@km 8 days. that is so tight. simon talks about learning to just let things go on a set. to realize that he has to just deal with his performance being his performance. of always feeling like he could have done it better as the director yells, "let's move on." i'm going to watch an ep. and just tote up camera moves and company moves and schedule all the exteriors together and see if as a producer, one could re-dress one location for another. also want to see extended credits to see if they use a second unit to do simpler m.o.s. stuff or secondary character stuff while they shoot the star. of course, if anyone on the set can ask for another take or two, it's simon.
the one problem for simon in shooting on a more cable-like schedule, he'd still have to work around the school year. he always talks about the fact that his kids are still in school through a big chunk of his hiatus so he has to wait to whisk them away to wherever. wonder if those boys realize what an incredible life they lead? sure stella noticed the difference between her childhood and her later teenage years. the infusion of cash and celebrity turns everything upside down.
hello all. madmen and dexter and boardwalk empire all have few eps and long hiatuses. i miss them a lot when they're gone; especially madmen. though i don't think they could sustain 22 eps the way mentalist does. i do appreciate the close attention to detail and the perfect cinematography which you just can't get on the mentalist's schedule. in a ten day schedule, (don't know if that's shooting or total production) they have to churn out 42 minutes. considering the fact that i've shot lots of 30 seconds pieces with 3 days or more to get it in the can, you get an idea of the kind of time that can be lavished on a few seconds of film time. can't even think of what beautiful shots they could compose of simon et al with that kind of schedule. also, the writers have much more time to noodle with the scripts so they only get better. wonder how long bruno gives himself to write his tentpole eps? however long he needs, i suspect.
kirkland. they must have big plans for him. the writers created him and inserted him into red dawn so we know the man in the back of the limo, homeland security kirkland got fbi alexa to make a connection with cbi minelli. so we know that he's had patrick on his mind for ten years. so we can see that he's the big guy other big guys bow down to. he has a fleeting and strange sort of crush on teresa. his unbelievable acceptance that lorelei kidnapped patrick. then bob trawls for rj clues from teresa. asks jane if he has any new insights. steals all jane's handshake boards. speaks empathically and anxiously to a killer he's killing - wants to make sure he's not recognized. certainly, no other guy on the list is a f*cking strange. the writers worked hard on bob and made sure he got a long history with the show even though he only came on this year. i have high hopes for bob in season 6
oops. meant - glad to be in the place season 5 got us...
continued from below. season 6 hope: rj/pj and tl/pj all twenty-two episodes. all white meat chicken with no fillers or artificial ingredients.
i'm glad to be in the place season six got us in terms of patrick/rj and patrick/teresa. that being said, i enjoyed it less than any other season finding myself cringing at most one-shot eps. i loved the tentpole rj episodes, crimson ticket, red sails in the sunset, there will be blood and red john's rules. also the two patrick/backstory eps, red dawn, devil's cherry. but i struggled to extract nourishment from the non-rj eps - formulaic. the volker arc was a disappointment - a cartoon villain. rigsby & dad - somebody and their father come to terms in the 42 min. they could have shown us patrick jane doing..anything? infuriating use of an ep. i love tm and patrick. i'm excited to see where rj goes and afraid of what the b-writers will serve up in between. cowboys & soldiers w/big helpings of rigsby? best ep: red sails in the sunset. worst: red feud, red letter day, red, white & blue, panama red, red lacquer, days of wine & roses. season 6 hope: rj/pj & tl/pj - all 22 eps.
i think simon has to do seven if they want him. after that, he can get out just by asking for more than they're willing to pay. robin says she's in it for as long as they want her. i imagine the others feel the same.
@km you are sweet and lovely and smart and they are stupid. do not forget that.
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