I’m exhausted as I write this so please bear with me…
Today was in one word: incredible!
I’ve been in the industry for many years, but as I have always been in the editing rooms (called “the dungeon” on many productions, as they are often very dark), I had actually never been on a studio soundstage. All that changed today!
First I met up with NBC publicist Jamie French at stage 10 of the Warner Bros lot. Chuck takes three stages — stage 10 houses the Castle, the Orange Orange, and an area they use for temporary locations. Another stage next door has all of the “at home” sets — the courtyard, Chuck’s pad, Casey’s apartment, etc. Then the last stage houses the massive Buy More set. I spent most of my day in stage 10, and took some photos of the home set, but was not able to get into the Buy More set, as they weren’t shooting there today.
It’s fascinating how they shoot — because of the separate stages, they could be shooting in three separate locations at once. Today, Zac and Kristin Kreuk were shooting a scene in stage 10 at the same time that Ryan McPartlin and Sarah Lancaster were shooting at the home set.
Despite these time savings, there is still a lot to do… Kristin told me that they shoot about 8 script pages a day, which is apparently quite fast, and makes for some rather long days.
Much of my day was spent waiting in the Castle. I had my equipment set up in the gun room, and an NBC crew was set up in the main room. As we waited for the various actors to become free, we hung out and shot the breeze. Jamie French, Laura Bass, and the NBC EPK crew (TJ, Rick, and Pandora) were all very friendly and down to earth.
First up was Kristin Kreuk. Because there was a scene shooting at the time, our interview was interrupted and we had a few minutes to talk. Boy, she is a sweetie! But she’s also very intelligent, and passionate about helping people. She is in the process of building an online community to strengthen teen girls, Girls by Design. She also told me about how she loves to travel, but not in a touristy way — she researches different cultures, and does her best to go “off the beaten path.”
Then came Zachary Levi and Joshua Gomez. They were entertaining as always! I wished Zac “Happy Birthday” from all of us at the podcast and ChuckTV.net, but he pretty quickly changed the subject to how thankful he was for the podcast and the fans’ efforts in helping Chuck be renewed. What a humble guy!
After a yummy chicken quesadilla lunch at the WB commissary, I had interviews with Ryan McPartlin and Sarah Lancaster. Both were very gracious, generous with their time, and genuinely thankful for the fans.
I also had a surprise interview with a guest star who I unfortunately can’t tell you about, except to say he is a name you will know.
After packing up my gear, I ran into Zac’s agent, Tej Bhatia. She seems very down to earth; we’ll be getting together for lunch later this week.
Last but not least, I had to get a photo of the Nerd Herder. Then all I had to do was brave L.A. rush hour traffic back to Santa Clarita. Much of the trip was at about 2 miles per hour, but I managed to get home in a little over an hour.
Tomorrow: Chuck sound mix, and an appointment with a reality TV contact given to me by Kevin Mock.