‘Carnival Row’ Wraps Shooting in Prague

After spanning six months, production on the long-gestating TV series Carnival Row has finished shooting in the Czech Republic. 

Produced by Amazon Studios and Legendary Television, Carnival Row began filming in Prague last October. A “fantasy-noir set in a neo-Victorian city”, the series focuses on a detective investigating a series of murders against a backdrop of mythical creatures. 

An estimated 900 people worked on Carnival Row during its production in Prague, the majority of them local. Only about 60 cast and crew members were brought into the country for filming. 

One of the most expensive projects to ever shoot in the Czech Republic, topping even 2016’s Knightfall and Brittania, Carnival Row spent an estimated 1.5 billion CZK (roughly $75 million) while in Prague. 

The production was granted a tax rebate of more than 250 million CZK.

While filming primarily took place at Barrandov Studios in Prague, production also took place at locations in Liberec, the chateaux in Frýdlant and Krnsko, and Prachovské skály, the majestic natural rock formation that also served as a backdrop in Hellboy and Van Helsing. 

Carnival Row was originally sold as a spec script by Travis Beacham all the way back in 2005, and passed through the hands of directors like Guillermo Del Toro (who just won an Oscar for The Shape of Water) and Neil Jordan at various stages of its development.

Directors Paul McGuigan (Lucky Number Slevin), Jon Amiel (Copycat), Andy Goddard (Set Fire to the Stars) and Anna Foerster (who shot Underworld: Blood Wars in Prague in 2015) each worked on the series in the Czech Republic. 

Carnival Row stars Orlando Bloom in the lead as detective Rycroft Philostrate, alongside Cara Delevingne as a fairy named Vignette Stonemoss.

Both stars have been popular targets of paparazzi while in the Czech capital, with Bloom recently photographed alongside ex Katy Perry while on a tour of Prague Castle. 

Delevingne took to Instagram to celebrate the final day of filming: 

Local production company Stillking Films also took to social media to celebrate the end of the six-month shoot:

Posted by Stillking Films on Friday, March 16, 2018

Lead photo via Facebook / Stillking Films


Jason Pirodsky

Jason Pirodsky

Jason Pirodsky has been writing about the Prague film scene and reviewing films in print and online media since 2005. A member of the Online Film Critics Society, you can also catch his musings on life in Prague at expats.cz and tips on mindfulness sourced from ancient principles at MaArtial.com.

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