Tibs Visits ‘Falling Skies’ Vancouver Set; Enter New Fan Contest



By | Posted on 10 August 2012

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Back in January of this year we had the opportunity to visit the set of Falling Skies Season 2 and get an upclose look at just how the skitters are created and all the hard work done behind the scenes. Our guide and host for the day was Connor Jessup (Ben Mason).

One of the most interesting aspects of the skitters is the man behind the suit and just how they manage to add all those legs on screen without anyone noticing. Its a mix of practical work and CGI but its something the team headed by Todd Masters, does very well. Here is a video where Todd and Connor explain the process.

We also got an upclose look at the scene that was shot for episode 4, young bloods. The scene we saw was the practical portion of the harnesses coming out of the tank to harness the kids. It was funny looking back, I had commented seeing someone that looked a lot like Maxim Knight (Matt Mason) on the far side of the set and made the comment to our TNT rep that I thought Matt might be the one in danger. Guess I was right.

We also got to see the use of a green (or blue) screen on set as they setup a rooftop shot which will have skitters on it and an artificial background of the city must be added. Director Greg Beeman was eager to spill the beans on the scenes but alas he had to stop before giving anything away.

After our day at the 2nd unit or ‘skitter unit’ we moved to the main filming set where we were able to watch the bus scene with Matt and Tom that we saw in this weeks episode ‘Death March’. The main bus and the one in front were both stationary and had hydraulic lifts under them to make them shake and move like they were on the open road. After each take, Noah would go to the monitors and review it before moving on to the next take.

Noah Wyle (Tom Mason) and me on set

After they finished, the entire cast came up into the stands and greeted all of us and took photos. Each and every cast member was amazing and friendly, it was amazing. A portion of the cast which was not shooting that day, went with us and answered our burning questions about the new season and some great behind the scenes information. Here are the videos of us talking with Colin, Peter, Drew, Sarah and Connor

We have a great contest for Falling Skies fans. Using the punch tab app below, enter to win a great number of prizes.

Most Overall Entries: Falling Skies Sealed Card Pack and Collectors Binder with exclusive promo card. This pack has 1 autograph card, 2 relic cards, 1 2nd mass card and 3 episode cards and a Tibs Comic Con Shirt (L or XL only)
Most Referrals: 1 2nd mass card & 2 Relic Cards of their choice from a select group of Falling Skies cards and a TiBS Comic Con Shirt (L or XL only).
Random 3rd Place: TiBS Comic Con Shirt (L or XL only)
Random 4th Place: 1 2nd Mass Card and 3 Episode Cards from the Falling Skies card Set

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  • http://twitter.com/Thogar Tom Gardiner

    Molon Labe, but I have a feeling a new favorite will be coming soon!

  • Charlie Anne Thomas

    Defo Love and other acts of courage.. The opening scene with ben and the skitters, Rick being harnised again, the skitter rebellion, bens harness glowing, red eye, maggie and Hals relationship growing!! Just so much happens and is revealed in this episode!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/matthew.drummey Matthew Drummey

    MOLON LABE 

  • http://twitter.com/JenniferRux JenniferRux

    It’s a tie between LAOAOC and Molon Labe.

  • charliieeannee

    Defo Love and other acts of courage.. The opening scene with ben and the skitters, Rick being harnised again, the skitter rebellion, bens harness glowing, red eye, maggie and Hals relationship growing!! Just so much happens and is revealed in this episode!!

    ( forgot password and username earlier!!:L )

  • Psycho-midge

    This week’s one. :D But I’m pretty sure next week’s is gonna be the best one yet. I watched the preview with my mouth dropped in shock. 
    *fidgets impatiently*

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001572734183 Jd Blosser

    I don’t know hard to pick favorites, I think I might go with  Molon Labe well though.

  • http://twitter.com/Biebfan87 Lauren

    I love Homecoming for its sheer amount of Ben-screentime, so it is a testament to how good the Ben/Tom/Overlord scene in Molon Labe is, because that scene alone makes it my favorite.

  • http://twitter.com/madisonEms1 Madison.E.Smith

     my favorite episode of falling skies is most definitely ‘Love and Other Acts of Courage’ 

  • http://twitter.com/The_FallingMan Logan Stevens

    Id say Death March because even with less action you learned more in depth about the characters.

  • http://twitter.com/Spacecadet570 Jamie K.

    My favorite falling skies episode so far in season two is Young bloods, I love that you are beginning to see Matt’s transformation, as a kid who has to grow up two quickly. a close second is Molon Labe I love Karen in this episode she was so creepy!

  • http://www.facebook.com/pam.ridder.7 Pam Ridder

    Death March

  • Clair

    i loved Moon Labe and  Other acts of courage :)

  • ChloeHarrison

    It’s between Death March and Homecoming.

  • Stephiejerez

    Compass and Molan Labe

  • http://twitter.com/The_FallingMan Logan Stevens

    It would be awesome if they have another contest in which you can meet the cast and set on the Falling Skies

  • Nathan

    The very first one. Theres the scene where Ben jumps down (right before he shoots his dad .-.) and I dunno, I just really like that scene 

  • natalie palmer

    (This is for the contest) my favorite scene so far would have to be any part where there is serious action

  • Meg

    My favourite character has definitely been Ben Mason! How he always keeps going, even with the harness and all the judging by everyone!

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