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2012 Location Tour, Spoilers Only!

(Originally posted on The Winchester Family Business)

Russ offered a few very tiny little spoilers for season 8 during the location tour. They don't give away anything about character or plot, so they hardly qualify as spoilers at all, but for people who are thoroughly keeping their heads down and eyes averted to come into the season as total virgins, back away now! Otherwise, come on in; I don't think anything here really gives anything crucial away …

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And that ends my report of spoilery information from the location tour. On to season 8!

All my specifically spoilery photos and videos from the tour are here.

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2012 Supernatural Location Tour (No Spoilers!)

(Originally published on The Winchester Family Business)

This article takes you along on the 2012 Location Tour with locations manager Russ Hamilton. While we clearly went to some locations that are being used in season 8 – heck, Supernatural reuses so many locations that it would be impossible to avoid that, and we saw a glimpse of Purgatory at the end of season 7! – this article doesn't include any of the spoilery teases provided on the tour, so you can read this and stay unspoiled. The teasing bits Russ provided will appear in a very short follow-up article clearly marked as containing spoilers. Please don't mention spoiler-related information in your comments on this article; save them for the next one. I know what I skipped saying here!

This year's tour took us to the Purgatory woods, which have also been other things in the past; the DOD lands, also called the North 40, which have been used in so many episodes I've lost count; the backlot, originally built for Watchmen and now a staple of the local studio scene; Como Lake, where Castiel walked into the reservoir and released the Leviathan in Hello, Cruel World; the Paramount Gentlemen's Club in New Westminster, used in Criss Angel Is A Douchebag; and the Minoru Chapel, the deconsecrated church where Castiel killed the preacher in Meet The New Boss.

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Well, that's it for the non-spoilery report on the 2012 Location Tour. If you're okay with spoilers, check out the next post; if you're avoiding spoilers, wait until after the first five episodes air before you check it out.

And I think I'll be planning on joining Russ for next year's tour … :)

A slideshow of all non-spoilery tour photos - with captions - is here.

My photos and videos are here.

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6.05 Live Free Or TwiHard: I’m A Monster
Sam lets Dean be turned.
Hunter spy in vampire nest
Kills, but stops nothing. 
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Photos from behind the scenes on this episode are posted here in my Photobucket. There are no Jensen, Jared, or Mitch photos; just alley, street, van and Impala pictures. And a few with me!

The icon on this is by [ profile] raloria , who read my request and provided exactly what I wanted. Thank you, my sweet!!!

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This is coming a little late for Christmas, but a metal artist in British Columbia took one of my photographs and rendered it into wall art. Although I'd commissioned it as a custom design, I told her to go ahead and add it to her gallery, so anyone who wants to order one (or more!) could get them.

See the art, if you so choose! )

Want one of your own? Go to! Check out the Gallery, and you'll find two versions of this wall art available. Contact Senada through the website if you'd like to buy one or more. She will sell copies for $40 Canadian, plus shipping. I hope folk enjoy these!

After Thursday night, I'll be mostly (but not entirely!) offline until a few days after Christmas; then I will be very much back. Have a lovely holiday season, and I'll drop by and try to comment and respond to comments whenever I can even while I'm on the road.
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Finding the Holy Grail, Parts Two and Three: Supernatural on Location (no real spoilers)

In my last post, I danced for having finally seen Supernatural shooting on location, even though it was night and I never actually saw Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles. This post really picks up from that one, because before I left Vancouver, I managed to see filming twice more in daylight, and this time, got to see the boys at work!

I did get behind the scenes photos from both locations on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 1 and 2, including shots during filming on the first one, but I won’t post those photos until the episode (it’s 5.06) airs. [The photos are now up, since the episode has aired: see links at the bottom of this article!] The shots aren’t particularly spoilery – how often have we seen the boys walking to or from the car and talking? – but I’ll defer to the production folk, who really don’t want to see the fans spoiled before episodes air and who asked me to be discreet. All of the shots were taken from public rights of way adjacent to the filming; we were very careful never to trespass or intrude, and made certain that the crew knew that we would stop taking pictures and leave whenever they asked. They asked us to stop shooting photos before they began filming at the second location and we obliged, so I have no shots of the boys from there, but they never asked us to leave.

Without giving anything away, I can talk a bit about what I saw in terms of how things were done, and I will share one funny story from the crew and some observations of antics between takes.
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ETA:  Since the episode has aired, the photos are now up!

Day one photos (from the house where the babysitter died, including shots of Jensen and Jared), are here.

Day two photos (all the setup at Jesse's/Julia's house) are here.
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Finding the Holy Grail: Supernatural on Location!

I’m pretty sure that every fan who comes to Vancouver hopes above all to encounter the Supernatural crew shooting on location – I know that’s been my Holy Grail for several years now, and in pursuit of it, I’ve driven to past and potential locations across the greater Vancouver area. Well, Thursday night, with the help of friends, I found it!

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An Evening On The Set Of Angel

Okay: this blog entry isn’t about Supernatural. Surprise! I’ve always enjoyed reading accounts written by others of watching shooting on films and TV shows, and I’ve sometimes mentioned the one and only night that I had the chance to spend several hours on the set of Angel back in November 2001. Enough people have expressed interest that I thought it was about time I wrote it up.



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I wish with all my yearning heart that I could say I found the current location for Supernatural during my Vancouver trip last week, watched them shoot, and met Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki, but alas, it didn’t happen. Not for want of trying, mind you! I am now amazingly intimate with roads in Vancouver, North Van, Richmond, Burnaby, Surrey, Fort Langley, and part of Delta. In the course of five days, I went through almost two tanks of gas trolling those roads. I can tell you all sorts of amusing things about roads that change names, disappear, turn into other streets, don’t appear on maps, and appear on maps and not in real life, and I can get you to Supernatural’s studio in Burnaby from absolutely anywhere.


I learned that hunting for former (and current) shooting locations can be a great way to see a lot more of a city than an ordinary tourist would ever visit. Given the nature of Supernatural, that included some seedy and disreputable areas that I wouldn’t have felt comfortable walking around (East Hastings, anyone? Homelessness, drug dealing, and prostitute central ...), but it also included charm and beauty. There was a particular delight not only to recognizing a location, but to figuring out where the scene had been shot from, in order to get a camera angle as close as possible to the one used in the show. I now have a real appreciation for crane shots (dang it, can’t duplicate those!) and for places where the camera operators had to have been cursing the landscaping.


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And to see some of my photos, you can go here:


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