I really cant believe I am talking about Joe Biden on my website, but he was in Portland this week and really jammed up the traffice everywhere. I was planning to get back to the GRIMM filmng that night and it was a traffic nightmare all over Portland. He made a stop at ice cream place Salt and Straw in NE Portland on his way to the airport. Proved to be a great photo op as well. Cruze and I talked about it today on 105.1 the Buzz. Joe Biden>Ice Cream>Salt&Straw>NE Portland>GRIMM
I caught up to GRIMM today and scouted out their filming location. They have taken in about a 10 block area in NE Portland near where they have filmed before. There are several blocks of no parking signs that were later lined with their huge trucks and equipment. Cables were lining the streets and they were using three different houses within a 2 block area for the filming. I went through this afternoon and took photos of the houses. Tonight I got back for some of the filming that was going to go on for more hours. None of the main cast was present for tonights filming. The filming in this area is slated to go till friday. The night filming photos are hard to get but they had three of the huge crane lights up at different times tonight so that does help. Yes, there was a creature involved and a screaming woman.
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The historic Orpheum Theater in Vancouver BC, was used for the flashback scene with Edward. They used the inside of the theater along with the balcony walkway and a stairway. I came across this article from the Examiner which was written at the time of the filming.
Better known as the home of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the historic Orpheum Theatre will tomorrow – Monday, March 13, 2011 – purportedly serve as the latest ‘Twilight: Breaking Dawn’ movie location. Lead actors Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart are expected to arrive at the theater around 5:30 a.m., and one can assume the break-of-dawn start is designed to minimize and discourage disruption by fans and curiosity seekers.
Website fanbolt.com observes the early start makes filmmaking seem less glamorous (we agree) and reports an unnamed source offered, “They will be filming in the lobby and using the balcony areas. The ceilings are very ornate in the lobby and many movies have been filmed in there. They will also be using the hallways because of the beautiful architecture.”
The Orpheum Theatre was the biggest theater in Canada when it opened in on November 7, 1927, and served Vancouver initially as a venue for live vaudeville performances and later as a movie cinema. In response to public outcry at the then-owners’ plans to gut and turn it into a multiplex in 1974, the City stepped in to purchase the Orpheum and, through a series of renovations, restorations and acoustical upgrades, has made it one of Vancouver’s three civic theatre “jewels.” Check it out in the attached Vancouver’s Orpheum Theatre photos slideshow.
Here are some photos that were taken inside of the theater. Thanks to my Twi friend for some of these as it was hard to get good photos with the lighting.
In the last movie of the Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn part 2 Bella drives to Charlies house and drops off Renesmee and then she drives into “Seattle” for a meeting. After her meeting she is shown driving back to “Forks” and rethinking everything that she just learned from Mr. Jenks. For the filming they used the Sea-To-Sky Hwy which runs from Vancouver to Whistler and beyond. They used a stretch of it that is accessible at the Porteau Road exit overpass. This is right between Vancouver and Squamish BC. We drove the highway from Vancouver to Pemberton area which is the location of the Denali house. Its a beautiful highway which follows the river and allows you to view all the tall mountaintops.
Last night I got to take part in the Pink Party sponsored by 105.1 The Buzz radio for a benefit for Breast Friends of Oregon. They help women survive the trauma of cancer, one friend at a time. It was quite a fun time including the band Switchfoot and lots of partying. The DJ’s from 105.1 The Buzz were all present including Cruze who is gracious to have me on the radio. We all had our pink on and had a lot of fun.
The Grimm production people spent two days decorating The Old Church before the filming began. I learned that inside they also decorated a big room to look like a craft bazaar. I did get pics of it but wont spoil the surprise. Just will say think over the top Christmas Decorations. There was also another surprise at the end of the filming that will be fun to watch unfold on TV.
They first started by bringing in a water truck to spray water along the street. The days before the filming they positioned two of these super big lights on cranes that lifted up above the other buildings and were directed on the church. They were actually a block away and were very bright. Several people living in the adjacent buildings came out on the street that night to see what was happening and watch the filming. The lights lit up the church and it was beautiful to see. They put the lights on inside the church when they started to film and it lit up the stained glass windows. The four members of the cast were once again present for this filming. I only managed to get them on video so you have to look quick to catch them all. Grimm and Christmas and Fruitcake all rolled into one.
