Today, we interviewed some great Directors of Photography, talked cameras, shooting style, pre-lighting, then sat down with our stunt coordinator and discussed how our characters’ varied personalities are displayed in their respective fighting styles. After lunch, we visited the art department where the gang had a bunch of goodies awaiting our perusal: designs of the ship corridors, quarters, mess hall, air locks, training room, and bridge. It’s all coming along nicely. Tonight, it’s dinner with Brad Wright. Tomorrow, we sit down with the director of our opening two episodes – and, maybe, in honor of Carl Binder, dinner with our script coordinator at his favorite Toronto restaurant.
Fielding some of your early show-related questions…
arcticgoddess writes: “Since your team is writing scripts a year in advance, what happens if one or more of your actor choices go awry and do not work for your series?”
Answer: This is a very serialized show, so we’re approaching the 13 episode first season as an extended mini-series. We’re not writing the scripts a year in advance but will have all 13 scripts completed by November – roughly a month a half before the commencement of principal photography – so that we can plan ahead and make the most efficient use of our time and resources. It also allows us to make adjustments to any of the scripts early, for whatever reason, rather than have to scramble and make last-minute changes that compromise the story.
Bailey writes: “Sometimes actor chemistry just changes things on a show and can’t be predicted.”
Answer: True but, like I said, we know the story we want to tell, but can certainly make adjustments to the various character relations based on performance and onscreen chemistry. I liken it to adapting a book. You need to be flexible enough to make necessary changes but you’re not going to overhaul the entire script.
Line Noise writes: “So is there a ready-made production company for you to use in Toronto? Or did you have to build your own? You seem to already have a production team and art department on tap so I assume they come with the studio?”
Answer: Yes, we’re working with a production company here in Toronto. Over the course of the past couple of days, we met all the department heads and they’re a great bunch. We’re really looking forward to working with them.
It’s time to play Guess the Show by the Teefury t-shirt!
P.S. Under the terms of the deal as this blog’s resident film critic, Cookie Monster is sitting through Kick-Ass 2. You can expect an angry review within the next few days. Screen the movie if you have time and want to commiserate!