Production has a way of sneaking up on you. One second you’re spinning stories for your first season and, the next, you’re boarding a plane for Toronto to oversee construction of those spaceship and space station sets.
I recently received a copy of our prep schedule and it looks like we’re officially underway roughly a month earlier than I had imagined, meaning I’ll probably be making the east coast move sometime in October. Suddenly, I’ve got to find a place in Toronto, find someone to move into my place here, finalize those ship and space station designs, get the ball rolling on our visual effects. I’m also going to have to abandon my randomized method of selecting books from my to-read pile and just cut to those titles I HAVE to read before I go.
I’m thinking the plan will be to travel to Toronto in early October for those preliminary meetings and then start the moving process. I’m going to travel light – a couple of suits, the bare essentials, and then buy everything else in Toronto: socks, underwear, a deep freeze parka, dog beds, kitchen utensils, and a my kindle. Once Akemi and I have settled in, we’ll go back to Vancouver, pick up the dogs, and travel back with them – and only them. We’ll each bring a dog (meaning we’re going to have to purchase a round trip ticket for a friend because the airline allows only one carry-on dog per person) but ONLY dogs. No checked baggage. That way, our cranky pack will be in and out of that airport as quickly as possible. Yes, I’ll be going into production on the first season of an SF series that will be shooting in Toronto in the dead of winter and I’m scrambling to get all 13 scripts done before we go to camera – BUT the thing that’s stressing me out most is the prospect of flying my dogs across the country.
I’d like to say I took the weekend off, but that wouldn’t be true. I took a chunk of Sunday off, but then stayed up late Sunday night doing a pass on episode #3. It’s in excellent shape but I wanted to tweak some of the dialogue, clarify a few things, and make a slight adjustment to one of the final scenes, changing the location from her quarters to the training room. I also revised the outlines for episodes #5-8 and sent them Rob and Trevor’s way so they can start thinking about their respective scripts. Paul sent me his pass on episode #4 (which I’ll review tomorrow) and I’ll send him my pass on episode #3 (which he’ll review tomorrow) and, barring any unforeseen complications, we should have our first four drafts out there before week’s end – as planned.
We’re maybe six weeks or so away from casting but I’ve already started making a few requests for some individuals I’d like to bring in. As I said in a previous entry, we have seven diverse roles to fill and I would LOVE to make sure a couple of them are filled by some individuals I’ve already had the pleasure of working with. A few familiar faces would be awesome (1, 3, 5, 6?).
In addition to the pilot, I got three scripts done (episodes 2, 4, and 9) in August and I think that, if I apply myself, I could get one more done (episode 12) before I head off to Japan on September 10th. That way, I’d only have the co-write of the big season finale (episode 13) on my plate when I get back – and have to start dealing with all of the other aspects of prep.
On top of all this, I’ve got a Fantasy Football League draft to prepare for! My Snow Monkeys draft Monday, September 2nd and I haven’t even started doing my research! Who’s going to be good this year? Do the Packers have a running game? Is Dan Marino back at quarterback for the Miami Dolphins?