Happy New Year, five readers! After holiday hiatus I’m back in New Orleans about to go out and shoot tomorrow, Day 1 of NCIS: New Orleans. Spent a good deal of time over the break writing and finishing up a script that maybe I’ll talk about in another post.
But now I’m back in NCIS mode. It is absolutely pouring with a possible tornado coming tonight so that should make our day exterior work tomorrow morning interesting. This entire shoot is going to be a lot of fun, though. Good action, interesting story so hopefully I’ll bring it all together. Daily haiku-like updates coming up.
This begins a long stretch of directing, pretty much non-stop until April. I’m incredibly grateful that now, a little more than two years after directing my first episode of television, I have been able to have a pretty good streak going with more work coming in the foreseeable future. So here’s to a good 2017 of more storytelling and magic making.
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.
I say “suddenly” because I got a call Monday with an offer to start working … on Tuesday! Life of a hitman.
Criminal Mindshas been on CBS for 11 years and they do a lot of cool stuff so it’ll be fun to work on here in LA. First show for CBS and first time getting booked on a show with zero mental prep so I’m just going to dive in. More updates to come.
Promo for the first of two Mistressesepisodes I directed – airs on ABC this Monday June 22 at 10pm Eastern/Pacific, 9 Central.
Tune in, five readers!
In other news – just before I left for a few weeks of international travel, I got booked on Once Upon a Time – ABC‘s great fantasy show that will be entering its sixth season. I’ll be directing that in January in Vancouver. Great characters, sets (both virtual and practical), costumes, and just a really cool world Adam Horowitzand Edward Kitsis (of Lostfame) have created. So glad I can be a small part of it.
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.
Final day of the week, spent entirely on stage on a house set and then one more temporary set. I had a pretty bad sore throat going. But a strong finish to a busy first full week of shooting. One more full week and a couple days to go.