The Director’s Chair Issue #18 – Oct. 22, 2001 (The Director's Prep)

by Peter D Marshall

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THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR
Free Monthly Ezine for Film and Television Directors

October 22, 2001          Scene 2 – Take 9
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CONTENTS
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1.  Introduction
2.  FREE Bonus for Subscribers
3.  Action-Cut-Print!
4.  Back Issues of The Director’s Chair
5.  Quote of the Month
6.  Film and TV Domain Names
7.  Feature Article – The Director’s Prep
8.  Directing Tip – Actors who Change Dialogue
9.  Out Takes – Movie Goofs Flubs Flaws and Mistakes
10. Share This Ezine
11. Suggestions & Comments
12. Subscribe & Unsubscribe Information
13. Copyright Information

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1. INTRODUCTION
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Welcome to Issue #18 of The Director’s Chair (October 22, 2001).

1) THE FEATURE ARTICLE this month is on The Director’s Prep

I’ve had a few subscribers ask me about the order of a Director’s
Prep in episodic TV so I have included a basic breakdown of what
to expect when you are directing an episode of a TV show.

2) THE DIRECTING TIP this month – Actors who Change Dialogue

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Peter D. Marshall

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4.  BACK ISSUES OF “THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR”
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5.  QUOTE OF THE MONTH
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6.  FILM AND TV DOMAIN NAMES
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7. FEATURE ARTICLE – The Director’s Prep (Episodic TV)
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The Director’s Prep (Episodic TV)

I’ve had a few subscribers ask me about the order of a Director’s
Prep in episodic TV. The following is a basic breakdown of what
to expect when you are directing an episode of a TV show.

Every show works a little differently, but here is a guide to
follow. Hopefully, you have had the script for a few days before
you start prep and you have seen some completed shows.

7 Day Episodic TV Show

Day 1
– find out where the closest Starbucks is!
– meeting with producers about the script (first tone meeting)
– meeting with the First AD
– tour of standing sets (stage)
– work on your script
– meet the production designer and the location manager
– location scouts?

Day 2
– work on your script
– location scouts
– meeting with casting director

Day 3
– work on your script/shot lists
– location scouts
– casting tapes
– meetings with Stunts, Costumes, Props etc. during next few days

Day 4
– work on your script/shot lists
– location scouts
– by Day 4, you want to have your locations and casting done.
(This, of course, does not always happen)

Day 5
– work on your script/shot lists
– lock in casting and locations
– visit the set and talk to DOP and actors

Day 6
– work on your script/shot lists
– key location survey with department heads
– production meeting with key departments heads
– finalize all casting, locations and script elements

Day 7
– last day to put out fires
– cast read through at lunch
– wait for script revisions
– work on your script/shot lists
– meeting with producers on the script (final tone meeting)

Here is a detailed list what Production (AD/PM/Producers) look
for in location scouts and production meetings.

1)  Location Surveys/Scouts
– the location manager has a concept meeting with the producers
and the director after reading the script
– the location manager finds as many choices as possible for the
Director
– scouts: Director/Location Manager/1st AD/Producer/PM or UPM/Art
Director/Transportation Co-ord or a Driver

2) Things to look for on a Scout
– location requirements (need to be wrapped out by what
time?/cannot get into building until what time?)
– location accessibility for equipment (loading
docks/elevators/stairs)
– noise factors (traffic/construction)
– lighting set-up time (pre-rig?/lights outside?)
– what else can be shot in this location or near by
– DFN possibilities (tenting/lots of windows could be problematic)
– unit parking
– crew parking (shuttle time to set)
– lunch facilities

3)  First Scouts (lots of time)
– does it work for the Director
– does it work for the schedule

4)  Last Scouts (no time left)
– does it work for the schedule
– does it work for the director

5)    Department Head Meetings
The director should have the following meetings:
– concept meeting with producers/location manager/art director
– script meeting with producers and writer(if available)
– casting meeting with producers and casting director
– costume
– props
– set dec
– special FX
– stunts
– extra casting
– transportation
– other (animals,optical FX)
– visit the set and talk to – DOP/hair & make up/sound/actors
– Director and 1st AD meeting

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8.  DIRECTING TIP – Actors who Change Dialogue
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When dealing with actors who want to improvise and change their
dialogue, make sure they know what the intent of the scene is
first. Once you and the actor both agree on the scene intent,
they can go ahead and improvise their dialogue – and the
objective of the scene will still be met.

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9.  OUT TAKES – Movie Goofs Flubs Flaws and Mistakes
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Movie Goofs, Flubs, Flaws and Mistakes in 919 movies made between
1915 and 2001.

Isn’t it funny when movie makers put millions of dollars in
making a movie and then they forget all kind of little (or huge)
things, which can and will make the movie look funny, pathetic,
weird or unrealistic. This site is dedicated to those mistakes,
which are also known as goofs, gaffes, glitches, flaws, flubs,
bloopers, blunders, errors, mistakes, slip-ups and mishaps etc.

http://www.saunalahti.fi/~frog1/goofs/

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shenita September 26, 2012 at 1:12 am

great advice, thank you 🙂

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