At the Scene of “Doc Martin,” Series 7 — Part 3 — Outside the Surgery

by Karen Gilleland  © 2015

Filming was held on the hill near the surgery. I wondered why “Doc Martin” didn’t employ the three-camera technique used for Hollywood sitcoms. In the tight squeeze of some of the locations in Port Isaac, I saw that one camera barely fit, let alone three.

This scene features Martin Clunes, Caroline Catz (Louisa) and the dog actor, Dodger (Buddy).

(Note: After the first reference to the actors’ real names, I’ll refer to them by their character names.)

Please click on photo to enlarge. Use back arrow, top of screen left, to return to page.

unnamed

Martin and Louisa are shown where to take their positions.

After the scene was filmed in one direction, the cameras moved to the opposite end of the roadway. What flashes by in a couple minutes on the screen takes a couple hours to film.
unnamed
unnamed unnamed unnamed unnamed unnamed unnamedThe filming schedule generally runs 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.  I admire the cast and crew for their stamina. Along with the film work itself, going up and down the steep hills of Port Isaac takes a great deal of endurance.

No filming on Saturday or Sunday, giving cast and crew a well earned rest.

.

.

.

.

(Above left) You can tell they are still rehearsing because Louisa has the script in her hand.

(Above right) It requires skilled acting for dog-lover Martin to convince people that he’s annoyed with Buddy.

(Left) Louisa is as pleasant as she is beautiful.

.

.

.

It looks here as if the director may be discussing a change in the scene.

.

.

.

I had brought along the photos I took at last year’s Buckham Fair for Martin to sign, which he graciously did. He joked that he’d probably see them on eBay. Not a chance!

.

.

.

.

Breathe in and watch your toes!

We called this maneuver the “auto shuffle.” Regardless of filming, cars occasionally drove down the road.

.

unnamed

.

Buddy was quite the crowd pleaser.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

unnamedunnamed(Above left) Spectators were asked not to take photos after the director called “Action!” because the camera lens reflected the light and the sound of the click would be picked up by the microphones.

(Above right) Martin and Buddy in a discussion about the scene. (I think Martin might be pulling out a doggie treat.) Notice how picturesque the background is.

Thanks to Linda Villelli, Joseph Barnett, Viola Brown, John & Pam Russell for supplying photos for this series.

Next up: Location sets in beautiful Port Isaac.

.

To see additional photos, click on the following:

Part 1 — “The Crew”

Part 2 — “Filming in the Village and Harbor”

Part 4 — “Location Sets in Beautiful Port Isaac”

Part 5 — “My Walk-on Part”

Part 6 — “Memories and Favorite Photos”

To read all articles and FanFiction, go to the front page of karengilleland.wordpress.com

Advertisements

7 thoughts on “At the Scene of “Doc Martin,” Series 7 — Part 3 — Outside the Surgery

  1. Hi Karen
    Thank you so much for sharing your great photos and also the stories behind the photos. It makes one feel as though we were there enjoying your trip with you.

  2. Oh dear Karen, thank you so much for these photos! Opening today’s post was like opening a box of treats. Quite a delightful treat indeed as we get a few glimpses of our favorite ‘Doc’ and her love, Luisa, on location.
    Thank you and to everyone who contributed pictures on this series!

  3. It’s like feeding us delightful candies that are good for you! Enjoyed the photos and appreciate
    every bit of information that leads toward viewing the first episode of Season 7. It’s such a
    wonderful town to be a part of and I would love to actually set my feet upon one day. Hey,,,I can dream and Doc Martin keeps the dream alive.

  4. Pingback: At the Scene of “Doc Martin,” Series 7 — Part 4 — Location Sets in Beautiful Port Isaac | "Doc Martin" with Martin Clunes Fan

  5. Pingback: At the Scene of “Doc Martin,” Series 7 — Part 2 — Filming in the Village and Harbor | "Doc Martin" with Martin Clunes Fan

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s