One More Day in Central City
Today, Monday, September 26, 2016 marks the final day of production work on CW's seventh episode of Season 3 of The Flash for Kevin Smith. To honor Kevin's achievement, and in an attempt to make Monday a little more enjoyable, we bring you this collection of all of the behind-the-scene moments that Kevin shared with us on his September trip to Central City.
First, however, we kick this off this Flash-back with a tweet from the man that portrays The Scarlet Speedster himself, Grant Gustin!
Kevin began to pull back the curtain by giving us a glimpse inside the production offices of CW's The Flash, including a small memento from last season.
Meanwhile, in the #Vangroovy production headquarters of @cwtheflash, a villain hides like a coward from his directorial responsibilities! I'm back at #TheFlash prepping my ep! Just had an FX budget meeting and now headed out to scout some locations. We've got lots more action sequences and fights to shoot in this ep so I'll likely be hiding like I am in this pic the whole time I'm here, terrified of improving as a visual storyteller. Or maybe, just maybe, I'll try to shoot the shit out of it instead - especially because the episode contains a lot of "First" moments and super heroic sparring spectacle. And having already seen the first and second episodes of Season 3, I know the bar is set very high (those eps are a stellar start to this new year). But this is my favorite show - so the #Flash deserves no less than my best. #KevinSmith #vancouver
We also received a peek back inside of the Central City Police Department, from Kevin's perspective.
Recently Kevin has been bringing us some special Facebook Live Video moments, including this one shot moments before a production meeting inside of the production offices.
Live from the Central City production offices of #TheFlash!Posted by Kevin Smith on Friday, September 9, 2016
As we've heard time and time again from animatronic robots inside of one of the world's most notorious theme park rides, even in the DC multiverse it is still a small world after all, as Kevin ran into his future co-workers from The CW's Supergirl, which he'll be direction an episode of next month!
Driving to lunch with my @cwtheflash crew and we spotted the fine folks who make @supergirlcw on the mean streets of #VanGroovy! I was able to say a quick hi to @melissabenoist but I got to pal around for a red hot minute with Superman's pal #JamesOlsen - aka, @mehcadbrooks! I come back to #Vancouver to direct an ep of #Supergirl next month but I still fan-girled out seeing the Super set of National City... #KevinSmith #mehcadbrooks #melissabenoist
One thing we learned during the press coverage of Kevin Smith's The Flash episode from Season 2, The Runaway Dinosaur, was that the cast and crew loved what Kevin brought to the table as a director. This season Kevin wanted to show them again what he could bring to the table, this time as a caterer with a Timbit Buffet!
On September 14th, the camera's officially started rolling on the 7th episode of The CW's The Flash, so Kevin shared a glimpse of the script with us. If only we could see the title of the episode!
(Yes that's a slight note of sarcasm. This tweet started some speculation thanks to Photoshop sleuth's who thought they found out what this KILLER episode may be titled, if not they'll definitely be left out in the FROST... er... cold.)
Although there's no picture to go with this tweet, this confirms that this season's villain Alchemy is still in play by Episode 7 (not that we had any doubt).
It's nice to see this mashup of past and present since Kevin guest-starred on an episode of Law & Order opposite The Flash's Joe West himself, Jesse L. Martin back in 2000.
Jesse L Martin IS Detective Joe West in LAW & ORDER: CENTRAL CITY - a future spinoff of @cwtheflash! I guest star as a hockey player who turns to crime after he's become too-portly-to-puck. Obviously, I'm having a blast on #theflash! 2 days down, only 7 more to go... #KevinSmith #JesseLMartin #vancouver
If you are reading this and you haven't already seen The CW's various trailers for the "Flashpoint" story that brings us back to Central City, Kevin's next offering is of particular interest because Cisco is... Cisco in this shot! I wonder what this means for Nora and Henry Allen?
Thankfully Kevin kept up with his latest self-portrait offering of "The Man Behind the Show" by standing behind another iconic part of the scenery for The CW's The Flash.
Every day there are people that work real hard to make your favorite TV show look good, and the stunt doubles take the brunt of that hard work. Thankfully Kevin had the opportunity to introduce us to Brent, the man who takes the hard knocks that Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh) has to endure.
Presenting a new @cwtheflash spinoff - The Wells of 2 Worlds! @cavanaghtom, the nimble genius behind Harrison Wells, and his stunt double Brent get dressed in matching outfits for a night on the town. They're like a male version of the twin Grady girls from #TheShining. Tom is on FIRE in Season 3 - meaning performance-wise, not literally on fire. Because if Tom was literally on fire, Brent would probably be doing it for him... #KevinSmith #tomcavanagh #theflash #theflashseason3 #starlabs #vancouver #canada #stunts
Did Ray Palmer stop by the set of The Flash for some size-based shenanigans?
Sometimes in order to feel small, a guy needs a really big slate. Day 7 on my @cwtheflash episode and we're spending it in the Pipeline - a set I didn't get to play with on my last episode. I've only got Friday left, then Monday, then I'm done with my second trip up to #TheFlash. And we're building something special, kids: there are some really killer performances in Season 3, Episode 7... #KevinSmith #theflashseason3 #vancouver #canada
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Ahhh... the tweet that may very "spark" a clothing line (since I've already seen several subsequent requests for this production gift to be released into the hands of the public). Although this wasn't a tweet by Kevin himself, he was kind enough to retweet so his followers could share the moment.
Kevin then wove a magical tale of wonder when he shared a selfie taken with Tom Felton AND shared some insight into the upcoming four show crossover event that will span all four of The CW's DC shows (Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow).
House of #Slytherin, son! Shout out to @t22felton - who spent the last few minutes of his birthday shooting on @cwtheflash with us in the wee hours of the morning. The man is all class and the character he plays is an excellent addition to the world of #TheFlash (we shot a moody scene with Tom and @grantgust on our first day that's one of my favorite I've ever done). Meanwhile, the amazing cast & crew busted their asses all day and night yesterday (while I watched) and shot some stellar scenes for Ep 7. This episode we're making is the calm before the storm that is the forthcoming crossovers with @supergirlcw & @cw_legendsoftomorrow & @cw_arrow. I've seen what they've got planned for the massive event and it fucking RULES! It's breathtaking in its enormity and will be particularly fun for any long term @dccomics fan like me who has been reading that company's books for decades. They're pulling elements from a story that was a favorite of mine back in the day so there are tremendous terms and legendary locations in the crossover script I saw that will make any #dccomics lover fill their Underoos! I have enjoyed the shit out of "directing" Season 3 Episode 7 - but as a fan of #TheFlash, I can't wait to watch the crossover to come! #KevinSmith #TomFelton #theflashseason3 #vancouver #canada #grateful
Whether it's a trip to summer camp, a much needed vacation, or working on one of your favorite television shows, the sobering reality that it will be over soon eventually sets in for all of us.
That's it for what Kevin has shared with us so far, and today is the final day of shooting on this episode of The Flash. Although we don't know if there will be any more bits that he'll share with us on social media from The CW's The Flash, we've still got the month of October to look forward to as Kevin returns to Vancouver to shoot an episode of The CW's Super Girl, titled "Supergirl Lives!" (A nice nod to the script Superman Lives written by Kevin Smith for Warner Brothers)