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anatomi
Jan 31, 2015


Not disagreeing with any of that. Happy to hear Taylor's on the finale though.

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theflyingexecutive
Apr 22, 2007



Open Source Idiom posted:

(I suspect he's still getting used to American filming schedules though.)

How do you mean?

Davros1
Jul 19, 2007

You've got to admit, you are kind of implausible

theflyingexecutive posted:

Taylor directed 7 and 8. Very few shows have the same director for every episode, especially ones with condensed shooting schedules like Happy, as the directors use their off time for prep (finalizing the script, tech scouts, etc)

How many eps is this? I'm enjoying the show, but it's beginning to feel like they're just dragging things out just to fill the eps.

Open Source Idiom
Jan 4, 2013


theflyingexecutive posted:

How do you mean?

He's a British director, who's worked on a bunch of UK productions including Utopia and Doctor Who. But over the last few years he's been alternating between US and UK jobs, as part of the British invasion that's going on behind the scenes right now. (There's a lot of UK finance going towards american television right now, requiring certain talent quotas to be met in front of and behind the cameras. It's why half the cast on Preacher and the Netflix Marvel shows are Brits.)

British production schedules generally take longer to film episodes, so he's having to shift paradigms to account for that.

I hasten to add that he's a very good director, with a good eye. Just perhaps one that still needs that extra day or two compared to American schedules.

spookygonk
Apr 3, 2005
Does not give a damn

Open Source Idiom posted:

He's a British director...
That probably explains the closing credits song: "Father Christmas Do Not Touch Me" written by Bill Oddie, one third of the classic British comedy trio The Goodies. Really didn't expect to hear that song (from 1974) in this show, but it does fit the story.

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theflyingexecutive
Apr 22, 2007



Davros1 posted:

How many eps is this? I'm enjoying the show, but it's beginning to feel like they're just dragging things out just to fill the eps.

8

Open Source Idiom posted:

He's a British director, who's worked on a bunch of UK productions including Utopia and Doctor Who. But over the last few years he's been alternating between US and UK jobs, as part of the British invasion that's going on behind the scenes right now. (There's a lot of UK finance going towards american television right now, requiring certain talent quotas to be met in front of and behind the cameras. It's why half the cast on Preacher and the Netflix Marvel shows are Brits.)

British production schedules generally take longer to film episodes, so he's having to shift paradigms to account for that.

I hasten to add that he's a very good director, with a good eye. Just perhaps one that still needs that extra day or two compared to American schedules.

Perhaps another factor would be that episodes 4/5 were block shot. I’m a huge Utopia fan and one of the few people on set who knew who he was lol

theflyingexecutive
Apr 22, 2007



Oh yeah, I worked on Happy, amatdvmnda (ama that doesn’t violate my nda).

anatomi
Jan 31, 2015


Did you get a peek at Meloni's schlong? Was it nice?

Edit: for real though, what was your job(s)?

Edit: and I just want to clarify, I think Wayne's a really good director. I loved his work on Utopia. It's just that Taylor set a particular tone on the first three episodes that I think would be hard for any director to complement without aping it.

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Rocksicles
Oct 19, 2012

DAAAAAMN!
Put your glasses back on.


spookygonk posted:

That probably explains the closing credits song: "Father Christmas Do Not Touch Me" written by Bill Oddie, one third of the classic British comedy trio The Goodies. Really didn't expect to hear that song (from 1974) in this show, but it does fit the story.

The bird geezer? I figured he'd be in his 80s now, standing on a marsh somewhere, looking for a Bar Tailed Godwit.

theflyingexecutive
Apr 22, 2007



anatomi posted:

Did you get a peek at Meloni's schlong? Was it nice?

Edit: for real though, what was your job(s)?

Edit: and I just want to clarify, I think Wayne's a really good director. I loved his work on Utopia. It's just that Taylor set a particular tone on the first three episodes that I think would be hard for any director to complement without aping it.

I was the on-set cast PA, so Chris and I were in pretty close quarters. The show was filmed August-November, so the poor dude was frequently roasting in two sweaters, a wool coat, and a scarf. He did the vast vast majority of his stunts and though it’s hard to tell under the coat he was ripped. He’s an Executive Producer too, so he was very frequently working with Brian and the writer/producer on set to fine tune his lines. No schlongs were visible on set except the many dildo props we had filling our truck.

Patton was not on set, all of the shots with Happy were read by our awesome script supervisor and the vfx team would take 360 degree photos and run a take with reference objects, which we called the “dolls and balls” take.

theflyingexecutive
Apr 22, 2007



Oh lol I totally forgot I’m in this episode, 6:55 are my beautiful legs crossing in the foreground

Norwegian Rudo
May 8, 2013


Open Source Idiom posted:

There's a lot of UK finance going towards american television right now, requiring certain talent quotas to be met in front of and behind the cameras. It's why half the cast on Preacher and the Netflix Marvel shows are Brits.

I follow a ton of entertainment news and I haven't heard anything even remotely like this even hinted at. Unless you've got something to back it up I'm going to call bullshit.

Binary Logic
Dec 28, 2000



Fun Shoe

I'm from Zork the capitol of Cupcake Kingdom.

