‘Under the Bridge’ Filming Locations Aimed for Authenticity

By Louie Fecou
Published: April 20, 2024
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Where was Hulu's Under the Bridge filmed?
Under the Bridge | Image via Hulu

Under the Bridge, starring Lily Gladstone and Riley Keough, is based on a gripping true crime book, and aimed for an authentic shoot by using multiple Canadian filming locations to create the Saanich, Canada setting.

The book of the same name by Rebecca Godfrey is a harrowing account of the murder of Reena Virk, a fourteen-year-old Indian-Canadian teenager attacked and murdered by a group of similarly aged students.

Under the Bridge Filming Locations Explained

Vancouver, British Columbia

'Under the Bridge' Filming Locations Aimed for Authenticity

Vancouver, BC, where Under the Bridge was filmed | Image via Wikipedia

IMDb states that the series was filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and as the true story behind the series played out in the Canadian community of Sannich in 1997, the location work manages to capture the feel and atmosphere of the area that traumatized the townsfolk when it occurred.

Reena Virk was living in Saanich in British Columbia when the terrible crime was committed, and the filmmakers would re-create the period and locations, adding to the aestheticism of the production.

William F. White Studios

'Under the Bridge' Filming Locations Aimed for Authenticity

William F. White Studios, used for interior filming in Under the Bridge

For most of the interior shots, ScreenRant reports that William F. White Studios were used.

The company is Canada’s largest provider of equipment for movies, TV, digital, and theatrical productions.

Allied Shipyard in North Vancouver, British Columbia

'Under the Bridge' Filming Locations Aimed for Authenticity

Allied Shipyards, Vancouver, used for shooting underwater scenes in Under the Bridge | Image via North Shore News

Harrowing scenes within the series that take place in and around the water were recorded at Allied Shipyard, an area frequently used in productions where water is required.

In Under the Bridge, the search for Reena’s body is conducted here, as was the filming of her murder.

Production Timeline

  • The book version of Under the Bridge was printed in 2005, after intensive investigation and research by author Rebecca Godfrey.
  • It would not be until September 2022 that Hulu would announce that it had ordered an eight-episode series, with Quinn Shephard adapting the book for television.
  • Godfrey would work with Shephard for two and a half years adapting the book for TV.
  • Filming was allocated for the show between December 2022, when casting was announced, and May 2023.
  • A teaser dropped on March 12th, 2024
  • Under the Bridge debuted with two episodes on April 17th, 2024.

Who Produced Under the Bridge

Production companies named in the series are ABC Signature, Best Day Ever Productions, and Felix Culpa.

Jan Peter Meyboom is named as the producer on the show and has worked on other TV miniseries such as Five Days at Memorial, The Act, and Channel Zero.

Executive producers are Samir Mehta, Quinn Shepherd, Liz Tigelaar, Tara Duncan, Rebecca Godfrey, Stacey Silverman, Riley Keough, who also stars in the series, Gina Gammell, and Geeta Vasant Patel.

The author of the book, Rebecca Godfrey, sadly passed away after a battle with cancer in 2022, just a week after the series was commissioned.

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