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

Archive for September 2016

Toronto Diary Day Twenty Six, that’s a wrap baby!

09.19.16
by Ty Franck

So here we are at wrap. Episode 13 is in the can. All that’s left is another five months of post production. So let’s talk about that. Today, Naren Shankar and I spent most of our day over with the Visual Effects folks doing approvals on the episode one and two effects. Episode two is especially effects heavy, with a lot of complex choreography in the story telling. Even at this late stage, we’re still tweaking the exact staging. Keeping […]

Toronto Diary Day Twenty-Five

09.14.16
by Daniel Abraham

Last night, we went to dinner with Amy, our production coordinator.  It was one of the weirdest dinners I’ve ever been to, mostly because of the venue.  O Noir is a restaurant where the servers are all blind and the meal is served in absolute pitch darkness. In addition to ordering the listed items from the menu, there was the option of saying “surprise me” and getting dishes that weren’t listed, and that you’d just have to figure out what […]

Toronto Diary Day Twenty Four

09.13.16
by Ty Franck

So I want to talk about props today, and I wanted to share a picture, and then when it came time to take it, I found I had conflicts. So, short story long… Turns out it’s hard to make a TV show where nearly everything that appears on screen has to be built from scratch. I mean, think about that. For most TV shows, the props department buys almost everything they need, and builds very little. You make a modern […]

Toronto Diary Day Twenty-three

09.12.16
by Daniel Abraham

It’s been a little rowdy, folks, so I feel I owe y’all something a little more substantive than pictures, however amusing they may be. Yesterday was the wrap party.  That doesn’t mean we’re actually wrapped.  The tradition is to put the party on the last weekend of the shoot rather than waiting for the whole thing to really be well and truly over so that as the actors finish their last scenes of the season, they can head off to […]

Toronto Diary Day Twenty-Two ish

09.11.16
by Ty Franck

So there was no blog post yesterday because yesterday was the wrap party and people got up to some shenanigans.

Toronto Diary Day Twenty One

09.09.16
by Daniel Abraham

It’s not Amos’s fault he’s the biggest and the strongest. He doesn’t even exercise.

Toronto Diary Day Twenty

09.09.16
by Ty Franck

Two heads are better than one. So today James S.A. Corey needed to do two things. He needed to be on set with the production as we shot some very complex scenes for the last episode of season 2. He also needed to spend the day with our marketing people doing EPK, which means Electronic Press Kit. James is a clever fellow, and he achieved this by sending one half of himself to set, and the other to the EPK […]

Toronto Diary Day Nineteen

09.08.16
by Daniel Abraham

Well that was a very long day indeed.  Started on one stage, then moved to a different one over lunch, which always causes a certain amount of disorganization and flutter which falls — as everything seems to — on the shoulders of out assistant directors. One of the interesting things I’ve discovered this year is how much the cast and crew become the institutional memory of a show. The directors are critical for putting the episodes together and managing the […]

Toronto Diary Day Eighteen

09.07.16
by Ty Franck

Wow, lots to talk about today. So, first day of shooting after the long weekend, and we didn’t give ourselves an easy schedule for the day. Our episode 13 director had to deal with a ton of action, squibs, blood packs, stunt work, and furniture tossing today. And, because Daniel and I wrote the episode, all of it was peppered with dialog and back and forths between the characters. We did not create an easy day for either the director […]

Toronto Diary Day Seventeen

09.05.16
by Daniel Abraham

Labor day.  A day of rest and contemplation of the fruits that the labor movement has brought to our lands: 5 day weeks, 8 hour workdays, child labor laws, health and safety standards. Speaking as a member of the WGA and a card-carrying union man, I stand with labor today as every day.  Only today, not at the office. Because I’m in my hotel room, reviewing copy edits.  Because they’re due tomorrow. I did take a couple hours off to go upstairs […]