Outlander Season 5 Update #2 – Filming Begins

(first posted at outlandercast in June 2019)
Maybe you’re a newbie to the OutlanderFandom (welcome!) or you’ve been here a while (yep, we’re in it for the long haul). Fans seem to fall into two categories it comes to behind-the-scenes content: Those who want everything to be a surprise, fresh and new, when the show airs, so they avoid social media, and those who voraciously soak up all the details of production and want to find out everything they can to keep themselves happy and engaged during the long #Droughtlander.

If you’re (with me) in the latter group, this post is for you. It’s a wrap-up of what’s been out there on social media so far and a look at the ways you can keep in touch and up-to-the-minute with happenings in the Outlander world.

Instagram (IG) and Twitter are the best platforms to keep up to speed in the fan world. Those who’ve solely relied on Facebook for their social media updates might want to consider branching out. Those who are already engaged on Twitter and Instagram might be interested to learn of some new names/accounts to follow. I’ve got a handy list below.

The story behind the scenes so far ….

The cast began to give us a wee keek into the start of production back in April via their IG accounts and stories (for newbies, IG stories are found by tapping the red circle at the top left of a page, and, be quick, they only last 24 hours!).

Lauren Lyle’s slightly muzzy view of the first table read

César Domboy in Makeup

Sam Heughan’s rather low-key announcement that he is now a producer on the show

Sam locates his trailer

Caitriona Balfe showed us her first Season 5 script on Instagram

Sam reconnects with his makeup artist Wendy Kemp Forbes – see below for how to connect with a Wendy on social media

Sophie Skelton becoming a redhead again

Next, we started to see some views of traveling to the locations, the locations themselves, and some technical stuff from the camera operators who frequently post on social media. (More on accessing those accounts later.) Fan pics emerged with the first sighting of Jamie Fraser’s Outlander Season 5 look and garb. But will we see him in a kilt this season? Fingers crossed. Please!

 

From César’s IG STORY – a moment to relax under sunny skies in bonnie Scotland

First fan pics of Jamie Fraser’s look for Outlander Season 5

Then we got the official view of Jamie and Claire from Outlander STARZ

Local fans posted some BTS  pics of Fraser’s Ridge, River Run and also what might either be the regulators’ camp or the gathering. Time will tell on that one.

Frasers Ridge has a few additions perhaps?

River Run getting ready for action after the winter.

A campsite in the woods somewhere in Scotland. The Gathering? Or the regulators?

Amazing attention to detail, as usual

Outlandish Journeys was there when all the extras were going to and from the action. What about those gigantic hounds? I wonder how they would get on with Rollo? But of course Rollo is living far away with young Ian at their new home with the Mohawk. Million dollar question: Will they show us some of their life with the Mohawk in Season 5? Hope so.

… and then …. they spotted Murtagh …… (follow the link above to see more video from Outlandish Journeys.)

OutlanderSeason 5 casting announcements so far have been a bit thin on the ground, but a big thrill rippled through the fandom when we got our first glimpse of Adso! This is the kitten that Jamie finds and gives as a gift to Claire. Hearts melted at the sight of that British shorthair and the Outlandervet wrote a really cool post about the cat here. See more details on following her account below.

That wasn’t an an end to the animal antics. Sam showed us a rider’s eye view of his and Caitriona’s horses, and Richard gave us a look at his riding lessons.

And then we got a view of them all riding along as they gave a shout out to their favourite team, the Glasgow Warriors. From Sam Heughan’s IG:

Sam let us know how tired he was at the end of a long week, but somehow still had the energy (superhuman?) to look marvelously stylish and at ease when he met the Prince at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Actress and talk show host Aisha Tyler visited Sam and Caitriona at work one day.

The first of June is World Outlander Day. Who has ever heard of a book/TV series having its own international day?

Sam and Caitriona celebrated World Outlander Day at an airport on their way to the FYC Emmy event in LA

Emmy season is upon us, and the cast and production team attended a panel in LA. Imagine flying to LA for two days for an event, then back to Scotland and work the next day. No time for jet lag for this intrepid team. @jill_millander on Twitter was a fan on the spot that day and took this candid video of the cast between photos.

And Jill took this photo of “bendy Cait,” which we later saw from Sam’s eye view.

Now they are back at work, and apparently, it is rainy and muddy! So, what’s new?

And finally, a wrap on a series of night shoots and Caitriona Balfeclearly does not like the midges. Anyone who has spent time in Scotland will surely agree on that.

Do you want to keep up to speed with all things Outlander? Not sure where to start? Besides following Outlander Cast of course on Facebook, Twitter and IG, here is sampling of other names and accounts that are great to follow on IG and Twitter. Some people might not know that on IG you can also follow a #hashtag. In the search box enter, say #samheughan or #outlanderseason5 and you will see all the posts that have recently used that #hashtag. From that feed you may like to pick out accounts that interest you. There are SO many. Likewise on Twitter you can enter a #hashtag in the search box, say #samheughan, and you will get a list of all the recent posts. Again you can browse here to pick the accounts that interest you.

