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Behind the Scenes with Andrew Bikichky: December 1-15 (Spoilers for 5×13)

A few weeks before the Christmas break, the Castle crew was shooting the episode 5×13 “Recoil”,  closely followed by one day of shooting  5×14  “Reality Star Struck”.  As always, Andrew let us on to some background information about present and past episodes and answered a lot of questions.

This time we learned that Castle’s stunt people can play the part of actor’s double’s as well, when it is necessary. But doubles doesn’t do stunts.  From the Christmas episode, Andrew’s favourite part was to shoot the “Santa fight” scene, from blue butterfly, he liked the scene where men were gathered in front of radio to listen boxing.

We found out that Andrew’s studio camera is about 55 – 60 lbs heavy, handheld is 30 – 32 lbs. His Panavision camera is rented from Panavision, since they don’t sell these kinds of cameras anymore. While shooting two-parter episodes, they can shoot future scenes that doesn’t belong to specific episode scripts they are shooting, otherwise they don’t use this kind of technique.

In the loft location and as well as other sets that are created by Alfred Sole, almost all the walls and pillars move, to give the camera a better shooting angle. They don’t move the walls unless it its really necessary.

When asked about shooting in the rain and how this relates to storylines and scenes. Andrew says that rain in the locations is usually unscripted and not added to storylines. The rain in “Always” was a artificial rain and that was important plot point. Its always much harder to shoot in rain, because equipment needs to be protected. Its also much harder to tweet in rain than in sunshine.

He shares a funny fact about shooting the episode Final Frontier: “My colleague Steph was always saying “nebula-9, nebula-9” in a robotic monotone everyday.”

In the last day of shooting episode 5×13, they were shooting on location in Universal backlot. Andrew was excited, because they used some extra cameras that day – one of them hadn’t been used over 10 years. The cameras in question are necessary for shooting high speed footage, they capture up to 120 frames per second – for slowing down the scenes. Since Castle still films with old-fashioned way, their new special cameras are old fashioned too. But they add a nice flavour to the series overall.

Since the episode “Secret Santa” was airing just as they were at work, Andrew surprised us with some awesome pictures of the Christmas episode sets and let us know how they managed to get snow to LA. They used snow-machines to make both ground and air snow. The snow that was on the ground, was paper-based, the snow that was on the air was mostly suds-based. The snow stays on the ground till you clean the area up – no worries of melting.

 

Lastly – an advice from Andrew:

“If you really believe what u vote – that they are the best dramatic actors – stop asking if the details in Caskett scenes are real and not acting.”
Here are some videos (here and here) and pictures that Andrew tweeted during the month of December:

A slightly blurry photo from lunch…fellow operator Steph takes a swing at a golf ball while we listen to some news.

A slightly blurry photo from lunch…fellow operator Steph takes a swing at a golf ball while we listen to some news.

Christmas has come early to the camera cart :) thank u! Very yummy! Cheers! “Bad Ass cookies” heard amidst the chewing.

Christmas has come early to the camera cart. Cheers! “Bad Ass cookies” heard amidst the chewing.

What the set looked like at call time for ep 509. We created the snow zone only in a corner of the park. Bill Roe right .

What the set looked like at call time for ep 509. We created the snow zone only in a corner of the park.  Bill Roe right.

Another, albeit distorted, perspective of the snow zone.

Another, albeit distorted, perspective of the snow zone.

Bags of snow :) Ep 5x09

Bags of snow :) Ep 5×09

One of the snow machines for Ep 5x09

One of the snow machines for Ep 5×09

Laying track for my camera Ep5x09

Laying track for my camera Ep5x09

Setup for opening shot of family coming down walkway.

Setup for opening shot of family coming down walkway.

50 foot Technocrane Ep 5x09.

50 foot Technocrane for the Ep 5×09.

Shooting closeups of the family.

Shooting closeups of the family.

Snow on the roof, it’s inevitable.

Snow on the roof, it’s inevitable.

Penny gives the best gifts!

Penny gives the best gifts!

Holiday Season on Castle set.

Holiday Season on Castle set.

It’s quiet time (lunch).

It’s quiet time (lunch).

Castle Xmas tree detail. Everything on the tree is handmade.

Castle Xmas tree detail. Everything on the tree is handmade.

This guy’s becoming extinct .

This guy’s becoming extinct .

Stu, our Film Loader, made the little mini Xmas tree.

Stu, our Film Loader, made the little mini Xmas tree.

The Feet of Bill Roe, as he surveys the shots on the mini monitors.

The Feet of Bill Roe, as he surveys the shots on the mini monitors.

Hallways.

Hallways.

Gaffer - a man with a stick .

Gaffer – a man with a stick .

Hiding somewhere in that smoke and backlight is the other camera.

Hiding somewhere in that smoke and backlight is the other camera.

Sometimes we need to block the light of a street lamp.

Sometimes we need to block the light of a street lamp.

Few extra cameras tonight. Was told that one of these camera bodies (Arri3-3perf) hasn’t been used in 10 years.

Few extra cameras tonight. Was told that one of these camera bodies (Arri3-3perf) hasn’t been used in 10 years.

Thank you all for the kind words and well wishes. Hope that all your plans and celebrations are joyous as well.

Thank you all for the kind words and well wishes. Hope that all your plans and celebrations are joyous as well.

hese are my favorite lights, hiding from the rain Later…

hese are my favorite lights, hiding from the rain Later…

Snow Boy :) mounted inside a condor lift. This one shoots the suds.

Snow Boy :) mounted inside a condor lift. This one shoots the suds.

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