Final day of the longest TV shoot I’ve yet done. Although it was for two episodes, it was essentially putting together one long 2-hour movie over two weeks of shooting. The final day was part of a double-up day – the incoming director started shooting his Day 1 and this was my final day. Mostly straightforward scenes that we had to finish quickly because we had a lot of them. Finished up at night with a couple of pieces of coverage that we had to save until now. Spent about 6 weeks with the same people – I’m going to miss them.
Biggest day of the shoot, in production terms. About 100-125 extras, creative stage lighting effects, three cameras including one on a crane, and almost all of the principle cast. All in all, a pretty great day – shot some really fun and interesting scenes.
The Grimm episode I directed airs this Friday April 15! Here’s the promo! Exclamation points!
End of the week and first day shooting two days on a new set built to look like a re-purposed warehouse. Re-purposed for what I guess I probably can’t say. But we had about 60 extras and gorgeous lighting set ups. It was a lot of fun, and not a lot of pages shot, but complicated work. The cast and crew are all such good sports – it’s a lot of fun.
Two more days to go, including our biggest day coming up on Monday.
Had a full day on the stage, including a scene with the entire main cast in one place. Calm before the storm – tomorrow is our big two-day shoot of a festival thing with lots of background and some other complex production elements.
Lots of inventive sets this day. Started the day in a cleverly used facade – the front of the production offices – for a walk-and-talk scene. I did something like that once for Finding Carter, re-using office facades to fake a location. The art department did a great job dressing it to look like a place in perhaps Beverly Hills or West Hollywood and not a production office in Santa Clarita. But it was incredibly windy so that was a challenge. Then we finished shooting in that makeshift set I described yesterday and continued on to finish with a night exterior on the tiny backlot city street at Santa Clarita Studios. Long day.