Sunday, 11 September 2016

Lights, Camera, Action!

Throughout the summer the outside scenes for the third and final series of Broadchurch have been filmed in West Bay.



One evening last week I went down to the Bay to enjoy the sunset, which was quite magnificent as you can see...




The film company were also around, preparing for some night time filming.


When we moved here almost two years ago, they were competing the filming of the second series, so we didn't have time to observe what was going on.  This year I have occasionally been around the harbour when they have been filming and have stood and watched. It is surprising how long it takes to set up and record a scene that will be shown for a minute or two. There are also so many people involved in the production.



The rain and dark doesn't stop the filming....


As the sun set earlier in the week, the huge spot lights came on and showed West Bay in a completely different light. 








West Bay is no stranger to filming -' Harbour Lights' which featured Nick Berry as the harbour master was filmed here in the 1980's and in the 1970's the opening scene of The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin. This location has always been one of the stars!

Have you ever watched anything being filmed for television or a film?

Sarah x

40 comments:

  1. The sunset and evening photos are glorious! Love them. I have never seen anything being filmed but it must be interesting to watch.

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  2. Thanks for sharing the gorgeous sunset photos, and the interesting filming going on nearby. I saw some news events being filmed last Fall, but not with so many lights and so much crew action as you witnessed for the Broadchurch production. Wishing you a happy week. xx

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  3. Wow! your sunset photos are gorgeous...those colours are tremendous.

    Haven't seen anything being filmed, but we did once find a large holdall with camera equipment in it, left by a film crew. Lucky for them we happened along and saved it. You should have seen the relieved look on the two camera men's faces when they realised we had it safe and sound for them. I'm not surprised, the equipment was in the region of £15,000 worth!

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    1. It's amazing that they left that behind! It would have been worse too if it had included hours of filming too! Sarah x

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  4. How exciting! Many films and tv shows were filmed in Vancouver and area, I do remember being slightly annoyed at all the detours! lol

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  5. I can do not remember ever watching something being filmed for television or movie. It must be interesting seeing all the camera work. Beautiful light in the horizon!

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  6. Wonderful pictures, the heaven looks like fire! No, I have never wachtched someone filming, you live in a absolut beautiful part of the world.

    Sigrun

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  7. It's incredibly involved as you say for just a moments film! Those sunsets are fabulous Sarah.

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  8. I'm not surprised West Bay is used so much for filming , it is so beautiful. Your sunset photos are gorgeous. I always just miss out on filming. Last year we arrive in Charlestown the week after Poldark finished filming. The cottage owner told us it was very exciting....hmmmmm. Many years ago we were in Corfe when they were filming The Mayor of Casterbridge. Sadly no action just lots of strange artificial cobbles on the road. Maybe one day! B X

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    1. What a shame to just miss Poldark filming! Sarah x

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  9. Quite interesting to have a film production so near, I also should be curious and have a look around every now and then. But....your photos of the sunset are great, I'm fond of sunrises and sunsets, so I never get enough of them, love it.

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  10. If you don't count my son's college film I was in (he was a film student) I haven't seen a film shoot. Your sunset photos are breathtaking!

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  11. I am looking forward to the return of Broadchurch. I had forgotten about Harbour Lights, I used to watch that program - really enjoyed the first series especially but think it did go downhill after that. I love your sunset photos, you are lucky to live in such a stunning location. xx

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  12. Fascinating to see how the filming takes place. No doubt they are also filming at Clevedon at the moment as they use the town there for the street scenes. It would be interesting to see. Finally watched Broadchurch a few weeks ago and really enjoyed it, so I shall look forward to seeing the final series and looking for places I recognise. CJ xx

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    1. I do find it at bit strange when you suddenly get a view of Clevedon or the coast around there! As the film crew are based in Bristol it is much cheaper to film around your area instead. Sarah x

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  13. WE LOVE BROADCHURCH! And I will tell my husband to watch out for any season we may have missed before this one comes out! Oh what a gorgeous spot to live in, Sarah!!!

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  14. Another season of Broadchurch???? Oh, how fabulous! It's one of my favorites. Lucky you to be able to watch the behind-the-scenes!

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    1. It won't be broadcast here until January 2017. I'm not sure how quickly it will be shown in America. Sarah x

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  15. Those sunsets are amazing! How cool to see it filmed!!! I saw a series being filmed for the BBC when I was in Totnes but I can't remember what it was called!x

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  16. That's so cool! And your sunset photos are sensational!

