Season 2 Projected Start Date…

Photo credit: Inquisitor.com

Photo credit: Inquisitor.com

Ron Tweeted yesterday that Season 2 should premiere sometime in March/April 2016.

(Mayhap to coincide with the anniversary of the Battle of Culloden?).

See the full Twitter convo here: http://www.threeifbyspace.net/2015/09/outlander-ron-moores-impromptu-twitter-qas/#.VfYbHrSJnFI

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Why Outlander Really ‘Scored’ with Bear McCreary.

Bear McCreary performing score of Outlander at its World Premiere SDCC.

Bear McCreary performing score of Outlander at its World Premiere SDCC.

“Last summer, Ron Moore called me to score his exciting new series, Outlander. I was familiar with Gabaldon’s famous book series, and knew that it took place right in the sweet spot of my historical passion…” ~ Bear McCreary

I was lucky enough to be invited to and attend the World Premiere of Outlander at San Diego ComicCon this past weekend (fourth row center —gah!). Before the screening, the audience was treated to a performance by Composer Bear McCreary on the accordion, Musician Paul Cartright on the fiddle, and Singer Raya Yarbrough.

It was beautiful, spirited and at times ethereal. Along with composing the main title theme & Jamie & Claire’s love theme, he has incorporated Scottish folk tunes into the score—an Outlander fan’s dream come true! Turns out, Bear has been obsessed with Scotland/Scottish music since he was a young child:

“…Scottish music and culture has been an obsession of mine for nearly my entire life. Growing up in Bellingham, WA, my friends and I attended the Highland Games every summer for over a decade…First hearing the rolling and relentless Bb drone of the bagpipe bands get louder as we parked the car and headed towards the grounds gave me the euphoria that most little kids probably feel going to Disneyland…that drone would burrow into my brain, so deep that I could recall it for days, like a residual echo. When Rob Roy and Braveheart came out in the same year, I saw them each in the theaters ten times. When I learned to drive, I cruised my hometown blasting bagpipes from my car speakers.

…I began researching songs of the Jacobite Uprising and the century that followed. I was awestruck by the ability of these songs to communicate hidden meaning, tales of tragedy and triumph, with deceptively simple melodic lines and evocative harmonic progressions. At the later end of that spectrum, the texts of Robert Burns and Robert Louis Stevenson in particular struck me. I realized how the evolutionary threads of American folk music, Appalachian and bluegrass in particular, traced back to Scottish heritage. Shortly after high school, I picked up an accordion and began playing folk tunes, transcribing my own arrangements and composing new harmonic progressions for classic melodies…” ~ Bear McCreary, Outlander Fans’ Guide to My Music

Bear is the real deal; passionate and dedicated with complex tastes—a perfect match for Outlander. I for one absolutely cannot WAIT to buy a copy of the soundtrack as soon as it (God-willing!) becomes available!

Incidentally, the Outlander Main Title Theme will be available for pre-order on iTunes 8/2/14, here is the link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/outlander-main-title-theme/id903585323?i=903585389

Bear wants to hear from Outlander fans, intends to blog about his experiences working on the show:

“Throughout the season, I will blog about my experiences working on this show as often as I can. With a new little baby in the house, my time for blogging is proving to be elusive, so I may not be able to do a full entry for each episode. Nevertheless, I look forward to hearing from all you, via Twitter, Facebook or comments right here on my blog. I want to know what themes you notice, which cues are your favorite, and what music you’d like to experience on a soundtrack album, should that one day come to fruition.” ~ Bear McCreary

I LOVE that he wants to hear from us! That just shows how committed he is to the integrity of the music and, by default, the show. How lucky are we?

Here is the link to Bear’s official site/blog, with links to his Facebook & Twitter accounts: http://www.bearmccreary.com/#blog/blog/outlander-fans-guide-to-my-music/

And here, courtesy of Outlander Kitchen, is a video of the musical performance enjoyed by the audience at the World Premiere—enjoy!:

Best #Outlander Trailer Yet!

Check out this brand new Outlander trailer with never-before-seen-scenes and commentary from Ron Moore, Diana Gabaldon, Sam Heughan, Caitriona Balfe, Graham McTavish, Lotte Verbeek and Tobias Menzies! It’s AMAZING!

