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Thursday, October 29, 2020

The Outlander timeline and time travel rules, for all 8 books!


Davina Porter adapts Diana Gabaldon's Outlander story to Audio, and now with the help of Audible, the timetable of Outlander and the extras from the show are outlined... 


Outlander Timeline Explained

Can’t keep the timeline of Outlander straight? Don’t worry-we’ve got the entire timeline explained, plus the rules on time travel in the popular series.

By Liberty Hardy Jul 28, 2020





It seems like every day we see more and more streaming services and channels being added to the roster. And logic dictates that a larger number of services requires a larger number of offerings. In their quest for content, companies are increasingly turning to stories and plots from books. The number of books being adapted into movies and television series in the past decade has grown exponentially, often to great success and acclaim.


One of the most successful adaptations of the last several years is Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series. Outlander is a historical romance time-travel series about British nurse Claire Randall who time travels from the 20th-century to 17th-century Scotland. There she finds love and adventure with the dashing Jamie Fraser, a Highland warrior. The first book was published in 1991 to modest success, and with each addition to the series, its popularity grew. And the release of the television series on Starz in 2014 brought a whole new legion of fans. 


There are eight audiobooks in the Outlander time-travel series, with more planned. Most of the audiobooks are more than 30 hours long, which means the series covers a lot of story. And since the series follows Claire back and forth in time, and sometimes covers both her and Jamie’s timelines simultaneously, it’s a lot to keep track of when you’re listening. It’s almost as dizzying as time traveling yourself!


So here’s a breakdown of the Outlander timeline for both new fans and listeners looking to refresh their knowledge of the events in the series. This chronicles the Outlander audiobooks in order. After, I’ll point out a few noticeable differences between the books and the show. Needless to say, even though this just brushes on the events in each audiobook, there will be spoilers. So if you haven’t yet finished the series, you might want to cover your eyes.


Outlander

Diana Gabaldon

Davina Porter

https://audible.com/pd/B002V1CJ8W

The series opens in 1946: British Army nurse Claire Randall and her husband Frank Randall, a history professor, decide to take a second honeymoon to Inverness, Scotland. While there, Claire decides to go for a walk and pick wildflowers. She comes upon a circle of tall upright stones, a ruin dating from the Bronze Age. The stones seem to be making a subtle buzzing sound, and when Claire places her hand on one, she faints.


When you hear that the Outlander series includes time travel, you might be picturing an elaborate time machine. But the explanation for time travel in Outlander is much simpler, and much more of an occurrence of nature. It’s all in the standing stones. When Claire touches the stone, she is transported to 18th-century Scotland. There, she meets her husband’s ancestors. She also meets Jamie Fraser, a Highlander. Injured, Jamie has dislocated his shoulder, which she sets for him. Claire figures out she has traveled back in time. She pretends to be a widow traveling to France to see her family. Because of her medical knowledge, she is treated with respect by the MacKenzie clan. 


But the evil Captain Randall suspects Claire is a spy. For her own protection, Claire marries Jamie. This isn’t a big deal because 1) her real husband is 200 years in the future, and 2) Claire and Jamie have incredible chemistry. She eventually tells Jamie the truth about who she is, and he believes her. He takes her to the stones and offers her a chance to return to her time, but she declines. At the end of the book, they escape to France with Jamie’s godfather to get away from Captain Randall. When they arrive, Claire tells Jamie she is pregnant.


Dragonfly in Amber

Diana Gabaldon

Davina Porter

https://audible.com/pd/B002V1CN0G

In the second book, Claire has returned to Scotland with Brianna, her daughter by Jamie, whom she raised in the 20th century with her husband, Frank. After Frank’s death in 1968, Claire looks to find out what happened to Jamie’s people after the Battle of Culloden. She meets Roger, the son of a family friend, who helps Claire uncover Jamie’s headstone. Claire tells Brianna about her birth father, and understandably, Brianna doesn’t believe her. But then Claire tells them what happened during her time in the past.


