MacGyver 219 Shoot Days 1-4

Finished the first half of production on this episode of MacGyver with a rare Saturday night shoot. Much of this show shoots on location so we already did some of our bigger scenes, including a stunt where we did things to a car, part of a house, and another where we did things with squibs and gunfire. I can’t say more for fear of spoilers.

But it’s a fun show to direct with another great crew. We’ve got about four and a half more days of shooting, including a big one on Monday on location and a VFX heavy sequence later in the week.

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DIY or Die

Been in prep on MacGyver here in Atlanta and I’m super glad my New Year’s Resolution didn’t include updating the blog more consistently. One more day of prep tomorrow and then I start shooting on Wednesday.

The title of this blogpost is a great tagline I saw on a MacGyver poster that I thought was clever. Lots of fun action and home-made devices/explosives/solutions to problems, as you might imagine. I will try get better with my Haiku-like production updates from after I start shooting.

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!

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.