 

 

We love these books too; we’re not here to destroy this work, we’re here to honor it. ~ Ron Moore

People who are fans of the books are really going to love this. ~ Caitriona Balfe

It’s recognizably Outlander, but at the same time there’s this wonderful sense of novelty and discovery about it. ~ Diana Gabaldon

Scotland’s rich history provides the dynamic backdrop to the story of Outlander. This country has a particular quality to it; the light has a particular quality, the grass, the trees—the landscape itself is a character in the show. ~ Ron Moore

Every time I walk onto set, there’s at least a split second where  I feel like, “this is not a set, this is actually real.” Its so rich, it’s really amazing. ~ Lotte Verbeek

#PocketJamie Could Win Starz a Shorty Award for ‘Best Use of a Hashtag on Twitter.’

PocketJamie Template, from starzoutlander.tumblr.com

“#PocketJamie,” from starzoutlander.tumblr.com

“The Shorty Awards (also known as the Shorties) are the equivalent of the Oscar in the Social Media world.”  ~ shortyawards.com

Did you know that Outlander has the most engaged fan base in advance of a premiere in Starz history?

As you can imagine, that’s marketing gold to the powers that be. In fact, Starz’ Digital Marketing team has been working very hard to make us, the fans, feel like we’re ‘part of the ride,’ hoping it will motivate us to spread the news that the books are coming to life (as if we needed any coercion lol).

They hosted the fan event in NYC in October 2013, and LA in January 2014.  We had behind the scenes glimpses of video/sketches & artist renderings/Q&A with Ron Moore, Diana Gabaldon, AND the lucky attendees in LA also got to interact with Sam Heughan & Caitriona Balfe!

LA is where the #PocketJamie campaign was born:

The #PocketJamie campaign was designed as a digital extension of a fan event we held in Los Angeles. Attendees were given their very own #PocketJamie and challenged to take photos of him and upload them to Twitter. This activation will last over 2 months and will culminate in the #PocketJamie awards to be “held” in March.

Campaign Objectives 

• Support our Outlander super fans and give them exciting, compelling content
• Encourage fans to participate in the #PocketJamie experience and activate others to do the same
• Bring a piece of the Outlander fan event to those who could not attend by giving #PocketJamie away on Twitter and encouraging everyone to participate.

The fun isn’t over yet.

Later this month, we will announce the #PocketJamie awards. Categories like “Most Creative #PocketJamie photo” “Farthest Traveled #PocketJamie” and “Best Supporting Appearance with #PocketJamie” will be announced. Fans will submit their photos for each category by tweeting them to @Outlander_Starz and including the #PocketJamie hashtag. Winners will be selected and announced at the #PocketJamie Awards, a live Twitter chat with the @Outlander_Starz handle. Each winner will receive a prize autographed by Outlander’s stars, Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan. ~ Starz Digital Team, as seen on industry.shortyawards.com

So, do you feel like Starz has made you feel as though you’ve been ‘part of the ride?’ I can honestly say that I do…

And for those participating in the #PocketJamie contest, good luck & have fun! I can’t wait to see the entries, lol. 
A Pocket Jamie a day keeps the redcoats away, ken?

A Pocket Jamie a day keeps the redcoats away, ken?

It’s Official: Sam Heughan IS Jamie Fraser!

Photo: April Steele

Photo: April Steele

The speculation is over!

Diana confirmed it via CompuServe:

Well, now…according to the Official Language that was suggested to me yesterday when they told me to go ahead and post the news that Scottish actor Sam Heughan has been chosen to play Jamie Fraser in the new Starz cable-TV series  (it’s not a movie, it’s not a mini-series, it’s regular series television, but on a subscription channel)……

“I can’t confirm if the contracts are signed and he is officially Jamie Fraser but I can say Sam Heughan did audition. He was and is my top choice!”

This was after the Starz_channel Twitter account sent out a cheery little tweet yesterday urging people to “Follow @Heughan, who is to play Jamie Fraser on the new Outlander series!”