Back in France, 1744: Claire had convinced Jamie to stop a Jacobite uprising, and he set to work putting his plans in motion. But Claire has a miscarriage and Jamie is imprisoned in the Bastille for dueling. Claire rescues him, but they are eventually banished from France and return to Scotland, where Jamie kills a man to protect Claire. He sends Claire to the standing stones to return to her time before anything else can happen to her; she is pregnant once again and the Battle of Culloden is upon them. That answers the question of how she ended up back in the present day at the beginning of the book. At the end of this installment, Roger informs Claire that Jamie did not die in the Battle of Culloden like she believes he did.


Voyager

Diana Gabaldon

Davina Porter

https://audible.com/pd/B002VA3LF8

This novel opens with Jamie’s timeline in Scotland in 1746. Though seriously wounded in the Battle of Culloden, Jamie does not die. (The same cannot be said of the evil Captain Randall.) He lives as an outlaw, and eventually a prisoner, before being released and fathering a child, William, who is raised by Lord Ellesmere as his own son. 


Back in Scotland, 1968, Claire decides to return to the 18th century after learning Jamie is not dead. She and Jamie are reunited, though he has married again and now has stepdaughters. Jamie is almost killed by his wife, who is jealous of Claire and eventually takes a payoff to let Jamie out of the marriage. Now free to be together again, Jamie and Claire end up in Jamaica. There is more adventure and danger, and Claire and Jamie are forced to escape in a ship, which is blown off course and crashes in the American colony of Georgia at the close of the audiobook.


Drums of Autumn

Diana Gabaldon

Davina Porter

https://audible.com/pd/B002V08BS0

Jamie and Claire, as well as Claire’s adopted son, Fergus, and Jamie’s nephew, Ian, make a new life for themselves on the coast of Georgia in 1766, where they are eventually joined by Fergus’s wife. Meanwhile in the 20th century, Brianna, who now knows her mother’s story of time travel to be true, learns something tragic about her parents’ history, and sets out with Roger, now her beau, to travel back in time to find them.


The Fiery Cross

Diana Gabaldon

Davina Porter

https://audible.com/pd/B0061R8IP0

This book opens where Drums of Autumn left off: it’s 1771, and war is coming. Claire, having traveled back in time from the 20th century, realizes that she and Jamie and their family are now poised at the brink of the American Revolution. Brianna and Roger are married with a son, and many plot lines are drawn together as the Frasers wait for war.


A Breath of Snow and Ashes

Diana Gabaldon

Davina Porter

https://audible.com/pd/B004Y0IWL6

The revolution begins as the Frasers try to live peacefully in the foothills of North Carolina. But even there, war reaches them. Jamie has a hard time trying to reconcile his loyalty to the British crown with his newfound freedom in his new homeland with Claire.


An Echo in the Bone

Diana Gabaldon

Davina Porter

https://audible.com/pd/B002V1LFU0

Brianna and Roger are back in 20th-century Scotland when an ancestor from Claire and Jamie’s timeline appears- and one of Brianna’s coworkers attempts a nefarious plot to find lost gold. Meanwhile, back in the 18th century, the American Revolution has started, leading Jamie’s son, Lord William Ellesmere, to the Americas to fight for the British. There are murders, accidental killings, and blackmail schemes. Claire and Jamie eventually return to Scotland, where they reunite with Jamie’s family, as well as his ex-wife. When it is reported that Jamie has been lost at sea, Claire returns to America.


Written in My Own Heart's Blood

Diana Gabaldon

Davina Porter

https://audible.com/pd/B00JBKB7YI

It’s still the 18th century in America, and Claire has married Lord John Grey for protection. But then Jamie returns, and he and Claire are reunited. Claire is wounded in the Battle of Monmouth, and she and Jamie return to North Carolina. In the 20th century, their grandson, Jeremiah, is kidnapped, and after he is found, Brianna and Roger and their family travel back to the 18th century to be with Claire and Jamie.


And that’s it...or is it? A ninth book is reportedly in the works, but no release date has been set. For now, the Frasers are all reunited in America. Throughout the audiobooks, there’s a lot of time traveling happening between the two centuries by many characters-except for Jamie. He’s never made the trip to Claire’s original timeline in the 20th century, and Gabaldon has said that he never will. And who’s to say he could? The way time travel works in the Outlander series depends a lot on the members of the Fraser family, and certain times of year seem to be easier than others. Not just anyone can pull it off. 


