Written by: Mark Verheiden
Directed by: Adam Kane
WARNING: SPOILERS CONTAINED WITHIN - EVEN IF THIS BLOG FEELS LIKE SOMETHING YOU'VE BEEN TRAVELLING MONTHS TO FIND, EXPECTING REFUGE, ALL IS NOT AS IT SEEMS, AND SPOILERS COULD APPEAR TO CAPTURE AND IMPRISON YOU AT ANY MOMENT
Okay faithful fans -- There will be a post on this episode, I promise - at this exact moment I am waiting for a car to take me to the airport to go to Vancouver to begin Season 3. It's been WAAAAY to crazy to blog - but I'll write on on the plane and post tonight.
Here goes a little...
This penultimate episode was written by cast and crew favorite, Mark Verheiden. Mark is greatly beloved by all who ever work with him, because of his sweet nature as well as his great writing. His presence on set gives our actors a sense of relief. I personally loved this script. It was, certainly, a stylistic departure for us... But I love the way it unfolded act by act. At first we think Charleston is a safe haven, a paradise full of trustworthy amigos. But later, bit by bit, it unfolds to be less than it seems. Man's arrogance and petty politics have, again, reared themselves up - and created hazard for Tom Mason and our heroes. I love how this episode is a complete and self-contained story within itself.
Tonight's director was Adam Kane. Adam began as the original cinematographer of the HEROES pilot. His work, assisting that show to get off the ground encouraged Tim Kring to give him his first directing break. If you look into the archives of this blog, you will see my posts about him. I was introduced to Adam in 2007 as a "shadow" on one of the HEROES episodes I directed. "Shadow" means that he followed me throughout the prep and shooting of an episode, and I, kind of mentored him through the process, explaining how and why I was doing what I was doing. Adam was quite a good and thorough shadow he was with me every step of the way, and then went on to direct his own excellent HEROES epiosde. Since then his career as a director has skyrocketed, to the point where he, frequently, has the same job I do, producer/director, on shows like BEING HUMAN.
His skill set and abilities have been honed in the years since 2007 and I think he brought his distinctive visual style to this episode.
This episode also brought in two new guest stars Terry O'Quinn (of LOST Fame) and Matt Frewer. It's such a thrill for me when I get to meet and work with people who've been in projects that I love. I was a huge fan of LOST and I've been a fan of Matt's comedic work since the 80's and letaely he's been doing such cool dramatic work. Anyway, both of these guys were great, nice and proffessional - and it's always good to know that.
We had a special, and difficult to achieve project with this episode. The story took place entirely in the underground areas below the ruins of Charleseton. Well to find big, open interiors that we could take over for several weeks. We caught a break - and found a mall that had been started and then, I believe, lost it's funding. It had been sitting there, unused, for several years. And that space - as well as the underground parking garage of a local Costco, became our Charleston.
The Costco was funny because, even though they allowed us to use a huge portion of their parking area during the day, the Costco above us was still doing business. So every once and a while a shopper would appear in the elevator (on the wrong floor from where they were trying to go) The elevator doors would open and they would see a couple of dozen 2nd Mass'ers, dressed in camo, standing by Humvees and packing heavy artillery. A few shocked expressions were seen.
One of the concepts of the episode was that the military of Charleston had a lot of fresh, basically unused military gear including, vehicles, weapons and clothing. This was cool, until Will Patton had to wear the ACU's. Will has meticulously embodied the character Dan Weaver and has come to care a lot about what Weaver wears. This benefited us in a way because both Weaver and Will were uncomfortable in the gear.
More to come...
|Noa Wyle at the podium|
|A crowd gathers|
|Writer Mark Verheiden with last week's writer, the young and talented, Heather Regnier|
|Terry O'Quinn as "The Prez"|
|Our director - Adam Kane|
|Dale Dye an Chris our camera first assistant|
|Glen Winter of SMALLVILLE fame was the director of photography on this one|
|Behind the scenes|
|Michael Soos our camera operator waits his turn|
|Mpho and Peter|
|Brad, Luciana and Collin|
|Me 'n my crew|