Which kind of caused Mass Consternation <cough>, to put it mildly, among all the PR people who had been planning press releases and controlled rollouts, etc.

Enough people saw that tweet–during the half-hour or so it was up –that the news was spreading like hair-oil on a sofa, so Ron Moore told me to go ahead and let the cat all the way out of the bag, via Facebook and Twitter.  (When I looked a moment ago, there had been 350,000 views of the original posting, and about the same (collectively) for the three followups.) ~ Diana Gabaldon

So, it shouldn’t be overlong before we find out who will play Claire to Sam’s Jamie, ken?

I Love Ron Moore for ‘Faithfully’ Adapting Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander to a Cable TV Series…

“Jamie Fraser” by Captivated2 @ deviantart.com (http://captivated2.deviantart.com/#/d56lung)

Think I’m putting the cart before the horse?

After all, “Essential Entertainment” toyed with Outlander fans for years; EE optioned the books for a movie or tv series back in 2008.  They worked with “Randall Wallace” (who wrote the movie “Braveheart”), and “Ann Peacock” (screenwriter for ‘The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ 2005 ) who actually  wrote a screenplay for a feature film.

We waited, and waited, and EE did nothing.

Part of me was hoping it was taking so long because they were deciding to do a cable tv series vs. a feature film, but I had doubts as to whether any project would be completed in my lifetime, or ever.  (Granted, there is a camp of Outlander fans who would just as soon not see the books translated to film, believing no actor could ever do ‘James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser’ justice.  And while I’m the first to admit that Jamie is a complex character with many, many layers of emotion, I believe it can be done.)

Plus it was so  frustrating to see a cable series like HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ which I ADORE (based on “George R. R. Martin’s”  ‘A Song of Ice & Fire’ books) have so much success, knowing with every fiber of my being that Outlander could achieve that same level of success and more, if only EE  would DO something!  In the end, they did nothing, ‘Essentially’ depriving the world of Jamie & Claire and there was no help for it.  UNTIL that is, Ron Moore took an interest in it…

It was the ‘squeal’ heard round the world:

Diana Gabaldon posted on facebook July 17th, 2012:

“WELL, ALRIGHTY, THEN…
Yes! It _is_ true; while final contracts aren’t yet signed, we do have a deal with Sony Pictures for development of a cable-TV (as in HBO, Netflix, Starz, Showtime, whatever…that kind of thing) series.”

And when it was announced on July 17th, 2012 that Ron Moore closed a deal for the rights to Outlander and would be pitching it  to cable networks the following week, I was EXCITED!   I mean REALLY excited, ESPECIALLY when he tweeted this:

“Big fan of  Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander books for many years, excited for the opportunity to do a FAITHFUL interpretation!”  

Big fan?  Faithful interpretation?  Tell me more!

“Ronald D. Moore” is best known for his Emmy nominated work on ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ (a show close to my heart- I wanted Jean-Luc Picard to be my father, had a crush on “Number One” William Riker & wanted to BE the empath-counselor Deanna Troi) & most recently ‘Battle Star Galactica,’ where he did get an Emmy in 2008 while serving as Executive Producer (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0601822/bio)

Star Trek: The Next Generation?  Battlestar Galactica?  EMMY?  I mean, really- could this get any better?  You bet your kilt it could!  Diana Gabaldon said THIS later that week on the Compuserve forum:

“Actually, Ron and his chief production assistant came out and spent a weekend (not an hour, not a day <g>) with me last month, discussing the books, the characters, various approaches, structural principles–i.e., where it might be best to break the content of a book for a season, an episode, etc.–the background from which I wrote the books, asked if I had any out-takes or background material written for any of the minor characters that might be useful, etc., etc. He’d read everything, including THE EXILE. <g>.”

Well I’m sold.  Am I putting the cart before the horse?  Maybe, but I don’t think so;  Ron is backing up his words with action- that shows integrity, and Outlander deserves no less. I have complete faith in him.  He’s obviously committed to making this happen and has proven to be MORE than qualified to handle the task of adapting our beloved Outlander books to a cable tv series.
And Ron, if you’re reading this, THANK YOU.  I know that you’ll do the best you can and I can’t WAIT to see your handiwork.  ♥