And speaking of that, while the television series has been largely loyal to their source material, it does diverge on certain matters, both big and small. Here are seven differences between the Outlander books and the show:


• In the audiobooks, Claire’s wedding ring is stolen from Frank by the pirate Stephen Bonnet; on the show, the ring that is taken belongs to Jamie.


• Frank, Claire’s husband, is not nearly as horrible and rotten on the show as he is in the audiobooks. He’s much more of a doting, caring husband on the show, which better explains why he was willing to raise another man’s child as his own. He is also a womanizer in the books; on the show, he has a mistress he cares for very much.


• Believe it or not, there are fewer racy sex scenes on the television show than you find in the audiobooks. These are romance novels, so they do get steamy. 


• Murtagh Fitzgibbons Fraser does not die in the Battle of Culloden on the show like he does in the books. Outlander producer Maril Davis has said that he was just too great a character and an actor to let go after the first season.


• Points of view are captured on the television show that are not seen in the novels. For instance, Jamie’s imprisonment by Captain Randall in the first book is told from his perspective. Viewers are also shown Frank’s search for Claire after she goes missing.  


• The second season of the show opens with Claire’s return to 1948 instead of her life in 1968, like the opening of the second book.


• Laoghaire MacKenzie, Jamie’s wife, appears earlier in the show’s storyline than she does in the audiobooks.


Liberty Hardy is a Book Riot senior contributing editor and velocireader in the great state of Maine, where she reads 500-600 books a year and lives with her three cats, who are too young to read the Outlander series.



More on Audio... Diana Gabaldon covers so much in her characters. She has made story Novellas for many Outlander characters... here are a few stories that help us understand the Outlander books with clues, backstories, and adds, that are not in the antagonist perspective. 


Virgins Young Jamie Fraser sets out for Paris France after the death of his father. Ian Murray, his childhood friend is already there fighting with French mercenaries and together they go on an adventure. 

https://www.audible.com/pd/Virgins-Audiobook/B01DYH4MY0


A Leaf On The Wind Of All Hallows Roger Mackenzie as a child. What happened during the war to his parents and that time travel gene!

https://www.audible.com/pd/A-Leaf-on-the-Wind-of-All-Hallows-Audiobook/B00AFDNTQO


The Scottish Prisoner Lord John visits Jamie Fraser on the property at Hellwater where he left him a paroled prisoner, and requests his help in Ireland.

https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Scottish-Prisoner-Audiobook/B00687N33A 


The Space Between Joanie MacKimmie, and Michael Murray set out for France. Somehow Time travelers Compte St Germain and Master Raymond end up involved in the middle of Michael's attempt to help Joanie figure out how she sees the future and who's going to die

https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Space-Between-Audiobook/B00KN88PCY




Thursday, October 22, 2020

Sam Heughan gives away his phone number.... to fans... no, really!


Sam is lovely to his fans but knowing the fandom, the cell company will be forever sorry for this.. when the companies cell service is broken... 

Listen in to his explanation about what made him want to connect directly, and none of us are complaining about it, truly! He said he wanted to chat about projects, opportunities, and well, rubbish! (Whisky?) Anything for you Sam... after all "it is crazy"....

+ 1 310 356 3929 





Monday, October 12, 2020

Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish in a trivia death match?

 

Here's Josh Horowitz explaining what this means. Anything happening for NYCC has to be fun! This year all the panels are virtual...



This is really an 'all in good fun chat about their upcoming book, ClanLands. Who knows fun facts about Scotland, each other, and a few funny descriptions about their travels! 

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Remembering our charity events with fan videos!

I was looking for the music sequence on the world wide web of a few cast members, Stephen Walters, Nell Hudson and Steven Cree performing a Beatles song at our Outlander in the city event in New York City. Unfortunately I found no videos but it was an incredible search.. I found instead, so many fun videos by fans from our (4) four charity events with the cast...




The cast singing the Beatles.. although no videos available... 




Voyage with Sam and Caitriona 


Fan Art




Outlander in the city interviews by Outlander TV news



The Sam and Cait event..

