This week we are thankful to Matthew B. Roberts (Executive Producer) talking the fabulous Meister of the Soundtrack, Bear McCreary, into giving up his spare time and enthusiasm for scoring Outlander and many other fabulous moody and wild soundtracks. Here Bear talks about how soundtracks from films influenced him to become a musician and write music. Another great episode of the Droughtlander Podcast: Ep 4.
And this blast from the past: Nobody Likes Bagpipes
Want to hear more great music by Bear and keep up with great storytelling? Join Bear as he scores another trip to the stars and beyond. Check out his score for the beautiful and evocative Isaac Asimov’s Foundation, on Apple TV, and Star Wars: Tales From the Galaxy’s Edge, an immersive game by ILMxLAB.
After all the costume fittings and table reads get ready for the first block of filming, it’s a go. Watch this production video where Starz is trying to help us survive Droughtlander 6. Several actors have Twitter and Instagram that they are excited to be officially going forward.
Doughtlander help is on the way today, Sunday Dec 8! At 12:30 pm EST Starz is showing Outlander viewer favorite episodes now!
But wait, it’s the Yule log time of year and Outlander Starz has the newest animal addition to the Ridge and my favorite, Adso being mystified and warmed by the fire. Great young actor. Along with the 1-hour viewing on their YouTube channel, you have the soundtrack to Season 4 playing. Here it is if you can’t wait, or want to re-run later. Also here is the ambient video for reading by the hearth at Fraser’s Ridge. Keep Adso company. I personally can’t wait to see the little trouble maker, I know that after Murtagh and the Regulators, this wee cheetie of turmoil is my favorite of the upcoming season.
Also, next weekend there will be a new Season 5 preview. Read this article for details
It is with great sadness that Outlander is losing its magnificent Set Designer, Jon Gary Steel. Five seasons, 7 years involvement with production have left its mark on the series with Jon’s innovative style, recapturing ages in the past from the 20th to the 18th century. His talents for finding that amazing pallet for the Paris Apartments, that were upcycled to be Jamie’s Printshop in Season 3, to building the new Big House for Season 5. He announced his departure at the Season 5 Wrap Party.
Many of us will miss his great sharing of current tidbits of production, in the “Guess what this will be” teases, sharing of moments past, and look for that super Easter Egg. His amazing insight and scouting for that just right motif or architectural wall are evident in all set design down to the smallest detail. Always a great champion of his design crew on-site and in LA.
This week Jon and Husband Barry Waldo returned to Los Angeles and were so happy to see the sun. We look forward to new set design and producing ventures of Mr. Steel.
You can keep up with Jon at his very busy Twitter site, @jongarysteel, and his website where he has great break downs of set design and Outlander links. We wish him all the best. He joins his great friend Terry Dresbach, and this last season saw @TheMattRoberts take the lead for show and writer’s room while continuing to produce. Ron D. Moore is still in his seat as showrunner. New producers Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe have just stepped up for co-producing in the new season.
Outlander finished filming series 5 this week. On Saturday, October 16, 2019, a wrap party was held with cast, crew, and production in attendance. It’s done, now the long haul through post-production. February 16, 2019 is closer than you think.
Earlier this week the last of the scenes were being shot for season 5 of Outlander. During one food break, Cesar Domboy was caught filling his face. It was the last of the retakes and clean up filming at the end of the last block. Along with this, the official rest of the season’s casting was announced.
One of the speculations we earlier reported was confirmed. Young Paul J. Gormand had been cast a few weeks back, and now confirmed, that he is playing the Beardsley twins. The actor is a bit old for the age the twins are in the book, however the writers may have decided to bring the age up a few years for the story arch coming in book 6, A Breath of Snow and Ashes. Special effects can make it very believable, the twins have two different personalities. It’s not an easy task to play twins Josiah and Kezzie as a single actor while filming. Bronwyn James plays Fanny Beardsley.
Chris J Donald returns as Phillip Wylie with a longer and more in-depth, annoying story arch with Claire.
We were also given the names of the Brown family actors. For those who have not read the book, The Fiery Cross, this storyline looked to be one storyline they may drop or the writers could move to next season. However, the Browns do come into play in book 6 again so keeping to the book makes some sense. The actors playing the Browns are Ned Dennehy (Peaky Blinders, Good Omens) as Lionel, Chris Larkin as Richard, with Anna Burnett as Alicia, being wooed by Isiah Morton, JonTarcy.
Updates this week as the cast and crew are getting into the last stretch of filming for season 5. Matthew B. Roberts (@TheMattBRoberts), writer and producer on the show had shown a picture of his heavily marked up book for Season 6, A Breath of Snow and Ashes and a Guy Fawkes mask. What is the message we get here? Rumors have it parts of ABOSAA is being used in Season 5. Guess you will just have to read it after you hurriedly finish up The Fiery Cross.
The S5 filming blocks are ending, which means the set up for the conclusion of the season is underway. Sam Heughan and Colin McFarlane (Ulysses) gave us a great BTS shot this week. Large amounts of extras and crew can be seen in the background. No shots of Maria Doyle Kennedy (Jocasta), although her Twitter said she was hopping around in the PNW (Seattle) in the US this week.
Also seen on set again and acting, or behaving badly were the kittens playing Adso. Apparently a huge distraction with everyone on the set. Adso is a character we follow with great fondness, who becomes a fixture of the big house and Claire’s surgery room. But no more spoilers here. It looks like we are close to a wrap on this season’s filming. That means production will be at least 3 more months. As Matthew B. Roberts has said, he is already on the scripts and John Gary Steele is designing sets for S6. We’ll see who joins the writers room this coming season. The War of Regulation is fast approaching. And after that, the American revolution.
Yes, those are Caitriona Balfe’s hands. Hope they got a lint roller.
Stirling has been a hotbed for filming these past few years. Filled with history, Robert the Bruce Country, and amazing forests and hillwalking opportunities and many woods and exterior opportunities make it a great place to film. Although crews work tirelessly at all hours and under weather conditions from snow and ice to heat and full on midge attacks, the beauty and hospitality of the area make it a fantastic shoot. Not to mention the fabulous Stirling Castle, with some of the best living history examples I have seen at an estate. Stirling and the surrounding area boast several locations for Outlander filming, including recent filming fo
Doune Castle as Castle Leoch
r Season 5. Oh, and then there are a few films, like the recent Netfix film, Outlaw King, that have filmed in the surrounding areas.
Fall is one of the most spectacular times in Scotland. The tourist numbers go down a bit, and with recent climate changes there have been Indian Summer days a plenty. However it’s still a country of four seasons in a day, so pack accordingly. Stirling is a great place for hillwalking, and locations like Mine Woods, where some of Season 5 has been filmed, is just one such area to have a peaceful ramble.
Doune Castle as Winterfell
And if you are a fan of great series and film, why not check out the surrounding areas for your favorites. And many other Outlander and other filming locations are within an hour of the city. The city is reachable by train and there are some public buses and touring companies that can get you to these sites.
Rumor has it tonight the “Night Shoot” Duncan Lacroix mentioned this week is occurring in Cambusbarron area, near Stirling. The somewhat secret location of where Fraser’s Ridge is staged. These are the same woods areas used for earlier season night shoots with The Regulators. People are waiting for friends who may have been filming BTS. Stay tuned. Hope those of you traveling were lucky enough to get to the Stirling area. Murrays Wood, Mine Woods and Murrayshall Quarry, near Stirling.
Interested in the save Gillies Hill Campaign? The quarry is under threat again and may mean Outlander filming will be impacted in the area.