Season 2 BTS: Stage Managers and Detectives [Weekend 1]

Screen Shot 2014-07-14 at 2.34.10 PMAshley Maimes in between takes. Make-up by the talented Dillon Bonnee.

¬†Welcome back, everybody! Season two is happening! I say that, but it feels like season one hasn’t ended, at least not for me. While editing the final cuts for season one, I was also writing season two. The 50 page script for all of season two took about four and a half months from pre-writing to the final polish. I rewrote the whole thing several times to make sure it would be the best season yet, and I’m really happy about how it turned out, and I hope you are, too! We’ve got some new characters that are going to be great additions to the story. (Also: if you haven’t watched season one yet then go do that now.)

We’ve got so many new faces to our team for this season, including our fearless producer Irina Kuzina, and our new guest directors Bryce Morgan, Jen Enfield-Kane, and Avi Kaye. Conner Sorensen is also joining our roster of guest directors, and he’s directing episode 2.07.

This past weekend we shot for two days with directors Bryce Morgan and Jen Enfield-Kane, and with actors Ashley Maimes, Katie Baker, Daniel Rashid, Laura Kirchner, and Kelly Davis Wilson.

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Left: Jen and Takenori having a staredown. Right: Avery and Bryce testing lighting with our gorgeous stand-in Claire

We had lots of great behind-the-scenes moments with Takenori and Jen in the interrogation room, with Laura and Ashley trying not to laugh during intense stare-downs, and trying to outsmart the air conditioning units threatening to ruin sound. Jen and Bryce both did an amazing job despite the fact that they had challenging time and production limitations.

Saturday we shot one scene with Daniel (who plays Tim) and Katie (who plays Petra)  in a sketchy alleyway, and then Sunday we shot interrogation room scenes along with dressing room scenes.

Fact: our production designer Emma Petersen is the best. She built the vanity mirror from scratch and turned a plain study room into a dressing room.

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We were also able to make the wizardry of low-budget production work for us by shooting in a stairwell for the interrogation scene.

Our crew was spectacular during these shoots, thanks each and every one of you for helping us lift heavy gear and make this web series the best it can be. morningshoot

Ashley Maimes (Anita), Emma Petersen (production designer), Jen Enfield-Kane (director), and Avery Xie (DP)

We gained a few fans this weekend — people who were watching us lug c-stands and lights around the apartment complex we were filming in wanted to know what we were filming, and several promised to watch season one. Claire, Avery, Takenori and I all went to get Pizza Studio after day one and the great folks there that helped us with our fundraiser for season one said that they watched season one and loved the concept.

We love you all and are so excited to be back for another season!

-Amy

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