Monday, December 01, 2008

SEASON 3 – EPISODE 11

“THE ECLIPSE – PART 2”

Tonight’s episode was written by Aron Eli Coleite and Joe Pokaski. It was directed by first-time HEROES director, Holly Dale.

As I mentioned in last week’s blog, Aron and Joe don’t normally write together – but they collaborated on this 2-week long episode. Our first ever 2 parter!!! Joe and Aron both came from CROSSING JORDAN, where they began as assistants and then became writers. They both collaborated closely with Tim Kring on the pilot and came here with Tim from the very beginning. Joe has been the interview subject of a past blog and Aron will be interviewed in an upcoming blog – I promise!

Aron’s credits.
Joe’s credits.

Holly came to our show via Roxann Dawson. Roxann is a director who had worked on numerous CROSSING JORDAN’S – in Season 1 she did one excellent episode of HEROES and we wanted to hire her for many more – but unfortunately she got snapped up as a producer-director on the CBS show COLD CASE. That was sad for us – but luckily Roxann called up a year later and recommended one of her top COLD CASE director’s… Holly!

Holly is a Canadian director who has directed numerous shows that shoot in the Great White North. She did an episode of STARGATE ATLANTIS which shot in Vancouver and I got to know many of the cast and crew during my time in Vancouver on SMALLVILLE. I knew that show did a lot of action and visual effects in a lot less shooting time than we have. She had also done an episode of THE DEAD ZONE that I was familiar with and I thought had an excellent visual style. Holly met with Allan Arkush and I about a year ago and impressed us with her experience and confidence. She is also a huge HEROES fan and was intimately familiar with all our episodes and our style. That always helps. When setting the schedule for this season we made sure to make a spot for her. I think Holly did a great job. She was also a favorite with the actors, many of whom reported the good experience they had working with her on this one.

Holly’s credits.

I’m going to keep this one short. An cold took me down over the American Thanksgiving holiday and I'm prepping to direct Episode 19 so I have limited my time.

Only one or two notes:

The guys at Optic Nerve created a really cool appliance for Zach Quinto for the moment when Jack Coleman slits his throat. We shot film of Jack really cutting this appliance which gushed blood. It was freaky. But in post-production we found it more powerful to have Jack do the slice off-stage in a close up and then cut wide for the aftermath as Zach started to bleed out. I had recently seen THE DARK KNIGHT just before we started post-producing this episode and I was struck by how they never showed any violence as an on-camera event – everything was implied, and yet actually felt more violent. That might have influenced the decision to edit this scene this way.

I also really like the way the scene turned out in which Hiro pops in and out just as Sylar is about to kill the Bennett family and then disappears everyone one by one! This scene is good I think, because it is oddly light-hearted and comedic at a moment of awfulness. It was rather complicated to accomplish because of the number of starts and stops that had to be done when shooting. Many of our scenes require complicated visual effects, but Hiro popping in and out is done I DREAM OF JEANNIE style. We just tell the actors to freeze and Masi either runs in or runs out of frame. But because Jack Coleman was busy hanging in a harness against the wall during the whole scene it had to be done quickly and efficiently.

Weirdest thing just happened – At the very moment of this writing I’m at the airport in San Francisco on my laptop, writing this blog and a fan recognized me from the blog as I was writing the blog. Plus I’ve never been recognized in public before. Weird. Her name is Rachel and as of now she is in the running for biggest fan of HEROES. OK - shout out to Rachel!

That’s it. I’m done. And now…

THE PICTURES:


DIRECTOR HOLLY DALE AT THE MONITOR


WRITER'S ARON ELI COLEITE AND JOE POKASKI


HAYDEN AND HER YUCKY WOUND


KRISTEN AND HER YUCKY WOUND


ZACH QUINTO AND HIS ‘LIL YUCKY WOUND


ZACH QUINTO AND HIS BIG YUCKY WOUND


HAYDEN – “WANNA SEE MY YUCKY WOUND?”


MILO AND MAKEUP ARTIST WEDNI ALLISON - SHE CREATES ALL THE SCARS AND YUCKY WOUNDS


ZACH REFLECTS UPON LIFE AND DEATH (HEY WENDI NICE PICTURE! – SHE TOOK THIS ONE!)


ADRIAN AND WRITER ARON ELI COLEITE IN A DISPUTE OVER A LINE


HOLLY DALE IS A CANADIAN – CANADIANS ARE AFFECTIONATE – SHE DEMONSTRATES HERE


JACK COLEMAN IN “HAPPINESS IS A WARM GUN”


JIMMY JEAN-LOUIS CELEBRATES VICTORY


JIMMY JEAN AND ADRIAN GOIN’ CRA-ZEE IN HAITI


ADRAIN AND DEMETRIUS GROSSE – COMING IN ON RUNWAY 2


ZACH PREPARES FOR HIS SCENE


ADRIAN IS CHAINED TO HIS WORK


HOLLY DALE AND HER COLLABORATOR, DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHER CHARLIE LIEBERMAN


HOLLY AND BEST BUD, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR ANNE BERGER


ZACH AND KRISTEN


ZACH AND KRISTEN PLAY “¿QUIEN ES MAS SEXY?”


ASHLEY CROW AND BED-RIDDEN HAYDEN


JIMMY JEAN AND “GANGSTA” ADRIAN PASDAR


JIMMY JEAN MIND-WIPES DIRECTOR HOLLY DALE AS ADRIAN AND MILO CELEBRATE!

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