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Making of Netflix’s ‘The Haunting of Hill House’ episode 6



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  • “The Haunting of Hill House” director Mke Flanagan explained
    in a Twitter thread on Sunday how episode six, “Two Storms,” and
    its multiple long takes, were pulled off.
  • Flanagan said the initial plan was to shoot the episode last
    to give the cast and crew more time to prepare, but it was moved
    up due to budget issues. 
  • He also revealed that his wife Kate Siegel, who played Theo
    on the show, found out she was pregnant the night before filming
    a big segment of the episode.


Netflix already released a behind-the-scenes
on its new horror series, “The Haunting of Hill House,”
that takes a look at the show’s standout sixth episode, “Two
Storms.” But fans have been clamoring for more information on the
five long takes that the episode is comprised of, the longest
being 17 minutes.

Director Mike Flanagan detailed how the episode was pulled off in
a lengthy Twitter thread on
Sunday, and said that the episode was “part of the very first
pitch for the show.”

Flanagan said that most of the camera choreography was included
in the script, which made it tough to read. The sets for the
haunted Hill house and Shirley’s funeral home were built with
episode six in mind. According to Flanagan, “They were
built on adjacent stages, and had to accommodate a hallway that
would physically connect them so that Hugh could walk directly
from the funeral home to Hill House in shot 1.”

Flanagan said the set had hiding places for the crew and
equipment for when the long takes took place, and there wasn’t a
place to cut the scene. He added that he wanted to shoot the
episode last to give the crew and cast more time to prepare, but
that didn’t happen. 

“Budget issues resulted in the studio moving the episode up
to the beginning of our third production block, and rapidly
accelerating our prep time,” Flanagan explained. “Production was
shut down, rehearsals for ep 6 began March 6th, 2018. We
rehearsed daily with our second team stand-ins, who performed the
entire episode as actors as we learned the camera, lighting, and
acting choreography. They were HEROES and made the whole thing

Flanagan said the studio also initially wanted to cut the storms
from the episode to not pay for extra “lightning” lights, as
Flanagan called them, and because water would sometimes flood the

This first segment involved hiding the younger actors
playing the Crain children around the corner in the viewing room,
so they could run in and replace their adult counterparts during
a 360-degree move around Tim Hutton,” Flanagan continued. “The
adults sprinted back into place a moment later.”

Flanagan said there was concern that the tight schedule
would put pressure on the child actors, but it “proved to be a
non-issue, as they knew their lines cold (and even the adults’

To conclude the thread, Flanagan said that he and his wife
Kate Siegel, who plays Theo on the show, learned she was pregnant
with their second child the night before filming segment

“Made me really nervous every time I saw her fall down,”
Flanagan said. “Added a special layer of nerves to the stress of
the ep.”

To see the entire thread, click

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