(My voice is in backround directing people. I hate the sound of my voice)



Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Outlander Season Five has been released on DVD and Blue Ray

 

Collectors Edition




What's included: limited special edition on BlueRay

  • Collectible packaging including a 28-page book featuring behind-the-scenes content
  • 4 new “Outlander Untold” bonus scenes featuring fan-favorite characters
  • Season 5 Soundtrack
  • 16 Deleted Scenes
  • Featurette: “The Heart of the Frasers”
  • Featurette: “Expanding the World: Sets & Costumes”
  • Writer and Producer Commentaries
  • an excerpt from Diana Gabaldon’s upcoming ninth Outlander novel, Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone


The regular DVD and Blue Ray 


  • Four Never-Before-Seen “Outlander Untold” Bonus Scenes
  • Blooper Reel
  • Featurette: “Strength in Action: The Women of Outlander”
  • Featurette: “Through Fire & Hell: The Finale”
  • “Flowers of the Forest”: Lyric Video
  • At Home with Adso


Deleted scenes that are featured in the collectors edition DVD and Blue Ray








Thank you to Outlander America for the YouTube videos



Blooper reel available in DVD and Blue Ray






Also included in DVD and Blue Ray

Inside the wedding...


Saying good bye to Murtagh Fitzgibbons Fraser... 




Thursday, September 3, 2020

“Life at the Helm” - an interview with director Stephen Woolfenden by your Aussie Blogging Lass


Outlander Homepage Originals by Susie Brown 


Photo by Mark Meinz
Photo by Mark Mainz 


For 5 seasons now, Outlander fans have been taken on a different journey every week, as the lives of Jamie and Claire Fraser unfold before us on the screen. We have marvelled at the drama, the romance, the heartbreak and the humour that the actors portray as they skilfully bring Diana Gabaldon’s story to life. But what about the person in charge behind the camera, the person responsible for overseeing and coordinating the world that we have come to love so much? Here at Outlander Homepage, we were thrilled when season 5 director Stephen Woolfenden agreed to talk to us and give us a glimpse of this complex process. 


It seems that Stephen was always destined for a career in the Arts. From an early age, he was immersed in the life of the theatre. 


Dad was a conductor and composer and was Head of Music at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford. Mum was an oboist and music publisher,” Stephen explained. “I saw lots of plays and went backstage and played with swords. When I was seven, I had an audition with the director Trevor Nunn to be one of the princes in the tower in Richard III, but I burst into tears after a few moments and ran away from the rehearsal room!”


That was the end of my acting career but the start of something else,” Stephen continued. “I started making animations on my Dad’s 8mm camera in my teens and became really interested in films. I joined the National Youth Theatre in 1984 and did a season as an Assistant Stage Manager and Deputy Stage Manager. I loved being behind the scenes, working with actors and  the adrenalin of live shows. I got a job as a stand-in for Cary Elwes on the film Lady Jane, which was, funnily enough, directed by Trevor Nunn!  I was retained as a runner for the shoot and knew then that film set life was for me. 


After that, I was a Production Runner on Return To Treasure Island in 1985 for ITV/Disney, produced by Alan Clayton, my uncle. He was a key mentor to me and encouraged me in all aspects of film and TV production. So I went to university in Bournemouth and studied a new degree course in Communication & Media Production, specializing in Film & Television.  After I graduated I became a 3rd Assistant Director, then a 2nd Assistant Director then a 1st Assistant Director.  I enjoyed life as a 1st Assistant Director on films and TV all over the world, working with and learning from some great directors – Herbie Wise, Gillies MacKinnon, Hettie MacDonald, Tom Hooper and David Yates. I got a small reel together by volunteering to direct 2nd Units on my days off. One of the last things I was 1st Assistant Director on was the the David Yates-directed ‘State of Play’. It was a great shoot and an inspiring set to be on. David and I got on and worked well together and he encouraged me to start directing full time. I got a break at the BBC on a children’s Saturday morning show – ‘The Mysti Show’ which had a drama episode every weekend that ran for two seasons. It was a great starting point and an on-the-job training ground.”


