BEING HUMAN: THE SERIES 2 DVD
Ladies and Gentlemen (and cats and dogs and the rest), here is the latest release available to buy in shops soon… The Being Human Series 2 DVD!
Being Human is a big part of my day job. It’s a BBC Three show about a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost that share a flat in Bristol. I run the online stuff for the show, editing the behind the scenes videos, writing articles and tweeting to the fans who are, without exception, brilliant. And bonkers. I love them.
This year we ran an online storyline, CenSSA: The Centre for the Study of Supernatural Activity, which I wrote and directed. We took a character from the show – Lloyd – and gave him his own YouTube channel and website where he tracked werewolves, vampires and ghosts. Gradually this research led him to Annie, George and Mitchell, the main characters in the show. Lloyd was kind of bumbling and (I hope) a bit funny and entertaining to watch. Fans could leave him messages on his YouTube profile and he would respond, so he built up a rapport with the audience.
However, when the series began, it turned out Lloyd was a major baddie… he even killed a werewolf in his first scene (Dun dun durrrr…). So from then on, anyone following his YouTube vids could witness his reactions to what he’d done, and speak to him directly, hopefully bringing the character to life. We wanted to expand him from just a man on screen into someone you could follow, argue with and tell off.
What’s exciting is that this year the blog team took over the production of the DVD extras, so we got to have a little fun with that too. There’s actually a locked area on there with some CenSSA goodies… but you’ve got to do something in particular to access it. Good luck finding it… Muhahaha!
Other blog team member Phil cut some brilliant in-depth behind-the-scenes features about the gorier aspects of the show, including behind the scenes of a guy haemorrhaging to death in a pressure chamber. Gross. There’s also behind the scenes of the moment Mitchell and Daisy, two vampires, rip a train carriage of people to pieces. We’re talking pints and pints of blood… so gory that even the lead actor, Aidan Turner, brought his camera on set.
There’s also some funny stuff on there. Mitchell fans will love the 1960s bonus feature, where Jason Watkins (Herrick) accusing Aidan Turner (Mitchell) of becoming less handsome. Something I’m sure most female fans will disagree with.
The main guy shooting our behind the scenes footage is our cameraman Geoff, or ‘Sexy Geoff’ as some of the fans call him. And quite rightly too, he’s a handsome man. He’s great at what he does, getting right into the heart of the action. However, for the first three weeks of production he wasn’t available, so I took over on shooting duty. One task was shooting on set of the cave scenes, where Mitchell has to knock another vampire’s fangs out with a brick. It was pitch black down there, with low walls carved out of solid rock… it’s one of the weirdest places I’ve ever been, and gets a feature of its own on the DVD. If you watch it, imagine me banging my head between takes. That’s basically what happened most of the day.
I’m really excited that the DVD is about to be released and can’t wait to hear what the fans think. Hopefully it should feel like an extension of the blog, as it’s us blog guys who have been in charge of putting it together. So if you buy one, I hope you enjoy it. We tried very hard to please you…