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... to wonder about Apple Tree Yard and filming on location in London

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xmaspost Sun 05-Feb-17 10:35:09

I've watch the series, and having worked in that area many years ago, I recognize many of locations/sets. When I worked there it was always so busy, so many people, ...etc...

I find it amazing they were able to film so much on location, not just a once off, but over a number of episodes.

And Emily Watson continues to be such an interesting actress.

NannyR Sun 05-Feb-17 10:40:14

They don't usually film in sequence, so they will have the location for one day (or morning/evening) and film all the scenes in the location for the whole series in one go. They also have very early starts and late finishes, so could be filming at 6am or 11pm.

HermioneJeanGranger Sun 05-Feb-17 10:44:52

They film all the scenes in one location in one day (or over a couple of days). They don't film in order.

Maudlinmaud Sun 05-Feb-17 10:50:53

Interesting point op. I was wondering the same thing last night, when I watched Bridget Jones's Baby. How did they film the concert scene with Ed Sheeran?

sooperdooper Sun 05-Feb-17 10:53:56

It's the same for any filming on location, they'll need a permit to film and have set times when they'll film all the scenes in that place consecutively but not necessarily in chronological order smile

sooperdooper Sun 05-Feb-17 10:55:25

I've not seen Brigit Jones, what was filmed at Ed Sherans concert?

If anything is filmed in public there will be signs up telling people they may be filmed, what its for & how they can opt out if they want to smile

ninenicknames Sun 05-Feb-17 11:00:21

There is also a dedicated police unit for filming in London. Who knew that?!

I work in the city and we get an email telling us there will be disruption to transport, restaurants etc when filming is taking place, it's only ever for 48hrs, usually over the weekend when the city is dead.

orangepudding Sun 05-Feb-17 11:05:12

A film was filmed in my town not so long ago. Roads and pavements were blocked off for filming. Bit of a pain but interesting to watch.

Maudlinmaud Sun 05-Feb-17 11:06:03

sooperdooper it was filmed at a festival, I may have missed which one or they may not have said. But Bridget crowd surfed and there where a lot of extras.

southwest1 Sun 05-Feb-17 11:09:28

Part of Bridget Jones's Baby was filmed in Woolwich. There was a scene in Sainsbury's, not seen the film but they filmed from 9-5pm in the actual store and it remained open.

NormaSmuff Sun 05-Feb-17 11:11:47

I am really interested to pinpoint where exactly Apple tree yard is filmed, I recognise so much of it, i tried to google map it

Gasp0deTheW0nderD0g Sun 05-Feb-17 11:13:22

I've always wondered how the Bourne crew managed to film in Waterloo station. It was packed - were those real people or extras? The latter, surely, given that there was shooting.

NannyR Sun 05-Feb-17 11:14:23

When I lived in London, a film company used the square where I lived to film some scenes for a film. It took them a day to put the square "back in time" - they temporarily resurfaced the roads, painted some front doors, brought in loads of props. On the filming day there were lots of extras all in old costumes and vintage cars driving round. Then after filming, they had to put everything back to how it was.
When I watched the finished film a couple of months later, the actual scene was probably less than 30 seconds long.

MrsHughesCarson Sun 05-Feb-17 11:21:01

I shouldn't have thought they used real bullets. GaspOde

HazelBite Sun 05-Feb-17 11:29:14

The tend to film on a Sunday, there are few people around in the city/legal areas on a Sunday. Several tube stations in these areas are closed on a Sunday and I noticed Temple station was used in one of the scenes. Court buildings are often used for filming at the weekends, the Royal Courts of Justice, due to its palatial Victorian Architecture is booked out to film crews for many weekends of the year.
I have noticed that the facade of the Halcyon hotel is the former Land Registry Building in Lincolns Inn Fields.

bloodyteenagers Sun 05-Feb-17 11:38:38

The bourne Waterloo scene was real commuters.

Gasp0deTheW0nderD0g Sun 05-Feb-17 12:05:34

Not real bullets! shock


lalalonglegs Sun 05-Feb-17 12:28:31

Ime, a road/square/station platform is closed down by dozens of self-important production assistants in headsets. We once had some scenes filmed on our street and the production team tried to get us to sign forms to say that we wouldn't leave our houses when they were filming so as not to cause them any problems, they tried to stop us parking etc hmm. I honestly wouldn't mind cooperating if they were a bit politer but I do get tired of being told that I can't walk here/there/wherever because a film crew has descended especially as often they seem to think I'll be impressed by the whole nuisance of it.

Robstersgirl Sun 05-Feb-17 12:58:43

How did Top Gear film that London scene?

Vq1970 Sun 05-Feb-17 13:22:22

I'm watching this - is anyone else suspicious of the Ben Chaplin character, her lover? I'm not convinced he's a spook and don't think he's going to be a good person.

DandelionAndBedrock Sun 05-Feb-17 13:28:27

Hazel, not many (any?) of the tube stations shut at the weekend, but they are much quieter.

I used to live in the area - The Imitation Game transformed Chancery Lane into a bombed out street - it was absolutely fabulous seeing it. Totally realistic and convincing. DP and I walked down it one night (before we realised!) and it was very eerie.

Alconleigh Sun 05-Feb-17 13:28:42

I read that for Bourne they set up a decoy shoot in the station as well to draw off gawpers then filmed the real one before people realised what was happening.

I too am suspicious of Ben Chaplin. She has gone to the spook conclusion on little evidence. The flowers and texts from a new number saying does she know they really are?

TheCuriousOwl Sun 05-Feb-17 13:35:54

The production company for Spooks and Ashes to Ashes etc is based near where I work and used to use lots of local locations. We would see that filming a lot and spot the location signs around. Spooks is fun to watch as I play 'spot where that place really is'.

Notjustuser1458393875 Sun 05-Feb-17 14:24:05

I walked into Borough Market on one of its closed days once and found it had been transformed into a Victorian railway station. It looked amazing! My first thought, genuinely, was that I had travelled in time.

AndNoneForGretchenWieners Sun 05-Feb-17 14:27:39

They filmed a TV series at my workplace a few years ago and there were scenes where the main character is sat at my desk - really odd seeing my son's drawings which were pinned to the noticeboard on TV!

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