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When I arrived to watch some of the GRIMM Filming I found them at a nearby parking lot full of food carts. Portland is a bit famous for our food cart pods throughout the city. They are located in parking lots all around town. The food cart they used for this filming was specifically designed for this episode. FRUITCAKE.
They started with the actors doubles and then went to filming with all four actors David Giuntoli (Nick), Russell Hornsby (Hank), Silas Weir Mitchell (Monroe), and Bree Turner (Rosalee). These four were featured in this whole episode.
It looked like the four were going up to the food card and then around to the back of it. They also filmed Bree and Silas leaving in her little car.
It was such a fun day watching it all. It was my first time seeing Silas and Bree and they were really nice. While standing on the sidewalk we were able to talk and get photos with David, Russell and Bree. The crew were once again very nice to us and left us free to do photos. There were about 10 people throughout the day stopping to take photos and watch the filming. It lasted till about 4:00 pm.
The news got out last week that they were doing a GRIMM filming shoot at The Old Church in Downtown Portland. They put up the signs around the area to let people know of the disruptions to traffic and parking. The Old Church is now not used as a church but is primarily used for weddings and special events. I have been to a couple of weddings there and the space inside is not very large, maybe holding up to 125 for a wedding.
The Grimm crew has been busy for the last couple of days decorating the church inside and out. The sign has been changed to Greek Orthodox Church. They have brought Christmas early to the church for their filming. They have used lots of green artificial garlands, red bows and even a fresh cut Christmas tree arrived yesterday while I was there. I was told it was fresh cut from a local tree farm. It must have been at least 10 feet tall and smelled wonderful when I walked by.
The Old Church sits right in the center of several newer modern buildings. When it was built it was one of the tallest buildings in Portland, but now it has several taller buildings towering over it. Today is the filming day so I hope to see some of what they are filming for a GRIMM CHRISTMAS.
Lions Gate and Stephenie Meyer, the creator of the vampires-and-werewolves “Twilight” saga, on Tuesday announced plans to select five aspiring female directors to make short films based on “Twilight” characters. The mini-movies, financed by Lions Gate and its production partners, will be shown exclusively on Facebook next year.
“We think Facebook is a great way for us to introduce the world of ‘Twilight’ to a whole new audience while re-energizing existing fans,” Michael Burns, Lions Gate’s vice chairman, said in an interview.
The effort reflects the manner in which Hollywood is maintaining its most valuable film properties between sequels and prequels and remakes. In the past, studios barely kept a pilot light lit, forcing marketing teams to constantly reactivate cold fan bases. Now the savviest studio marketers are using Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube and other online platforms to keep fans on a constant low boil.
“This is the just the beginning — a template, if you will,” Mr. Burns added. “You can probably guess what might be coming next.”
A similar short film series based on “The Hunger Games,” Lions Gate’s other megawatt movie property? A sixth “Twilight” movie? Mr. Burns declined to elaborate, though he did say, “We love Stephenie Meyer.”
While fans salivate over his tease, Hollywood will no doubt focus on the Facebook component. What it signals seems clear: The social media service can be more than a platform for movie trailers. Its future may well include the distribution of entire movies.
The short film series, called “The Storytellers — New Creative Voices of ‘The Twilight Saga,’ ” has the backing of Women in Film, an organization devoted in part to ending a shortage of female directors. While not overtly championed by Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, the initiative could be viewed in the context of her “Lean In” efforts to empower women in the workplace.
A group of female panelists, including the “Twilight” actress Kristen Stewart and Ms. Meyer, will select the winning shorts and mentor participants, Lions Gate said. Other panelists include the actresses Kate Winslet, Octavia Spencer and Julie Bowen; Catherine Hardwicke, who directed the first “Twilight” movie; the film producer Cathy Schulman; and Jennifer Lee, who co-directed “Frozen.”
None of the original actors are involved with the project.
One of the my favorite locations in the movies is when Bella and Jacob go out for her motorcycle riding. They are on a dirt road surrounded by beautiful mountains and water behind them. This location proved to be tricky to locate.
I found out that they filmed the meadow for the last four movies in this area too. We read that it was at an area called the Widgeon Slough located off of Siwash Island in the Widgeon Slough National Wildlife Area. When we located this on a map it was right along the Pitt River at the base of the mountains. The road leading out to the area was privately owned and gated and the only way to get to the exact filming roadway was to take a canoe or kayak from the Pitt River and paddle up the slough.