Searching #hashtags on Instagram and Twitter

Some interesting Instagram accounts

First of course, the stars and supporting actors, some are obvious account names, others slightly different from the person’s name — eg Lauren Lyle is laurenlyle7, John Bell is johnhunterbell and Richard Rankin is  rikrankin.

Here are some other great accounts to follow, especially if you’re interested in Outlandernews and  looking behind the scenes.

Matthew Robertsmatt_b_roberts executive producer and photographer extraordinaire. He posts mesmerising pictures of Outlander locations and interacts freely with fans, sometimes playing little games on his page

Gary Steelejongarysteele Gary is the amazing production designer for Outlander. His IG account reflects his interest in design and architecture and he posts beautiful images of interiors and exteriors around the world. He also shares details of his set and location designs.

Wendy Kemp Forbes: wendybirdmua Wendy is Sam Heughan’s makeup artist (yes, she created those scars!) and he describes her as a close friend and his “rock.” Wendy posts personal stuff as well as occasional BTS gems and insighst into the world of the makeup artist.

David A Stewart: daviehollywood Davie is Sam Heughan’s driver and, as well as his personal posts and great location photographs, his account has fun stuff about him and Sam traveling to and from work in all weathers and at all times of day. Coffee and chewing gum feature heavily!

Mary Barranco: barranco.mary Mary is a fan who keeps up to the minute with all things Outlander, relating to production, the actors, fan pics, etc.

Michael Carstensen: steadimike  Mike is a steadicam operator on Outlander. His account is a mix of personal stuff and interesting BTS pics and videos, some of it with a technical bent, and sometimes he puts really good BTS videos in his IG stories.

Barry Waldo: barrywaldo Barry is Gary Steele’s partner and his account is a fun mix of personal stuff, everything from travel adventures and cooking escapades to occasional gems of fun times with the cast and production/set design pics. Barry and Gary hosted some Outlanderpeeps for fun times at Easter.

The Rank and File: richardrankinfans If you’re crazy about Richard Rankin, this one’s for you!

outlander_forever : a fan account for all things Outlander

outlander_america: a newsy account with a wide focus on the show and the actors

Aimee Spinks: aimeespinksphotography Aimee is the award-winning photographer who takes all the official stills for Outlander.

Jon McCormick: jolly_boy_barnet Jon often posts technical camera stuff and cool BTS vids on his IG stories. You have to be quick!

Buzz Critchell:  buzzcr You can find more camera stuff mixed with personal stuff and some good BTS vids on his stories sometimes.

@newglasgowgirls:  Full discloser, I am one of the newglasgowgirls and our IG is a fan account with newsy Outlanderstuff and a focus on the actors, their careers and other projects.

So, on to Twitter– that place of fun, games and unlimited angst! You can pick and choose the accounts to follow to minimise the downside. Here are some of my suggestions:

The stars and cast, of course. You can find them all by searching their names in the search box – see pic above. Remember for celebrities and well known folks the blue tick next to their name signifies that this is their own verified account. No blue tick, and it’s not them.

And here are some others that you might find interesting/worthwhile

@Outlander_starz– the mothership

@Writer_DG– Diana Gabaldon, the actual mother of all things Outlander

@w_network– this great Canadian network that puts up really cool Outlandervideos

@OutlanderHQ– great fan site with lots of Outlanderstuff

@laughoutlander– a maker of superior and often hilarious outlandish memes

@Outcandour– our resident Outlandish vet and feisty feminist who wrote that cool post about Adso

@OutLandAnatomy– our resident Outlandish medico who sees the world of Outlander through an anatomical lens

@InverOutlanders– the Inverness Outlanders, a group on the spot in Scotland who give lots to the fandom including maps and self-directed outlandish tours

So, I hope newbies may now have an insight into ways they can follow all things Outlander and for those longterm fans, that you found something new here. Can anyone add to my list of great names/accounts to follow on IG and Twitter? If so, please leave them in the comments below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Outlander Season 5 Update #1 – preparing for filming

(first  posted at outlandercast in March 2019)
Even though #Droughtlander has set in, we can still enjoy some of Outlandish goings-on. Here are a few little somethings to tide us over — with a little help from my friends.

While Outlander fans everywhere were anxiously awaiting the announcement that Outlander Season 5 has finally started filming, keen fans on the ground in Scotland took to scouting around to see what’s afoot.

