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.
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 âbetween 20 and 100â people. The most of ForeignerPost-production takes place in Scotland but the finishing team is located in Los Angeles.
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. âThe weather in Scotland is unpredictable at best,â Bessette said.
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 the dreamlike world of Claire (Caitriona Balfe) divided into brief clips interspersed with the trauma of her assault by the Browns.
âWe wrote it in a linear fashion, but we knew this story wasn’t going to be told until it was released,â Roberts added. And these kinds of changes have happened since Foreigner debuted 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 tapped into Foreigner would easily recognize Bear McCreary’s haunting score that helps set the tone for some of the show’s most dramatic moments. The composer only sees episodes when they are mostly locked.
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 great battle of the Culloden scene. He also shared that the Season 3 finale episode, âEye of the Storm,â was difficult due to the elements of the wreckage which saw Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire thrown onto the deck of a ship before of being thrown overboard, washing ashore in North Carolina. .
O’Halloran’s third choice was the Season 5 finale, âNever My Love,â due to the brutal scenes involving Claire’s torture at the hands of the Browns.
Visual effects challenges
The creative team has leaked some interesting tidbits of how they are able to film scenes with actor Paul Gorman who plays twins Josiah and Keziah Beardsley on the show. âThey shoot two different takes,â 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.
See the full podcast conversation, below, and stay tuned for Foreigner Updates as production for Season 6 wraps.
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