Photo: Sam and Cait filming the new season of Outlander! by Robert Wilson for Elle Magazine
Here it is: the official announcement about Season 6 production from Starz,
— Outlander (@Outlander_STARZ) February 9, 2021
via a nice piece from Elle Magazine, in which Matt Roberts gives some insights into Season 6 filming. Enjoy…
Did the filming challenges affect the way you approached script-writing?
I don’t know how to write “COVID-friendly scenes,” certainly not an Outlander scene, because we are going to have people next to each other, being emotional—you talk close to people, and that’s where it transfers COVID. We had to figure out, how do we keep Outlander, Outlander? So we wrote the scripts [as originally intended] and dove in with production: Our producer in the U.K., Guy Tannahill, and our new production designer, Mike Gunn, and our staff over there who have worked on Outlander for a long time. We said, “Okay, this scene can’t happen like this. If we did this, this, and this, then we can make it happen.”
Did you feel like you had more time to work on the scripts due to the production delay?
Yes and no, because you can write a script, but it doesn’t live and breathe until you get it to production. You can write something and you’re going, this is magical. It’s the best thing I’ve ever written. And then you get it to production and they go, “Yeah, but we can’t film all this stuff.” So the scripts really don’t start existing to me until we get into the hands of production. That’s when they start to get a pulse and take on a life. And we rework them—that’s why you see the different colored scripts, pinks and yellows and greens. They’re living and breathing through production and changing. “We can’t do this location so we moved to another location,” or “Hey, can this take place in the parlor instead of the dining room because of this?” Then, even when we get to post, the story isn’t finished for me until the audience sees it.
The season premiere is titled “Echoes.” Is that a nod to An Echo in the Bone?
It is not, which is funny, and I know people are going to leap all over that.
When you see the first episode, the title will speak for itself. Each character will be dealing with something from their past and it will help us tell stories going forward. There was a different title on my very first drop. Sometimes that happens. You read it again and you go, wait a minute, hold on a second, there’s something better here.
Full article here: Elle Magazine on Outlander Season 6 Production.
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