Sunday, March 16, 2014

On the Set of New Girl

On Friday, I got the opportunity, thanks to my brother Curtiss, to spend a day and part of the early morning on the set of the Fox comedy "New Girl" starring Zooey Deschanel. My brother is the gaffer (lighting) on the show and his crew, along with other members of the supporting cast, were most welcoming and friendly. It was the last filming day of season three, and the wrap didn't take place until 2:30 yesterday morning. By that point, I was in the car in the Fox parking structure trying to get some sleep. This is not a job for the impatient! At bottom, Curtiss is sitting at far left next to the DP, with the director, assistant director, writers and producers, make-up artists, and actor Jeff Garlin crowding into the Shirley Temple room in front of them. Show creator and episode director Liz Meriwether could and did pop out of the door on the right to cajole, congratulate, and instruct the cast in the next room where the filming was taking place. Above the war room is yours truly on the left sitting next to Prince who just showed up to watch for some reason. I tried to talk to him but he just stared straight ahead, completely mute.

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