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Photo I took at the first (and only) Leverage Con-Con in Portland in 2010.   So sorry to hear the show has been cancelled.  I feel disloyal because I hadn't really watched since mid-S3.  But I really love/loved the characters & actors and the fact it filmed in my hometown.   No more Kane performing in PDX.  No more randomly seeing Aldis while dining in NW Portland (with Mrsr58 and fickleone no less).   No more attending season premier showings.    

It was fun while it lasted.




As of the writing of this letter, we still do not know if there will be a season six of our show.  Just as we didn’t know when we created the last three episodes which are about to air.  Because of this uncertainty, John Rogers and I decided to end this season with the episode we had planned to make to end the series, way back when we shot the pilot.  So, the episode that will air on Christmas is, in fact, the series finale we had always envisioned.

This is not to say we would not do a season six should we get the opportunity. Everyone involved with the show, from the cast, the crew, the writers and producers, would like nothing more than to continue telling these stories.  But, in case we do not get that opportunity we felt that, creatively, after 77 episodes, we owed it to you, our fans, to end the show properly.

I sincerely hope you watch these last three episodes.  They build to our conclusion.  And the finale, I believe, is the most powerful episode we’ve ever done.

From all of us who make the show, thank you for watching, supporting and encouraging us.  I’ve never experienced a fandom as intense, loyal and wonderful as you all.

Let’s go steal a series finale!

Dean Devlin

Executive Producer/Director LEVERAGE

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While driving through NW Porlland today I came across a Leverage filming with Chris Kane.

I had thought it was Grimm filming and was standing on the sidewalk since my car was blocked from passing through. A guy came out of a shop behind me with some lunch and sat down near me. I did a double take when I realized it was Chris Kane. I couldn't get my mindset out of thinking this was a Grimm shoot. Nope - Leverage.

While I was still trying to figure out in my brain why Chris was even there (I was VERY tired today), I pulled out my iPhone to snap some photos.   He spotted me towards the end and it looks like he's scowling at me.  I felt slightly bad about that. But he once snapped my bra strap at the Leverage Con Con in PDX, so heck I can snap his photo when I accidentally find myself standing next to him on a Portland street.

Seriously, I was driving back to the hospital to visit with my mother after lunch and was stopped due to a blocked off street near the hospital. Got out to see filming going on. I assumed it was Grimm. Then I did a double take when I saw this guy sit down practically right next to me. Christian Kane? What is he doing here while they are filming Grimm? Seriously, in my own defense I am VERY tired. 12 hours of sleep in 3 days due to graduation events and then my mother breaking her hip last night. But even after seeing Kane I did not connect the filming to Leverage until someone else standing next to me pointed out the Leverage t-shirts on the crew members. They filmed the street scene VERY quickly. 15-20 mins of filming Kane walking up to someone and talking for a few seconds - about 5 to 8 very quick takes. Then they were breaking down and letting traffic through. After the past 12 hours I felt like the universe was trying to give me a 15 min break of something good.

They were filming by the Food Front Co-op in NW Portland, just a few blocks from where I work.  The street was temporarily blocked for a short period of time while filming a scene in front of the co-op with Chris Kane walking up and talking to a woman, who (I believe), made to strike him at the end. I thought I saw Chris demonstrate to the woman how to punch out at him. 

Below are the photos I snapped with my iPhone.





more photos under here ... )


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found via pecos this morning.  Leverage S3 promo.  2-hour premier on June 20th!

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Video from TNT.  Fickleone and I were standing right next to the first three ladies you see interviewed here.  We aren't on camera however.  Other than that I can spot us in the crowd during one of the audience pans--but there's no way I can describe where to you all.

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Earlier today I asked if anyone used Final Cut Express for video editing.  I ended up purchasing the software a short time ago.  Right after I bought it I found this....

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Ha!  That's Dean Devlin with Tim Hutton.  Final Cut Studio is the professional version of Final Cut Express.

When the special effects guys had their panel someone asked them what technology they used.  Basically the answer was Macs....  The tech geeky graphics guy (who I loved!!!) said basically "Apple Rules." 

I have a whole bunch of photos from that panel as well as from the writers panel.  I may just upload those someday.

Update:  I wanted to capture a bit of the text from the source article here:

Go behind the scenes of “Leverage,” and you’ll get an equally forward look at an inside job. Taking a page from his own script, “Leverage” Executive Producer and consummate industry insider Dean Devlin has created the show’s first 13 episodes entirely within the walls of Electric Entertainment, his full-service production shop, using a completely self-contained digital post workflow anchored by Final Cut Studio.