At Fraser’s Ridge, Claire and Jamie’s Outlander Season 4 cabin got an outer coating to face the rigors of the Scottish winter. But now, the covers are off and the cabin looks ready again to be used as a location.

outlander updates, fraser's ridge in Outlander season 5
First a framework was built to cover the cabin …. and then it was completely hidden in a ‘winter coat’.

outlander updates, getting fraser's ridge ready for outlander season 5

outlander updates, getting fraser's ridge ready for outlander season 5
As of last weekend, the covers are off and the cabin is ready for action.

outlander updates, getting fraser's ridge ready for outlander season 5

At “Wilmington” new building works have taken place, and the town has been expanded. Looks as if they will have a couple of new streets and buildings to use for different townscapes in Outlander Season 5.

outlander updates, getting wilmington ready for outlander season 5

Also, River Run was looking pretty sparse on a frosty winter morning compared to her summer look.

outlander updates, getting river run ready for outlander season 5

outlander updates, getting river run ready for outlander season 5

No intel on the location of the Big House yet. The suspense!

A New Outlander Tour Site to Add to Your Scotland Itinerary

Hunterston House in Ayrshire is now open for tours. You might remember that I visited there some time ago and wrote a post about it. At that stage tours were not available and I made special arrangements with the owner. But now, you can arrange private tours for a minimum of 4 people at a very reasonable £20 per person.

Sam Thomson of Edinburgh Tour Guides went there recently and shared these pictures.

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outlander updates, hunterston house in outlander, rev wakefield's house

outlander updates, hunterston house in outlander, rev wakefield's house

outlander updates, hunterston house in outlander, rev wakefield's house

outlander updates, hunterston house in outlander, rev wakefield's house
Wee Roger hoping for a biscuit in the library of Hunterston House aka the Rev. Wakefield’s house.

Diana Gabaldon in Scotland

By now everyone knows that Diana Gabaldon has been gallivanting around Scotland basking in the glory of receiving a Thistle Award from Visit Scotland, the Scottish Tourism authority. The “Outlander Effect” is going strong. While it was a thing before the TV show started, it has blossomed and burgeoned with the advent of Outlander, the TV series. Tourism to Outlanderfilming sites is flourishing, with a corresponding impact on the Scottish economy.

outlander update, Diana Gabaldon on winning Thistle Award

The award presented to Diana was a spectacular work of art. For those who haven’t seen, it here it is, commissioned by Visit Scotland and created by Scottish book sculptor, Thomas Wightman.

outlander updates, thistle award by Thomas Wightman

outlander update, thistle award by thomas wightman

While in Scotland Diana held an intimate gathering at Hopetoun House– one of those very well known Outlander locations. Hopetoun House is a stately home on a magnificent estate which includes Midhope Castle (Lallybroch) and is very close to Blackness Castle (Fort William). Hopetoun House has been used in seasons 1, 2 and 3 of Outlander. The temporary home of the Duke of Sandringham, Jamie’s swordfight with the MacDonalds on the lawn, the stables area of Helwater where Geneva propostioned/blackmailed Jamie, and various outdoor scenes have been shot on the grounds.

outlander updates, hopetoun house and Diana Gabaldon event

outlander updates, hopetoun house and Diana Gabaldon event
Claire goes head to head with the Duke
outlander updates, hopetoun house and Diana Gabaldon event, Jamie and Murtagh brush past the MacDonalds on the rear steps of Hopetoun House
Jamie and Murtagh brush past the MacDonalds on the rear steps of Hopetoun House
outlander update, jamie and willie in the stables at the rear of Hopetoun House
Jamie and Willie in the stables area at the rear of Hopetoun House

The evening with Diana Gabaldon was hosted by James Crawford broadcaster and chair of Publishing Scotland. The event was held in the very room where Claire, Jamie and Murtagh had their conversations/confrontations with the Duke of Sandringham. Angela Gourlay of Parkhead House and Sam Thomson of Edinburgh Tour Guides snapped up their tickets (which sold like the proverbial hotcakes) early, and here they are meeting Diana Gabaldon with their respective husbands.

outlander updates, diana gabaldon with fans at Thistle award

outlander updates, diana gabaldon with fans at Thistle award

Superfan Graham Malcolm was on the spot too, and snapped these videos of the event where, among other things, Diana shares a bit about where she’s up to with “The Bees” — squeee! That’s gonna help a lot with the woes of #Droughtlander. Graham and his twin bother Stewart are well known in the Outlander world for their tireless efforts to help fans get autographs and other Outlander memorabilia.

Diana Gabaldon on the Final Frenzy for Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone:

Diana Gabaldon on the question about keeping somebody alive who should’ve been killed off!:

Diana Gabaldon on casting Outlander:

Diana Gabaldon on the writing for Outlander:

Thanks to Graham Malcolm, Matthew Fairley, Morag Wright, Angela Gourlay, Sam Thomson and Papa Bob for their contributions to OutlanderUpdates

Such a well deserved award for Diana Gabaldon, who created this world which has us all hooked. 

