Swamptown

One final day of prep on NCIS: New Orleans. It’s been fun – scouting interesting locations outside of New Orleans including bayous with quicksand that nearly claimed a location scout and another with alligators and other interesting wildlife.

Final week of the calendar year, too, and this is the first time I’ve worked on a show where I start prep at the end of one year and start shooting in the beginning of the new one. The crew and cast are all in need of a break, so it’ll be good to get everyone fresh at the beginning of 2017.

This final day we have the production meeting, some final meetings, and then I head to Los Angeles for a couple weeks to finish the year. It’s been an incredible 2016, directing-wise. By the time the ball drops on this year, I’ll have directed six episodes of five shows and started prep on another to start 2017. Then it’s a crazy few months of directing television until April. Pretty awesome two years of TV directing.

Thank you, 2016, for a pretty great year of productivity. Hopefully more to come in 2017.

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The Big Easy

In New Orleans about to start my first day of prep on NCIS: New Orleans. I’ve been here for a week enjoying one of my favorite cities on the planet.

I’m really looking forward to working on this show – the cast is great and they do a lot of fun things like ride in fan boats on the bayous and shoot on the water and from helicopters. And New Orleans is featured very prominently in the show – the diverse locations and people and energy. So it’s going to be a blast, and good to get back in the saddle after about a month behind the computer.

Not-quite-daily reports to come.

For now – here are two unrelated photos of me on the set of How to Get Away With Murder in which I appear to be enjoying my job.

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(I do enjoy my job, for the record. In the left photo, I’m with Alfred Enoch who plays “Wes.” In the right, I’m with Aja Naomi King who plays “Michaela.”In both photos, I’m the old one.)