Cast/Crew Interview: Ben Smith

It’s time for another in our cast/crew interview series. This time, we’ve caught up with Ben Smith to find out more about his role in the show.

Month of the Novel: What’s your role in Month of the Novel?

Ben Smith: I’m writing Episode 6, heading up the visual effects, and playing one of the characters.

MotN: From what you’ve seen of the scripts, what do you like about Season 2?

BS: It’s longer, just as funny (if not more so!), and has a more connected storyline. Continue reading

Cast/Crew Interview: Benjamin Dawson

It’s great to welcome Month of the Novel crew-member Benjamin Dawson to this month’s interview. Let’s learn a little bit more about him.

Month of the Novel: What’s your role in Month of the Novel?

Benjamin Dawson: I am the composer.

MotN: From what you’ve seen of the scripts, what do you like about Season 2?

BD: I haven’t read the scripts yet – but I’m looking forward to having 10 episodes to score! Continue reading

The Ending (S1E5)

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Episode 5 was one of the craziest shoots we’ve ever done. It started well, though. J. Grace Pennington, who wrote the episode, was able to come out and help on the set, which was great fun. We even put her to work as a script and slate wrangler. Continue reading

The Plot Dare (S1EB)

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Things weren’t too crazy on this episode. We had a little bit of an exciting moment when the log Rebekah Shafer (Bree) was sitting on turned out to be pretty wobbly. A declaration was made by the director that nobody was allowed to stand on the log. And then later he forgot and stood on it. Continue reading

Cast/Crew Interview: Aubrey Hansen

We’re kicking off a monthly cast/crew interview series with Aubrey Hansen, our intrepid story supervisor. We’ve already kind of stolen her first answer, so let’s get to her answers!

Month of the Novel:: What’s your role in Month of the Novel?

Aubrey Hansen: I’m the story supervisor, which is the person the producer pays to yell at the writers. No, seriously—when I signed on, Jordan and I explicitly agreed that I was hired because I am more critical and demanding than he is. It’s my job to make sure the scripts are well-written and flow together as a complete season, which means I don’t spare when I give feedback to the writers. But in return I also make Jordan’s feedback pleasant and coherent before I send it to the writers, so everybody’s happy (as far as I know).

Additionally, this year Jordan also cajoled me into writing an episode (not that it took that much effort on his part).

MotN: From what you’ve seen of the scripts, what do you like about Season 2?

AH: I’ve always been fond of sci-fi, so I’m excited that we’re exploring/mocking/mutilating that genre this season. Continue reading

The Trap (S1E2)

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This was actually the very last episode that we shot. It ended up taking us until the last minute to find a wall that would work for the episode. We literally scouted the location in the morning and came back to shoot in the afternoon. And then we forgot the microphone and had to send somebody back for it. Continue reading

Once Upon a Time (S1E1)

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One of the most hilarious things that happened while shooting this episode was when the cast spontaneously started singing the flower song from Tangled during the shooting of latter half of the episode. Almost every take ended with the flower being held up and sung to. Continue reading