 

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Outlander Retrospective – Behind the Scenes in Outlander Episode 409, ‘The Birds and the Bees’

(First posted at outlandercast January 2019)
How fabulous was Outlander Episode 409,  ‘The Birds and the Bees’?  The answer is very, with surely very little room for complaint from fans who are sensitive to the differences between the books and the show. So much of the episode was straight from the book, albeit condensed for time. It was both moving and heartwarming as well as disturbingly malevolent and violent — the usual Outlander roller coaster.

Who wasn’t alternately weeping and smiling crazily during all the meetings and reunions? And Sam Heughan must surely win some awards for his amazing performance as the adoring and fierce father. Not only is Brianna his flesh and blood but she is also his heart and soul — (eyes begin to leak)

In terms of #BTS action for me to bring you, all the locations were familiar to us already, except for the whisky production line. What a wonderful little factory they have created there. That might be at one of a few of their beautiful outdoor locations, but it is a place that must’ve been filmed very quietly because we saw no fan pics of this place come out at the time.

All the marvellous interiors — the Inn, Bree and Lizzie’s bedroom, etc. — are studio stages created by Jon Gary Steele and his team. It can never be said enough how important these are to transport us right to that time and place with their details and creation of the appropriate mood. Same for the outdoor townscape of Wilmington. The only thing missing there apparently are some public privies. Some poor folk are forced to relieve themselves in a less than agreeable boot-splashing manner down in the back alleys.

And Kathryn Elliott of LaughOutlander, adds her uniquely funny spin on that! 

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seeing outlander, filming outlander season 4, behind the scenes filming outlander episode 409

seeing outlander, filming outlander season 4, behind the scenes filming outlander episode 409

seeing outlander, filming outlander season 4, behind the scenes filming outlander episode 409
Images of “Wilmington’ from Steadicam operator Mike Carstensen on Instagram

As I’ve mentioned before, that “town” is built in a compound, making it hard to see any action, but Sam Heughan and Sophie Skelton did make their way to the perimeter one day where Gillian White snapped this picture. Awww, father and daughter united (sob, smile, #allthefeels)

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Da and Bree came over to greet a couple of hardy fans during a break in filming

The trip up river to Cross Creek on the Sally-Anne was less dramatic this time. No killings, thank goodness. Again, these scenes were shot in the car park of the studio, with Lizzie making google eyes at Ian … or maybe Rollo? Local fan Carol Murray just happened by the studio the day they were filming these scenes in the car park.

seeing outlander, outlander episode 409, behind the scenes filming outlander season 4

seeing outlander, outlander episode 409, behind the scenes filming outlander season 4

seeing outlander, outlander episode 409, behind the scenes filming outlander season 4

seeing outlander, outlander episode 409, behind the scenes filming outlander season 4

seeing outlander, outlander episode 409, behind the scenes filming outlander season 4

seeing outlander, outlander episode 409, behind the scenes filming outlander season 4
Rollo mooching around doggie-style during a break

seeing outlander, outlander episode 409, behind the scenes filming outlander season 4

seeing outlander, outlander episode 409, behind the scenes filming outlander season 4

seeing outlander, outlander episode 409, behind the scenes filming outlander season 4

The outdoor shots so far are mostly winter scenes, and some of these locations look so very different in different seasons. Thought you might like to see a couple of pictures of domestic life at Fraser’s Ridge when the trees have their leaves.

seeing outlander, outlander episode 409, behind the scenes filming outlander season 4

seeing outlander, outlander episode 409, behind the scenes filming outlander season 4

Here is also a close-up of the shelter where Bree and Lizzie sleep. And, where oh where do Murtagh and Ian sleep? And when will the hard core builders get around to upgrading the guest accommodation? That sure does look like a leaky roof!

seeing outlander, outlander episode 409, behind the scenes filming outlander season 4

seeing outlander, outlander episode 409, behind the scenes filming outlander season 4
Sam Heughan came out to greet a couple of fans at Frasers Ridge one day
seeing outlander, outlander episode 409, behind the scenes filming outlander season 4
Some of the detail of Ian’s coat, from a film shoot at Cumbernauld Glen

Next week’s episode is promising to be a heart stopper. What will become of poor Roger? Sometimes I wish I hadn’t read the books (multiple times!) and really didn’t know what will become of him. But I still wait with bated breath for each new episode to see how it will unfold on our screens. And if it heads where I think it will head, I have some great #BTS pics for next week. So, see you after ‘The Deep Heart’s Core’. Even the title sends shivers down my spine.

Thanks this week to Gillian White, Matthew Fairley and Carol Murray for their pictures. And thanks to Outlander Starz for the featured image.

 

 

 

 

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