Here are behind-the-scenes secrets from our very own Orphan Black production team!
The restaurant where Krystal and her BFF — who you will recognize from the salon last year — have brunch is located in the lobby of Le Germain Hotel in downtown Toronto. That same hotel doubles for the Brightborn reception in Episode 406. The flashbacks, party, and face-to-face between Susan and Beth all happened one floor up from Krystal’s favorite place for egg whites and mimosas.
Fun Fact: We also use the hotel’s exterior as our Brightborn exterior location. Our VFX team puts the Brightborn sign on the side of the building and takes out any other signage that is actually there.
Fun Fact: We shot Sarah as Krystal outside of Brightborn on one day where Toronto was hit with a snowstorm. And then we shot the back alley scene with Mrs. S, Sarah, and Dr. Van Lier a day later, where unfortunately Toronto was hit with a rainstorm.
Even though you have seen Susan’s compound location before, as well as the helicopter and the beach, in Episodes 407-409, none of that footage was shot until we started filming for Episode 410. Here are pictures of John and our crew on our first scouts to the Scarborough Bluffs. We decided to put all of the exterior island elements into the shooting block for Episode 410 in order to only have to shoot on location for one or two days.
Fun Fact: When we went scouting, the beach was covered in snow, but by the time we were shooting there the snow had melted, due to the rainstorm referenced above! But no worries: Geoff Scott and the team at Intelligent Creatures were there to save us in post, adding not only Susan’s house on the cliff, the helicopter, but also snow to match the exterior backyard footage.
A WOUNDED HERO
Due to our crazy shooting schedule we had to shoot stabbed-and-wounded Sarah down by the beach in two pieces. The first part was shot on location using Tatiana’s acting double Kathryn Alexandre. Because we were trying to shoot elements from four episodes on one day at the Bluffs, we needed Tatiana to play Rachel, Cosima, and Sarah on the beach that day. The most clone changes we can accommodate in a shooting day is two, so three clone changes wasn’t going to work. Thankfully we have the talented Kathryn at the ready to step in, and she ended up playing wounded Sarah in the wide shots. Then, in our studio, we recreated part of the cliff face, added in some water, wind, and dirt (and blood), and Tatiana played out the phone call to Mrs. S in the close-ups.
While we were nearing the end of production, a winter flu started going around set. As much as everyone tried to prevent it, Tatiana sadly caught the bug just in time to shoot the last few days of the season finale. One of her sickest days was when she was playing Rachel in the hotel room reuniting with Ferdinand, but you’d never know. While most of us would stay home in bed, Tatiana came in and did an amazing job as always. And with the help of Stephen Lynch’s makeup you can’t tell at all.
Fun Fact: The writers really wanted to make a callback to Ferdinand’s love of the frittata, the “lazy lovers’” breakfast. So when he arrived at the door to greet his long lost love we made sure he was carrying just that — a frittata.
KRYSTAL AT THE GAMING EMPORIUM
Descent is the name of the game Hellwizard and Scott get Krystal to play while Sarah’s out on her switcheroo. This game — like most featured on the show — was a special request from John Fawcett. It is one of his new favorite games and we worked with the manufacturers to clear the game for use in the show. Now you can add it to our list of OB-featured board games!
Fun Fact: In Episode 405, Krystal sips on a smoothie while trying to find the dirt on Brightborn. The scene with Donnie is one of her funniest moments and John Fawcett loved Krystal with a smoothie. So when he read that she would be coming into the Rabbit Hole incognito, he requested she have a smoothie.Read More