“Under the Dome” returned to Southport on Tuesday for the heaviest single day of work on the sci-fi series since filming began here in March.
Two production units set up at five different locations for shooting of the 11th episode, work that lasted from just after sunrise until well after dark.
Morning shooting involved scenes of “Junior” Rennie, played by Alexander Koch, driving a police car along I Am Street, while crews used wind machines on South Howe Street to simulate a “storm” that involved scenes with Chester’s Mill police officer Linda Esquivel (Natalie Martinez) in uniform.
The second crew set up mid-day in front of Trinity United Methodist Church on Nash Street, where three loud wind machines blew leaves to simulate a storm, while a car raced through the scene as cameras rolled.
At the same time, the first unit was set up on the riverfront beach at West Bay and Lord streets, where a body is pulled from the water.
The “storm” theme continued later in the day at a residence on East Bay Street during evening filming in the front and side yard of “Big Jim’s House.”
Technical crews brought in huge, snapped-off tree limbs and swings attached to wooden A-frames to use in the scene.
The second unit traveled to East Leonard Street, where further driving shots involving two officers escorting a “process trailer” were put down.
Southport is not expected to feature as a location in episode 12 of the series, and it is unknown if it will be a location in episode 13—the season finale—which is expected to air on September 16 on CBS.
Other ‘Dome’ tidbits…
n The second episode of the series, “The Fire,” drew 11.81-million viewers for the July 1 airing, compared to 13.53-million for the pilot episode. Those figures do not include viewers who recorded the episodes and watched at a later date.
n Emmy and Oscar nominee Mare Winningham has joined the cast as “Agatha,” and will make her debut appearance in the show in August. Winningham previously has appeared on the shows “ER.” “Law & Order: SVU” and “Hatfields & McCoys.”
n In a June 27 letter to fans on his website, author Stephen King has revealed that writers have made key changes to the TV series that differ from his 2009 source novel.
“Other story modifications are slotting into place because the writers have completely re-imagined the source of the ‘Dome,’” King’s letter states. “There’s only one element of my novel that absolutely had to be the same in the novel and the show, and that’s the ‘Dome’ itself. It’s best to think of that novel and what you’re seeing week-to-week on CBS as a case of fraternal twins. Both started in the same creative womb, but you will be able to tell them apart.
“Or, if you’re of a sci-fi bent, think of them as alternate versions of the same reality.”