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I don't even know where to begin. The shoot was amazing.
Well, I kind of knew coming into a job with three other guys,
I thought, "It's going to be a ball.
"It's going to be fun." And it was exactly that.
Since day one, I think we all clicked. It's just been...
It's been so much fun.
They all bring something so different to the group.
A lot of fun to work with. Sometimes too much fun.
Jake, Sam, you will orienteer a seven kilometre walk
with Andy and Felix.
Brains and brawn. Excellent choice, sir.
-There's a shortcut.
-Maybe it's not such a good idea to leave the path.
HE BIRD CALLS
The show is about four boys who get lost in a forest,
and when they come back to their own world,
'they've come to an alternate reality where they were never born.
'So the idea is what would happen if you didn't exist anymore?
'What would the world be like with out you,
'and how would your family have changed,
'how would your relationships have changed if you hadn't been there?'
My name is Joel Lok. I play Andy. Andy Lau.
My name's Rahart Sadiqzai and I play Sam.
My name's Matt Testro. I play Jake Riles.
Dougie Baldwin. I play Felix Ferne, who's the Goth.
He begins the start of the series as the stereotypical nerd.
'Then you come to realise as the series progresses that,
'you know, he's actually got a lot of qualities of a leader,
'in a sense. His family have always been really protective
'and haven't really given him the opportunity to go and explore
'and be independent, and do all those things'
that he's always aspired to do.
'Sam's journey is a big one.
'He goes from being the one that everybody loves,
'everyone wants to be with, everybody wants to be him,
'to being the outcast.
'He finally gets to see what it's like to be the other'
person on the other side of popularity.
Jake is very grounded.
He is very mature, but to some he comes off as the bully at school.
He's the sporty jock, he's the footy captain.
'He's insecure about his home life, it's broken.
'He doesn't seem to have anything that he's proud of at home.
'When they get lost, at first he's the man of the group
'and he makes sure that they survive.
'He's very practical and logical.'
'He's cynical. He's had the bad side of life.'
He's only had people ridiculing him.
He's had people constantly disputing everything he does.
'He realises what everyone else is going through,
'that he's not the only one that might have problems.'
'Some things that are really similar between Sam the character
'and me, myself, Rahart, is a love for food.
'I love food. There's no two ways about it. That's a big part of Sam.
'In the series it's always on his mind, he's always hungry.'
Jake's probably a lot more grounded than I am.
'I'm quite an outgoing type.'
The shoot was 13 weeks, I believe.
'I remember at the start of the shoot,
'I used to be able to go to work with like three hours' sleep.
'Then, towards the end of it, eight hours wasn't even enough.'
I got here at 5.22am.
-I'm going to get some breakfast.
This is Matt and my pre-scene workout.
-Helps us get into character.
-It's like acting as a muscle.
Like any other muscle you would use.
Sorry, Christine, but we're doing Behind The Scenes.
I might just have to move you over somewhere else.
We're going to have to move. Come with us, come with us.
This is one of our walks.
We do certain...
-You have to stretch the muscle. Work it.
Every single muscle of the body.
As you can see, I voluntarily get in.
I stay here during lunch and I sleep here overnight.
-That's right. Ready for tomorrow.
You are all about saving time.
How do I stay warm?
I've got this top, this top, this jacket, this jacket,
and a hot water bottle.
Then, if I want to, I can get a hot chocolate.
Lunch time, look at it.
Spaghetti chicken pasta.
Yeah, so people think that we don't go to school because we're on set.
-They go to school.
-This is school.
I've been doing Year 12.
I'm in my final year this year,
so I've been balancing my Year 12 studies
with my onscreen work and my work lifestyle.
Every ten minutes that I get free on set will be time spend doing
essays and time spent researching.
This is the tutoring room.
It was a green room, but it's been transformed into a tutoring room.
Joel doesn't spend any time here cos he doesn't go to school.
No time. No time at all.
I spend a lot of time in here.
I usually have the green room all to myself.
-Where he sleeps and listens to music.
Everyone knows me as the one that sleeps all the time.
'On shoot, you can definitely see me sleeping in deck chairs
'at every opportunity.'
Today on set we are introducing the tea trolley.
This is where we keep assorted biscuits.
