Tonight's episode of Supernatural offers a unique look at the world -- and the car -- inhabited by the Winchesters, via a Baby-centric episode that puts the iconic Impala at the center of the action -- and the cameras, mostly, inside the car.
During a recent set visit to the Vancouver offices of Supernatural, ComicBook.com got to see Baby up close (yes, I sat in the driver's seat). You can check out a video of the car rumbling past on the way to the next episode, as well as dozens of photos of the car "in person," below this story.
During that same visit, ComicBook.com was among the reporters who had a chance to talk to members o the Supernatural cast and crew about this week's episode. There was a ton of enthusiasm, and they had plenty to say.
"That was the busiest show I've done in eleven years," said Picture Car Coordinator Jeff Budnick. "We had all eight cars working....It was a lot of taking cars apart and putting them together, and it was busy work night and day for that episode. Blood everywhere! Inside the carpets? Just the cars I had to repair for that episode. I had to get five new headliners, becuase of the cameras ripping through the headliners. There's so much cameras in the car, and the blood on the carpets so we had to replace all the carpets, and the dash got cracked. So it was a lot of work to get them all back to normal."
"It was certainly different and unique," series star Jensen Ackles said during an interview.
His co-star Jared Padalecki agreed. "It was the first time ever in 200-plus episode that we'd shot like that. It was a brand-new style."
"We've done things that, for us, seemed similar to that but certainly never shot an entire show like that," Ackles added. "So there was a bit of a learning curve, and I think once [director Thomas J. Wright] figured out how he wanted to do it, that it was just getting used to that setup. Camera guys would come in, and it was all rigging....It all became attaching the cameras to the car and rigging them so they wouldn't move, and then they'd be like 'Okay, see you later,' and he and I would just take off with no crew and no nothing. So there will probably be a lot of outtakes and a lot of B-roll of he and I just shooting the s--t. In fact, one of the shots they used in the trailer was just us getting ready to start the scene."
The pair revealed that Wright is back, directing the episode they were filming last week during the set visit (likely the mid-season finale, based on every other show we visited from The CW, but they didn't specify).
"He's one of our ringers," said Padalecki. "He's been around a while, and so I think it was great to have him do the 'Baby' episode because he was able to plan it out in his head. Even though we had done a few shots using that rig setup, to do it all like that I think really required somebody with a steady hand. A lot of stuff caught us out off guard, but we just rolled with the punches."
"The story was great; Robbie [Thompson] did a great job writing it and Tom did a great job directing it," said Ackles.
NOBODY PUTS BABY IN A CORNER — Seen entirely from the point of view of the Impala, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) go on a road trip to fight monsters and demons.
Thomas J. Wright directed the episode written by Robbie Thompson.
Supernatural airs on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW, following new episodes of Arrow.