This used to be regular news with respect to K-drama filming but in recent two years it doesn’t seem to happen with such regularity anymore. Thanks to some dramas switching to pre-filming, and perhaps earlier filming commencement for live aired dramas, the tendency for drama production to send cast and crew to the hospital has decreased noticeably. Unfortunately the situation has reared its ugly head again as news from the set of tvN drama Goblin says the production is scrambling to finish episodes on the day it’s airing, and with many night scenes the cast and crew have been pulling all nighters. For the ending of episode 12, the production filmed from 8 pm until 8 am, with many crew members working nonstop for 48 hours adding in prep time prior to filming. Male lead Gong Yoo was scene at the hospital and left with medicine, and second male lead Lee Dong Wook reportedly needed an IV drip on set to finish filming.
Crazy live filming schedules are actually harder on the production staff who have to be there earlier than the actors to set up and stay later to pack up. For the acting staff the difficulty is producing great work product when one is exhausted as they are in front of the camera and trying to perform a scene is hard enough when one is rested imagine doing it on little to no sleep. And having to look good onscreen, to boot! Goblin has also lots of fantasy elements which need post-production adding back in the studio so those teams need the completed footage in time to add the finishing touches. Hopefully there are no glitches for the next four episodes, and best of luck to the entire cast and crew for working so hard to create such an engrossing drama.