UPDATE! Westworld Filming Update: New Building Added to Melody Ranch Set

From Season One
From Season One

As filming for Westworld‘s second season continues on the Melody Ranch set in Santa Clarita, CA, very few updates have emerged regarding the content being captured. This, of course, is a good thing for a show that depends heavily on secrecy, so as not to spoil the many twists and turns that co-showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy surely still have up their sleeves.

However, Westworld Watchers reader Jeanne has provided us with a new (and spoiler-free) filming scoop, and it’s one that will definitely spark some fresh theorizing.

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Westworld Wins at the 2017 Creative Arts Emmys!

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The live Emmy Awards ceremony isn’t until next Sunday, September 17th, but the Creative Arts portion of TV’s top awards took place this weekend, over two evenings at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California. Westworld was well-represented in the nominations at tonight’s festivities, which cover the more technical aspects of making television. The show received 15 nominations, covering 14 categories, as part of the Creative Arts Emmys, and an astounding 22 nominations total this year.

So, how did the new kids on the block fare tonight? 

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Evan Rachel Wood Shares New Westworld Season 2 Details

Dolores_Season 2 Teaser Trailer

Westworld’s leading lady, the Emmy nominated Evan Rachel Wood (Dolores), recently found some time to stop by Variety Studio and offer some exciting new details about the show’s second season and what fans can expect to see from her character.

Speaking about the season as a whole, Wood divulges that the upcoming run is going to dive deeper into the roots of the park, and why it ultimately came to be:

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New Robotic Dolores Funko Pop! Figure Unveiled Ahead of NYCC

Robotic Dolores_Season One Finale

Your favorite vinyl figure makers are back with a new batch of television characters, and Westworld‘s very own Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) is part of the latest release!

Funko Pop! has just announced that they have created a new ‘Robotic Dolores’ figurine, which will be exclusively distributed at next month’s New York Comic Con. This new incarnation of Dolores sees the show’s leading lady stripped down to her android inner workings, similar to the state we see her in during season one’s finale episode as we flashback to a scene with her and Arnold (Jeffrey Wright). Check it out here:

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Westworld’s Evan Rachel Wood Defies Convention; Anthony Hopkins Explains Dr. Ford’s Need for Control

Dr Ford Westworld

With the Emmys just around the corner, we have new articles to share featuring two of Westworld’s nominees. First, Evan Rachel Wood (Dolores Abernathy) discusses her signature look and experiences on Westworld, while also finding time to share a fun video of herself “in character” off set. In another interview, Anthony Hopkins shares his thoughts on playing a character like Dr. Ford and the future of Artificial Intelligence (AI).

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VFX Supervisor Jay Worth on the Visual Challenges of Westworld

Westworld control room

As fans well know, Westworld is a show that relies fairly heavily on visual effects, both practical and computer generated in nature. It’s no wonder, then, that veteran Visual Effects Supervisor Jay Worth was brought on board to help build out the visual look of the pilot, and remained on through the entirety of the first season and into the upcoming second season. A longtime collaborator with both Bad Robot Productions (one of the companies that produces the show) and co-showrunner Jonathan Nolan (who worked with Worth on Person of Interest), Worth took on the job of executing each episode’s visual effects both big and small, and in my opinion, he and his team nailed it.

Worth recently sat down with Deadline to discuss his experiences working on the first season of Westworld. One of the visual effects elements Worth discusses is the large map featured in the control room of Delos. More specifically, Worth talks about the difficulty of bringing the rotating 3D interactive map to life:

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New Westworld Season 2 Footage Revealed!

Dolores and Teddy_Season 2 Trailer

On arguably one of the biggest television nights of the year, that being the finale of Game of Thrones‘ penultimate season, HBO decided to release a new ‘Coming Soon’ trailer featuring clips of their series to come. Lucky for us, this trailer featured some brand new footage from Westworld‘s upcoming second season!

The beginning of the trailer features some shots that look to be from Westworld‘s first season, including Maeve (Thandie Newton) laying in bed and then walking through the field with her daughter, and Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) and Teddy (James Marsden) riding their horses along the top of a hill with the breathtaking Utah landscape in the background.

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Ingrid Bolsø Berdal and Jimmi Simpson Discuss Their Westworld Characters in New Video

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Coming out of the season one finale of Westworld, the fate of many characters was left in the air. Would we ever see Armistice (Ingrid Bolsø Berdal) again after she severs her arm while fending off trigger-happy security guards? Would the show ever return to the earlier storyline featuring the young William (Jimmi Simpson) and his continued transformation into the Man in Black (Ed Harris)?

Luckily, since the finale, both Berdal and Simpson have confirmed that they are indeed returning for the show’s upcoming second season. In a new video posted by ars, both actors discuss their respective characters and reveal some details about how they think the show is going to further develop their storylines.

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Cinematographer Paul Cameron Discusses Advantages of Shooting Westworld on Film

Paul Cameron_WW Pilot

Film and television cinematographer Paul Cameron probably knows a thing or two about how to capture moving images that encapsulate not only the essence of each scene, but of the project as a whole. Along with working on such features as the latest Pirates of the Caribbean go and Tony Scott’s Man on Fire, Cameron was brought on to shoot Westworld’s pilot episode.

Shooting a pilot, however, isn’t like filming any ol’ episode in a television series. Along with capturing each beat in the script, the cinematographer is also tasked with establishing the tone and feel of the visuals that will define the series throughout its run. So, basically, the pressure is really on – creating the wrong tone for a show could spell disaster, regardless of how good the acting or writing proves to be.

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