They say you should start the year as you mean to go on, so I’m starting the year in the stunning south of France at some of the locations we’ll be using for the web series.
As our series is being shot entirely on location the importance of finding the perfect “Musketeer” look is paramount. Fortunately the area we have chosen to film in is by no means lacking in suitable landscapes and architecture.
So where is this magical area we have chosen to film? For those of you who know the south of France you may be unsurprised to hear we are shooting in and around the Lot and the Dorgodgne, famous for their beautiful medieval towns and Chateaux.
If you’re interested to see more about the locations take a look at our latest Pinterest Board, where I have gathered a number of photos of the locations we plan on using next summer: Pinterest Lot and Dordogne Locations
As promised here is a little video snippet from our first rehearsals last wednesday.
It covers the scene where Athos and Porthos first meet, their fight, and Athos and Marion’s first meeting.
Yesterday was a particularly exciting chapter in The First Musketeer’s story, because it was the first day of fight training! There is little I enjoy more than a clash of swords first thing in the morning and yesterday morning was right on the mark.
With Choreography by the very talented Charles Barrett aka Porthos, who happens to be a prize wining fencer, the routine he and Edward Mitchell rehearsed was thrilling to say the least. Keep your eyes open for footage from the day to be uploaded soon…
The second half of the day was slightly less energetic, with scenes from next year’s series being worked through.
It was a day of first meetings. We rehearsed when Porthos first meets Athos, and when Athos first meets Marion, both with rather violent consequences. I won’t give too much away but watch the rehearsal video to be uploaded soon for more sneak peeks into the world of The First Musketeer…
And of course, no day is complete without a bit of Dirty Dancing.
Who is Ghislain?
Ghislain is a new character from The First Musketeer. Best friends with Lazare since they served together under Henry IV of France, he enjoys the simple things in life. Good wine, good food, and a good fight.
Slightly less enthusiastic about the new young members of their group, he eventually becomes attached to the “lost boys” and helps as much to teach them the ways of a Musketeer as Lazare does.
Who is Marion?
Marion is another exciting new character created for The First Musketeer.
A feature in the entourage of Louis XIII, Marion knows all too well how to play the games at court. Beautiful but deadly, she is not to be trusted.