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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-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 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 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 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 […]

Toronto Diary Day Fifteen

09.04.16
by Daniel Abraham

Technically, today began with finishing up the shoot and limping home shortly after midnight, but judging by the common idiom of sleep cycles, we haven’t been into the office today. We did have a quite lovely dinner with Frankie Adams and her gentleman, though. Fan Expo Canada is going on walking distance from my hotel room right now.  I walked by folks in the clothing of my people — cosplayers, congoers, and folks with geeky t-shirts — on my way […]

Toronto Diary Day Fourteen

09.03.16
by Ty Franck

An on set day. Spent the day on one set, watching basically one scene over and over again. This is the secret about making a TV show that most people don’t know. Most days? It’s boring as shit. First, shoot the master. This is the big wide shot that gives the geography of the scene. All the characters in one shot, all the movement, all in one shot. Then we start shooting the two shots. These are the camera angles […]

Toronto Diary Day Thirteen

09.02.16
by Daniel Abraham

Left the hotel at 9 am. (The hotel is really quite lovely. Near a park. Decent restaurants nearby. Very civilized.) Stopped by set. (Today was a double-up day when we had two different episodes shooting concurrently on different sets, so that while the last few scenes of episode 12 are being filmed in one place, the first few of 13 are underway elsewhere. This isa little tricky for the crew who have to make sure all the equipment and personnel […]

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 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 […]