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“When in doubt, dig through your Setlock archives.”
That is to say: earlier today someone pointed out that we were listed on Tumblr’s Trending Blogs. A pleasant surprise! Quite a whoa moment! We’ve no idea how we ended up on there, but dude. We couldn’t be happier.
We have some new sceneframing photos and all sorts of good stuff coming up, but we just wanted to let you new followers know:
We feel ya. We’ve noticed your presence. We feel your little curious paws all over the blog.
So here’s a never-before-published photo of our beloved, pretty Cumberbatch for y'all, just because we’re happy to have you onboard. It was taken on August 21st in London during the filming of Sherlock season 3.
Which premieres in the US tomorrow, by the way. We’re so happy you all get to see it because yup, season 3.. quite an amazing ride.
So enjoy The Empty Hearse, and please stick around for more Fangirl Quest shenanigans! :)
Guys if you don’t already know GIRL MEETS WORLD SEASON 3 PREMIERES TOMORROW, Friday June 3 and Disney Channel!!! It starts at 8:30 and it’s an hour????[sorry IDK i’ve been to excited to pay enough attention during the trailers :)))))] Anyways, I will be live posting during the premiere and IM SO FREAKING EXCITED. Be on tumblr to hear my live rants about what’s going on. And if yo someone how saw it before I did, I WANT NO SPOILERS! And also watch for ratings :)
In case you missed Carlton Cuse’s Reddit AMA, here are the questions he answered…
He fielded questions about LOST and his current projects; season two of Bates Motel premieres tomorrow night (March 3) on A&E; The Strain premieres in July.
Lost has one of the greatest, most intricate stories of any tv show I have ever seen and it still remains one of my favorites. My question is, how much of the story was plotted out at the very beginning and how much has changed since then? Have a cluckity cluck day, Carlton! Thank you! We knew a lot of stuff – we had a road map – but obviously as we wrote the show we had more ideas, found ways to embellish our existing ideas, and always left ourselves open reacting to the show and following stories and characters more spontaneously.
Hey Carlton! Thank you so much for doing this AMA and for making Lost one of the best television shows of all time! I loved the show every step of the way, despite many of the dissenting opinions about the finale. The ending, to me, was truly moving and wrapped up both the island’s conflicts and the characters’ conflicts beautifully. That being said: Do you think that you and Damon Lindelof received an unfair amount of criticism from those that disliked the ending? I am going to tackle the ending question right now… Since that seems to be a popular one…
I stand by the ending that Damon and I wrote. It was our ending to the story we wanted to tell.
I was trying to think how to summarize my thoughts on this, and when in doubt, find another writer who can do it better than you. So here is a quote from the wonderful Ken Kesey that I was sent by my friend David Weddle. I think it says it all:
I’m for mystery, not interpretive answers. … The answer is never the answer. What’s really interesting is the mystery. If you seek the mystery instead of the answer, you’ll always be seeking. I’ve never seen anybody really find the answer, but they think they have. So they stop thinking. But the job is to seek mystery, evoke mystery, plant a garden in which strange plants grow and mysteries bloom. The need for mystery is greater than the need for an answer. “The Art of Fiction” – Ken Kesey interview by Robert Faggen, The Paris Review No. 130 (Spring 1994)
Which episode of Lost are you the most proud of? I think I would say “The Constant” which took us 5 weeks to figure out the story, which is an eternity in episodic television. Especially with production voraciously consuming pages at the rate of 6-8 per day. But ultimately it was well-worth it. In a way, I think it’s kind of a perfect LOST episode because it has the right cocktail of mythology and character drama.
Who shot at Sawyer in the outrigger? Please answer this so I can move on with my life. You know, from the very moment we started writing the ending of LOST I wanted the show to be open to interpretation and we wanted there to be plenty of room for people to have their own experience kind of watching and interpreting the show. I don’t think it’s ultimately a good thing to have to go to reddit to find out LOST canon. So I respectfully will leave that question a mystery.
I think when doing a show that relies on mythology, it’s easy to get LOST in the mythology (pun intended). I think people watch television for the characters and I think that many of the imitators of LOST were too focused on the mythology and not focused enough on making the characters compelling and interesting.
If you could work with any feature director for TV right now who would it be and why? What is your favorite show on TV right now? I would love to work with Christopher Nolan. I feel a real kinship with his creative sensibilities and he is just an amazing filmmaker. And my favorite tv show right now is True Detective, hands down.
Hi, Carlton. Since even before the finale of Lost, networks attempted to develop “The Next Lost”. What one quality do you think was the most important to Lost’s success where others may have failed? I think when doing a show that relies on mythology, it’s easy to get LOST in the mythology (pun intended). I think people watch television for the characters and I think that many of the imitators of LOST were too focused on the mythology and not focused enough on making the characters compelling and interesting.
