Project Description

The Last Bus (Netflix)

The Last Bus (Netflix)
  • Channel: Netflix

  • Production Company: Wildseed Studios

  • Genre: Sci-fi / Children’s TV

  • Writer: Paul Neafcy

  • Directors: Lawrence Gough, Steve Hughes, Nour Wazzi, Drew Casson

  • Producer: Andy Mosse

Live action sci-fi series that follows a group of mismatched students on a school trip who become unlikely heroes when a robot apocalypse zaps away the rest of humanity. Starring Robert Sheehan, Tom Basden (After Life, Plebs) and an ensemble cast of young actors.

The 19 week shoot in August 2020 and the production team harnessed LED technology and bespoke hydraulic systems in The Bottle Yard’s 5,000 sq ft green screen studio, to break new ground in what could be achieved without the need for digital effects.

Producer Andy Mosse said: “We developed a way to use LED screens as a full 360 degree wrap around the bus so that we could shoot in any direction with any backdrop, which hadn’t been done before. The panoramic 360 images we projected were captured with 12 x 4K cameras built on a bespoke rigged car we called the ‘hotdog’. Combine this with some hydraulic Wallace and Gromit type levers plugged into the suspension of the bus, you’ve got a moving bus interior that bumps and weaves with the road and can be shot in camera with no digital effects needed.”

On location, filming took place at Bristol’s Redcliffe Caves and The Downs (assisted by Bristol Film Office), Cheddar Gorge, Brean Leisure Park, Wookey Hole in Somerset and the Eden Project in Cornwall.

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