Criminal Minds 1407 Recap-ish

Well I didn’t do my usual day-by-day or block-of-days haiku-style recap of my Criminal Minds shoot. There were a number of factors for my delinquency. First and foremost being that while I was shooting we were moving into a new home. (Unsolicited advice: please don’t do this.)

Second – we had a relatively challenging first week of production. Four straight days of location shooting in Downtown Los Angeles, then Koreatown, then at a local university that were very intense. Even more so than usual, with a lot of stunts, extras, and limited daylight. So each day was a sprint in the first week.

The second half of the shoot last week was mostly on stage or on sets built in our studio parking lot so we had a lot more control and a lot lighter workload.

Anyway – wrapped my third episode of Criminal Minds and tonight it’s the show’s 300th episode ever. Which is truly amazing. Not sure what will happen later this season or beyond – they have 15 in what is usually a 22-episode run per season – but I’ve enjoyed my time learning and working with a really great team of actors and crew.

On to post and scant updates to follow.

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Criminal Minds 1407 and FTWD promo

I just realized that I hadn’t updated this space. Quick update then to say – hey, seven readers, I’m directing Criminal Minds! Again! Third time with the great crew and cast in Los Angeles. Lots of complex scenes this time too. More details and perhaps photos to come.

 

The Good Doctor Episode 205 Shoot

Well, I didn’t document individual shoot days on The Good Doctor, and we just wrapped. Just wanted to write a quick update. Production went relatively smoothly. No long days, only one location day and the rest in the studio. It’s nice to work on a show like that every now and again. I guess when you work on a show that mostly takes place at a hospital, you’re mostly shooting in sets made to look like hospital sets.

It was a lot of fun, working with medical consultants and filming “surgery” as something new and different for me. The crew was incredible and the cast was as well. And I finally had a chance to work with my long-time director mentor and advocate Mike Listo.

On to post and hopefully the episode will come together nicely. Then – on to Criminal Minds for my third time.

The Good Doctor – Prep

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Just arrived in Vancouver to direct episode 205 of The Good Doctor. It’s a great show, just starting Season 2 on ABC. Although it’s the first time I’ll be directing it, there’s an odd sense of deja vu.

In 2017 I directed two episodes of Once Upon A Time here in Vancouver also. The Good Doctor is housed in their exact same office. Same stages, same offices, different sets. It’s very disorienting.

I’m extremely excited to do the show, in part because it will allow me to play out an alternative timeline in where I went to medical school. But also because I get to work with my long-time friend and mentor Mike Listo. I shadowed Mike on Boston Legal and Harry’s Law many years ago, and he’s an incredible and prolific director and producer.

Now, years later, I get to work for and with him on a really meaningful and moving show. I hope he doesn’t regret hiring me by the end of it.

Also – here’s a trailer for the second half of the season for Fear The Walking Dead. (Spoiler: the first scene in the trailer comes from the episode I directed so that’s cool.)

More cryptic updates to come.

Fast Forward

Okay, so I guess some time has passed since I wrote that last update. Basically, since I wrapped my episode of Fear The Walking Dead, I went back to Austin to shoot one more day. Then I was asked a few weeks later if I could come direct second unit/re-shoot/insert unit to help them wrap up FTWD Season 4.

That was last week – and it was interesting. I hadn’t shot any thing like that before except for my own work – and definitely not for five episodes worth of shots spread over three days. It was a fascinating exercise in extreme attention to detail, precision, and collaboration with a small (well, TV small) crew to get very specific on a photo double’s hand as it holds something or close on a wall cracking or grabbing a knife or hands tied or feet or well you get it it’s very detailed and needs a trained professional to navigate so enter yours truly. Basically, we watched a lot of clips on a tablet and tried to match the lighting, location, angle, and action as best we could … over and over and over again. Like I said – it was interesting!

So now I can say I’ve officially wrapped Fear the Walking Dead and can continue onward with barely updating this blog. No TV directing jobs until August so back to the ol’ drawing board/blank Word and/or Final Draft document for me.

I’ll attempt to at the very least update this blog again before the end of the year.

FTWD 413 Shoot Days 7-9ish

I realize that I didn’t actually finish writing about my time in Austin on Fear The Walking Dead in a timely fashion. It turned out I had to return for a ninth “day” – just one additional scene that was changed on the schedule to accommodate the incoming episode. Flew back to Austin to shoot one night and then flew back to California the next morning.

I guess I still can’t say a whole lot because the show is super tight-lipped about the story and the show. But needless to say, I had an incredible amount of fun directing this episode – both from a production standpoint and a story standpoint. I’m looking forward to watching it when it comes out.

For now, I head back to LA for a week of meetings and hopefully filling up my directing slate for the coming season. More far-too-late updates to come!

FTWD 413 Shoot Days 1-6

Everything in this show is top secret so I really can’t say much other than this past week was some of the most intense production weeks I’ve ever had. It was a ton of fun, but also really exhausting. I’m really excited to see how it all comes together – really terrific script and awesome cast and crew. Only a couple more days of shooting remaining.