Jake Wood reveals EastEnders is using 'extraordinary' CGI in almost every scene

HomeTv & Show

Jake Wood reveals EastEnders is using 'extraordinary' CGI in almost every scene

Jake Wood has revealed that CGI is being used in almost every shot for new episodes of EastEnders.The Max Branning actor, 47, said the new filming

Megan McKenna is the picture of summer as she shows off her enviable figure in animal print bikini
Demi Lovato posts fresh-faced selfie to Instagram after sharing snaps kissing beau Max Ehrich
Rachel Riley heads out for a stroll with Pasha Kovalev and their baby daughter


Jake Wood has revealed that CGI is being used in almost every shot for new episodes of EastEnders.

The Max Branning actor, 47, said the new filming measures to ensure actors are socially distant are ‘extraordinary’.

The star spoke to Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid on Tuesday’s Good Morning Britain after his first day back on set on Monday.

On set secrets: Jake Wood has revealed that CGI is being used in almost every shot for new episodes of EastEnders

On set secrets: Jake Wood has revealed that CGI is being used in almost every shot for new episodes of EastEnders

The soap star said: ‘It’s going to take a bit of getting used to. We’re all socially distant so everyone is two metres apart. It’s quite extraordinary the way were shooting it, the way we’re filming it.’

‘They’ve been there for weeks working out the way to do it. We’ve seen some of the stuff they’ve shot, it’s very very clever. You’re not going to notice a difference as a viewer. 

‘Almost every shot has got CGI in it.’

Behind the scenes: The Max Branning actor, who returned to the set on Monday, said the new filming measures to ensure actors are socially distant are'extraordinary'

Behind the scenes: The Max Branning actor, who returned to the set on Monday, said the new filming measures to ensure actors are socially distant are ‘extraordinary’

'Challenge': He also revealed that sex scenes are unlikely to appear in the new episodes while they film during the pandemic

‘Challenge’: He also revealed that sex scenes are unlikely to appear in the new episodes while they film during the pandemic

Jake then joked he would love it if he could stay at home while a CGI version of him is acting on set.

He also revealed that sex scenes are unlikely to appear in the new episodes while they film during the pandemic.

The star said: ‘They’re looking at ways to film it so people can appear to be kissing.

‘Like anything at the moment, it’s going to be a challenge.’

Happy to be back? Jake joked he would love it if he could stay at home while a CGI version of him is acting on set

Happy to be back? Jake joked he would love it if he could stay at home while a CGI version of him is acting on set

They're back! The EastEnders cast and crew returned on Monday for their first day of filming since shooting the soap was put on hold amid the coronavirus pandemic

They’re back! The EastEnders cast and crew returned on Monday for their first day of filming since shooting the soap was put on hold amid the coronavirus pandemic

Piers then joked: ‘Well I imagine it would be anyway Jake, at your age.

But Jake quickly retorted: ‘It’s never a challenge for me Piers, come on.’

Unlike Emmerdale, EastEnders has decided not to make coronavirus a main theme of the new episodes after filming resumed yesterday following a hiatus from March.

The last show went out on June 16, the first time the soap has gone off-air in its 35-year history.

Social distancing: Elsewhere, Adam [Ian Beale] dressed to impress in a suit and tie as he filmed scenes outside Kathy's cafe with Milly Zero [Dotty Cotton]

Social distancing: Elsewhere, Adam [Ian Beale] dressed to impress in a suit and tie as he filmed scenes outside Kathy’s cafe with Milly Zero [Dotty Cotton]

Jake said: ‘It’s one of those really strange things. We’re filming episodes now that will go out in quite a few weeks time so it’s very difficult to predict where society will be and what the rules will be then so we’re not drawing too much attention to it.’ 

He revealed the Queen Vic will be open in the new episodes with everyone inside social distancing. 

It comes after EastEnders cast and crew returned to Albert Square on Monday, with stalwarts including Danny Dyer, Adam Woodyatt and Jake snapped adhering to social distancing guidelines while filming their scenes. 

Resuming: Danny, who stars as Queen Vic landlord Mick Carter, was seen holding a script as he recited his lines during his first appearance on the Square in months on Monday

Resuming: Danny, who stars as Queen Vic landlord Mick Carter, was seen holding a script as he recited his lines during his first appearance on the Square in months on Monday

Resuming: Danny, who stars as Queen Vic landlord Mick Carter, was seen holding a script as he recited his lines during his first appearance on the Square in months on Monday

Danny, who stars as Queen Vic landlord Mick Carter, was seen holding a script as he recited his lines during his first appearance on the Square in months on Monday.

The star could be seen chatting with Luisa Bradshaw-White [Tina Carter] in front of the new mural, which has been added as a sign of support fort he Black Lives Matter movement.

