Hello Peoples! Happy Tuesday!
I just thought I would come write a little post about my first time Directing for RT! :) It was for this episode of Million Dollars But...
I twisted @bgibbles 's arm enough to let me direct 3 scenes from start to finish: Becca eats Rupert the Hot Dog Dog, Becca eats her friend's Bird, and Chris and his Puppet friend pick out an outfit! And by twisted Blaine's arm, I mean I asked and he said yes :) Thanks Blaine!!
So the process started by listening to what we call the "Audio Edit" and writing a script around that! Basically, the audio edit is the dialogue that comes from the roundtable portion of MDB. An editor and Blaine sift through the entire Alcohol-laden conversation, and determine which scenarios and which bits of conversation will make the best episode and then present that to the Episode Director. Then he/She takes that dialogue stream and breaks it up into scenes, puts the scenarios into Locations and adds in hilarious bits and jokes to beef up the comedy!
I wrote my script for the whole episode and then Blaine and I traded scripts, compared and contrasted and determined which scenes I would direct! Just that alone was a very fun process... especially since I had the flu and we had to do it all over the phone But for reals, I really enjoyed sharing ideas and collaborating. It was very fun to see each other's different ideas for the MDB scenarios!
Then from here, I started to shot list. Admittedly, this portion of the process is somewhat tedious and not my favorite, but it is so crucial and helpful. Shots that I plotted did change once we got into the actual location, but on a whole, shot listing helped me clearly see the scene in my head before we ever got to our shooting day. It also helped that I had the AMAZING Alex Toader to help my storyboard a scene that presented some challenges (see below)
Then we got to the shoot day! I was very excited to be there, and even more so because the crew was made up of a lot of my friends! I got to shadow Blaine on his scenes and then take charge on mine :) An added fun thing was that I was on Day 2 of a sinus infection, yay! (The flu really kicked my ass this year). My favorite part of directing is working with the talent, so it was super fun to work with @Becca and @Chris and of course, Rupert :) Ya know, they say to never work with Children or Animals in film, but I think we had a great time!
After the actual shoot day, we went into post-production. I really love this process too - it's where you see everything come together and it's super fun to see how things change and progress as the timeline goes on. We have such talented editors and sound mixers (shout out to John Moore and Jake Camita!) so they made this process so easy! We also had a few VFX shots and that was very interesting - giving notes and being very clear on what we wanted, so we didn't waste time and money.
All in all, I'm very happy to have gotten to direct my little slice of MDB, and I'm excited to hopefully direct more for Rooster Teeth in the future! It's been a bit since I directed (I directed my first film in 2015 and it premiered at Berlinale!) and since then, I've been really itching to Direct more!
Hope y'all enjoyed the Puppet Pandemonium episode of MDB! I def enjoyed working on it!