapped in October 2019,

“All the major elements were found right away here, even after just a few initial scouts. We saw Fort Macleod, we saw Drumheller, we saw the Turner Valley Gas Plant, we had the stages (at the Calgary Film Centre), we had the landscapes. We immediately felt very confident in this space.”

Sarah Rieger, writing for CBC, has mapped out all of the known filming locations for Ghostbusters: Afterlife. You can find the map by heading to the link below:

Ghostbusters: Afterlife will be in cinemas in July 2020.

Still Photographer: Kimberley French 

Image courtesy of Sony Pictures

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