I hope everyone had a fabulous holiday season, however you celebrate, and that your new year is off to a splendid start 😊.
Our faithful cast and crew took a nice 3 week + break from filming over the holidays, from December 14th through January 8th. In the message below, Sophie Skelton confirms the completion of the first two blocks (each block is 2 episodes, so that means 4 episodes were completed before the break on December 14th). Remember, filming for each episode takes about 2 weeks, while post production for each episode takes 2 months… (yes, you read that right).
The massive (and massively important) job of editing: choosing and cutting together the 50+ minutes of content that will ultimately be each episode, from the roughly 20-30 hours of film made for each episode, takes place over those two months. Add in time for creating visual special effects, cgi, sound effects, recording and putting in ADR (additional dialogue recording), and then writing, recording, and blending in the soundtrack for each episode, 😳. As I’ve said before, the fact that this even happens is akin to the miracle of human life (to me).
The post production for the last episode filmed before Christmas break (presumably Episode 404), will be completed in mid March. Outlander, the visual adaptation, is no small feat!
On Monday, January 8th, prep for filming the 3rd block of Season 4 started. As with all new blocks, they began with a “table read,” where the cast and crew sit together and read through the scripts for the two episodes they are about to film. I found a video of the table read for block 2 of Season 1, which is below. Enjoy this insight into the bts family feel of our Outlander team, the process, and a visit back to some of the beloved people and characters who have now moved on…
If they are filming in order, the table read on Jan. 8th would’ve been for Episode 405, with everyone present but Caitriona. Crew member Gemma filled in and read Claire’s parts…
Great job today Gemma!
Block 3 readthrough.
“When the Caits away….!”
— Sam Heughan (@SamHeughan) January 8, 2018
Cait was absent due to being in transit after an exciting night before at the Golden Globes in LA with boyfriend of 2 years, now fiancé Tony McGill. (More on Caitriona and GG/Engagement).
Incidentally, the table read video above was filmed during their second ever table read. Over the course of three complete seasons, and one in process, they’ve now done a whopping 25(!) table reads, with an ever changing cast of characters, and some done in South Africa last season.
Full winter is happening in Scotland now. The photo below was taken by Sam’s driver, Davie “Hollywood” Stewart on his way to pick Sam up for work on January 16th. That time stamp of 9:35PM is Mountain Standard Time, which is a dark and early 4:35AM Glasgow time. Many of us get up early for work, and most of us contend with winter weather at some time, but the fact that much of Outlander is filmed outside adds a whole new layer of not that glamorous to the job of making Outlander 😬 . No wonder Sam and Cait get colds every season!
We wish our team well as they plug along, making our favorite books into our favorite show.
In other news, Season 3 is now available for PREORDER on DVD and Blu-ray via Amazon: Amazon Season 3 DVD, Blu-ray and via Amazon UK: Amazon UK Season 3 DVD, Blu-ray. I assume there will be deleted scenes and extras, as usual. Speculation about a release date ranges from later this month, to early March.
Ron Moore did an interview with Deadline Magazine last month, and talked about the prospect of Seasons 5 and 6!!! 😃
DEADLINE: What about a Season 5 renewal? You got a Season 3 and Season 4 pick-up at the same time last time, so should we expect the same soon here?
MOORE: (laughs) I hope so. Yeah, there’s definitely talks between Sony and Starz. You know, there’s always a lot of negotiations around various renewals, but yeah, I feel pretty confident we’re going to get it. I don’t know when it would be official, or you know what their order pattern is, or any of that kind of stuff. But yeah, I’m not sweating it. Just put it that way.
That’s a wrap. Stay warm out there! As always, thanks to my Patrons for your support.