The duo filmed their scene in the Walford market, as they stood between the stalls while shooting their first episode back together.  

Elsewhere, Adam [Ian Beale] dressed to impress in a suit and tie as he filmed scenes outside Kathy’s cafe with Milly Zero [Dotty Cotton]. 

Later the actor was seen filming with Jake Wood [Max Branning] and Clay Milner Russel [Bobby Beale], while crew members looked on.

Members of the crew held out microphones on extended poles in order to pick up the sound from the actors, while remaining at a safe distance.

Safety first! Members of the crew held out microphones on extended poles in order to pick up the sound from the actors, while remaining at a safe distance

Safety first! Members of the crew held out microphones on extended poles in order to pick up the sound from the actors, while remaining at a safe distance

Fans are anticipating the show returning several weeks down the line, as the programme aired its final episode earlier this month after running out of episodes due to the COVID-19 crisis.

The hit BBC One soap will keep loyal viewers in suspense as they ended the show with a dramatic Sharon Mitchell cliffhanger. 

The dramatic final episode before the break ended with Sharon, played by Letitia Dean, being revealed as the new Queen Vic pub landlady.  

Viewers had been led to believe that Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden) would be taking over the reins but Mick (Danny Dyer) managed to trick the Walford hardman. 

Keeping apart: A bird's-eye view of the Square shows the cast will all be distanced during their scenes

Keeping apart: A bird’s-eye view of the Square shows the cast will all be distanced during their scenes

Back in action! Later the actor was seen filming with Jake Wood [Max Branning] and Clay Milner Russel [Bobby Beale], while crew members looked on

Back in action! Later the actor was seen filming with Jake Wood [Max Branning] and Clay Milner Russel [Bobby Beale], while crew members looked on

Back in action! Later the actor was seen filming with Jake Wood [Max Branning] and Clay Milner Russel [Bobby Beale], while crew members looked on

Just as Mick was about to sign over the Queen Vic, he dropped the explosive bombshell that there was in fact a new different landlord.

Phil was left sceptical over the announcement as he protested: ‘We had a deal. You’re bluffing, there’s no way you could have got a different buyer that quick.’

To which Mick then led Phil and his equally baffled wife Linda (Kellie Bright) to the bar where Phil’s estranged wife Sharon was pulling pints.

In a typically dramatic Albert Square scene, Phil’s scorned wife chillingly said: ‘Hello Phil, what can I get you?’

Distance: The duo filmed their scene in the Walford market, as they stood between the stalls while shooting their first episode back together

Distance: The duo filmed their scene in the Walford market, as they stood between the stalls while shooting their first episode back together

On set: The star could be seen chatting with Luisa Bradshaw-White [Tina Carter] in front of the new mural, which has been added as a sign of support fort he Black Lives Matter movement

Taking no chances! The crew also ensured they kept themselves a safe distance apart

On set: The star could be seen chatting with Luisa Bradshaw-White [Tina Carter] in front of the new mural, which has been added as a sign of support fort he Black Lives Matter movement

In place of its Monday and Tuesday episodes, a new series called Secrets From The Square, hosted by Stacey Dooley, has been shown.

BBC One also unearthed iconic past episodes and treats fans to a dose of nostalgia for the time being.

Since EastEnders has never been aired in ‘seasons’ like other shows, this was a milestone episode to many. 

Upon it’s return, the soap will resume its four days a week broadcasts, which were scrapped to release out the instalments that were in the can.

Plot: The hit BBC One soap will keep loyal viewers in suspense as they ended the show with a dramatic Sharon Mitchell cliffhanger

Plot: The hit BBC One soap will keep loyal viewers in suspense as they ended the show with a dramatic Sharon Mitchell cliffhanger

On pause! Production on EastEnders came to a halt in March, when the UK went into lockdown and most people were instructed to stay home, and work from home if possible

On pause! Production on EastEnders came to a halt in March, when the UK went into lockdown and most people were instructed to stay home, and work from home if possible

But the show returns with shortened episodes; rather than the standard half-hour slots, they will be 20 minutes long to begin with.

Executive Producer of the show Jon Sen said: ‘Resuming production is incredibly exciting and challenging in equal measure.

‘Since we postponed filming we’ve been working non-stop trialling techniques, filming methods and new ways of working so that we can return to screens four times a week – as EastEnders should be.

‘Filming will inevitably be a more complex process now so creating 20 minute episodes will enable us to ensure that when we return, EastEnders will still be the show the audience know and love.’

Shortened: But the show returns with shortened episodes; rather than the standard half-hour slots, they will be 20 minutes long to begin with

Shortened: But the show returns with shortened episodes; rather than the standard half-hour slots, they will be 20 minutes long to begin with

COMMENTS

WORDPRESS: 0