Sacred Sites 2 – Behind the Scenes

Filmed on location in twelve countries, the series was directed by Tile Films’ Managing Director Stephen Rooke (Sacred Sites: Season 1, Aerial Ireland, Saving the Titanic, Waterways) and Ruán Magan (Wrecking the Rising, The Men Who Built America, Cé a Chónaigh i mo Theachsa?). Tile Films’ Head of Development, David Ryan (Sacred Sites: Season 1, After Braveheart, Cromwell in Ireland) was the developer and Creative Producer of the series and Writer of three episodes. The series producers were Stephen Rooke and Laura Danaher (Sacred Sites: Season 1, Death or Liberty).

Directors of Photography for the series were Mick O’Rourke and Colm Hogan. The Sound Recordists were Michael Cassidy and John Brennan, while sound mixing was conducted by Killian Fitzgerald of Avatar Audio Post Production. The series was edited by Jim Dalton, Keith Walsh and Janice Toomey. Post production was provided by Outer Limits with Eugene McCrystal as colorist, Rory Gavin as online editor, Andy Clarke and Kevin O’Brien in charge of VFX. Music composers were Giles Packham, Ray Harman and Damien Walsh. The production designer was Lynne Williams of Irish Arms and Maeve Kenny and Maggie Fagan were production managers. The drama re-enactments were filmed in Ireland and Morocco.

Sacred Sites Season 2 is produced by Tile Films for the Smithsonian Channel. Stephen Rooke is executive producer for Tile Films, while David Royle and Tim Evans are executive producers for Smithsonian Channel.

Production Team

  • Executive Producer – Tile Films – Stephen Rooke
  • Executive Producers – Smithsonian Channel – David Royle & Tim Evans
  • Series Producer – Stephen Rooke
  • Producer – Laura Danaher
  • Creative Producer – David Ryan
  • Directors – Stephen Rooke & Ruán Magan
  • Writers – David Ryan & Ruán Magan
  • Editors – Jim Dalton, Keith Walsh, Janice Toomey
  • Directors of Photography – Michael O’Rourke, Colm Hogan, Piaras Mac Cionnaith
  • Sound Recordists – Michael Cassidy, John Brennan
  • Narrator – Eric Myers
  • Music Composers – Giles Packham, Ray Harman, Damien Walsh
  • Production Managers – Maeve Kenny, Maggie Fagan
  • 1st Assistant Directors – Niall Owens, Mohamed Nesrate
  • 2nd Assistant Directors – Jo Halpin, Hamza Nesrate
  • 3rd Assistant Directors – Aoife Quinn, Rachid Douha
  • Casting – Gillian Reynolds, Hamid Aitamghra
  • Production Designers – Lynne Williams, Abdelhafid El Issaoui
  • Art Department – Michael McGuire
  • Art Department Assistant – Max Carpio
  • Props – Soufiane Oussaadi, Mohamed Bachra, Tarik Ameshmar
  • Stunts Coordinator – Lemuel Black, Abdellah Ouksih
  • Hair & Makeup – Patsy Giles, Aida Khachii
  • Makeup Assistants – Helen McGinty, Malika Hamdan, Khadija Ailouli
  • Wardrobe – Lynne Williams, Ken Lang, Bouazza Waradidi
  • Wardrobe Assistants – Rachid Nesraoui, Salma Maddoun
  • Steadicam Operators – Michael O’Rourke, Roman Bugovskiy
  • Additional Cameraman – Ronan Fox
  • Camera Assistants / Timelapse Photography – Shane Caffrey, Roman Bugovskiy, Paul Magee, Tom Reynolds
  • Data Wranglers – Dominic O’Toole
  • Trainee Camera Assistants – James Ryan, Mark Dollard
  • Grips – Ahbid Youssef, Aziz Moslih
  • Additional Sound Recordists – Daffyd Baines, Michael Jones
  • Boom Operator – Yassir Ghraba
  • Electricians – Paul Noble, Con Dempsey, Billy Cooley, Abdeljalil Zougar, Mohamed Rouhi Amin, Fouad Mouyane
  • First Aid – David Byrne
  • Animal Wrangler – Naji Mehdi
  • Runners / Drivers – Rory Nolan, Rabii Jouhari, Mokhtar Aboukal
  • Post Production Supervisor – Ciara Walsh
  • Colorist – Eugene McCrystal
  • Online Editor – Rory Gavin
  • Online Assistant – Sam Noone
  • VFX Team – Andy Clarke, Kevin O’Brien, Eric Dolan
  • Dubbing Mixer – Killian Fitzgerald
  • Researchers – Róisín Phelan, Teddy Coulter, Helen Flanagan
  • Production Assistant – Charlotte Gygax, Aoife Quinn
  • Production Accountant – Pat Buckley
  • Production Manager, Morocco – Abdelhay Elanbassi
  • Unit Manager, Morocco – Asma El Mouttaki
  • Location Manager, Morocco – Redouane Anzigue
  • Set Manager, Morocco – Mahjoub Ahbid
  • Location FixersStella Flora Films, Mexico, Maria Teresa Scotti, Mexico, Padi Productions, Spain, Colin Azzopardi, Malta
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