So now that Designated Survivor has aired and my directing work for the TV season is over, I just wanted to take a minute to have a little recap (with pictures!) of what was an incredibly thrilling, tiring, and ultimately deeply satisfying last 10 months.
Over that time, I directed Criminal Minds, How to Get Away With Murder, The Catch, NCIS: New Orleans, Once Upon a Time, Scandal, and Designated Survivor. That’s seven episodes with a few of them happening back to back. Scandal was the only show I had directed before so the year was filled with meeting new great crews and casts and tackling new challenges and trying new approaches to telling the story.
Also a season of firsts:
Directed a show for CBS for the first time (Criminal Minds and NCIS: NOLA);
Directed the 15th ever episode of a show – the earliest I’ve ever done (The Catch);
Directed a show in its first season for the first time (Designated Survivor);
Two shows in Canada (Once Upon a Time and DS);
Directing two different fictional Presidents and Washington DCs (Scandal and DS).
Directed pigs, dogs, alligators, a snake, and of course children (the snake didn’t make the cut for NCIS: NOLA);
Directed a show that I got hired to start the next day following unusual circumstances (Criminal Minds);
Directed the 100th episode of Scandal;
Directed a dual Emmy and Oscar winner (Viola Davis);
First time using the “list” function on this blog.
Since I didn’t have a lot of time in between blog posts to add photos and to write in detail, I figured I’d do that now as a sort of photo tour of the past 10 months (all taken by me unless otherwise noted).
Criminal Minds (August 2016)
Courntey Gains, our guest star, playing the “Unsub.”
Shooting inside one of the barns at Disney Ranch.
Our stunt pigs! Including an 800-pounder!
How to Get Away With Murder (September-October 2016)
The Catch (October-November 2016)
DP Ross Riege trying to dismantle a live bomb.
NCIS: New Orleans (December 2017-January 2018)
Man this looks pretty real.
“Trained” alligators being lowered into the bayou.
Dead body in the swamp.
Condor base in the bayou.
Our guest star Kelvin Harrison, Jr. I just love the placement of the wings.
Once Upon A Time (January 2017)
Steveston – our “Storybrooke” set.
Actually a working bakery.
Yes it snowed. Yes it was miserable but beautiful.
Hundreds of bald eagles in trees.
Our rig for our flying arrow shot using a Blackmagic camera.