Tales from the Writers’ Room: Part One

One of my favorite parts about writing for TV or film is the magical process of seeing my words come to life. In reality, it was a very talented props person named Ian, and not magic, that made the centrifuge I wrote about on Thursday appear in the entryway of our building Monday morning. But unless I end up winning Powerball, scriptwriting is probably the closest I’ll ever come to that genie-in-a-bottle moment: your wish is my command.  I hope I never become too world-weary to appreciate how special this feels.

So, I called this blog “Tales from the Writers Room,” but the truth is, I’m not actually spending much of my time in the writers’ room these days as I start to prep my first Bones episode. However, I do hope this kicks off my (sporadic) blog about the super awesome job of writing for a network television show.  For the uninitiated, Bones is a drama that airs on Fox, 8pm Thursday nights.

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Some props, including a piece of the centrifuge, which will end up looking a lot more magical (and bigger) when the show finally airs.

At Bones, the writers each produce their own episodes and are encouraged to be involved in the producing process.  We are lucky.  Not all TV writers get to have a hand in production.

Location scouting.

Shall we shoot a scene here? Nah.

Here we are on a location scout.

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How ’bout here? Nah.

One of the scenes in my script calls for a bunch of animals in the Ookey Room.  Cue the animal parade…

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Director Tim Southam auditions a cat.

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Director/iguana whisperer.

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Now he’s just showing off.

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Seriously, someone give this guy the directing gig for Dr. Doolittle 6.

It was like one of the animal shows you hire for a kid’s birthday party. Except I was at work, getting paid for it. 😉

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Nibbles the Raccoon needs you in the conference room. ASAP.

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Best. Meeting. Ever.

 

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8 responses to “Tales from the Writers’ Room: Part One

  1. Tammy Sparks

    I am a HUGE Bones fan!!! I can’t wait to see your episode, Hilary!!!

  2. Gaby Nallip

    I love #BONES!!! Tell us which episode number is yours…

  3. Big Congrats! And did I miss something… why is there a raccoon in the writer’s room?? Research?

  4. Racoons are very big right now. May i suggest a ray gun? Can’t wait for December 4th. May need to schedule some binge watching to get up to speed.

  5. Pingback: Tales from the Writers’ Room, Part 3: How an Episode of TV Gets Made | Hilary Weisman Graham

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