Percy Jackson and the Olympians continues its big week of production. The serialized adaptation of Rick Riordan’s best-selling books ventured to Westminster Pier Park in New Westminster, British Columbia, yesterday to presumably shoot the famous Gateway Arch scene set in The Lightning Thief Chapter 13. The Percy Jackson the team was only filming on location on Monday, as SHOOTING NOTICE flyer revealed that the crew would be restoring the pier grounds to their usual configuration today. Even with this rear-view filming and first-look footage set in the distant future, the series continued to continue today with another day of production on location.
Author Rick Riordan, who also serves as an executive producer on the series, took to Instagram to share a photo of him relaxing in his trailer. In the caption, Riordan teased that production would take place in the woods today.
“Today’s safety briefing for filming on location includes ‘What to do if a bear attacks you for food,'” Riordan wrote. “Do you think anyone would notice if I was hanging out in my comfy chair in the trailer today?”
Riordan then updated the caption, sharing that he and the Percy Jackson the crew had seen “a mother black bear and her two cubs” during filming.
Production in the woods is not new to Percy Jackson, as much of what was filmed at Vancouver’s StageCraft ventured into the surrounding forest. Fans of the books will know that the wilderness is where the demigods will find Camp Half-Blood, as the refuge for the children of the Greek gods (not the children of the Roman gods) is located in the woods of Long Island. , New York. While this series is being produced in Western Canada, the recreation of New York’s Empire State Building in the region indicates that the New York setting still holds true for all things Greek mythology.
As for the specific scenes filmed in these woods on location, the possibilities range from anything revolving around Camp Half-Blood to Aunty Em’s Emporium. Although Medusa’s lair isn’t necessarily hidden in the forest , its location on “a deserted two-lane road through the trees” is not exactly in public view. The Medusa Chapter takes place just before the Gateway Arch, so it would make sense for the team to fill that gap if they hadn’t already shot it.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians is currently in its third of planned eight months of production.