This show is amazing for laughs and brutal violence and there is so much going on all the time. There's a great scene of Nick in Hailey's room, and we see all the various elements that went into the formation of Happy. Such a nice moment. And then...the room gets re-arranged a bit.

theflyingexecutive posted:

Oh lol I totally forgot I’m in this episode, 6:55 are my beautiful legs crossing in the foreground
A star is born. How is Smoothie on set? Like, does he stay in character and creep everyone out? That actor is in everything.

theflyingexecutive
Apr 22, 2007



Binary Logic posted:

A star is born. How is Smoothie on set? Like, does he stay in character and creep everyone out? That actor is in everything.

Patrick is totally cool and 0% creepy off-camera.

Duke Igthorn
Oct 11, 2012


Binary Logic posted:

I'm from Zork the capitol of Cupcake Kingdom.

This show is amazing for laughs and brutal violence and there is so much going on all the time. There's a great scene of Nick in Hailey's room, and we see all the various elements that went into the formation of Happy. Such a nice moment. And then...the room gets re-arranged a bit.

I laughed out loud at that scene. Happy! retreats to Hailey's room and we see clues, small little touches of where Happy! began; a unicorn horn here, a horse there, there are some wings...then BOOM: here's a blue horse with pink hooves. From "Oh there's where she was inspired..." to "Oh she just personified a toy she already owns...*cough*...

There was a downgrade of energy, I think it's because of the dramatic tone they had to use so heavily, but there are still plenty of little touches: look at the superhero pose Stabler strikes when they burst in through the window and after he exchanges a look with his ex, Stabler literally does a little hop into a two-fisted Popeye stance at the end of the scene before the fight. It just feels so natural, like the actor playing Sax is just loving around in these scenes with very serious people and they keep it in.

I did not like the whole subway scene. Stabler wants to die but chooses not to, even fights to keep from dying? If it's anger motivating him like in the torture scene I can see that: his weakness is his anger but it's also the major driving force for him. His whole downfall is his inability to control his anger but without that anger he would just stop, it's his weakness and his strength. In the subway he's just kind of..."Oh I guess I won't kill myself". The people on the platform should have banded together to save him in spite of himself, he should have been angrily cursing them as he tries to get back onto the tracks. It was a bit off script and character wise for him to just go "Oh, I guess I want to live now" because it's confusing that even his daughter couldn't make him get up but he just...kinda...does...anyway...

I will say this SPOILERso we know Happy Sunshine guy is going to be the kid of the Santa who killed himself, probably the brother of the evil Santa guy, this is given away in the WONDERFUL noir scene with Missus Claus, but I'm wondering how Blue and Smoothie fit in. Is Smoothie the third brother? all I know is that revenge is getting sweeter and I hope this is just a one season thing because A: you can't have a character like Nick STAY a character like Nick, he's not going to have his death wish if he saves his daughter and gets a new lease on life and him having a death wish is half the fun and, narratively, it just makes sense to have his final act of redemption be him dying to save his little girl. He becomes, and stays, her imaginary image of him as the greatest cop ever, he's far too gone to get back to a normal life, and he dies a hero's death having reversed the "live long enough to become the villain" saying tying up everything neatly. Luckily Nick Sax isn't so much a character as he's a character type, with an actor willing to bring that energy they could easily do a "Happy! 2!" type thing with another burnt out half dead drunken rear end in a top hat half dead drunkenly saving the day in spite of himself

Also I want to give absolute props for the very first scene being him killing himself in a dream sequence. From that point out he almost dies two more times in that episode and the show is telling you, right up front, that it literally doesn't matter to the plot if he's alive or dead. Otherwise there'd be a thousand "The heart attack really killed him and this is all a dream before he dies." theories when the show is telling you, from the very first scene, that maybe yeah who cares?

Guys I LOVE this show.

Tiggum
Oct 23, 2007

Mary Worth had an illicit affair with Refurb and kidnapped Sophie when she learned the truth. Little did Sophie know, but she was held in Apartment 3G under the watchful eye of The Phantom until Dick Tracy rescued her. Meanwhile, in spite of everything, Working Daze still sucked.


Duke Igthorn posted:

I did not like the whole subway scene. Stabler wants to die but chooses not to, even fights to keep from dying?
He didn't want to die, he was just trying to make a point. He assumed he'd be able to climb back onto the platform.

geeves
Sep 16, 2004



Holy poo poo! They did the baby in the microwave story from Heat.

Duke Igthorn
Oct 11, 2012


Tiggum posted:

He didn't want to die, he was just trying to make a point. He assumed he'd be able to climb back onto the platform.

Yeah but his whole character is the "suicidal burnt out 90's action cop" turned up to 11. He literally kills himself in the very first scene, he even says that he's afraid he can't die so it's massively out of character to NOT want to die without being motivated by anger

Elijah Snow
Dec 10, 2006

és tudo o que eu vejo.

Yeah don't bother with the "all a dream" suppositions, Sax is terrible at doing many things and dying is one of them.

muscles like this!
Jan 17, 2005

Gosh, I love arrows.


Imaginary friend Deer Hunter is definitely messed up.

CAPTAIN CAPSLOCK
Sep 11, 2001



Well, poo poo is certainly getting even weirder and weirder in a good way. Even more so if you watched the promo for the final 2 episodes.

muscles like this! posted:

Imaginary friend Deer Hunter is definitely messed up.

Blue's kid is super messed up. That double chain saw kill probably didn't even faze him.

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Rocksicles
Oct 19, 2012

DAAAAAMN!
Put your glasses back on.


IF support group needs it's own show.

edit: Holy poo poo, the chainsaw!!!

This show is up there with the best of them.

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