Directed by: Adam Kane
Adam Kane came back to direct tonight's episode. He's a great guy and I'm very grateful that he's consistently returned to do episode's for us.
He always does great work and cares about the details and the big picture.
Four years of one show is a journey... There's an experience of digging in and an aspect of enduring... And through it all friendships and very close work relationships are formed. With Adam... And all of the other directors, especially those who have returned over the years to do multiple episodes. I owe them my gratitude.
Most shows don't come as easily or traditionally to me. My agent, at the time, called up and said "They'd like you to meet on the new Untitled Steven Spielberg Alien Invasion series. He gave me some more parameters about it and I said "sure."
So I went to Amblin, sat in a dark room by myself and watched a version of the pilot episode. Shortly after I met Justin Falvin and Darryl Frank and Lindsey Springer who all work for Mr. Spielberg and were producing the series and at the end of that 1 hour meeting I more or less had the job.
I first met Noah Wyle on the phone - I introduced myself and told him I was going to be aboard, we had a great conversation about why he had done the pilot in the first place and what mattered to him. I was very impressed by his intelligence and articulateness. A week or so later we met face to face at a diner and formalized the work relationship that had yet to begin.
(It's funny, my first ever experience working as an on-set producer/director was on a show called NASH BRIDGES, written by Carlton Cuse and starring Don Johnson. It was a trial by fire - but am overall great experience and I emerged from it a significantly better director, particularly in terms of working with actors and getting the best possible performance out of them. Don Johnson really trained me in the art of how to work with a star and how to build that all-important relationship. And, with FALLING SKIES I brought what I had learned into my relationship with Noah Wyle.)
I called Moon on the phone next. She had been out of the country and so it took a few days for her to return. I liked her right away, just by her voice and her laugh. She was (and is) simply put... cool. We got to be very good friends the first season in Toronto.
I eventually called everyone, except for Will Patton. I didn't meet him until just a few days before shooting in Toronto.
There are a lot of complex aspects to being the overseeing director on a series. I discuss many of them in this blog all the time - and they are the critical, but sometimes mundane nuts and bolts of figuring out how to make each episode week to week. But one that I maybe neglect to mention enough, is the relationship I have with the cast - it is ongoing and must be a relationship built on trust an honesty. If it isn't, if I am ever deceptive or manipulative - even if it means I get my way in that moment - at some point in the future that dishonesty will come back to bite me.
Noah is a gentleman and a dilligent artist. He cares very deeply about his craft and has studied it very hard. He cares deeply about this show and has many opinions. He's very involved in the series, but the very nature of where I am in the information chain, means that I know some things that are coming down the road in future scripts and so on before he does. So I am a conduit of that information to him and visa versa. I take it upon myself to inform him (and the rest of the cast) of what's coming up, and also to listen to his (and their) questions and concerns And I take it upon myself to resolve those concerns, as quickly as possible, by myself if I'm capable or with whoever else I need - sometimes the head writer, sometimes Grace Gilroy our line producer, etc.
FALLING SKIES is a great show to work on in that it can be huge - some of the battle sequences I've directed on this show are as big as anything I've seen on TV. But it also has many heartfelt moments of bonding - father to son, husband to wife, soldier to soldier. So that's been great.
It's been great to have a cast who really care and work hard to elevate the material every week.
Oh yeah, Adam Kane was forced/cajoled into being Secret Santa in the Falling Skies Production office. Hilarity ensued and he was a most good sport about it.
In front of the camera and behind the scenes we are a close knit group.
Moon had a birthday party for her one year old daughter and everybody showed up to a curling party. I don't know if you've ever been curling - it looks kind of dopey (to us 'Mericans) at the winter olympics. But it is tricky and definitely harder than it looks. A ton of us piled onto the ice and threw/slid these big heavy objects reffered to as "rocks."
Director of photography Barry Donlevey and I teamed up against Sarah Carter and her boyfriend. Now Barry is Canadian and I thought he'd do pretty good. But, Sarah Carter single handedly kicked everyone's ass. She kept acting innocent and naive, like "Wow I have no idea how I got the rock perfectly in the center and knocked your rock out of play at the same time..." Like she was all innocent and it was pure beginner's luck. Later I remembered that she grew up in the frozen land of Winnipeg and pressed her. Maybe she was guilty, or maybe she just didn't care at that point... But she finally confessed that she had been on a curling team in high school... A frigging curling team... A total ringer that girl was!!! Thank god we were only playing for nachos not Canadian Dollars!
|- ALIEN MEET ALIEN -|
|CONNOR AND SARAH AND DREW - THE LOVE TRIANGLE UNMASKED|
|DOUG JONES RESTS IN HIS TRAILER (AS BEST HE CAN UNDER ALL THAT LATEX)|
|- THE BROTHERS MASON -|
|MOON AND DOUG JONES|
|- THE GREEN ROOM -|
|NOAH REXES BETWEEN TAKES|
|ON A SCOUT - LAYING OUT THE FIELD SCENES|
|ADAM KANE AND ROB GRAY|
|ME - TEXTING IN THE COLD|
PRODUCER GRACE GILROY MANS HER DESK
|ADAM KANE PLAY SECRET SANTA AT THE OFFICE XMAS PARTY|