Once Upon is filmed in and around Vancouver. They have great location scouts and they find great locations to use for Once Upon a Time.
When I’ve rewatched the Pilot, many things stand out to me, but some initials found their way into the background. Coincidence? Possibly, but I don’t think so.
A little back ground first. In the Pilot, the location for Emma’s blind date/bounty trap was an upscale eatery with a cylindrical elevator in the center.
* The actual location was Gotham steakhouse in Vancouver ( http://www.gothamsteakhouse.com/ ). We found it on our most recent (and past) trip(s) to Vancouver.
Here is the location from Moviemaps.org https://moviemaps.org/locations/z9
So, back to the OUAT Pilot. Remember the elevator that Emma took? Well, I hate to spoil the illusion, but we were tricked. Let’s look at this photo.
Notice anything funny that doesn’t match the Pilot? The exterior that Emma exits is only a single floor building. That ties in with the first background Easter Egg that I think Adam and Eddy may be causing Emma’s mother to creep into Emma’s Boston life.
Here is the first instance;
The ‘S’ in the back of the elevator. Is it just an artistic flourish? Hmm, I don’t think so. What does the ‘S’ stand for? Swan? Maybe, but I think it stands for ‘Snow’. Let me continue to Emma’s apartment.
Wait! One more thing. A few blocks away from the Gotham steakhouse is the bus station where Henry caught the cab to go to Emma’s Apartment in the Pilot episode.
Here is the location from Moviemaps.org https://moviemaps.org/locations/1gl
Here is the second instance. Later on in the episode when Henry arrives at Emma’s apartment, we see something else in the background that could be a coincidence or the location was chosen on purpose to show it.
The red ‘W’ turning in the background. Could it be another Easter Egg finishing the initials for Snow White? Was it the beginning of ‘Swan’?
It’s not a CGI effect. It turns out, its real.
It’s called the ‘Woodward’ or ‘W’ building sign.
Coincidence or chosen? What do you think?