    Here in Connecticut they have filmed a lot of movies also, like: The Stepford Wives, Die Hard with a Vengeance, Mystic Pizza, and so on, but unfortunately I haven't watched anything being filmed :(

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  17. The light at West Bay is wonderful,(great photos too!) no wonder film companies choose it as a location. My daughter was a producer for a small film company & she said it was quite stressful coordinating everything.

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  18. Those sunset and evening shots are beautiful. You live in a lovely part of the world.

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  19. A strange irony - using all that technology to capture the sights and scenery, when the best bits (like the sunset) are afforded us for free by Nature!

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  20. Wow, Broadchurch is coming back - great! Something to look forward to in the dark winter evenings. Your photos are, as usual, spectacular Sarah, such amazing colours. I just don't see colours like that here in London, although I used to get better sunsets when I lived on the 7th floor! Filming is fairly commonplace around here - usually for short or indie films - so I've got used to huge trucks in the streets with lots of people bustling around. There's quite a few famous faces round my way as well - I had the door held open for me by John Alderton the other day who was out walking with his wife Pauline Collins and family. Benedict Cumberbatch is moving in round the corner next year and I'm forever thinking "I know that person, what have I seen them in?!?" London life, eh! (Although it mostly passes me by as I have my head down among the veggies!!) Caro xx

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    1. You should have suggested John and Pauline came to see your urban vegetable patch. They would have admired that when they were filming Forever Green. Sarah x

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  21. The sunset views are beautiful. It would be interesting to watch the filming and then the programme later to see if you can spot where the first bit fits into the second! I used to see odd bits of filming at different times where I lived in London, but I never recognised anything.

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  22. Beautiful sunset pictures.
    Last year we were walking near Bigbury-on-sea and looked across the Avon estuary to see lots of people on the cliffs at Bantham. They were filming the daytime telly programme called "The Coroner".

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  23. Amazing to see those huge spotlights! Great sunset pictures too, it all looks so pretty. We do have quite a lot of filming here, most recently The Coroner TV series-some of it was filmed on Broadsands Beach and we saw it happening.

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  24. Stunning photos! And yes, the sunset is beautiful ♥

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  25. I've not followed Broadchurch and can't think that I've seen any filming. Husband's cousin & wife have gone on holiday to South Africa on the fee they received for their house being used in filming but I'm not sure what it was !

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  26. You live in such lovely surroundings that I am not surprised that television shows and films are shot there. I saw several movies being shot but one time I did not realize one was being shot while in Savannah and bumped into Clint Eastwood. I don’t know if you read the post about it, I wrote it in 2010, see it here: http://avagabonde.blogspot.com/2010/10/savannahs-book-and-clint-eastwood_07.html

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    1. Thanks for the link, it was lovely to read you encounter of Clint Eastwood and would be interesting for everyone else too. Sarah x

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  27. Great photos - but I can't imagine what they will put into a third series - give it a rest, I say. A couple of years ago we were down in Cleveden, and stayed in the hotel used in the second series.

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    1. They were assigned a third and final series because it was so popular at home and aboard. I didn't enjoy the second series so much. It has brought many more visitors here. Sarah x

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  28. I am delighted to learn that another series of Broadchurch is coming, now I will have to try and wrack my brain to see if I can recall how the last series ended.
    I saw the Mayor of Casterbridge being filmed at Corfe Castle many moons ago. I remember that they covered up the yellow lines along the roads with rubbercobbles, and add bowfronted windows to the shop fronts.

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  29. I have thoroughly enjoyed Broadchurch but agree that a third season seems like a stretch. You must be besieged with visitors due to the series--who can resist those amazing cliffs? Tough on the locals, though.

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  30. Broadchurch is my favorite serie on tv! Lovely pictures from a lovely place...
    Have a great friday!
    Titti

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  31. Cracking post Sarah, and you even got a shot of DT! I didn't know there was going to be a third series. xx

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    1. I'm surprised that you are the first to spot DT! Sarah x

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  32. I know it is popular but I've never watched Broadchurch ... but it must be interesting to watch it being filmed!

    Your sunset photographs are gorgeous, such lovely colour in them.

    All the best Jan

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