I really like this episode because it brings Cairn and Tallis together for the first time. Cairn (Adam Rayner) is SO GOOD with his Good-Aligned/Pretention outrage, haha. Also I felt quite bad that I had to literally SIT on Greg Collins (Brom) for a few hours to get these shots at the bottom of the hill, but he was such an amazing sport, he’s worked on TONS of shows from Transformers to The Office, and his attitude on a bare-bones web series was a game as on any set. He also did ALL his own stunts, and never complained about the long hours. Love LOVE him. Hope I can work with him another day and NOT kill him at the end (because he gets killed in every show he does practically, haha.)
One of my favorite shots of the whole series is the wide of the Dalish camp when Cairn walks up. Greg Aronowitz and his team literally took the game from video to reality with this set, it really looks SO much like the game, I couldn’t believe it. (MANY volunteers helped build these wagons as well, so thank you all!). The glow on the Phylactery was a great touch that director Peter Winther had the VFX team do, and it really adds to the veracity, small touch of magic that makes other magic in the show seem less abrupt.
We meet the character Josmael, a level 1 mage so to speak, in the camp. Masam Holden is an amazing actor and musician and brought the love-lorn character to life in a believable way. Also in this episode is Iris Klein as the Dalish elf matriarch, Maerwynn. She is actually my acting instructor from years ago, and when I thought of people I knew who were also elf-ish, she was #1. If you are in LA and want to take Meisner technique you should look no further.
Alright, next episode more characters (and FIGHTING) stay tuned!