If memory serves me right, you, Damon and J.J. had your hands on the rights to a Dark Tower adaption. What happened? There was a lot of talk and discussion about The Dark Tower at one point. But you know like many projects in Hollywood, it’s very hard to work out all the pieces to make a project go forward or not. I think the Dark Tower is now proceeding in other hands, including Jeff Pinkner who worked with us on LOST, he’s involved, and I really hope it gets made.
Hi Carlton! What are your views on original programming on Amazon/Netflix? Excited about it? Suspicious until they figure out how writers get paid? We would love to hear your thoughts on the future of alternate programming… :) I am very excited about companies like Netflix and Amazon creating original content. They offer more opportunities for writers to tell stories and they are breaking down a lot of the conventions of traditional TV from content restrictions, to act breaks, to delivery patterns. I wish there was more transparency, though, re: viewership numbers…
Have you seen the crazy/awesome LOST tattoos people are putting on their bodies, and how do you feel about that? Have you been able to collect any of the great posters that have been made? What’s your favorite piece? The LOST fan art has been an incredible part of the experience. I love that the show has inspired people to not only watch but also create. I have a ton of LOST posters – my favorites include ones by Olly Moss and Ken Taylor… As for tattoos… I was at a New Year’s party and a woman came up to me and said, I have the LOST tattoos on me. so I said, “Where?” She lifted her shirt to show me that – indeed – she had the LOST numbers tattooed below her breasts. This was the exact moment my wife looked over at me from across the party. I ask that question more cautiously now.
Hi Carlton! Ezra James Sharkington here. Welcome to Reddit. Remember me? I miss you. How are things? So…any way you can work a guest spot for me on Bates or The Strain?? Hahaha. I really don’t know how to help an unemployed shark.
Hi Carlton! When you think back about your time on Lost, what kind of daily or special activities stick out the most? Breakfasts with Damon? Scoring sessions with Giacchino? Basically what is the first thing that you think about when you reminisce about your time on the show? I LOVED my collaboration with Damon. I got a little tired of the Disney commissary food, but never of our incredible, wide-ranging discussions of everything from philosophy to actor DUIs.
I also loved the writer’s room. We had some amazing writers we collaborated with on LOST, and it was always fun to be in there, even when we were jammed up trying to figure out some vexing story problem.
What is your relationship like with Lindelof now? Do you think you two will ever work on anything (non-Lost related) again? Damon and I remain very close friends. I would love to find something else for us to do together, but we are both really busy with our own stuff.
Hello Carlton. I was wondering from a writer’s point of view, what the differences/advantages are of working on a cable television show opposed to regular network television. Network TV is in the process of doing some serious adapting, at least on the drama side in order to compete with cable.
A couple of things that are better among a long list:
Doing fewer episodes allows you to be more focused on each story and give it more tender loving care. A season is less diluted.
It is my experience in cable that there is greater trust and respect for the storyteller.
Do you have a specific “writing mode” or “ritual” of any sort when you sit down at the computer? I think as a TV writer, given the volume of work, you learn how to NOT be precious about where and when you write. That said, I write a lot to film music. It helps transport me into the head space where I can connect into the world of the show I’m writing.
I’ve seen plenty of drama and scifi shows since Lost, but still I’ve never been as hooked on any of them. So I just wanted to say thank you, and was wondering what advice you would give to someone who aspires to work in film and tv? You know, read Stephen King’s book on writing. I think everything in there about writing fiction can be extrapolated into writing for film and television. It’s the best kitchen sink manual of writer’s advice that I think exists. He says everything better and with more clarity than I could ever say. And it’s one of the reasons he’s such a massive idol of mine.
Would you ride a LOST themed roller coaster at Disneyland? :) 1,000 times in a row.
Are you aware of the Lost 2014 reunion event this September? Will you attend? ;) http://www.lost2014.com/ Yes, I know a group of fans is putting together a LOST reunion in Hawaii in September. It’s possible I will attend, it’s just going to depend on what’s happening in my life in September which is hard to predict right now.
What’s one rule of writing you’ve learned over the years that was never in any screenwriting book? I’m sure it is in every screenwriting book, but it is hard to overstate it’s importance. Start with character – and follow your characters in all their wants and desires. It’s very easy to get caught up in plotting and imposing your story upon your characters. Allow your characters to guide you on your writing journey.
What can we expect from season 2 of Bates Motel? Unlike a lot of shows in the so-called serial killer genre (I never really think of us as being in there – but I guess we are) , I think our show has a lot of humor and heart. Our hope is that Season 2 really will bond the audience up with our characters.
How do you juggle both the Strand AND being the showrunner for Bates Motel? (Also: are you sure you’re human?) It’s CRAZY! I work A LOT. It’s very hard to get the work/life balance exactly right in Hollywood. I have an extremely wonderful and understanding wife.
