SPOILER ALERT! Historic, architecturally diverse Merchant Street in downtown Honolulu has played London, Berlin, New York, Los Angeles… and now you can add Russia to its resume.
The production crew set up between Bethel Street and Nuuanu Avenue at 32 Merchant Street — in fact the very same building that houses The Cole Academy (where they filmed a New York scene in October). The impressive columned arch doorway got a name, in Russian characters.
Fortunately, “LOST” spotter Howard Hsu, who also nabbed this photo, just happened to have a Russian speaking coworker. The name on the building? Oldham Pharmaceuticals. Though apparently “Pharmaceuticals” wasn’t quite written correctly.
The scene was for Naveen Andrews, who stalked about dressed all in black (including a leather jacket). Most of the action happened behind closed doors, but the last scene depicted Sayid coming out of the building, holding something inside his jacket, and walking away.
Bags of ice were spread across the sidewalk to depict snow. Interestingly, the same thing was done one block east on this same street for another Sayid scene (leaving a restaurant in Berlin). Here, in one take, Andrews slipped a bit on the ice. Not enough to make the blooper reel, unfortunately.
After filming wrapped, the production crew made the most of the setup by tossing snowballs at each other. Except they were mostly ice balls, and hit with a palpable thud!
Here are some photos that I was able to nab:
source : ryan blog filming report#1
SPOILER ALERT! Turns out the work day wasn’t over for the “LOST” production crew after yesterday’s snowy street scene. After sundown, they turned up at Bishop Museum, where the show had recreated yet another Russian locale. According to my friend Jeff, a museum employee, both Naveen Andrews and Michael Emerson were on hand.
He said they were in Red Square, and that fake snow was sprayed on the side of Hawaiian Hall and on cars parked along the lane. Interestingly, this same path previously served as the London waterfront in Season 3 (”Flashes Before Your Eyes”).
There was a street scene, and another scene filmed in an adjacent courtyard. Shooting wrapped after 10 p.m., but fortunately much of the set was still intact this wet, stormy morning. I was able to snap a few photos in between downpours.
Once again, I contacted Howard Hsu, whose coworker translated the “Oldham Pharmaceuticals” sign yesterday.
There was a tall, vertical marquee mounted to the side of Hawaii Hall that read “bakery.” This was the largest and, according to our expert, the most authentic looking sign yet. On the ground, a small blue sign that read “Red Square” — though apparently one of the smaller characters wasn’t quite right.
Finally, in two places above the aforementioned courtyard, cryptic signs that apparently read “VRESO.” Which wasn’t recognizable as a word, and may be a name or acronym. Whatever this place is, it was where most of the action happened.
The street number? Why, 42 of course.
source : ryan blog filming report#2
Please, give me something, anything, about Lost! — Kia
MATT: You mean in addition to this boss new video from Team Darlton? OK, but you're going to call me a big, fat tease. I am hearing that while Season 5, premiering Jan. 21, gets off to a generally strong start, it's Episode 6 — "The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham" — that could really blow the lid off the joint. Gotta love Locke. Er, I mean Jeremy.
source : tv guide