The Magic Behind Orphan Black

Posted by on Mar 31, 2014 in Blog | No Comments

For those of you who have never seen the groundbreaking series Orphan Black, seen in the USA on the BBC America network, I simply shake my head and sigh. You are truly missing out on great television.

Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black, BBC America

                   Steve Wilkie/BBC AMERICA

Orphan Black features classic-level writing, groundbreaking acting, and unparalleled special effects in a weekly series. The official series description:

“Orphan Black” follows outsider, orphan and street-wise chameleon Sarah. After witnessing a woman’s suicide, Sarah assumes the stranger’s identity, who happens to look just like her. Expecting to solve all her problems by cleaning out the dead woman’s savings, Sarah is instead thrust headlong into a kaleidoscopic mystery as she realizes the dizzying truth: she and the dead woman are clones. As Sarah searches for answers, she discovers the chilling fact that there are more people like her out there – genetically identical individuals who were planted in unsuspecting birth parents and nurtured in completely different circumstances. With no idea who created the clones, she’ll need to discover the reason in a hurry as an assassin is killing them one by one.

I will let you know that Tatiana Maslany, who portrays (at a minimum) nine characters in the series, is able to do such a convincing job with the help of a company known as Intelligent Creatures. This is not the type of effects like in The Patty Duke Show where you see the same actress in an obvious split-screen, or with a double who only shows her back.

Take a look at the Intelligent Creatures behind-the-scenes video:

 

 

And so, as the April 19th premiere of Orphan Black Season Two approaches, Take a look at this series of 15-second teaser trailers:

 

 

Oh, and if you don’t have cable or if your provider does not carry BBC America, no worries. You can purchase Season One and Season Two on iTunes. You can also stream episodes on Amazon Prime.

If you are a fan, leave a comment below to let us know what you think of this show.

 

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