"We do the entire show in Final Cut Studio," says Devlin, who also runs Electric Entertainment. "We shoot on the Red One camera, bring it back on hard drives, and put it in our Xsan. Then every department here pulls off those servers whether it's for digital effects, sound effects, sound mixing, picture editing, color correction, everything. And it never leaves our building. This is all able to happen because of Final Cut Studio."

I admit I knew nothing about the creators/producers/writers of Leverage prior to attending the con, but after hearing them talk on several panels and especially after seeing them fill time for 2 hours and keep in interesting...I'm starting to fangirl these guys.  I just now checked out Devlin's IMDB entry.  He was the producer on Independence Day, Stargate, The Patriot...  I'm impressed.  Plus I love how his studio is so self contained.

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Leverage,Leverage Con-Con

I just realized that I've got a large list of things to do over the next few weeks that will take up a lot of my free time.  So while I'd wanted to process the rest of my Leverage Con-Con photos and do a somewhat thoughtful set of posts about them.  I don't think that's going to happen.  If I don't post what I have now, it may not get done for months. 

So here's a random set of photos that I've gone through from the Leverage Con-Con.  No particular order here.  They are more grainy than I'd like. I guess renting that bad-ass lens really does make a difference!  But I didn't feel like lugging it around at this event.  So I went low-key and casual with my photo taking.

I also didn't get as many photos of Tim or Gina because of where I was sitting--I didn't get much of a clear view of them most of the time.

lots of photos under the cut... )

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Here's all the autograph stuff from the Con-Con.  The autographs were very reasonable!  At least in comparison with the SPN autos!!  Each autograph was $15 which INCLUDED an 8x10 head shot on heavy paper.  Plus they even gave you a plastic protection sleeve to keep the photos in!  PLUS--the auto tickets themselves were very cool. 

under the cut... )

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via the online Oregonian newspaper's OregonLive site (found via killerweasel).

'Leverage' fans rally in Portland for first convention for the popular show'

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I'm tired, so I'm not writing much about Day 3 (although it was great!).  I'll post more over the next few days.

But here's my photo op with the Five.  Tim has intense eyes.  He makes a real point to look you in the eyes and greet you.  (And as Fickleone said, now I've touched an Academy Award winner!)  Beth made a point of turning around and looking at me to say Hi!  And Christian....well, first he accidentally stepped on my foot (he apologized).  Then both he and Tim put their arms around my back (you can just barely see Tim's fingers on my shoulder)--and after the photo was snapped, Christian snapped my bra strap. 

No kidding. 

Then a funny expression passed over his face and my first impression was that he thought he was tweeking Tim's arm.  But I can't decide if perhaps he just thought he was tugging my shirt or what.  He kinda looked a little embarrassed and mumbled something that might have been an apology. I said it was no big deal (or something like that.) 

And I didn't think it was a big deal--but it did surprise/fluster me a bit!  But in a good way!  Ha!  This is just a photo of a the photo--so the quality is bad.

Here's a Christian story for you.  The day before, Chris had to leave early from the auto session.  For those who were going to be there on Sunday it was no real big deal as we were allowed to get first in line on Sunday to get his auto.  But some had to leave return home on Sunday.  One girl who had been standing next to us in the registration line for 3 hours--she was there with her mother.  When they were told Chris had to leave, the mother said something like it wasn't a bit deal for herself, but her 16 year old daughter was disappointed. The con runners took their names and contact info to see if they could send them something.

Fickleone and I learned today that the girl received a phone call at 7pm later that evening saying if she could be in front of the hotel by xx o'clock, they would be taken to see Chris rehearse that night.  They were driven to the house where Chris and his band were rehearsing and the band did a song just for them and then she got her photo taken with Chris.

Nice story!



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I'm just skimming through my photos.  I was using my very old (30ish years) telephoto.  I decided not to rent one of the bad-ass lenses.  Photos are a little grainier than I'd like.

But some are okay.

Here's my favorite so far.

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going to bed now I think...
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As I said in my last post, Mark came up to the audience mic at the end of the creator/writers panel and asked [paraphrasing here] "What about all the terrific guest actors, when are you going to bring them back?"  Everyone started cheering--it was Mark at the mic.  I turned around and got some close-up photos while Mark and the creators/writers bantered back and forth.

