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.
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.
Here we are on a location scout.
One of the scenes in my script calls for a bunch of animals in the Ookey Room. Cue the animal parade…
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. 😉