“ A few years later and with other directing credits behind me, David Yates called. He had just been  hired to direct Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix and invited me to meet for the 2nd Unit Director’s job. I got the gig and have been David’s 2nd Unit Director ever since - on four Harry Potters, Tarzan and two Fantastic Beasts. We had started prep on Fantastic Beasts 3 but were suspended because of the coronavirus just before shooting was due to start. Fortunately, we are due to restart very soon.”


So how, we wondered, did Outlander fit into the mix?

  

“My path to Outlander came from me really liking the show, “ Stephen replied, “along with the stable of directors, crew and actors they were using. I was interested in the USA production model it had adopted in the UK. Also, I had directed a few projects for Left Bank Pictures who are the production company that service the production in the UK. I first had a Skype chat with Maril Davies and David Brown in 2016 for a block on Series 3, but the dates didn’t work out and I went on to direct Poldark instead. We spoke again in 2018. The finale of season 4 was a possibility and I jumped at it. I actually got the call to say I had the gig when I was in the Highlands on ‘Detective Pikachu’. I really enjoyed 413 and luckily got asked to return for series five.”


Next, we asked Stephen if he could describe the directing process and how he approached each episode. Is there such a thing, we wondered, as a typical day in the life of a director?


“No!” Stephen laughed. “There is definitely no typical day in the life of a director! As to my approach, it changes with each episode, but you always appreciate the writing, and challenge it where appropriate. You have to understand where the episode fits in the series and what it does to the ongoing journeys of the characters. You have to find the key scenes in episodes and use those as the building blocks for tone, character study, visuals and truth. Once you are settled on those central themes and ideas and events in the episode, then you can design that overall approach and the specifics that relate character to story and so on. From there,  you communicate these ideas to the cast, the showrunner and the writer/producers, and hopefully you strengthen and develop these ideas together. At this point, you are working closely with Heads of Department and crew to bring these ideas to the set. Preproduction is such a wonderful process. Script, concepts, design, storyboards, recces, sequence planning, rehearsing, testing, scheduling, historical research and seeking out visual references are are all part of the mad five weeks you have to prep a two episode block of Outlander.”


This seemed like an amazing amount to squeeze into five weeks, particularly when the actual rehearsing and directing was still to come!


“Rehearsal is so important and on a fast moving TV series like Outlander,” Stephen said.  “We simply do not get enough rehearsal time. You have to move so quickly on set on shoot days that you need to have a clear plan of your intentions, while also allowing for the organic process of rehearsal, the conditions on the day and other ideas that present themselves. A key skill is getting the balance between being very organised and having a strong plan for each shooting day, but also being flexible and welcoming to new, constantly developing ideas that take everybody’s work to another level. 


Every scene you can rehearse in preproduction is such a bonus for a number of reasons. It helps build your relationship with the cast, it allows you to experiment, to test the writing and give informed script notes, and it saves so much time on shoot days. Most importantly it gives the director and the cast confidence going into the scene and that is so valuable.”


So how much is ‘not enough’ rehearsal time? 

 

“We had perhaps a day and a half of rehearsals close to the start of shooting,” Stephen told us. “In that time, we rehearsed the wedding drinking game, Murtagh & Jocasta’s wedding night and morning, Roger & Brianna's wedding night, Claire & Jamie’s wedding night & battle morning, Roger & Brianna’s big scenes in episode 8, Jamie & Murtagh’s battlefield, the scene where Roger visits Murtagh before the battle and some sessions with new characters where possible.”


That sounded like an amazing list, so we asked how these rehearsals are run.

“They often start with a ‘page-turn’ through the episode,” Stephen explained, "with each cast member sharing their thoughts and ideas of how the episode is being shaped and to agree on a course for the characters.”


“When it comes to shooting, there is no typical day. Each one is different and has unique demands. The one overriding constant is that it is a very pleasant place to work. Outlander has a really strong company atmosphere, where everyone encourages collaboration, appreciates all the great skills on show and likes to have fun whilst getting the job done.” 


Getting that job done requires a team, and Stephen explained a little about their roles. 


