While Outlander season 3 production has been going on for quite some time in South Africa, Ronald D. Moore is not a name that’s been uttered all that much. Despite being one of the show’s lead executive producers, Moore does at times operate a little bit more behind the scenes than some of the other folks involved; yet, he’s very much involved in the process of crafting the story and making it as great as possible.
In speaking to the IBTimes on the subject of the show’s shift to a new location, here is what he had to say while at the ATX TV Festival in Austin this weekend:
“[The move to South Africa] gave a different vibe to the production, which was great because it was leaving Scotland in story and going somewhere else. You felt a different energy on the set because they were somewhere else … It’s a very different place. It’s completely different from Scotland. You can see all the people, all the Scots in the crew, were out like baking in the sun and getting sunburned because they were just so in love with seeing the sun for a change.”
Moore was at the festival discussing one of his other great series in Battlestar Galactica — we imagine that it does feel pretty darn great to have two great shows on your resume like this!
While Moore isn’t in South Africa at the moment, production is less than a week away from wrapping there. At that point, many cast and crew members can take a deep breath, though even after then there is still more work to be done from an editing / ADR standpoint.
In putting more of a bow on the South Africa work, visually filming in this location is going to give us watching at home such a dramatically different feel. At the time of Jamie and Claire, nature was far more untouched and there wasn’t so much in the way of pollution ruining the beauty of the world. This show can produce a reflection of that, while also highlighting its fantastic characters and of course the central romance. No matter what you watch Outlander to see, the show using on-site locations rather than green screens is going to give it a leg up on so many other series out there. It’s one of the great benefits of having a production house and a network that is willing to put this sort of investment into you.
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