Following an exhausting few days – capped by a poor night’s sleep – it was finally time to head into the production offices and kick off the pre-production on the new show. Now given the circumstances, you’d think that going in to work would be the last thing I’d want to do but, in truth, it was exactly what I needed. The team convened, got our new offices, checked out the stages, talked budgets and casting, discussed notes and scripts, ate veal and eggplant sandwiches from California Sandwiches, and, generally, just had a really good, really productive day – the first in what feels like a very long time.
First thing we did was take a tour of the facilities.
We did a walk-through of the main stages. The Silent Hill sequel had just wrapped production and we had the opportunity to walk some of the creepy-looking sets.
We discussed standing sets, swing sets, and the possibility of shooting a significant portion of the car interior sequences in the smaller stage. Then, we headed back to pick out our offices –
In no time, I was settled in…
Also in attendance on this first day…
We had a conference call to discuss casting, talked directors and, most important of all –
The afternoon was dedicated to getting everyone up to speed on the budget and notes on the pilot. About halfway through the process, the jet lag finally caught up with Alex –
Finally, the moment we’d all been waiting for: the arrival of our special guest…
More notes discussions. Some spinning. We wrapped up at 6:00 p.m. So how’d we do?
We called it a day.
I picked up my rental car and, with the help of google maps (and the fact that I was following my writing partner in his rental car all the way back into town), I managed to find my way back to my place. I rested up, then headed out for dinner at a place called Duggan’s Pub where we enjoyed…well, to be honest, we didn’t enjoy much. The striploin sandwich was chewy and the desserts were pretty awful, but one menu item did stand out –
Got home just in time to miss Top Chef, then spent a good thirty minutes attempting to access the recorded event – to no avail. The Rogers box says it was recording the show but, for the life of me, I can’t figure out how to play it back. Whenever I hit the personal video recorder button, a message flashes up onscreen informing me that I don’t have the service – and yet, I WAS able to set it to record the show. WTF?
Finally, checked in with Fondy. Both Jelly and Maximus are doing well. Maximus is still a little freaked out and follows her around everywhere. Jelly is unwell and is scheduled for a vet visit.
Tomorrow, I’m going to leave the apartment early so that I can check out a couple of doggy daycares.
Meanwhile, the house search continues. Fondy – on the hunt on my behalf – thinks she may have found the perfect place. Fingers crossed!
Back in the office tomorrow to discuss the network notes on both scripts and then, finally, start breaking some new stories!