Good Girls 107 Shoot

Happy New Year, nine followers!

I realize that I did not do my usual haiku-like daily recaps of this episode of Good GirlsI have no excuse other than post-holiday malaise and general production fatigue.

I just wrapped shooting. It was a lot of fun – I have three more scenes I have to finish that I’ll pick up in the following weeks. But I move on from this family to the next. Lots of wonderful people, including crew members I have worked with in the past on other shows and with some really incredible cast.

It’s the first time I’ve worked on a first-year show this early – only the seventh ever episode – and the first time I’ve had the chance to work on a show with a lot of humor in it. It was a blast and hopefully it’ll come together nicely.

On Monday I start prep on MacGyver also here in Atlanta. Hopefully a few more substantive updates will come. My blog resolution is to update more faithfully. (More of a hope than a resolution.) Will try my best – the show rolls on!

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Hiatus

After seven days of prep and a half day of shooting Good Girls, production wrapped for the year. Begin hiatus!

Out of the country with the family for a couple of weeks before I fly back right after the new year to continue on with the show. Prep has been as usual – lots of driving in a van looking for locations dominates our days followed by meetings and the like. Great crew, some of whom I’ve worked with before on other shows.

What I didn’t count on was the cold and the snow (!) – including one day where the city shut down because of several inches of snowfall. I expected this in Toronto when I was there for Designated Survivor but not ATLANTA.

Anyway, I’ll spend the hiatus prepping for the show and reflecting on what was a second straight incredible year of directing. Seven episodes this past calendar year, a pilot in development, and a few more episodes to come early in 2018. It’s been a good stretch, that’s for sure.

If I have time, I’ll attempt a pictorial recap of 2017 like I did for 2016.

Good Girls

Arrived in Atlanta to start work on the new NBC show Good Girls. The show starts airing at the end of February so this is the first time I’m working on a show at the very beginning of its run. (The seventh ever episode, to be exact.)

Oh and look – the trailer just released!

I’m incredibly excited. The scripts are awesome – fun, suspenseful, thoughtful – and the characters are really wonderful. So glad to have the chance to do something for Universal Television and NBC – where our own pilot gestates as we speak.

It’s going to be a lot of fun and I can’t wait to be a part of Good Girls’ launch. Details to follow!

In Between Time

Five readers, I’ve been stuck in between time. Not to be mistaken for The Sunken Place.

Been taking some time off over the Thanksgiving break before heading out for the next gig. Right now, just finished my cut of Designated Survivor 212 and our team is entering the script writing phase. We’re all very exciting. This is all new for us – developing with a network and studio. It’s fun and challenging and exciting.

One more week before I head out to Atlanta for NBC’s Good Girls. Cryptic updates will resume.

Designated Survivor 212 Shoot Days 5-9

So we filmed quite a bit on our stages with only a couple days on location. We had a long week followed by a short week including some driving work and a fun series of challenges that I can’t yet share for fear of spoiling.

But it was an arduous yet fun episode to work on. And now I leave again for a few weeks of break before heading to Atlanta for two straight shows – Good Girls and MacGyver. 

Pilot

I guess it’s time to share this news: we sold a pilot to NBC.

I’m forgoing exclamation points because that would take up the remainder of this blogpost. Needless to say we are over the moon with excitement and gratitude. Valarie and I first conceived of this concept about eight years ago. About seven years ago, we brought on our dear friend Tafari Lumumba to write it with us.

Over the ensuing years, we tweaked and reworked and revisited the story and the central concept (sorry – I’m in production otherwise I’d go into more detail about the story now but perhaps in a couple weeks so in the meantime read the Deadline article above).

Fast forward to this year, where we found America Ferrera and her company who introduced us to Sunil Nayar who became our showrunner and we formed a team that pitched the show to the studio (our studio now I guess!) Universal Television and then pitched it to NBC who is now our network (all of this is very surreal).

Anyway – “sold a show” actually means that right now Sunil is writing the pilot with the network and studio’s input (and ours) and nothing happens when/if/until the network greenlights it to become a pilot.

So there’s still a long way to go, but it’s insanely exciting. By the end of the year, we’ll know our fate. And before that, more details will come from me, I promise! (Okay, one exclamation point.)

 

Designated Survivor 212 Shoot Days 1-4

Back in Toronto for my second go around on Designated Survivor. So far, had a lot of fun with action scenes, some great stuff in the White House, and all and all a bunch of other things I can’t share because I’m sworn to secrecy. These updates, admittedly, have been lame. I will try to do better for the last half of the shoot. More to come.