Assorted biscuits for the day.
So you've got your sweets over here and your savouries over here.
Variety of teas.
There's English breakfast, Irish breakfast, peppermint,
Ceylon Orange Pekoe.
It's actually afternoon right now,
and I'm about to make my green tea.
-Do you want some cordial in it?
By the time everything was done in the day onset,
'it would probably be about six o'clock,
'by the time everything was done.
'Then I'd get home an rehearse for the next day.
'By the time that was done, I'd probably get to bed by 10-10.30.'
Then be up at four the next morning.
I feel like I am the most masculine.
Are we just going to keep throwing balls?
There was just basically myself, Joel and Dougie
running around a gym, beating each other up, getting videoed.
So that was fun.
-Day four of shooting.
-It's been crazy.
-We just TP-ed an entire gym.
It was awesome.
-We had lacrosse.
-We got really sweaty.
I was just sitting there watching.
I didn't get to do it.
-There's a demon.
There's a demon chasing us, and Dougie and I...
There's a demon chasing us, and Dougie and I can't get in.
Then these two are at the door trying to help us.
When we finally get the door open...
When we finally get the door open, the demon comes out and haunts us.
He's trying to get in and trying to haunt us.
"Cloaked figure" is what the script says.
Yeah, and we're just pretty much really, really scared.
Run into the forest.
-Let's ask you where this place is. Where are we?
-Where are we, huh?
That's right, the hideout.
-How does that feel?
Oh, that was so fun!
-That was fun.
-That was intense.
-A lot of yelling.
-One of my favourite scenes.
-With that fan.
It made it easy cos it was blowing the thing in your face.
It was great.
There was a lot of dust. I've got a lot of dust in my mouth still.
In my nose, in my mouth.
-My eyes, my ears.
-Yeah, there's still a bit of grass in your hair.
Let me. Let me get that for you.
Got it? Have you got it?
I've got it, I've got it.
Have you got it?
No, I haven't got it.
This is Billy, my stunt double.
-We look alike, don't we?
Yeah. But, no, when the helmet's on, we look exactly the same.
Pretty much whenever I have to do any skating, he's here right with me.
In the scene we had to do today, Billy had to do some...
Or Sam had to do some aerial tricks.
-Did you do a kick flip today?
Couple of kick flips and whatnot. We did some fake skating as well.
A bit of these. Pretending without a skateboard.
I think it was for sound.
Yeah, cos the skating echoed.
Yeah, the sound of the skateboard echoing.
This is the part where he saves my life.
This is the part where he actually does the trick.
Am I nervous for him?
Heh... Hell yeah.
He did well.
I was hoping they'd give me a shot.
'There was the mat there and everything for the first time.
'I was like, "Yeah, I could do this," but then, he made it look easy.'
Hi, I'm Darci McDonald and I play Ellen.
I'm Tamala Shelton, and I play Mia.
This is... What's your last name?
-Is it Jesse Williams?
-This is Jesse... Is it actually?
-Yeah, it is.
-OK. This is Jesse Williams, and he plays Sammy.
They're constantly giving us putdowns. Yeah...
They're just jealous, really.
Joel is always sleeping. Just never stops.
The best part was when I got to do awesome stunts with Joel.
-I saved her life.
-He saved me from a bus. That was pretty fun.
What else did...? I don't know, I've just enjoyed everything, really.
This is the lovely Michala Banas, who plays Phoebe in the show.
She's our creepy auntie. MICHALA LAUGHS
I thought that coming on to a show with four teenage boys
was going to be hard work.
Cos sometimes teenage boys are hard work.
No! You know what, they've been great.
'They've been like mates.
'They've formed a really nice bond together, the four of them,
'and then as someone who comes in and out of the show,
'I just felt really comfortable.
'They're all really good, decent guys.'
Michala, as professional as she is, she laughed out of place one time
because she heard a motorbike and she thought it sounded like a fart.
-I remember that.
-It totally did though!
It was in the hideout back there.
-It totally... It sounded like a fart.
This is Damien.
-He's just awesome.
Cut that, then.
We're done here, I think.
Damien? Well, he's just been fantastic.
He's absolutely hilarious off set.
'Just such a great actor to work with on set.
'To have him opposite you just helps so much.'