On the first attempt to visit the area we drove out on Rannie Road across the river from the slough hoping to see it close up. We drove along the Pitt river and came to a recreational area call Pitt Lake. There were many boaters, canoes and even a few jet skis in the area. There was overnight parking so that people could take out their boats and go up the river over night. With the backdrop of the mountains it was just a gorgeous picture in front of us. We recognized the mountain peaks from New Moon and Eclipse. This is also the area where Bella does the face punch to Jacob.
On our drive out to the lake area I noticed there was a dike along the the rivers edge. When we arrived at the Pitt Lake area we could see the dike continued along the river. We decided that was our best bet to see as much of the mountain and slough area that we could as it was straight across from us. We walked along the dike and took photos of the gorgeous mountains and water. While we were leaving we came to another clearing area along the river that was also straight across from the mountains so we stopped and took more photos.
Another day we did try getting into the actual area used for the filming along Quarry road that the production people used. Quarry Road is the same road that the Swiss Canadaian Mountain Range is located on. After several miles on the dirt road we did come to a locked gate across the road. We turned around. I also learned that there was a forested area along the river that was private property and is also used for filming. That area was also gated. Even though we did not get to the exact filming location we were as close as possible across from it. It was a beautiful area to visit. Maybe next time I can try a canoe.
Forks High School is a prominent location through out the Twilight Saga. The school is located near the main street going through Forks, Washington. It was recently renovated and replaced and now stands as a beautiful new high school for about 400 students. When I visited on SMD the school set up tours given by high school students. They had fun taking us throughout the school to all of “Bellas” school classes, cafeteria, gym and even her locker. There is even a display of Twilight books in the library. Robert Pattinson is also represented with the book of Water For Elephants. This is just a few of my photos. You can see them all on my facebook page twilightgirlportland.
Recently I was in LA and I wanted to visit two more of the filming sites they used for Maps To The Stars. They filmed several locations in the LA area for the movie. One was right on Rodeo Drive in front of the Valentino Store and the other was high in the Hollywood hills. The filming took place in LA in August 2013. They used the Hollywood sign for the background in the scene. I really was not sure how close to the sign we could get, but we took off following my GPS which took us right up under it. We followed the winding road till there was a deadend among the mult-million dollar homes. Several other cars were parked there and people were walking around taking photos. We were a lot closer than I thought we could get and it was really exciting. There was also a large fence across the end of the road and on the other side was a dirt road which led to several hiking trails. The trails from here led you to The Griffith Park Observatory and through Griffith Park. We took several photos from the road but I really wanted to try to see the areas they used for the movie. I ended up climbing up on a plateau area and then could see clearly right up to the sign. From where I was I could see through the trees but I did not see any clearing area below the sign. It could have been on the other side of the sign from where we were or they could have used that movie magic and filmed it in another area and put the two areas together. There were several no trespassing signs to discourage you from hiking to the sign so I just took photos instead. The area they used for the part where Mia and Rob are laying/sitting clearly was not in my sights. Two scenes from Twilight were filmed within the park. I also visited The Beverly Hilton and Rodeo Drive where they filmed other MTTS scenes with Rob.
We were able to get right up to the sign but still did not see right where they had filmed. It must have been further across from where I took photos. You can spot power poles in my photos in the lower left corner.
I really had no idea that Cruze was so obsessed with The Roloff family. After our conversation yesterday I posted the sound bite on my twitter account. I also was surprised to find that the whole Roloff Family is on twitter with separate accounts. I tagged Jeremy and Amy Roloff and was excited to see that Jeremy had Favorited the tweet. Which means that he probably got to listen to our radio conversation. Once again Cruze and I were talking about it again today. So, JEREMY ROLOFF PLEASE CALL CRUZE AT 105.1 THE BUZZ RADIO.
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Just in case you are not familiar with The Roloff Family they have a reality based TV Show on TLC channel. They live on their farm in Hillsboro area just west of where I live. They do a huge pumpkin sale event during October and it is packed with fans every weekend.
I knew that Nikki and Paul just released a new album of songs but I didnt know they had re-done their beautiful song from the Breaking Dawn soundtrack. I loved the original as such a lovely love song. This new one is definitely more upbeat and easy to listen to. The whole album is full of their songs together and its worth the listen.