“Most Outlander episodes have a requirement for a 2nd Unit shoot,” he said.  “2nd unit shoots anything from action, title cards, dropped scenes, delayed scenes, seasonal specific scenes, cast availability issues, rewrites and reshoots. On Series 5 we had the wonderful Adrian McDowell as 2nd Unit Director, who did a great job. For instance, I wrote a battle ‘beat sheet’ for episode 507 and scheduled what we could into the main unit schedule. That still left at least two days work of battle moments in the forest, that Adrian and I discussed and planned for his unit to complete. It’s so important to communicate the look and the feel of the episode to the 2nd Unit Director so there is a seamless transition between moments. Matthew B. Roberts also directed a Splinter Unit towards the end of the shoot that worked on specific moments that needed to be enhanced, developed, matched, reshot or rewritten – mainly as a result of notes coming from the edit process.”


The 7th and 8th episodes of season 5 will long be remembered for their drama, with the death of Murtagh and then Roger’s PTSD journey following his hanging. We asked Stephen how he approached the emotions of these moments.  


“It was great to be able to rehearse with Sam & Duncan before the shoot day in 507,” Stephen recalled. “That was so important. We worked in a rehearsal room and found a choreography that was incredibly simple, yet moving. Sam was keen to catch Duncan and it developed into a beautiful dance – a fall, catch, twist and the laying down by the wonderful tree. It was an intense shoot and everyone knew the significance of what we were doing. Sam and Duncan stayed in the moment whilst we dealt with special effects, blood, wasps, the sun going in and out and all those difficulties that you don’t want to encounter at such a moment!  I like how this event is an almost peaceful contrast to the noise and violence in the middle of the battle.”


It certainly sounded like an intense time and Stephen agreed with this assessment. 


“507 was an epic shoot,” he said. “The first time we put the redcoat on Sam on set was a real moment. Fortunately, the schedule landed in such a way that we shot 507 almost entirely before we shot anything from 508. This helped the intensity of the battle episode and helped inform us all as to the state of play of the characters in 508.”


When we commented on the effectiveness of the “silent movie” style scenes in the eighth episode, Stephen gave praise where it was due.


“To the great credit of the writer Danielle Berrow, the silent movie scenes in 508 were always in the script,” he said. “What a gift! It was such a clever, brave and creative way of communicating Roger’s PTSD. Matthew B. Roberts encouraged us to shoot a series of tests to explore the visual language and supported the process throughout the shoot. 


The Director of Photography, Stijn van der Veken and I spent a day of preproduction with some stand-ins and a camera team testing aspect ratios, film speeds and special equipment to get inside Roger’s head and close to his eyes. We then spent a session editing the material, experimenting with frame, cutting the material further, grading it, and adding grain and vintage assets to help find the silent movie language. We then presented it up the line to Matthew B. Roberts who loved it and gave us the green light to use this approach. And of course, big credit must go to Richard Rankin for his detailed work throughout the entire process.” 


With all the drama this season, we wondered if Stephen had any funny or memorable moments to share from his time on set. 


“Every day is memorable!” Stephen replied. “I like to laugh at work, so I encourage a happy, playful set: one which is fun to be on up to 12 hours a day or night. As I said earlier, Outlander is a set that always respects and encourages hard, intense work  as well as the acting and directing process, but fundamentally there is a great company atmosphere that creates a positive working environment. 


“The wedding was a great way to start season 5. The entire company was together and it felt like a celebration. It was a great way to launch a 7-8 month shoot. I loved the scale of the wedding and then the intimate details of the scenes inside the houses before the ceremony. I was really moved as we filmed Caitriona with Sophie, Sam with Sophie and Sam and Caitriona doing the wedding preparation. 


By contrast, one of the most adrenaline-fuelled shoot days was the start of the battle in episode 7.  It was an important scene with 20 odd cast, 130 supporting artists, cannons and horses. It was always a tight day and the move from the previous location had taken time. We were standing there with half a day to go and this whole sequence to shoot -  a daunting prospect. But over the next five hours, we all went at it with such energy and commitment that we finished on time: 54 shots completed with 3 cameras. Memorable!


But speaking of memorable moments, Stephen told us that it was the children that provided a lot of them.