I think it boosts the performance in the scene in general.
Being possessed. Well, the demented chicken,
as they've been calling it. Yeah, I've heard about that.
I'm not sure they had any control in that
or are even meant to do that to be a chicken.
'I just saw Nick, who's playing the school teacher, being possessed.
'I thought it was fantastic.'
I thought he did a really good job of it.
So I tried to do my version of him,
but apparently it looks more like a chicken.
At one point, Dam-o hissed.
I did. Well, the take had been going on for a while.
We'd been rolling for quite a while, so I thought,
"The editors have got enough here to cut in,
"so why don't I give them a hiss?" Chuck in a...
That dog looks like a Pokemon.
-I'm Sarah from Film Livestock. This is Caroline.
We've got these fine gentlemen chasing us.
They're pretty placid right now.
But when you see them, they do have...
Their inner demons come out.
Fred, Deacon, Taya, go!
-We've got Fred over here.
So Fred's actually mine in the TV show.
This is Taya. Her real name's Taya.
You've got Duffy over here. She's 12 weeks old.
This is Deacon. Is it Deacon?
How do you get them to attack us?
SARAH: We've had about three weeks of prep on these dogs,
so it's a process.
Luckily we've had some volunteers at home who have played you
guys for us over the time that we've been training,
so we've just taught the dogs to run after the people.
They've also been trained to show aggression behaviours.
Whatever you do, don't look him in the eye.
How do you do that?
It's a lot of positive reinforcement,
'so what we do is we shape the behaviour of the dogs,
'so they'll offer us maybe just a little bit
'of something that we like - maybe just a lip lift -
'and we reward that,
'and we build on it.'
Can you get one of them to growl now?
Yes, good girl.
Are you guys OK?
Dude, come on. We've got to get out of here.
This is Sean and he's being Dougie for today,
because Dougie's pre-occupied.
And I'm Matt, and we're filming the climax of the series.
So if you haven't seen all the episodes yet, spoiler alert.
Here it goes again.
They're doing another take cos Joel just can't get it right, can he?
-Look at him.
-That's classic Joel.
I was kidding, by the way. We love Joel. Joel's fantastic.
This is Russell. He teaches us how to do all our stunts.
Ah, you're too strong, man.
From the last time you threw me into a tree.
Me and Russell had the same weights programme.
-As you can tell.
-I'm actually Matty's double.
I'm the only one that has the same sort of physique as Russell.
This here is Mark. He is one of our stuntmen.
Mark will be fitting me wit this jerk harness here,
which will throw me back into that tree.
So that's going to be terrifying, but Mark's a very safe guy
and he's going to take care of me.
We're going to be all right, aren't we?
We are going to look after the tree.
This stuff is called skydeck.
It was insulation on space ships first, wasn't it?
-Has been. Also in the US Military.
-There you go.
It's great for holding eggs, as you can see.
You can fit one, two... You can fit a lot of eggs in here.
I'm going to put it on the tree and I'm going to launch back into it.
It's kind of hard, but, you know, I'm tough, so we'll be all right.
I do a stunt where I'll be getting sucked up into the tornado
up in the sky. I have to hold on to that rope.
I'm going to go upside down, with a woman's harness
because I'm too small for a man's one.
Doing his own stunts.
You're at Millipede.
I'm the founder of the studio and the creative director on this project.
I guess the technical leader, or lead programmer for Nowhere Boys.
So we've developed a story that runs completely parallel to the TV series,
so basically augments the adventure of what's going on.
It's focused on a boy who's lost in this...
..in between dimensions, called negative space.
Pretty much trying to find a way home.
Along the way,
he's realised that the boys in the TV series are in the same predicament,
and they're actually working to help each other.
So they actually do things that influence each other
and aid each other's quests.
Yeah, it's an interesting premise.
'An episode will play, and that will trigger a game chapter to unlock.
'So hopefully at the end of the episode,
'there's a call to action to encourage people to go on
'and continue the story online.'
They can go on, the game will be ready to play.
Yeah, they'll see a lot of familiar things
that they've just witnessed in the TV series
actually creep through into the game, then do some tasks.
They'll see the results actually occur in the next episode
when that airs.
