Outlander Retrospective – Behind the Scenes in Episode 411, ‘If Not For Hope’

(First posted at outlandercast January 2019)
If Not For Hope’ showed us the beginnings of the search for Roger, and the trials and tribulations of Brianna trying not to get married at River Run. Lord John to the rescue, though! Lovely to see David Berry back on our screens again as well more scenes in Wilmington with Murtagh and Fergus plotting the demise of Mr. Bonnet.

Intrepid local fan Matthew Fairley has shared some pictures with me from his recent forays to “River Run” and “Wilmington.” Interesting to see that the blue screens have been removed at River Run – perhaps because of the harsh winter weather?

outlander episode 411

outlander episode 411

Wilmington is interesting because it’s actually just the facade of buildings and an intersection of two ‘streets’. They must use all sorts of different angles and perspectives in filming to give us the impression of a bustling township.

outlander episode 411

outlander episode 411

Looks like they also store some of the Indian dwellings there.

outlander episode 411

I was very happy to spot the clothing our travelling threesome were wearing in part one of ‘Where’s Roger.’  The scene where Ian asks the Cherokee to interpret the necklace/talisman that he got from the Mohawk in exchange for Roger – that clothing let me know that this was a day my friend, Morag, and I were there for the filming at Cumbernauld Glen, near Glasgow and very close to the Outlander studios. It was also the day we met the keen young fan/photographer Matthew Fairley, who has since shared so many of his great pictures with me for you to see.

When we arrived, the animals were awaiting their cue, and Morag got up close and personal with Rollo (she has a way with dogs).

outlander episode 411

outlander episode 411

It was a beautiful, very warm and sunny day (slightly un-Scottish) and there were lots of fans about to catch a bit of the action.

At Cumbernauld Glen, the action takes place down near the river and the spectators are kept at a good distance. You can catch glimpses
of the action, but its mostly about meeting the actors when they come up for air on a break.

outlander episode 411

Chloe Christina Toye captured some of the wonderful details of the costumes as the actors were on break.

outlander episode 411

And, as usual they were happy to stop and chat, jump in on selfies and sign autographs.

It was such a lovely day, everyone was cheerful and it was altogether a really pleasurable experience. And did I mention it was also my lucky day? Only a few weeks before I was leaving Scotland and I was hoping to get my book signed by Sam Heughan. BOOM! That happened, plus a wee picture with Ms Balfe. Smiles all round for me.

We see Roger arriving at the Mohawk Village at the end of the show, and coming in for yet more physical punishment. The catch cry and hashtag of choice lately seems to be #PoorRoger. These scenes were filmed at Faskally Wood near the beautiful highlands village of Pitlochry. This was a tricky location for spectators. It was not possible to see any of the filming, which was deep in the woods. The day we went there, we skirted around the action and caught a couple of glimpses.

Other fans were fortunate to go there on days before the filming and got lots of interesting pictures inside the village.

Matthew went there, as so did Susanne Evans and Pauline Duncan. She runs the Northlands B & B at Pitlochry, a handy place to stay maybe while you‘re on some Oultandish expeditions? I’ll save the more detailed pictures for next week in “Providence,” when no doubt we will go deeper into Roger’s ordeal at the hands of the Mohawk #PoorRoger.

Finally, here is a fabulous behind-the-scenes video of Roger’s arrival at the village from Steadicam and Camera operator Michael Carstensen, shared on Instagram:

Thanks again to my contributors this week: Chloe Christina Toye, Matthew Fairley, Susanne Evans, Morag Wrightand Pauline Duncan.  See you next week in Providence!

 

 

Andrée Poppleton

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