WEST SEATTLE BRIDGE ALERT: Commercial filming planned Sunday

Now that it’s been open again for a month and a half, the West Seattle Bridge is apparently ready for its closeup. Just got word that it’ll be the scene of a commercial shoot on Sunday. As is customary in these cases, they can’t say in advance who the client is, but they do want you to know:

We are filming a vehicle driving westbound and eastbound on the West Seattle Bridge and Spokane Street Viaduct between 7:00 AM and 12:00 PM this Sunday morning, November 6. We are using the bridge and the viaduct because of the spectacular visual setting they provide. The film production will use aerial camera drones and a “Russian Arm” camera car to help create stunning visuals.

The production is hiring Seattle Police Officers to assist with vehicle “rolling slowdowns” which are performed for the safety of the public and the film production crew. The rolling slowdowns will occur alternately on the westbound and eastbound lanes of the West Seattle Bridge. Temporary vehicle holds on onramps to the Spokane Street Viaduct and West Seattle Bridge will also take place.

The permits are being coordinated and issued by the Seattle Office of Economic Development.

We asked a few followup questions: Yes, the plan is to do this regardless of the weather. Also: “We won’t be filming on the bridge during the entire time frame of 7 am -12 pm, just during certain spurts of time. We have a lot of camera adjustments and notes to digest during the whole-time frame.”

18 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE BRIDGE ALERT: Commercial filming planned Sunday"

  • Ross November 3, 2022 (9:43 pm)

    Wow espectacular!!!🎬📽

  • Anxious Driver November 3, 2022 (10:04 pm)

    Not surprised.  It’s a gorgeous northbound view.

  • RickB November 4, 2022 (1:55 am)

    I hope someone gives them a heads up about the slick spot!

    • Lynda B November 4, 2022 (7:30 am)

      I was about to say the same thing!  

  • Rick November 4, 2022 (4:56 am)

    Heard from a source “in the know”, it’s a Toyota commercial being filmed.

    • WSB November 4, 2022 (9:50 am)

      Well, we’ll see on Sunday. The location manager said it’ll be obvious once they’re out

  • 22blades November 4, 2022 (6:05 am)

    I hope they give the FAA & Boeing Tower a heads up.

    • FedUp November 4, 2022 (12:24 pm)

      Unless they have their FAA approved Airspace Authorization, they won’t be able to fly above 200′ AGL… Legally. 

      • Jim P. November 4, 2022 (3:24 pm)

        It’s for TV, they can do whatever they want.  That’s why they get to shut down a public thoroughfare for commercial purposes and have local citizens fined or arrested if they “get in the way”.

        • WSB November 4, 2022 (3:43 pm)

          The city provides permits for this and charges for them. The film industry is considered beneficial and something they’d like to attract more of. If you don’t believe this should be allowed, contact info for the city Office of Film and Music is here
          You can also complain to the mayor, as ultimately the department reports up to him

  • John206 November 4, 2022 (9:10 am)

    Good morning my fellow West Seattle family my name is  John, I’m happy about this. West Seattle has a nice view of the nice city,  I believe this commercial is going to be very nice. Once again my fellow west Seattle family my name is John and have a good day.

  • Wendell November 4, 2022 (9:38 am)

    …and maybe install those new signs while they’re at it?

  • Matt Nielsen November 5, 2022 (8:31 am)

    I have to get to work in Bellevue at 9:30 AM Sunday. Do I need to plan for a longer commute?

    • andy November 5, 2022 (10:46 am)

       Me too,I need to leave West Seattle and be in Bellevue by 9AM, Sunday, November 6.

      • WSB November 5, 2022 (10:53 am)

        This could be anywhere from barely to highly disruptive. If you’re going to Bellevue, you might consider taking a chance on the south route (Roxbury to 509 to 518 to 405) – it’s how we usually go for appointments there. No bridges!

        • Flo B November 5, 2022 (1:30 pm)

          WSB. Curious as to how much longer that route takes you vs if you went north to the high bridge. I have heard several people say that with fewer cars they’re continuing to take the detour route as it really isn’t bad.

          • WSB November 5, 2022 (1:54 pm)

            All depends on where you live. And we’re not the typical driver … when we went downtown for the briefing on the drug-trafficking raids, it was our first time on the high bridge since it reopened 5+ weeks earlier.

  • Brian November 6, 2022 (10:53 am)

    Saw them pass a few times from my house.  Did not look too disruptive to traffic.  Appeared to be 2 motorcycles in front (most likely police), followed by a big 18 wheeler and a black SUV.  Not sure who was filming who.

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