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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-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

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 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 Sixteen

09.05.16
by Ty Franck

There is literally nothing to post about today, since it was a Sunday on a long holiday weekend. Daniel worked on some copy edits. I played board games with some friends. That’s pretty much it. But I’m curious how many people are reading these things. So let’s do a contest. Tweet “Script me baby” @jamessacorey on twitter and be entered into a drawing to get a signed copy of the scrip to episode 13 of this season. It’s an episode […]

Toronto Diary Day Twelve

09.01.16
by Ty Franck

So, this will be sort of a short one. Today we did a VFX spotting session, where we went through an episode scene by scene and discussed the specific Visual Effects in those scenes. Our even block VFX supervisor, Bret Culp, sat with us and took notes and asked questions and helped dial it in. It’s astonishing how much work goes into planning and then executing the VFX for this show. We also did a VFX meeting to discuss motion […]

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 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 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 […]

The Dangerous World of TV Producing

05.28.15
by Ty Franck

Delivering notes to actors can be a dangerous job.  Acting is an emotional profession, and hearing that the choices you’ve made aren’t working can sometimes create tensions or hurt feelings. Fortunately, on The Expanse we have trained professionals who take criticism with aplomb. Giving a note to Dominic Tipper