In this blog series, we will report on the production progress and other news of The Expanse each week. We will collect the latest social media and press activity from the show’s production team, cast, and the community. We hope this series will be useful for those who are not able to closely monitor social media, and provide an easy way to catch up on all the latest Expanse updates each week.
To catch up on the previous week of updates, check out our last post here.
This week, the production office shared a few small tidbits about production, including a new location photo that hints at a different environment on a certain planet where much of Season 4’s action will take place.
Talking of action, if you’ve ever wondered how to shake things up on a TV set, the Production Office has you covered with this tweet showing how the special effects team pull off some of the practical effects you see in the show. Or, if you were wondering how some of the camera movements are pulled off, here’s a video showing one interesting technique from Director of Photography Jeremy Benning Csc.
Our Special Effects team hard at work. The magic of Hollywood! #TheExpanse #ThursdayMotivation @PrimeVideo @FrankieForReal pic.twitter.com/mRb33Y7sGq
— TheExpanseProdOffice (@TheExpansePO) October 18, 2018
Beginning Monday, production will go into block two, meaning that production is likely done for the first two episodes, and will begin for episodes 3 & 4. If you want to know a little more about blocks and scheduling, the PO shared this chart a while back.
In “when is season 3 gonna come to Amazon?” news, Gamespot and many other publications reported that Season 3 will appear on Amazon Prime in the US on November 15th. However, it is unclear whether this means that Seasons 1-3 will be appearing worldwide on that date as well. We reached out to Amazon for comment regarding this, but have not yet heard back as of publication.
If you’ve been holding out on reading the books, an offer going on from now to November 6th at Barnes and Noble will net you the first three (so you’re all caught up with the show) for $30. If you haven’t read them yet, we highly recommend you do!
For those of you interested in the set and how the show is shot, Director of Photography Jeremy Benning Csc took Vistek on a tour/interview where he talks about his career, how to break into the industry, his work on The Expanse and other projects.
In Belt news, Dominique Tipper (Naomi Nagata) sat down with Lavender Vroman of No Man’s Land blog for a great interview where she talks about how much her role in the show means to her, representation and diversity in television and her own directing work. In case you missed it last week, Vroman also interviewed another badass belter, Cara Gee.
Finally, The Expanse was the recipient of the award for best sound editing at the 17th annual Directors Guild of Canada Awards for the Season 2 episode “Home”. Congratulations to the sound editors, you absolutely deserve it!
This week was Expanse Cosplay Week 2018. The yearly event organised by superfan Christina Ward on Twitter saw a fantastic response from fans, who entered with many creative cosplays including the Ringspace (from Ward herself), Herme5’s insanely detailed belter cosplays and this Drummer cosplay by Laura Sánchez complete with a Star Helix pistol.
Some of the cosplay entries submitted to the Expanse Cosplay Week 2018 event.
Friday the 19th marked the last day that you could vote in the E! People’s Choice Awards. Fans, cast & crew alike were out in full force with great new videos from Bora Kutlu and Dennis Quast and lots more support from Cas Anvar (feat. Frankie Adams), the writers, Dominique Tipper and everyone else. Even the elusive Thomas Jane chimed in to encourage fans to vote! Meanwhile, Prime Video offered their support as well. The winners will be announced on the 11th of November, so put it in your calendars.
This tweet prompted the Screaming Firehawks – with the support of the cast and crew – to give Amazon a quick history lesson on what they’ve missed in the fandom over the past three years using the hashtag #ExpanseThrowback. If you have some fan art or just a great memory from the fandom you’d like to share, tweet it at @PrimeVideo with the hashtag #ExpanseThrowback.
That’s all for this week, folks. Check back next Monday for a rundown of the upcoming week in the world of The Expanse. For those interested, our detailed record of Expanse-related web activity for this month (assembled by SkalmanIsDaMan) is available here. As always, if we missed something you think belongs in this article, please get in touch with us and let us know!
Until next week,