Hello all! The
epic Viking/Sci-fi movie "Outlander" has already been shooting for
about two weeks. For the first week they shot on the rugged Canadian island province
of Newfoundland. While there, they travelled to a tiny outport town on the
coast and shot a huge Viking funeral - complete with hundreds of extras and
burning Viking ships! Inceredible!
In their second week, the cast and crew returned to their
home base in the province of Nova Scotia. Here they shot Kainan's Space Ship
crash at Kidston Lake in Spryfield, Nova Scotia. The Kidston Lake area is
fantastic place: a beautiful lake surrounded by a dense pine forest and huge
granite glacial boulders. Fiery wreckage was strewn on the shore and star Jim
Caviezel rose from the flames!
October 30, 2006
Gentle Ben - NOT!
the production shot on the scenic Musquodoboit Rail Trail - after a long hike
into the woods of course! Thankfully the producers hired some 4x4's so the crew
did not have to hump the gear too far.
day was spent shooting a bear attack in what had to be the most realistic
looking styrofoam cave I have ever seen! The art department on this show is
incredible! I cannot believe the detail they put into this! It blended
perfectly with the existing granite boulders and cliff face. Great job guys!
Viking cast did battle with a huge grizzly bear that was created by the
prosthetics department. A Viking warrior did not fare well in the battle and
suffered mortal wounds! In fact, I am surprised that the stunt guy didn't break
his neck in real life! He had to take a "one dismembered arm" fall
down a 30 foot gully filled with huge boulders. No styrofoam rocks here - it
was all real. He had to perform the stunt several times and I cringed every
time I saw him bounce off a boulder on the way down! Ouch!!
yes! I have managed to shoot a few "clandestine" photos and will post
them as soon as I can figure out how to get them on this myspace site! While
sneaking in a few pics I discovered that it really hard to take a picture
without people really seeing you. The results - not exactly the best photos -
but they are fun none the less!
November 11, 2006
shoot has moved to it's main location - Herot Town 709 AD - and it is
absolutely incredible! You will not believe what the set designers have come up
with. They have built a complete replica Viking village! They did not hold back
anything. There is even a working smithy, armoury, banquet hall and everything
else that a good viking needs to feel at home.
design and attention to detail is what makes this so incredible. The intricate
wood carvings, the giant rune stones dotting the landscape, the 30 foot high parapets
surrounding the village. It is all so real!
you want to try and sneak a peek at the town in person, you can go cross
country and try to slip past security. The "address" of the villiage
is 9 Mile Farm, 249 MacIntosh Road, 9 Mile River, Nova Scotia, Canada. Good
luck getting past security though! It is tight!
Town Night Shoots
crew has flipped to night shoots in Herot and boy, is everyone tired. The grips
and electrics crew have been working overtime to get the set lit and ready for shooting.
In fact the whole crew have gone beyond the call of duty with this shoot. Why
do I lavish such praise on them? One word - mud. Yes, they built the town on a
200 acre farmers hay field ... by a river ... in a low lying area ... and it
has rained all night.
resulting mud has made everyone's life pretty miserable but everyone is
pitching in and working hard to get the job done. These local Nova Scotia film
crews are a dream to work with. They always give 100%, never complain and
always go the extra mile to "git 'er done"! Hats off the the hard
a pretty darn good fight scene in the Smithy the other night. Kainan (Jim) is
captured by the Vikings and drug to the Smithy to be interrogated. Needless to
say, he escapes his captors and kicks Viking ass! Steve Lucescu, the movies
fight and stunt coordinator did a great job with the fight choreography and the
Smitthy setting with the hot iron, flame pits and available weaponery added
that extra bit of excitement to the battle. Steve boasts an incredible resume
having been stunt/fight coordinator/stunt man on a ton of very big budget
movies. Including Silent Hill, Lucky Number Slevin, Land of the Dead,
Cinderella Man, Assault on Precinct 13 and Resident Evil: Apocalypse. On top of
that, he is a really nice guy!
Howard McCain gave the crew a treat the other day. He cut together a 6 minute
compilation of footage from the shoot. I have to admit it looked fantastic! The
footage was very raw - no color correction or effects - but still was
breathtaking. The performances looked great and the cinematography by Montreal
native Pierre Gill was stunning. That man knows how to use a Panavision
Tehnocrane like nobody else! I hope they screen more footage soon! BTW Pierre
was the DOP on quite a few movies including the Covenent, Joan of Arc and the
Art of War.