The clone drama series of BBC America ‘Orphan Black’ has successfully completed three seasons and is still going strong. Much credit goes to the star of the show, Tatiana Maslany; the Clone Club can’t stop singing praises for her. You may know much about the show that you see on your idiot box, but here are few of the insights on your favorite star and what goes behind the scenes on the sets of the show. Take a look:
1) Technodolly Is ‘Behind The Scenes’ Star Of The Show
Since ‘Orphan Black’ is a clone drama, it is imperative to the show to have many clones in the same frame (remember Sarah and Helena in the bathroom scene of Season 2). Tatiana Maslany has many such scenes on the show and one often wonders at the technological marvel that makes this possible. Enter Technodolly – “a telescoping camera crane that memorizes and repeats complex movements exactly, enabling a multiple-¬clone scene to be constructed in layers.”
As Lili Loofbourow’s New York Times Article explains that, Maslany has to do each scene as each clone two times – first by using a double to get the timings, shadows and blocking right and then the second one, without the double, but with suspended tennis balls or marks to enable her to understand where her eye line should be. All these are then layered in post-production. Although stationary camera shots are also used, but Technodolly is what gives it the feel that it has!