ORANGE AND PURPLE
We auditioned over 30 babies to play Helena’s twins because we needed multiple babies on set in order to pull off the clone birth scene and the baby shower scenes. It was a cute day at the office to say the least!
Fun Fact: Babies have to be at least 3 weeks old to be on set and you can only shoot with them for 15 minutes at a time. So for the twins’ birth we used four sets of rotating three-week-old babies and a set of fake babies to pull it off.
Fun Fact: The umbilical cord was completely VFX.
Fun Fact: Our 1st AD Joanna sent around 10-12 horrifying-yet-strangely-beautiful YouTube videos of women giving birth to twins outside of hospitals. The research lead to the choreography Helena, Sarah, and Art ended up doing. Here’s John and Joanna demonstrating how the positions would work. (They did this many times during prep.) When it is the same actress giving birth to the same actress catching the babies, every single moment needs to be plotted and planned out.
Fun Fact: Joanna Moore, our first AD, manned the ship for every finale and every premiere we ever shot.
Fun Fact: Our amazing fan Miriam, who created the bracelets for Rachel and Kira in Episode 507, was generous enough to make us Purple and Orange’s baby bracelets for this episode. We loved the idea that Helena asked Kira to help her identify the babies and create friendship bracelets for them.
Fun Fact: We shot the birthing of the twins as our last two days of production ever. They were night shoots, but even so, cast and crew from seasons past all came out to support. When we called wrap on the final night, there was about 50 people behind the monitors clapping, crying, and saying goodbye. We also then had a bagel, lox, and mimosa party to celebrate the end at 4 a.m.
BABY SHOWER PART II
The baby shower scene was shot over two days in the backyard and was the first time some of our main cast were ever in scenes together. Like Helena and Hellwizard!
Fun Fact: Between Mackenzie, Joanna, John Fawcett, and the art department, all of Etsy, Pinterest, and Tumblr posts for “baby shower” were researched in order to find the perfect aesthetic for Alison’s newfound look to translate into her party decor.
Fun Fact: John planned the exact same opening shot for this “real” baby shower to echo Helena’s dream baby shower in Season 3. We also used the same song in the background — both lovely mirrors of past and Easter eggs for close-watching fans.
Felix’s original pieces of art went to wonderful homes, and we wanted Clone Club to know. Tatiana, Stephen Lynch (makeup), Graeme, John, Jordan, Maria, Kristian, Mackenzie, Kerry, Kathryn, BBC America, and the real Cosima all received pieces that meant a lot to them. We even took down Felix’s wall in a way that huge portions of it were saved and auctioned off. And the door, including the screwdriver, will be on display in our Canadian network’s offices as a reminder of this amazingly little weird show that could.
Fun Fact: Did you see in the final scene at Mrs. S’s that Sarah had hung up three portraits and some other pieces of Felix’s art? It was a gesture we wanted fans to see to know that Sarah’s building her own version of home inside S’s.Read More