Carnival Row: Filming again in Prague

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According to the Daily Mail* and confirmed by several Instagram posts from cast and crew, Carnival Row is being filmed again in Prague.

* (Caution! Article contains a number of set photos preparing filming a rather gruesome scene)

It seems they’re doing some reshoots for Season 1 of the fantasy-noir series which is set to be released some time in 2019 on Amazon Prime.

  • Travis Beacham, one of the show’s creators, scouting new filming locations in the Czech Republic.

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On recce in the Czech countryside… #carnivalrow

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  • Lubomir Bachraty, part of the camera department, posted this picture on his Instagram. In the comments he explains that “some pieces [of Carnival Row] are still missing”.
  • Orlando Bloom, who stars as Rycroft Philostrate, posted this selfie with his dog Mighty from the set of Carnival Row.

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jet lag got us 🇨🇿 #bts #carnivalrow #setlife

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  • Arty Froushan (who plays Jonah Breakspeare) shared this set selfie with Instagram. Pictured on the right is fellow actor Waj Ali (Constable Berwick).

 

Carnival Row BtS photo

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A year ago today…

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Travis Beacham shared this Behind the Scenes shot from the set of Carnival Row again on his Instagram today. He already shared it earlier this year on 3 April 2018 but we have it confirmed now that it shows indeed (as previously speculated) Andrew Gower on the right, with Tamzin Merchant and Cara Delevingne on the left.

According to Travis Beacham filming this scene took place at the Barrandov Studios in Prague (Czech Republic) one year ago today.

Find more Behind the Scenes footage in our Gallery!

Carnival Row: International Press

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The Austrian online paper “Kleine Zeitung” also reported about the “Amazon Prime Presents” event at the Curzon Mayfair Cinema in London this week (English summary below):

Ganz vorne mit dabei ist sicher “Carnival Row“: Die von René Echevarria und Travis Beacham entwickelte Serie, die kommendes Jahr bei Prime Video starten soll, handelt von einer magischen Welt, in der mythische Kreaturen ihre Heimat verlassen müssen und auch eine gute Portion Krimi mit von der Partie ist. “Mir war einfach wichtig, dass dabei auch gesellschaftspolitische Themen verhandelt werden”, sah Cara Delevingne eine Parallele zwischen Fiktion und Realität. “Immigration ist allgegenwärtig, und man muss darüber diskutieren.”

Ähnlich sah es ihr Co-Star Bloom, könne man mit dieser “Fantasywelt” doch einen “Blick von außen auf unsere Gesellschaft” werfen. “‘Carnival Row‘ ist dabei wie nichts, was ich zuvor gelesen habe.” Viktorianische Einflüsse seien ebenso dabei wie Steampunk-Anleihen. “Und letztlich können wir in diesem Rahmen größere Fragen verhandeln.” Delevingne, die eine Fee spielt, sieht in ihrer Rolle auch eine “Empfehlung” an die Menschheit. “Dieses Volk nimmt nur von der Natur, was es braucht, gibt aber auch etwas zurück. Außerdem ist sie eine Überlebende, sie kämpft, ganz egal was man ihr entreißt.”

Für beide Schauspieler sind es die ersten Gehversuche im Serienfach. “Es war toll, mit vier verschiedenen Regisseuren zusammenzuarbeiten”, so Bloom. “Dadurch bekommst du immer wieder einen neuen Zugang zu dieser Story, was eine echte Entwicklung nach sich zieht. Diese Flexibilität habe ich sehr genossen, es war gleichzeitig aber auch eine Herausforderung.” Nicht zuletzt die an verschiedenen Orten abgehaltenen Dreharbeiten brachten den Hollywoodstar ins Schwärmen. “Was sie etwa in Prag aufgebaut haben, war unglaublich. Diese Detailverliebtheit: Das ist wirklich ein Zeichen dafür, welche Größe diese Serie erzielen will.”

This summary was done by the author of this blog post. Please keep in mind that the quotes have been translated from English to German and then back to English, so we can’t guarantee 100% accuracy:

Carnival Row is set in a magical world where mythical creature have to leave their home, and it also includes a murder mystery.

Cara Delevingne sees a paralell between fiction and reality and says it was important to her that the show addresses social and political themes. “Immigration is omnipresent and we meed to discuss it.”
She also sees her character, a fairy, as some kind of “recommendation” for humanity: “It’s a people who only take from nature what they need but they also give back. She’s also a survivor, she keeps fighting no matter what is taken away from her.”

Orlando Bloom adds that with this fantasy world you get to take a look at our society from the outside. “Within this framework, we can address bigger questions” and “Carnival Row is unlike anything I’ve read before.”

For both actors it was the first time working on a multi-episode show and they enjoyed working with four different directors. Orlando Bloom liked the flexibility and calls it an advantage but also a challenge to access the story with a new perspective with each director. He was particularly impressed by the film sets in Prague, especially the attention to detail. “It’s a sign which greatness the show is goingt to achieve.”

Der Tagesspiegel” also features an article about the event but Carnival Row only gets a brief mention.

Amazon Prime Video Presents: Carnival Row

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On 2 October 2018 Amazon Prime Video presented some of their new and recurring shows to the press and invited guests in London, among them Andrew’s new show Carnival Row.

We have no indication that Andrew attended the event but lead actors Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne spoke about the show, which is scheduled to be released in 2019.

According to Cara Delevingne, Carnival Row addresses “social and political themes. Immigration, classism and racism, important themes that need to be addressed more and more. It’s fantasy that we have never seen before”. She added: “The part I play has so much fire… Other characters and the story relate to what is happening in the world right now.”