What I really want, I think
what we all really wanted from the start,
is to create something that was unique to what's out there now,
and also something that can really get
the player into the mythology, to the big world of the Nowhere Boys.
What we wanted to do was take an idea,
take the concept of magic,
and make it very real.
I've got Felix's Book of Shadows.
It's where he puts all his spells.
Show him the research that he's done on us.
So this page is Andy.
Oh, oh, that's just his personal diary. He just likes us a lot.
Pretty much Felix has written down elements
of the of the individual that can relate to the magic somehow.
I'm water, water. Andy's water because he's a logical thinker.
I'm earth because I'm grounded and that's sort of thing.
Sam's air, because he's an airhead, which gets mentioned in the script.
-He's quite flowing, just kind of flows around life.
I think I'm fire because I'm just angry at life.
Because you're hot.
I'm kind of just angry at how my life has turned out.
Angry at everyone around it.
Here it's got a zodiac sign.
-Apparently I'm a Libra.
-I'm a Leo.
So the magic's loosely based on zodiac signs and runes.
TONY: 'The whole idea of the series was
'that we were going to slowly build this sense of threat
'throughout the series.'
There's this kind of dark magical force which is trying to
eliminate the boys from the alternate reality that they've entered.
'At one point, one of the characters says,
'"Well, maybe magic is just science that you don't understand.'
"Science that you haven't discovered."
'I think that was the central idea that we're playing with -
''that there are all of these really interesting theories
'about the multiverse, about alternate universes,
'about the ripple effect, a butterfly effect.
'We're playing with that'
and playing with the idea that a magical event can trigger that.
The big thing that we had was a big tornado that chases the boys.
The tricky thing about that is, again, we've got
a limited time to do it and we're in the forest...
..which is not green-screen-able, really,
in the time.
That was quite a challenge of how to cover that
'in such a way that we didn't have to erect green screens.'
Of course, technology has advanced so much
that you have options to do that, it's just time consuming.
'So it was about finding a part of the forest that was open enough
'to give us space for a tornado, and removing the boys to one side
'so the tornado gets its part of the frame
'and the boys get their part of the frame.'
The tornado gets its own shot.
TONY: 'The visual effects' bees are really cool.
'The crows are great.
'Then the visual effects helps enhance the dog threat
'that we're trying to create.
'So all of that is terribly exciting.'
Within the boundaries of the world that we're in,
it gives it another element.
It really makes the magic come to life.
Yesterday consisted of very mixed emotions.
I was excited, like, "No more 3.45 starts!"
But also I knew I was going to miss everyone like crazy.
'I don't think it'll hit me till Monday morning when I wake up
'and I'm like, "I don't have any lines to learn.'
"I'm not going to work. What am I going to do?"
I just finished my last scene.
-Oh, yeah. How did that feel?
-I don't know. It's always...
You have so much fun and forget that it's going to end.
Then it ends and you're like, "Aw."
-Kind of bittersweet. Throw your hat in the air, accomplished.
But it's sad.
'Everyone's probably really tired.
'Especially the crew, they work all day, every day. It was relentless.
'You guys have been studying.
'When I get time off, I get to go and have a little quiet read
'and chill out, they're going straight into tutoring.
'But we've had a ball.'
-'I'm really sad and I'll probably cry.
'I've just had such a blast.'
Rahart is such a gentleman.
-I'm a gentleman too.
'What am I going to miss the most?
'Probably doing what I do, the scenes, and the four boys.
'Except I'll see them, so I won't miss them.
'It's like... I explain it as just a really,'
really awesome school excursion every day.
-Those ones at school to the zoo or something?
-You go, "Whoo!"
'Yeah, and you just have the best time.
'It has to end, but it doesn't. Well, it does. Cos it's ending now.
'Yeah, today's ending is kind of like when your mum comes over
'to your friends house and is like, "All right, honey, we have to go."'
-It's like, "Mum, can I just stay?"
We'll definitely keep in contact.
We can't not, we've spent so much time together,
we're all brothers now. It's good.
Nowhere Boys - The 5th Boy has landed on the CBBC games page.
Battle your way through negative space
and explore the mysterious world around you.
Gain amazing powers as you fight for survival
and try to find a way back home.
Check out Nowhere Boys - The 5th Boy
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