Can I just say, I work in the movie industry, and it's actually impossible to understand what the f is happening when you're making a series. For the show I worked on we shot three ep at once on a period of 6 weeks for 3 eps (on a ten eps season), but even if, I think, spn shoots an ep per week, I'm pretty sure they're in the same boat. Eps get rewritten constantly, including during filming, one day you shoot scene number 2 for two hours then you cut to scene number 40 and the next day (1)
You’re shooting scene number 12, etc. It’s hard for everyone, including actors, to understand the show as you’re making it, which is why I think Jensen is not in the best place to see what we, viewers who watch the eps so many times we know them by heart, see. Some actors don’t even read the full scripts, just their lines. So, I guess what I want to say is I appreciate how you took the time to be calm and resonnable about all this, and explain this to people! Thank you!! (2/2)
Exactly! THIS! Thank you for giving us your insight into the process here.
Yeah, tv shows and movies are shot entirely out of order. Yeah, they’ve got the full script (which they probably read in order the first time it was put into their hands), but from the day filming begins until they’ve called the final cut, they live that script as a shuffled and largely incoherent jumble of scenes.
And then they get a day or two off, only to turn around and start the process all over again.
Is it any wonder that they have no real idea what the finished product is going to look like?
Supernatural shoots in a nine day cycle (not including weekends and holidays). Every ninth day of shooting, the whole process begins anew. Week after week after week.
Jared, Jensen, and Misha have ALL said that they don’t always watch the finished product. Yes, sometimes they livetweet episodes. Some episodes get special treatment and they have viewing parties (such as season finales, the 200th episode, etc.). Some episodes are just SO well known that all the actors are familiar with the finished product version (like The French Mistake). And then Jensen and Misha have both directed episodes themselves, and surely we expect their job continued through to inspecting the final product before it aired. And then there are several episodes every season that they record a commentary track for on the DVD’s.
They’re not entirely unfamiliar with the result of their work, but they’re not entrenched in the finished product the way we are, observing it from the outside, after the fact.
I can only imagine that scenes we only remember for the dialogue or the characters on-screen actions, they remember very differently.
At one recent con Jensen was telling a story about how he accidentally set his hand on fire throwing something in a trash can. It turned out to be a scene from 12.08, where Kelly ignited a bible with her touch, and then Cas tossed the flaming book into the trash can Dean was holding. Dean then poured a pitcher of water over it to extinguish the flames. It was a much talked-about scene. But the entirety of Jensen’s ability to comment on it revolved around the fact that he was trying not to lose it because HIS HAND WAS FREAKING ON FIRE!!!
He didn’t even recall what episode the scene was in, or what was happening in the story. Just the fire.
So… yeah. Sometimes it’s hard for us to remember how differently the entire experience of the show is for the actors living in that weird microcosm of creating it, versus what we experience out here in the world, deconstructing it as a finished product and a linear narrative.
Thank you! :)