One of Edinburgh’s busiest spots was surrounded by actors and film crews today as filming began in the city for a brand new Amazon TV series.
Anansi Boys, the six-part drama adapted from the novel by Neil Gaiman follows the story of the two sons of the spider god Anansi.
Filming and production for the show had been in the works for many years, with the original schedule for the series in 2014 rather than being affiliated with American Gods, an adaptation by Starz.
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Now filming is in full swing for the Amazon show, with capital already being used by the likes of David Tennant and Michael Sheen, who starred in Good Omens, also an Amazon production based on a similar theme.
Crews and extras were present at Torphichen and Canning Street, the side street between Shandwick Place and Haymarket, on Monday March 14.
Also in attendance were dozens of film crews, huge cameras and equipment, and some excitement in the air.
As the locals stopped to watch and catch a glimpse of some of the famous faces, we were also on hand to snap some shots of the filming process and get a glimpse of how much preparation and time goes into what appears to be a simple scene.
The series’ main cast includes Delroy Lindo, Malachi Kirby, Amarah-Jae St. Aubyn and Lourdes-Faberes.
Of these, Lindo is perhaps the most prominent name as he plays Anansi in all six episodes of the series. Lindo has also appeared in films such as Malcolm X, Get Shorty and Da 5 Bloods and has certainly had a stellar acting career to date.
Malachi Kirby, who has starred in shows such as Black Mirror and the critically acclaimed film I Am Kunta, which is based on the story of Kunta Kinte, an African woman who was sold into slavery in America, was introduced on the first day of shooting in Edinburgh.
Because the street was full of extras in the show filming as if it were daily life, the team made several attempts to perfect the people just walking down a quiet street.
With several extras released by the crew in groups or individually to either walk down the street chatting or pretending to be on the phone, it showed a real insight into the preparation and perfection that goes into making a hit to film tv show.
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Although Edinburgh was where filming took place, the scenes took place in London.
The crew will also remain in the capital for another day of shooting on Tuesday March 15th.