Lizard Brain is a shared blog about Science Fiction and Fantasy from Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck.

Archive for August 2016

Toronto Diary Day Eleven

08.31.16
by Daniel Abraham

The rewrites have slowed to a trickle… but they never entirely stop.  New sets of notes come in from the network or from the actors or the development company or we generate them ourselves as we talk through the scenes.  We’re well past the point of making structural changes to the script — no new characters or sets (or props or costumes) — but the dialog gets progressively closer and closer to what it should be. This morning, I began […]

Toronto Diary Day Ten

08.30.16
by Ty Franck

Let’s talk tech scouts. So, the tech scout is fascinating the first time you do one, and mind numbing every subsequent time. Here’s what happens: For this particular scout, the 1st AD (they come up a lot on here, don’t they?) takes the director, the production designer, the construction coordinator, the VFX supervisor, the Special Effects key, the Best Boy Grip, the Gaffer, the Stunt Coordinator, and the episode producers (us!) along on a tour of the sets. This is […]

Toronto Diary Day Nine

08.29.16
by Daniel Abraham

Another relatively calm day, what with the weekend being the weekend and all.  Went to a Blue Jays game a short walk from the hotel along with a bunch of the other Expanse crew and cast and folk of all sort.  We rooted for the home team, and that went quite well. Then rehearsal with the Roci crew at Steven Strait’s place. It’s fascinating to work through the fine points on a script with people who are as deeply focused […]

Toronto Diary Day Eight

08.28.16
by Ty Franck

Not much to report. Slept in, then hung around the hotel. In the evening, went to watch a few episodes of The Expanse season 2 with some close friends. Everyone seemed to like it.

Toronto Diary Day Seven

08.26.16
by Daniel Abraham

There is wisdom in the adage “measure twice, cut once.” Producing television takes this and doubles down, then doubles down again, then goes a little farther with it, then rechecks its figures.  Not so much “measure twice” as “measure another couple times, check to see that the folks you’re talking to are using the same kind of ruler that.. wait, no this is metric and all the notes were in imperial. I don’t know. Does it make more sense to convert […]

Toronto Diary Day Six

08.26.16
by Ty Franck

The sixth day, which unlike the Biblical one, does not precede a day of rest. But it did have an awesome VFX review. This means we spent an hour or so sitting with the VFX folks, led by our second year VFX supervisor Bob Munroe. This is the same Bob Munroe who made it look like Robert Redford was in the middle of the ocean in All is Lost when instead he was sitting on a few feet of prop […]

Toronto Diary Day Five

08.25.16
by Daniel Abraham

Today: meetings with the props folks, and the people that design all the playbacks on the screens inside the show. A couple conversations about some marketing stuff that I don’t get to talk about, and the final polish on the last script of season two before it flies off to the network… …and then dinner where among other things, we talked about the next rounds of tweaks on the script. One of the things that’s been most interesting for me […]

Toronto Diary Day Four

08.24.16
by Ty Franck

And the answer to, “What the hell is a concept meeting?” So, here we are on our fourth day in Toronto. After an exhausting night of sitting in Executive Producer Naren Shankar’s hotel room and rewriting scripts while drinking red wine, we began the next day at a very civilized 9am. It’s a big day. We finally met our episode 13 director, Thor Freudenthal. Now the real work began. Set tours and concept meetings and tone meetings and production meetings. […]

Toronto Diary Day Three

08.23.16
by Daniel Abraham

Woke at 7am local time (5 am back at home) from a complex dream involving a dysfunctional writer’s workshop run by an abusive psychic with a penchant for musical theater. Went to work. Saw Rob Lieberman directing Sean Doyle (Errenwright) and Shoreh Agdashloo (Chrisjen Avasarala) and the crew I remember and love.  Then a preliminary meeting preparing for our director’s arrival tomorrow and a sound meeting to discuss how to approach the earlier episodes.  Then several hours of conversation about […]

Toronto Diary Day Two

08.21.16
by Ty Franck

Roll out of bed 11ish, wander to French joint to get brunch (Brunch is where drinking champagne at noon doesn’t feel like you have a problem) then wander back to hotel. Getting to transition back into the production schedule gently is not a bad thing. Looking over some script pages to give notes. It makes us feel like we’re doing work without actually feeling like we’re working. I can tell it’s hitting the end of the production cycle though, because […]