The Hive: Observations, Unexpected Results, and Mind-Benders
The questions asked in Sarah Manning’s interrogation scene weren’t scripted. Graeme gave vocal coach John Nelles a list of questions to ask Tatiana, and her answers were improvised. This method provided a very surprising and moving scene for everyone – including Tatiana.
“We would like to harvest your eggs.” – Dr. Nealon
Dr. Nealon is named after The Hive writer Aubrey Nealon, but not to worry, the character is not at all like the writer! Canadian actor Tom McCamus, who played Dr Nealon, did an incredible job capturing the precise nature Graeme envisioned for Nealon’s character.
Work of Art
Kira’s artwork has been sprinkled throughout season 2. In episode 2.10 you see some of Kira’s masterpieces at Mrs. S’s house, as well as a drawing Rachel brings Sarah in the OR. So, who’s the artist behind Kira’s work? Meet the art department’s Sash Kosovic!
The art department’s Sash Kosovic, displaying his handiwork.
It’s always a little bit sad on set during the filming of the last episode. You see a lot of set items packed into storage – including over 60 boxes of Orphan Black wardrobe!
The clone wardrobes, packed into storage.
Rachel’s itinerary, which Cosima received from Delphine, was not finished in time for the shoot. VFX had to burn it in after. However, the version that was created didn’t work. So what do you do in post when you need art and your art department is scattered and working on other shows? You have assistant to the co-creators Mackenzie Donaldson whip up an itinerary on her iCal – with Graeme’s assistance creating the activities. Here’s a closer look at Rachel’s day – still saved in Mackenzie’s iCal. Look carefully, because you may recognize some names of Hive members (shout out to Alex Levine and Dr. Christopher Roberts!) Can you spot any more?
THE. PENCIL. SCENE. Sarah and Rachel’s gruesome showdown scene came straight from the mind of Graeme Manson and was executed perfectly thanks to John’s direction, Tatiana’s performance and our amazing VFX team at Intelligent Creatures. We weren’t sure if we would be able to pull it off, but after about 20 hours of meetings, we did!
“Enjoy your oophorectomy!” – Rachel Duncan
(We spared you a close-up shot of Rachel’s pencil eye.)
In the photo below, actor Ari Millen and Graeme are deep in the thick of it, right before Psycho Mark Clone (name to be revealed) has his first scene. Creating new characters is not for the faint of heart! Sandy Sokolowski, the hair stylist on Orphan Black, shaved Ari Millen’s head for his other clone characters and created a Mark wig for the final scenes in episode 2.10.
Ari Millen and Graeme Manson talk cray-clones.
Can we please take a moment to admire Sarah’s choice in men? Gotta admit, she has quite good taste.
“Just look at the two of you. I don’t know how she does it.” – Mrs. S
Below you’ll see director John Fawcett watching Helena “get down” during our two-day-long clone dance party shoot. That’s right – TWO DAYS of dancing! The song during the dance party is called “Water Prayer,” by Adham Shaikh – Mat the Alien Remix.
John Fawcett directing the epic four clone dance party.
On the second day of shooting the four clone dance party, the entire Orphan Black crew joined in to dance with Tatiana. We filmed it to play at the Orphan Black wrap party.
The Technodolly, affectionately known on set as the Time Vampire, is what makes a 4-clone dance party possible. So why the nickname? The Time Vampire has a knack for sucking away our time, and is prone to breaking down. We love it and we hate it – either way, Orphan Black couldn’t exist without it.
The Time Vampire.
Set Inspection: Military Base
Here’s a shot of the crew nearing the end of their gigantic shooting day at the warehouse. Here they are shooting the interior scene of Mrs. S and Paul’s exchange inside the military truck. The scene looks as though it was shot outside, but it was actually filmed on a blue screen indoors (a much warmer setting for the cast and crew!)
The OB crew at basecamp.
“Going to the chaple, and we’re gonna get marr-i-ed…” Graeme Manson watched over Mark and Gracie’s nuptials – which were shot by a splinter unit and directed by the episode’s editor, Brett Sullivan.
Graeme Manson, presiding over Mark and Gracie’s nuptials.
Farewell For Now, #CloneClub
…and that’s a wrap! Here’s a few last looks behind-the-scenes of Orphan Black season 2, including a shot of John and Graeme giving a lovely speech on the last day of shooting. Thanks for another incredible season #CloneClub! Thanks for watching!
A glimpse behind-the-scenes of Cosima’s lab, shooting one of the last scenes of the season.
Sarah Manning’s chair on set! (Adorned with Katja’s infamous coat!)
Orphan Black co-creators John Fawcett and Graeme Manson say farewell.