I was seated just a couple of rows in front of that mic.  I had already put my camera away, so I madly grabbed it out of my bag and snapped a few shots.
larger photos under the cut... )

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We had a wonderful day at the Con-Con today!  The "FIVE" were great and terrific.  I think I may have gotten some great photos.  The special effects crew was very interesting (we need that at a SPN con).  And the creators/writers of the show were also terrific (and we need that too.)

Mark Shep.pard... )

More later...
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I took some photos of the inside of the hotel and main convention room and a lot more of the SW Portland area.


lots of photos under the cut... ).

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Fickleone and I left the con-con around 4pm this afternoon.  We arrived around 9:30 am.  Ended up in registration line and photo-op/auto purchasing lines for about 3 hours.  Then we went to a local Lebanese restaurant for a late lunch.  Then back to the con to check out the main room.  It was pretty empty--not much going on at that moment--a trivia contest.  The room is "small enough" that we aren't too worried about the fact we do not have reserved seats.  So we'll probably show up around 10am tomorrow morning to find seats for the 11:00ish panel with some of the Leverage crew.  That should be interesting as we've always wanted a panel with SPN crew.

more.. )

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Still playing....

I may have found myself a new favorite subject.  I love the character of Parker on Leverage.  Plus Beth Riesgraf seems to be a nice person and she loves photography.  When we saw her at one of the Kane concerts in Portland she was snapping away. 

I think I may use one of these if I get her autograph at the Con-Con.

under the cut.. )

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So I honestly hadn't re-looked at the Con-Con (cute name!) webpage since the first day it was put up (when there was really nothing there.)  I even bought the tickets today (while at work) without looking at the site that much because, well, at WORK and I kinda knew the main cast would be there and fickleone said Jonathan Frakes would be there---so what else did I need to know?

Well...I just now got home.  Long day followed by evening at my Mom's.  And I finally pulled up the site

This looks cool.  Looks like we get writers & directors!  (You listening Creation???)
list under the cut... )
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....when fickleone emailed me that Jonathan Frakes was attending it was just enough to sway me over the edge.  Seems so strange to have this weird-ass mix of Leverage, SPN, & Star Trek all in one con.  I'm going to be SO confused!

We're going for the weekend, general admission ticket for only $65 for all 3 days.  No autos/photo-ops included and fickleone and I may share some photo-ops perhaps.  We'll see how much they are.  It just seems strange to be going to a con in my own town and for only $65.  I know I couldn't deal with general admission for an SPN con--but I don't seem to mind for this one.  

It will be very interesting to compare a non-Creation Leverage con to a Creation SPN con.
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Dammit.  Fickleone had told me yesterday that the "gold-equivalent" ticket for the upcoming Leverage con was $300.  That put it out of my price range right now.  Too bad since the con's in my backyard.  But I wasn't overly bummed.  I figured I may bye a day ticket or something when the con gets closer.

But I just now looked at the Con page and noticed that as part of the "gold/whatever" ticket they are offering a set tour. 

$300 is still too much for me right now.  But that would have been sweet.

Fickleone--re-enforce to me please that I cannot spend $300 on a Leverage con????

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Thanks to fickleone who is on a mailing list for ORYCON.  Here's some Leverage Convention information!

The con is called the ConCon (since Leverage is about con artists!)  It's scheduled for March 19-21 in Portland at the Governor Hotel. 

There's a website.  Right now it only has a splash page, but I guess info is supposed to be added soon (Friday?)  The website is here.

----------- here's the text of the email sent out to the ORYCON list ------

The convention is called ConCon (Leverage is a TV show about con men, hence the name ConCon).  Producer Dean Devlin announced the dates and location of the con on Twitter ( "#concon is ON! march 19-21st! Portland, Governor Hotel!"

The convention's web page is at (just a placeholder so far but it's supposed to have real content beginning Friday) and its message boards are at  You have to get a login to read the message boards.

I got an account on the message board (it was a pain, SpiritOne is blocking mail from so I had to use my gmail address to sign up).  Almost all the posts on the message boards so far are from rabid fans (many already booking flights from the UK) rather than from the convention organizers; it seems that planning is moving forward but the organizers are not yet ready to reveal details.  The convention is being run by FedCon Gmbh from Germany.  I expect that it will be a for-profit convention but I'm sure they would welcome volunteer help from experienced Portland conrunners.

If you're interested in helping out or just attending I'd suggest you check out the message board

That's all I know about it so far.
David D. Levine


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