Surviving Again

Right after wrapping Scandal for the final time, I hopped on a plane for Toronto, never to return. Well, at least not return to LA until 2018. A steady stream of work on the road until sometime in the spring.

Starting with – a return to Designated Survivor! Which is where I’ve been for the last week prepping to shoot episode 212. I was here in April, which was 12 episodes ago. Nice to be back here with (mostly) the same crew and cast. Lots of fun stuff planned for this one and more cryptic updates to come.


Scandal 707 Shoot Days 4-9

So I’ve been really bad at updating this site. Chalk that up to busy weekends and moving out of our little home so I can go on the road for the next five months.

The final half of the Scandal 707 shoot went smoothly. We had very reasonable days and the usual fun challenges of making this show.

The ending was bittersweet for sure. It’s the final time I’ll be working with this group of actors, crew, and staff on this particular show – a show I’ve now directed more than any other. I learned a lot and my work on Scandal led to even more chances to direct at other shows – both at Shondaland and elsewhere.

But, as they say, the show must go on. And so must I – heading now to Toronto for Designated Survivor again. Will try to do a little better with the cryptic updates.

Scandal Prep and Shoot Days 1-4

I just realized I hadn’t updated this even remotely from the time I finished up on Once Upon A Time to Scandal prep to the first few days of shooting.

I’m back in the world of Scandal for the final time. It’s the final season so it’s bittersweet being here. I’m going to miss this great cast and crew.

My first four days were on set, including most of our standing sets, so the cryptic updates would be even more undecipherable than usual. Back at it this week!

Once Upon a Time 706 Shoot Day 7-9

Final cryptic recaps of the shoot.

Day 7 – We finished our time in the woods on a really cool set with some fun visual effects and the like all day. Nearly ran out of daylight but was able to finish thankfully.

Day 8 – Two smaller scenes followed by a big scene on the show’s massive green-screen set. First time I got to shoot on it – didn’t have a scene there in my previous episode so that was fun.

Day 9 – Final day shared with another 2nd unit shoot. Only a pick up shot from a previous scene we needed to get, and then a small scene followed by a major one with two of our main characters. Went out with a bang (don’t read into that – there was no actual bang).

Now, heading back to LA for meetings and editing and then prep on the next one!

Once Upon a Time 706 Shoot Days 4-6

I’m going to combine some of these days as before since I really can’t say anything because of spoilers.

Day 4 – Complicated day of shooting, moving from location to location and finishing with a night exterior.

Day 5 – Back on the stages with a couple of sets recreated from locations to being on stage.

Day 6 – In the woods for a couple longs scenes into the night and wrapping a tad early so hopefully the cast and crew could still enjoy a full weekend.

Once Upon a Time 706 Shoot Days 1-3

I realize now that I didn’t start my daily updates of our shoot days. In part because we shot into the nights on Day 1 and 2 and I found myself too tired to update. Then the long weekend came and I have no excuse other than three days of necessary rejuvenation.

But here it is – day by day, in cryptic form because literally everything is a secret this season.

Day 1 – We shot on location and I now realize I can’t even really describe it for fear of spoiling literally everything this season, but basically we shot at night and it was longish.

Day 2 – At the studio lot where we shot all day/into the late night on one new set which I also cannot reveal. There were actors there though and it was great!

Day 3 – Also on the lot to start the work week after LaboUr Day (the use a “U” up here in Canada!). Shot in two new sets I again can’t divulge. Man, these updates are going to be very lame.

More lame ones to come as the week goes on!

Once Upon a Time Again

Went straight from Criminal Minds to Once Upon a Time so I didn’t really have a chance to update. We’re now about half way through prep with a few more days to go before we start shooting later this week.

It’s been a lot of fun coming back – but it is like coming to a brand new show. Almost the entire cast is new and much of the crew has changed. Hard to believe I was just here in February. Anyway, it’s a fun new challenge and really great to be part of this rebirth of the show.

Cryptic updates to come!