Directing is no joke, whether your are talking about a feature film, a short, or an episode of TV. All of them take so much more work than anyone assumes, since you basically have to hand in almost everything.
Directing for TV is something that many often are in the dark about more than the other mediums, mostly because unlike film, the writers here tend to get more of the glory. But there is a reason why you cannot have the same director for almost every episode of a show like “The Vampire Diaries“: It’s simply too much work, and takes way too much time. There are typically multiple directors working on episodes at the same time, even if they are all in different stages.
One of those directors now? Paul Wesley. You’ve likely know for a while now that he is stepping into the chair for an episode of the CW hit, and he earned this job after working his butt off studying and preparing for the gig for quite a long time. (Translation: It wasn’t given to him just because he is a famous person on a TV show.) Paul wrote on Twitter Saturday night (February 22) that he is spending his evening working on some blue-screen scenes, which is something that is an essential part of many episodes of the show. There are only so many locations that can be actually used per episode, and this is just another tool to transfer you to another world. Hats off to “The Vampire Diaries” crew, though, since we have rarely every found their use of a blue screen to be anywhere near as egregious as we have seen from some other shows.
Paul’s episode of the show will air a little later this spring, but there are many more important ones to come before that. For example, there is an installment airing on Thursday night, and if you click here, you can watch a sneak peek.
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