(Source: Business Standard)

The series follows an investigation into a string of unsolved murders that are eating away at whatever uneasy peace still exists. Orlando [Bloom] is playing Rycroft Philostrate, a police inspector, and Delevingne will be seen as a faerish refugee who flees her homeland to come to the Burgue.

(Source: Gulf News)

About her character Vignette Stonemoss, “a fairy fleeing persecution”, Cara Delevingne said: “She is a survivor. She has been a victim but doesn’t know what is she surviving for now. Everything has been taken away from her. Her culture and her family.”

Her co-star Orlando Bloom  described the show as a “sort of Dickensian, steam-punk, Victorian world with these remarkable and beautiful mythical creatures”, and added: “When I got to Prague and saw the set they had built I was blown away, it was truly remarkable.”

(Source: Business Standard)

Head of comedy at Amazon Joe Lewis said in a statement:

There has never been a series like Carnival Row before.

The scope of the storytelling combined with the uniqueness of the world, themes and aesthetics haven’t been on TV before.

A simple police investigation will lead us down a remarkable journey in a world where humans and creatures co-exist. We’re so excited about what René [Echevarria], Travis [Beacham] and Paul [McGuigan] are creating and we can’t wait to bring it to customers.

(Source: Daily Mail)

The show is certainly creating a lot of buzz already and we cannot wait to see more!

 

Carnival Row Release Date?

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One of Andrew’s upcoming projects we are most excited about is Carnival Row. So far Amazon hasn’t announced a release date yet but we’re obviously not the only ones getting impatient!

Travis Beacham, one of the creator of Carnival Row, replied to a Twitter user’s question on 7 September 2018:

David Gyasi, who plays a character named Agreus on Carnival Row, answered the same question on 31 August 2018:

We’re hoping for more and more detailed information soon, and will keep you posted as usual!

Nathan Barr on Composing “Carnival Row”

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In their September issue Mix Magazine talked with award winning composer Nathan Barr (True Blood) about his “Stunning New Studio, a Rare Wurlitzer Organ, and the Tones of a Human Femur”. Apparently both of these unusual “instruments” will play a part in composing the soundtrack for his current project Carnival Row:

Currently, Barr is scoring two projects — Amazon Studio’s upcoming fantasy drama series Carnival Row and Universal Pictures and Amblin’s fantasy adventure film The House with a Clock in Its Walls, opening in theaters this month.

For Carnival Row, Barr’s left-of-center sound palette incorporates some of his more esoteric instruments, such as a glass armonica (designed by Benjamin Franklin in 1761) that he occasionally plays with steel drum mallets, a nyckelharpa, and the bottom pedals of the Wurlitzer Theater organ, which are capable of producing a low, rumbling growl. But the most unusual instrument Barr chose is the kanglang.

“It’s a human femur from Tibet that’s probably 150 to 200 years old. Some monks when they die have portions of their bones turned into trinkets or instruments,” Barr explains. “The kanglang produces a strange, incredibly unique sound that’s somewhere between music and sound design.”

In another interview with Reverb, Nathan Barr also mentions scoring Carnival Row:

I had a vision when I moved out here 20 years ago of a big, beautiful room to record music in and sort of having different stations, where I could bounce around from keyboards to strings to whatever, and that’s kind of what it’s become when we’re not recording orchestra. I’m doing a show right now at Amazon called Carnival Row, and I’m using the Wurlitzer quite a bit in that—sort of almost as a synth. So we have the organ on and in place and mic’d most of the time. So I can just sit down, and then we’ve got a picture up on the stage as well.

This sounds really intriguing and we can’t wait to hear the finished result – along with seeing Andrew as Ezra Spurnrose in early 2019!

Interview with The Italian Rêve

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Online Indie magazine “The Italian Rêve” published an interview with Andrew Gower today in which they talked about his motivations for being an actor as well as his recent work on Outlander, Black Mirror and Carnival Row.

We got some more information on Ezra Spurnrose, Andrew’s character in Carnival Row, and Andrew confirms he will be a series regular.

He also gave us an update on Humpty Dumpty, the documentary about Merseybeats singer Tommy Quickly that he is developing with fellow Liverpudlian actor Stephen Walters.

We filmed a lot of it but it has been delayed and we are hoping to have something to show people by the end of this year.

(Source: The Italian Rêve)

Read the full interview on The Italian Rêve website and visit our gallery for pictures from the photo shoot!

‘Carnival Row’: Andrew Gower & Jamie Harris Set To Recur In Amazon’s Fantasy Drama Series

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According to Deadline.com, Andrew was cast in a recurring role in a new show for Amazon Prime.

Carnival Row is described as a fantasy-noir set in a neo-Victorian city. Mythical creatures fleeing their war-torn homeland have gathered in the city, and tensions are simmering between citizens and the growing immigrant population. The series follows the investigation into a string of unsolved murders that are eating away at whatever uneasy peace still exists. It’s slated for premiere in 2019.

Gower will play Ezra Spurnrose, the scion of one of the most prominent families in the Burgue. When a business deal sours he finds himself under financial straights and reluctantly agrees, at his sister Imogen’s behest, to enter into a partnership with a wealthy Puck who has moved in across the street. When he begins to suspect that Imogen is falling in love with the Puck, Ezra will stop at nothing to protect his family’s reputation.

(Source: Deadline.com)

This means Carnival Row is the “mysterious” new project that forced Andrew to withdraw from playing Guy Titt in Nutritiously Nicola!.

We wish him all the best for this new role. He sure sounds excited about it!

ETA: BleedingCool.com and SpoilerTV have now also reported Andrew’s casting news.