“Outlander” podcast: episode 2 reveals the secrets of post-production (VIDEO)


Fans of Foreigner were briefly relieved to learn that Season 6 will arrive in early 2022, but the creative team behind the series are keeping them entertained in the meantime with another episode of The Official Droughtlander Podcast.

In the second episode on all things post-production, co-producers Elicia Bessette and Michael O’Halloran joined showrunner Matthew B. Roberts to answer questions from fans, revealing some interesting facts about the ongoing Scotland-based production. of road. Below, we put together some key reveals.

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Post production

There’s a lot going on in post-production that viewers might not realize, as Bessette and O’Halloran noted that the departments included in the process range from visual effects and music to sound mixers. As a post-producer, Bessette revealed that she works with “between 20 and 100” people. Most of Outlander’s post-production takes place in Scotland, but the finishing team is located in Los Angeles.

The process

The process from filming to the end of episodes can take anywhere from two to six months, and editing begins at the same time as filming. Bessette revealed that each season has about three to four editors working on episodes. And one of the main reasons for working simultaneously is the outside frame of the location. “The weather in Scotland is unpredictable at best,” Bessette said.

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Episode changes

While fans might think that every episode is carefully crafted from the start, this conversation shatters any illusion that everything is planned and executed exactly as planned from start to finish. Changes occur all the time in the edit bay.

“We shot [it] in a much more linear way, “O’Halloran said of the Season 5 final episode.” And then in post, you’ve decided, let’s make this more fragmented and more from Claire’s point of view. ” This means that the original episode did not feature Claire’s (Caitriona balfe) dream world split into brief clips interspersed with the trauma of her assault by the Browns.

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“We wrote it in a linear fashion, but we knew this story wasn’t going to be told until it was published,” Roberts added. And these kinds of changes have happened since Outlander’s debut as Roberts recalled a scene he wrote for Season 1 that was moved to another episode involving Claire and Frank (Tobias Menzies) standing on a train platform.

Music to our ears

Anyone who has listened to Outlander would easily recognize Bear McCreary’s haunting score, which helps set the tone for some of the show’s most dramatic moments. The composer only sees episodes when they are mostly locked.

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Difficult changes

In terms of editing, O’Halloran was blunt when he revealed which episodes were the most difficult for him to edit over the years, starting with the first episode of Season 3 “The Battle Joined”, which featured the large scene from the Battle of Culloden. He also shared that the Season 3 finale episode, “Eye of the Storm,” was difficult due to the elements of the shipwreck that saw Jamie (Sam heughan) and Claire threw themselves onto the deck of a ship before being thrown overboard, running aground in North Carolina.

O’Halloran’s third choice was the Season 5 finale, “Never My Love,” due to the brutal scenes involving Claire’s torture at the hands of the Browns.

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Visual effects challenges

The creative team has leaked some interesting tidbits of how they are able to film scenes with the actor. Paul Gorman who plays twins Josiah and Keziah Beardsley in the series. “They shoot two different takes,” Bessette revealed. “One with Paul as Jo and one with Paul as Kezzie, then all we do is literally delete the split screen.”

The more the twins interact with each other, the greater the challenges, but that’s a small hurdle compared to creating a shipwreck like they did for Season 3.

Check out the full podcast conversation below, and stay tuned for updates to Outlander as a production for the end of Season 6.

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