Finding a fascinating primer on TV writing and production while skimming through the interwebs made our week. There’s a lot of meat in this stew, so without further ado:
“We’re creating a world that feels true”
by Caroline Framke
To truly understand the phrase “controlled chaos,” you should consider crashing the set of a television show.
Cold open: The table read
A long series of folding tables is set up end to end in the only corner where they’ll fit, at least temporarily.
Space is precious on a set. However, it’s not as precious as time. So as I slide onto a spare chair, summary
This is the first and only opportunity The Americans‘ cast and producers will have to hear “Clark’s Place” performed scene by scene, in the order in which it was written and will air on television.
As a producer reads the stage directions in a terse monotone — “Henry is on the computer playing a game; Philip and Paige watch Reagan’s March 1983 SDI speech on TV” — I glance around the table. Rhys and Keri Russell, who star as married Soviet spies Philip and Elizabeth Jennings, sit in the center….