"Working with the toddler Jemmys and other babies was new for everyone in season 5,” he explained. “It was a daily joy and test producing some very ‘interesting’ and funny moments, which the cast dealt with brilliantly. We knew very early on that very few takes were going to be possible, so there were some very tight moments. For example, when Sam was holding Jemmy in the kitchen on the wedding night, that was one take and a fantastic improv from Sam as Jemmy started crying! And remember when Jemmy does that little look on Sophie’s shoulder when everyone was dancing?  That was also one take – I had actually left the monitor thinking it was all over but then something magical happened. Special mention should go to Caitriona, Sophie, John, Cesar, Lauren & Caitlin – the time and energy they spent with the children saved hours, entire scenes and in some cases, whole days. The production owes them big time! For example, Caitriona saved the ‘boar’ day by just dedicating herself to connecting with Jemmy. Sophie too had a daily workout with Jemmys. The cast often spent time off set, or in lunch break working with the children, chaperones and parents.” 


And that sense of fun on set that was talked about?


“As a director, I tend to wait a few seconds to say ‘Cut’, “ Stephen said. “This was a tip from Werner Herzog. Sometimes you can just get a bit of something special: some natural poetry or some silliness. Different cast members react differently to this. Sam, Caitriona, Sophie and Richard have all given special reactions or thoughts in these brief moments – and they have also been very funny. Caitriona and Lauren were very funny when I let the camera run when they are standing over Leith Farrish’s corpse  and I think some of this is in the Blooper Reel.  Indeed, I have recently signed a clearance form for the season 5 blooper reel and that is another wonderful collection of fun moments. At one point, I can be seen literally dancing to keep one of the Jemmys from looking at the camera or bursting into tears!”


“I am always amused at the funny social media posts that the cast make. They are very clever at finding brief moments on video or silly stills that give so much to the fans. It’s a really important part of the show now and a great example of the atmosphere on set. As well as the gold standard social media “blackbelts” of Caitriona, Sam, Sophie & Richard, I am constantly laughing out loud by posts from Lauren, Caitlin, Colin, Tim, Maria, Kyle, Duncan et al. I wept when I saw Tim Downie make a little video in the carriage, drinking his coffee, as he left the wedding. Colin’s archive of shots and videos is like a behind the scenes video and Kyle’s photos are a great testament to the fun on set. “


Finally, we asked Stephen where he would go if he could travel through the stones and he narrowed his choices down to three.


"Firstly, I would have liked to have been a member of Bob Marley & The Wailers road crew, or the official photographer on their 1977-79 World Tour,” he said. “What an adventure this would’ve been, close to greatness! Secondly, I would have enjoyed being a student at the Guildhall School of Music, London in the late 1950s/early 1960s, to witness my parents getting together and watching them play at a time of great social change. It’s a bit Back To The Future but what a fun thing to be able to do! Finally, I would have loved to have been a member of the production team on Jacques Tati’s ‘Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot’ in 1951 France. He was a great filmmaker at his peak. The detail in this film is extraordinary and the fun making it was legendary.”


Legendary seemed like an appropriate word on which to end this interview. We would like to thank Stephen for giving us such a legendary insight into the world of directing - and hopefully, we will see more of his work in the seasons to come.



This interview was conducted by Susie Brown, a writer and teacher-librarian who lives in Australia. She is certainly looking forward to seeing a dancing Stephen on the blooper reel!


Monday, August 24, 2020

The Outlander Collector's End of Summer series... Four in the series...

 

Maril Davis starts the series chatting all things Outlander with Diana Gabaldon. Wait to the end of each video for a snippet from the Untold Stories, featured in the season 5 DVD due out September 15th 2020.


Donations are being requested, while viewing End of Summer series, for Doctors without Boarders campaign.... 

Link https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1227480794270737&id=524783437580870



Series video 1, Maril Davis chats with Diana Gabaldon about book 9 and other related Jamie and Claire tidbits.



Series video 2, Dinner with John Bell Lauren Lyle and Theresa Carle-Sanders 



Series video 3, The Music of Outlander with Bear McCreary, Maria Kennedy Doyle, and Raya Yarbrough. 



Series video 4, Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan... find out from fan questions, what their favorite scenes were, who they'd trade places with, and what scenes they laughed through, from season 5!