Sunday, January 09, 2011

FALLING SKIES - A PREVIEW BLOG!



Dearest Readers --

It's been a long time since I posted.

The problem with writing a behind-the-scenes blog is that you have to have some scenes to be behind.

Since I last wrote I've been working hard on the new TNT/Dreamworks Television/Steven Speilberg Production of "Falling Skies." I began last May. In fact we've already shot and are almost completed editing the ten episode order. But, TNT's schedule is such that the show won't air until early next summer. So - that means there's been nothing to blog about without every word I write being a spoiler of some kind.

But now - finally - there is something to be behind-the-scenes of - a trailer for the series which is airing on TNT and is on YouTube.

This is the link to YouTube:





So now you see what I've been up to the last few months.

Here's the backstory.

Back in early April 2010 (I think) my agent called me to tell me that TNT and Dreamworks were making a new TV series. At that time it was only known as “The Untitled Steven Spielberg Alien Invasion Series.” Steven Spielberg was producing and he was going to be very “hands on” on the project. There was a pilot, but it was top secret and could only be viewed by going to over Dreamworks and watching it there.

So - I went to Dreamworks, which is on the Universal Studios lot. Once there I was ushered into a small room, which literally had a chair, a TV and a DVD player in it – nothing else. The assistant popped in the pilot and pushed play. My meeting with Dreamwork’s producers was scheduled immediately after the screening.

Now - Let me say that it’s very unnerving to have to see a pilot for the first time ever, and then IMMEDIATELY to go in for an interview. I did this same thing on HEROES – and it’s kind of brutal. Normally, I’d prefer to see a project and have the evening or at least a few hours to think over my take on it. This kind of scenario throws you 100% into a spontaneous, off-the-cuff approach. I’ve gotten comfortable with this over the years, but it’s far from ideal.

Anyway – I didn’t know ANYTHING about the pilot other than the temporary title – “The Untiteled Steven Speilberg Alien Invasion Project.” I guess that title gave me SOME idea what to expect – but other than that I had no idea who had written it, who had directed it or even who was in it. The show came on – and within ten minutes I was thinking -- “Damn, I guess if they want me, I’m doing this thing.”

It was my kind of TV – Interesting characters in a compelling situation painted (by TV standards) on a big palette. I really haven’t matured much since age twelve or thirteen – and the same kind of stuff I thought was cool then, I think is cool now – only now I’m lucky enough to get to work on it. This show had action, explosions, special effects, shootouts, and a very interesting take on the aliens both in terms of what they looked liked and why they were here.

Anyway – this post is meant to be a preview of things to come. As the show begins to air I’ll fill in episode by episode with my usual behind the scenes stories and pictures.

For now suffice it to say that the trailer gives you a taste of the look and the vibe of the series, but only a taste. The characters are complex and their challenges and dilemmas are great. I felt that the quality of the scripts and the caliber of the actors were among the highest I’ve ever worked with. And, for me personally, even though in one sense it’s another genre/action show - it was a chance to do something very different in terms of style and of tone.

One last aside - This blog was originally written for the HEROES fans. This, of course, was an unexpectedly awesome experience for me. The fans of HEROES were great and supportive and smart. They really paid attention to the show and were intuitive and insightful in their analysis of it.

BUT... After writing my one and only SMALLVILLE blog (after season 9’s finale) I've gotta say - You SMALLVILLE fans are off the charts!! You are hardcore and intense and loyal and kinda crazy and (in short) everything a fan should be!!! As you all know by now - SMALLVILLE is, to date, my proudest achievment - and now I only wish I'd been blogging and communicating with you all the whole time. Of course, back in 2001 when SMALLVILLE started I had no idea what a blog was. The producers gave me a first generation blackberry and I had no idea what THAT was. I didn’t own a computer and I had never really been on the world wide web. Now it’s season ten – ten years later!!!! I can’t believe it!!!

Anyway - throughout my post-SMALLVILLE career I'm pretty sure the people I'm working with are always saying to themselves -- "When the hell is Beeman going to SHUT UP about SMALLVILLE?! We know he's proud of it! We get it! Now move on with your life!" - but, hey!

Anyway, SMALLVILLE fans - Thanks for the positive feedback on the season nine finale! I tried hard to make it great and I knew the standards were high! Keep on rocking SMALLVILLE!!!

Thank you for your continued support – it means (literally) everything.

*** UPDATE 1/21/11 -- I WILL HAVE NEWS COMING OUT NEXT WEEK THAT IS BIG (AT LEAST TO ME) AND (HOPEFULLY) WILL MAKE YOU SMALLVILLE FANS HAPPY - MORE LATER ***

Now a few pix of FALLING SKIES to give you a taste...





Noah Wyle stars as Tom Mason

Moon Bloodgood as Anne Glass





Maxim Knight plays Matt Mason Tom's youngest s
on
(personal note: as a kid I had a "Matt Mason man
on
the Moon" toy set -
I wonder if there's any
connection -
I'll have to ask Mr. Rodat)




Drew Roy plays Hal, Tom's oldest son


Seychelle Gabriel plays Lourdes





Jessy Schram plays Karen


Colin Cunningham plays Pope.




Sarah Carter (My old friend who you may
know
as "Alicia Baker" from SMALLVILLE)
plays Margret.

14 comments:

jc1652 said...

hi mr. beeman,
I am a huge smallville fan and know full well you are as much a part of this iconic american pop culture legacy as anything so thank you soo very much for everything you've done for the series and for making the last ten years very possibly the most memorable of tv i can imagine I've had and probably will ever have. I really like the look of this new series and will certainly give it a watch once it airs. oh and craig from ksite says hi. anyways thanks again

joker said...

Smallville fan here:

AHHHHHHHHHHHHH GREG BEEMAN THANKS FOR THE SHOUT OUT!!!!!!!!

AHHHHHHHHHHH.. so nice of you to show some support. YOU EFFING ROCK GREG BEEMAN.

SALVATION WAS A DAAAAAMN GOOD EPISODE.

Please come back and direct at least one more episode. You are incredibly talented.

ZmaXcharmvill3 said...

Sounds interesting, i'll definitely check it out.

The season 9 finale of Smallville was great. HUGE THUMBS UP!

I hope you can direct the Series Finale, because that would be a PERFECT way to end the show.
When i look back at my favorite episodes of the 1st half of the series, your name is there as "Director". All the Biggest episodes, so what can get bigger than the series finale of a show that's been on for a decade?

p.s. Craig from KSiteTV sent me :)

Seeya'round Smallville said...

Thanks for the update, Greg! Falling Skies looks really cool. Didn't know Sarah Carter was in it, will definitely check that out!

Salvation was FANTASTIC and really kick-started what has been an amazing final season of Smallville. Can't wait to hear your news! =)

Apple-El said...

I just LOVE your infectious enthusiasm for Smallville! Your passion reflects in the work you do on Smallville and rest assured, the "hardcore and intense and loyal and kinda crazy" fans are WORLDWIDE and share your love for this awe inspiring show.
You put your magic touch on S9, Salvation, but really, you have been spreading your magic many years before that, and you know Smallville inside and out, so it was easy for you to reach those high standards and go beyond. I can only hope that your 'big' Smallville news is that your magic will continue and touch us all once more! Aussiefan

thank you said...

Greg, you are my angel! :D

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