Emmerdale’s acclaimed director Duncan Foster has explained what has gone into creating the upcoming stunt which will see the lives of the White family hanging in the balance when they are involved in a head on collision with a lorry – and he has revealed that his vision is for most of the peril to be seen through the eyes of the characters.
Lawrence, Lachlan, Chrissie and Rebecca are involved in the devastating car smash after Lachlan makes a grab for the wheel during an argument with Chrissie while they are pursuing Robert Sugden, who has Seb with him.
Speaking about working on the big episodes, Duncan told us when we joined the team on location: ‘This is massive sequence for the start of New Year in Emmerdale. It’s very complicated as we have a head on collision which is clearly very dangerous so we had to break the stunt done. My idea for it was that we sell a lot of it from inside the car – so we do a lot of it from the actors’ point of view. Therefore we only see the impact straight after the lorry has hit the car. What we have been filming this morning has been exactly that – the lorry hitting the car. Up until that, it’s a very complicated sequence for us with green screens and various different things which joins together afterwards.’
He continued: ‘We really want to sell the fear of the stunt from their point of view as opposed to it being just a camera outside a vehicle looking in. It’s key for me that we are in the crash with them. That’s the best sell because it’s the characters we care about – not the car or the lorry. We have been planning it a good few months and with storyboards, we have broken it down into all of the frames that we need.
‘I’m very pleased with the crash because it did exactly what I wanted it to do! There’s been a lot of discussion and working out the physics of where the car needs to hit the lorry in order to get it to where it needs to be for the next part of the sequence. It was exactly how we planned it, which was brilliant.’
Duncan is regularly involved with putting together huge stunt based episodes, including the motorway pile-up last year and the helicopter crash. And he still loves the challenge as much as ever.
He enthused: ‘It takes you out of your comfort zone. We’ve done so many year on year so it’s important that we learn from them each time. We did the Hotten bypass crash last year which was massive and we learned so much about crashing vehicles and how to both shoot inside vehicles and to shoot quickly. So in terms of what we do this week, for me I am just revisiting old ground and tweaking.’
The crash will air on Thursday 11th January at 7pm and 8pm on ITV.