As the rest of the world awaits to emerge from lockdown, Chinese production companies have been shooting in a post Covid-19 world for some months. On location shoots and filming in studios are possible but ways of working have changed.
New Zealand has begun its gradual exit from lockdown, but Auckland based production company Film Construction completed a TVC under restrictions.
Location Manager Mandi Dillin, LMGI (Inception, Interstellar), has worked on HBO’s Westworld since the first series. In series three viewers are taken outside of the Western theme park into a new “technocratic metropolis”. Dillin explains how her team decided what the world outside of Westworld looked like, and why locations are such an important element of the series.
Scouting a Georgian-era house that would allow extensive set decoration and production design was key to fulfilling director Autumn De Wilde’s vision of a “heightened colourful world” for Emma.
NBCUniversal’s The Good Place is one of the few projects to have gained access for filming in LA’s Getty Centre. The Getty, a galley and campus with gardens and views overlooking the city has only permitted filming on three occasions in its twenty-five year history, previously featuring prominently as Starfleet HQ in Star Trek into Darkness. “They were casting the Getty Center as the Good Place – what could be better?” says Julie Jaskol, Assistant Director, Media Relations at The Getty.
Black comedy Downhill filmed on location in Austria’s “wild west” during one of the snowiest years on record
Filming for Searchlight Pictures Downhill took place in Austrian ski resorts of Ischgl, Fiss and Kaunertal during one of the snowiest years on record. According to Austrian locations manager Johannes Köck, the region of pure alpine landscape is “the wild West of Austria”.
Two-part drama The Pale Horse produced by Mammoth Screen and Agatha Christie Limited doubled Bristol for famous London districts including Kings Road and Soho. The six week shoot from July to September 2019 was based in Bristol and included filming on location in the surrounding region.
Set fifteen years after the end of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Patrick Stewart reprises his role as Jean-Luc Picard. The series opens to see Picard at his family’s wine-producing chateau in Bordeaux, France after breaking with Starfleet.
The ten part US version, debuting on Nickelodeon, filmed at existing sets at the Bottleyard Studios, Bristol.
Dreamwork Pictures’ adaptation of Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw is set in the 1990’s, one hundred years after the source material was published. A private estate in County Wicklow, Ireland stood in as the haunted house in rural Maine, USA.