Update: Aerial photos of film crew on West Seattle Bridge

As previewed two days ago, a film crew working on what’s believed to be a Japanese TV project has been in action this afternoon on the West Seattle Bridge, leading to “rolling slowdowns.” Sorry we just don’t have a chopper yet, but our friends at KING do, and they have just published aerial photos. The crew is expected back on The Bridge 11 pm-1 am tonight, after shooting on the northbound Alaskan Way Viaduct 8-10 pm.

13 Replies to "Update: Aerial photos of film crew on West Seattle Bridge"

  • cjboffoli April 22, 2010 (2:47 pm)

    Oh they’re doing “process” shots. That’s how most driving scenes in movies are filmed. Having the camera truck pull a platform-mounted car provides a much more stable shot and controlled lighting than precariously mounting cameras to the hood of the car and letting the actors drive.

  • West Seattle Steve April 22, 2010 (3:16 pm)

    It also allows the actors to talk to each other and act without worrying about driving. How many times have you watch TV or a movie where the actor driving is looking at the person they are talking with, not the road.

  • Garden_nymph April 22, 2010 (4:03 pm)

    WSB chopper- THAT would be cool!

  • stb April 22, 2010 (4:11 pm)

    I agree. Let’s start a WSB chopper fund drive!

  • Chris April 22, 2010 (4:19 pm)

    I figured it was Toyota demonstrating it’s newest safety-fix for the Camry.

  • JimJ April 22, 2010 (4:19 pm)

    “Seattlepi.com reports the crew is shooting scenes for a 10 hour docu-drama called “Japanese Americans,” about Japanese internment during World War II. It will only be shown in Japan.”

    And they’re filming people in a modern Lexus driving around Seattle? Not sure I see the connection.

    • WSB April 22, 2010 (4:31 pm)

      The link I gave above has a better description of what this project apparently is, and it’s not just the internment years – the plot supposedly follows its characters across many decades.

  • miws April 22, 2010 (5:27 pm)

    WSB, when you get the chopper, can I be the pilot?


    I’ve never piloted a real chopper, but got quite good at the chopper (non-video) game machine, back in the ’70’s, where the player flew the chopper around in circles, lowering it at the right times for the horizontal sensor wires on the chopper, to come into contact with the vertical sensor wires set at various heights coming out of the ground, to score points.


    I mean, flying a real one can’t be that much different, can it? :D



  • cjboffoli April 22, 2010 (6:00 pm)

    Don’t West Seattlites have enough loud helicopters rumbling overhead at all hours? The kind residents of the Arroyos certainly didn’t seem to appreciate having them hovering over their whale at 6:30am. And I’ve seen plenty of complaints here about noise related to nighttime Guardian One searches.
    I vote for an official West Seattle Blog zeppelin as it can hang in the air silently and not drown out the famous West Seattle Hum.

  • miws April 22, 2010 (6:08 pm)

    I kinda like your zeppelin idea, Christopher!


    I recall, from years past, when the Goodyear Blimp would be in town, that it has an interesting hum of its own.



  • Garden_nymph April 22, 2010 (7:34 pm)

    Good point Christopher; I vote for the WSB blimp!

  • stb April 22, 2010 (9:23 pm)

    Okay, a zeppelin fund drive then. Let’s see, the hangar could be in a vacant Huling building or in Hole Foods. Yeah, that would work!

  • still here April 22, 2010 (10:14 pm)


    If a teenager can learn to fly planes from the internet, I’m sure you will have no problem with a helicopter, blimp or zepplin. Unless he beats you to it…

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