When writing Bates Motel, are there any psychologists directly involved? There’s so much about the psychology of the show that was done right, I really have to wonder. Can’t wait for season 2! Yes. Both Kerry Ehrin and I talked to some psychologists and gathered some general information that informed our story telling.
Was another actress other than Vera in the running for Norma? I honestly can’t picture anyone else in that role. She brings so much every episode! No. Just Vera. She was our first and only choice.
When writing Bates Motel, did you picture any other actor besides Freddie Highmore as Norman Bates? Very early on Kerry Ehrin and I skyped with Freddie. That was it. We were sold. We did read and meet with other actors – in part because Freddie was attending college (and still is attending college at Cambridge) but we never found anyone approaching him, so very gratefully A&E worked out a way for us to have him in the show and also allowed him to finish his education.
What made you pick Vera Farmiga and freddie Highmore for the perfect mother/son relationship? I think when you make a television show, despite all your good intentions, there is also a huge alchemy factor. And I have to say that we got incredibly lucky. When I write I usually envision an actor in my head saying my lines. It helps me shape and formulate characters. And from the very first, pictured Vera Farmiga as Norma Bates. She struck me as being perfect. But I never believed we would get her. But we sent her the first 3 scripts and I wrote her a sort of love letter about how much I admired her as an actor, and she signed on, which was fantastic, unexpected and amazing. Our wonderful casting director April Webster right from the start thought that Freddie was the perfect Norman Bates, and while we looked at many other actors, she was absolutely right, he was by far the best choice. And to top it all off, the two of them have a fantastic personal relationship, which shows onscreen and contributes enormously to the show.
As someone who read “The Strain” trilogy in high school as they came out, I always envisioned it as a television series and am so excited you have a part in it! Can you reveal (without spoilers) which part or specific scene from the series got you on board? A specific image? Can’t wait to see it onscreen! I loved the trilogy of STRAIN novels. I felt they were a unique take on vampire mythology, which is an insanely tall order. It is really hard to do something in this genre that feels fresh, but Guillermo and Chuck’s books provide a great road map.
I see a lot of similarities between Bates Motel and the show Twin Peaks (which is a huge compliment). Are you consciously drawing on that as one of the influences for the show? I was definitely a huge Twin Peaks fan and I wished it had lasted more than 30 episodes… and yes, it’s definitely an influence but more subconsciously. The particular type of storytelling for Bates Motel that Ehrin and I like is very pulpy drama (not unlike Twin Peaks) mixed with very nuanced character work. That’s the sweet spot for us.
Hi Carlton, I really enjoyed Bates Motel’s first season, and I’m looking forward from Season 2. I have two questions for you: what are you most excited about for the show’s second season and do you know how the show is going to end? Thanks again for taking the time to do this AMA. (And for LOST. That show was wonderful.) Yes. We very much know how Bates Motel is going to end. There is a pretty good roadmap in the original Psycho film, although we are not leading to the exact events of the movie. And we’re opening up the world of the show a lot in the second season, so viewers will learn much more about the world of White Pine Bay.
What would you say is your favorite book and why is it? Thanks! The Moviegoer by Walker Percy. It is about the search for meaning in life and the power of movies. It hits a lot of buttons for me.
Do you ever get made fun of for the name Carlton in reference to the Fresh Prince of BelAir character? Alright, well. If you want to know the truth, Andy Borowitz and his wife Sue Stevenson who created the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air were friends of mine from college, so I served as some sort of inspiration for the name. Little did I know he would grow into his own phenomenon.
If you didn’t get into writing, what would you be doing right now? Well, my mom wanted me to go to medical school. I think it’s good I DID go into writing because I don’t think you’d want me operating on you. (This dream went away when she had me scrub in for a surgery with my uncle and I fainted in the operating room.)
How do you come up to these things that happen in Bates Motel? Everything there is so unpredictable, I can never know what’s going to happen next. I just love it, I’m a big fan!! Kerri and I sit around and just pitch ideas to each other, and we have very different sensibilities as writers. Obviously most recently I spent six years doing LOST and she was writing FNL and Parenthood. There’s just this great kind of combination of our aesthetics that happens. It’s a little bit like chocolate and peanut butter. They are very different but they go together well.
Do you have any projects that never were made that you wish could have been made? Pet projects or projects that noone else believes in? I have a project called Point of Honor which I wrote with Randall Wallace (the writer of Braveheart.) It’s a family drama set against the backdrop of the American Civil War, and that’s a show I’m really hoping will get made someday.
Pancakes or Waffles? Pancakes! But with real maple syrup only.
IN HONOUR OF THE FOSTERS SEASON 3 PREMIERE TOMORROW HERE’S A BRAND NEW VIDEO. I wanted to capture the essence of where all the kids began as well as some struggles and good times they’ve found within their family. There is some jonnor and brallie but both are not the main focus. Callie’s journey was the easiest to create so she is the main kid that I focused on. Hope you guys enjoy, as always comments and feedback are appreciated. Thanks for watching :)