Emmerdale crew share timescale challenges of explosive 50th anniversary episodes

Visual Effects designer Judy Lysaght has shared insight into the challenges she faced while working on Emmerdale's 50th Anniversary.

The special one-hour episode, which will air on Sunday 16, promises viewers an array of jaw-dropping stunts and an avalanche of chaos.

But before the drama all kicks off, Judy has explained how certain aspects of her role was made challenging as she worked closely with the director to deliver an epic visual experience.

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She said: "The hardest element is not the shots but the extremely tight timescale. For last year’s super soap week we created completely different environments to the locations where we were filming.

"This year is about being invisible and manipulating what is filmed on camera."

Discussing her role on set, Judy added: "Being on set is a huge part of the job.

"This is when you make sure you have all the elements so that you can complete the shot. I am on set only on days when there are shots that will need to be worked on. This tends to be on stunt days.

"Then yes back to the computer to bring it all together."

Emmerdale's Executive Producer Jane Hudson has continued to whet fans' appetites with what's to come in the epic anniversary episode.

She said: "It's a rollercoaster of emotions and it has a visual impact that will blow more than your socks off, put it that way. There's death, there's destruction, but there's also real moments of intimacy, heartbreak and love.

"And we're gonna see our characters tested in not just their physical strength, but their emotional strength as well. And there's gonna be a lot of tears, so I'm warning you about that."

Leading up to the anniversary episode, Faith Dingle's health will take an unfortunate turn for the worst.

The charismatic matriarch has been suffering with terminal cancer but during the week, fans will be left devastated when Faith decides to end her own life prematurely.

As well as Faith's heart-breaking storyline, a deadly wind storm will sweep through the village leaving several lives in the balance.


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