Our nearby freeways were all jammed this last weekend with the annual Hillsboro Air Show. The jets are flying over our house all weekend and its a packed event. When I read that also on saturday there was the wedding of Jeremy Roloff I had to laugh to think that it was probably pretty hard for the guests to get to the farm with all this airshow traffic. The two locations are pretty close. I knew that Cruze on The BUZZ has wanted to chat with them for a while and they still haven’t called in. He was so funny putting the two events together on his show this morning. Always love Cruze in Portland on the morning radio.
On my visit to Forks, Wash. for Stephenie Meyer Days we visited several Twilight book locations. While driving to La Push beach from Forks you cross the border into The Quileute Indian Resevation. This is referred to as the Treaty Line in the Twilight books. Right at the borderline is Three River Resort and they have embraced the vampire/wolf Twilight stories and have become a fun place to visit.
You can stay at the resort in one of their cabins or bring your own RV. The resort is nestled among the tall fir trees and has a restaurant. Its a great stop on the way to La Push.
I had heard of this event before but never go to it. I knew that the Comic Con in San Diego was huge and didn’t really know what to expect here in Portland. It is held at our Convention Center which is a huge event space with multiple rooms. When I saw that Sasha Roiz from GRIMM was going to be at it I decided to go and check it out. Wow was I in for a surprise. The whole event was much bigger than I had thought it would be. When I got to the convention center the lobby areas were packed with people and lots in costumes of course. I got my day pass and headed to where the celebrities would be appearing. They had it set up so that one side of the space was set up with a red carpet and on either side were like open booths with tables for the celebrities to sign autographs for people. Right next to that was a black screened off area where they were doing the photo ops. Of course there was a charge for both. I really just wanted a photo of Sasha himself and tried to figure the best way to get that. I quickly found out that with the photo op you could NOT use your own camera for any photos and just got one they took with him. I decided that wasnt what I was looking for. I went over to the area next door where the autographs were happening. He was doing both today, so I decided to wait for the autograph time. Once in line and in the celebrity area they allowed absolutely no photography. I was bummed, but I did get some quick pics before/after he was there.
I got in line and only waited a few minutes till he came around the back of the black screens and came into the area and sat down. He was wearing a white t shirt and jeans and was looking very handsome and tall. I had the chance to meet him about a month ago on the sidewalk near where they were filming GRIMM. I picked out a stock photo for him to sign and then got the chance to meet him. I mentioned meeting him before and couldnt believe that he remembered my name. That so shocked me. We talked about the filming at the boxing ring building. He said that this was his first time at an event without his GRIMM family cast with him. He mentioned all of them being at the San Diego Comic Con. He said that their GRIMM filming has gotten all around the Portland area. He was extremely nice, shook my hand and looked me right in the eyes. He is really very handsome guy. Ok, definitely star struck by Sasha Roiz once again.
I was standing right on the other side of this screen from where he was signing autographs and got a few photos. Sorry, they are so bad.
This is from about a month ago when I met him on the sidewalk near where they were filming the boxing ring scenes. He was so nice that day.
Before my trip to SMD I made reservations in Port Angeles for dinner at Bella Italia. Yes, the restaurant in the first Twilight book where Bella and Edward go in Port Angeles. I don’t think either of them actually eat, but Bella has the mushroom raviolli. So, we had to have one order of that of course. Portland Angeles is where Bella goes to the book store and then wanders into a bad situation with the guys who had been following her. She comes into the parking lot and the guys start to hassle her. Edward shows up in his car and rescues her. They then end up at Bella Italia for something to eat. Well, Bella eats anyway. Maybe.
Port Angeles is filmed in St. Helens Oregon for the movie. After visiting both locations I can see the connection. Both cities are on the water and St. Helens is probably smaller in size and people, but they have the same feel to them.
Located on the Washington coastline is First Beach, referred to as La Push in the Twilight Saga. La Push is actually the town where the beach is located. It is just about 15 miles NW of Forks Washington. We visited the beach area during the day and then went back for the evening with other Twilight fans. We stayed through the sunset and it proved to be spectacular. It’s La Push Baby.
The rock face stands out right along the Sea To Sky Highway near Squamish going north to Whistler from Vancouver BC. There is a pull off area that you can stop at to see it up close. The best views were from the Squamish area. The rock face was used in Breaking Dawn Part 2 when Bella smelled the guy climbing it and took off running after him. She leaps up onto a ledge on the rock and Edward follows. She then leaps off and takes off running.
I am not sure how much of the scene was real or done with a green screen. The rock face is huge and stands tall above the river. It definitely made for a realistic background view for the movie.