Director Michael Engler has given Downton Abbey fans a behind-the-scenes look at the ins and outs of the upcoming adaptation of the big screen TV screen.
Beautiful stills have been released for the premiere of the film this week, which describes in detail what the cast and crew did when the cameras were not rolling in between.
The images – to be published in an accompanying book when the film is released this Friday – show in candid moments include Dame Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Penelope Wilton and Michelle Dockery while filming the long-awaited continuation of the hit ITV drama.
Backstage Pass: Director Michael Engler gave Downton Abbey fans a glimpse behind the scenes of the upcoming TV screen adaptation on the big screen (depicted Hugh Bonneville and Michelle Dockery as Count Robert Crawley and Lady Mary Talbot)
In nice candid shots you see Michelle – who plays Lady Mary Talbot – leaning comfortably on her father on the screen Hugh (Count Robert Crawley) and chatting alongside Penelope (Baroness Isobel Gray) in all their 1920s splendor.
Anna Robbins, who worked as the costumer in Downton's last two seasons, designed the coats, with Michelle in a recent interview: & # 39; When Anna said she had just been to Paris to find pieces for me, I was just chewing on the bit to see what she had brought back. & # 39;
Another photo shows some of the actors portraying the servants outside Highclere Castle, the location of the fictional abbey, linking a selfie together, clearly delighted to be back there.
Happy to be back: the cast is happy to take a selfie on the set, clearly excited to be back in Highclere Castle, where Downton is being filmed (Phyllis Logan, who plays head housewife Mrs. Carson née Hughes, holds the camera)
Backtracking: Penelope Wilton as Baroness Isobel Gray joins Michelle on set, between takes
Dinner time: Banquet scenes should last for hours, with food and drinks constantly being replenished for continuity purposes
Michelle waits patiently between shots during a banquet scene, which would take hours to film, with food and drinks constantly being replenished for continuity.
Faced with rich food in the screens, thanks to the wealth of the household, actors would in fact only consume watercress and cucumber, so as not to be blown up.
The film Downton Abbey comes on TV four years after the last episode and follows a royal visit to the vast mansion. It is set in the fall of 1927.
A royal pose: Simon Jones and Geraldine James as King George and Queen Mary take a picture of Jim Carter – butler Carson – with his real wife Imelda Staunton, who plays Lady Bagshaw
Kitchen capers: despite the plot with an uprising of domestic workers, the actors who play the servants turn out to be much happier off-camera
Location location location: & # 39; As the camera & # 39; s moved away, it stands there, resplendent in its own cinematic distortion of time & # 39 ;, said actor Jim Carter playing Carson
Bedroom scene: The crew is filming a series in Lady Mary's bedroom
Coming soon: Downton Abbey – The Official Film Companion, by Emma Marriott (£ 25, Headline) to be published Friday
King George V and Queen Mary, played by cast newcomers Simon Jones and Geraldine James, will honor the abbey with their company, along with a new character Lady Maud Bagshaw, played by Imelda Staunton, who also joins the franchise.
In another photo on location, Simon and Geraldine – dressed as the royal family – take a photo of Jim Carter – who plays butler Carson – with his real wife Imelda.
The couple rarely cross paths during the film, given the very different class statuses of their characters.
Despite the plot with an uprising of the domestic staff, the actors who play the servants appear to be much happier off-camera in the photos.
The kitchen was not shot at Highclere, but at Shepperton Studios in Surrey. This was also the location of the basement, a silver room, a servery and serviced bedrooms.
Downton Abbey: The Official Film Companion, published by Emma Marriott (£ 25, Headline) on Friday; Downton Abbey: The Movie is released in cinemas, also on Friday.
Upcoming: the beloved TV show-filmed film, will appear in British cinemas on Friday
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