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6.If you could live in any television show, which show would it be?

Jon Kondrath:
As frightening as it would be, I think it would be pretty cool to live in Battlestar Gallactica. Then again, I think I would get very bored being stuck inside a floating metal container. I feel like a part of me already lives in The Big Bang Theory and Community. Let's go with 30 Rock or Studio 60 or Newsroom. Newsroom, because then I would give great and inspiring speeches.
Kristina Kondrath:
I don't listen… friends meets how I met your mother. Cause really friends, family, coffee shop, bar… pretty epic combo!
Caitlyn:
This is the worst question anyone has ever asked me.
Pushing Daisies.Or Community.
John Schrad:
Doctor Who-niverse, as a Time Lord, not the Doctor, and not the Master... I'd go by... the Traveller.
Jon Blue:
Does it have to be live action? If not, ADVENTURE TIME.
Brandon:
If I could live in any television show, It would be parks and recreation. Because lets face it, Leslie Knope would run the funnest city council and The City of Pawnee has a miniature horse.
Lesley Lopez:
Probably Once Upon a Time, even though it's by the Lost guys and my chance of survival would be as high as someone on game of thrones. I would get to sword fight, travel on ships, and probably be related to the charmings-- somehow.
Layan:
Parenthood, I mean who wouldn't want to be a Braverman!

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14. What do you feel about walls?

Jon Kondrath:
I wish I had more of them.
Kristina Kondrath:
feel they are a very necessary part of existence… particularly in the practicality department.
Caitlyn:
Walls are great and necessary things.
John Schrad:
I feel they are excellent for privacy, in terms of office walls, good for a feeling of accomplishment and authority, also in regards to Stage walls, add on a feeling of success and relief. However, I feel that walls are ineffective of keeping out unwanted folk such as Mongols, disease, and actors.
Jon Blue:
I love walls.
Brandon:
I came in like a Wreeecccking Balllllll!
Lesley Lopez:
I never thought I would feel that strongly about them, until I had to imagine blue painter's tape into a full structured wall.
Layan:
Walls? Walls in the US are incredibly thin which I really hate!

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Spring interns, Caitlyn and Brandon, thought we were just kidding when we asked them in their intern survey what they felt about walls… little did they know we might have them be walls. 
Want to know more about ReKon’s Spring Interns? Check out their bios on our blog. 
Stay tune for the insightful responses to our interns and the ReKon producers on what they feel about walls, and what TV shows would want to live in. 

Spring interns, Caitlyn and Brandon, thought we were just kidding when we asked them in their intern survey what they felt about walls… little did they know we might have them be walls. 

Want to know more about ReKon’s Spring Interns? Check out their bios on our blog. 

Stay tune for the insightful responses to our interns and the ReKon producers on what they feel about walls, and what TV shows would want to live in. 

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yulinkuang:

On the production of Episode 2 of Kissing in the Rain

Anne of Green Gables was one of the very first books/fictional characters I fell in love with - I read it all in a day and then found the Canadian miniseries at my library and fell even more in love with Prince Edward Island and all of Avonlea. It’s one of those books where rereading it feels like catching up with an old friend - it’s been in my life longer than a lot of people-shaped friends.

I had originally written something very different for episode 2, then during our wardrobe fitting Mary Kate mentioned that she had played Anne in a stage musical a few years ago. A couple days later, my tumblr dash was suddenly overflowing with Anne Shirley appreciation (I think projectaogg had just been announced). Since this series is my way of getting to direct scenes from my dream directing projects, I decided to scrap my originally-planned episode (also set in the 1900s) and rewrite it as an Anne of Green Gables-inspired scene. I texted my idea to MK, she loved it as well, and I suddenly had my dreamcast Anne Shirley on board. Writing for Mary Kate as Anne was probably the easiest writing assignment I’ve ever given myself. Meanwhile, Sean had the unenviable task of bringing to life Gilbert Blythe, probably my longest literary crush since ever. Based on YouTube/Tumblr comments, I’d say he more than pulled it off. 

Also can I just point out that this episode has Lily and James playing Anne and Gilbert? It’s like a Russian doll of my favorite literary pairings, I was maybe internally freaking out about it the whole time we were shooting. 

Sequentially, this was the third episode we shot with Sean and Mary Kate and the first where we had the time/room in the script for some improv. Since there was some interest in the guided improv process I discussed in last week’s commentary post, I can elaborate here. Some of our projects are more improv-based than others (Sean’s scenes A Tell Tale Vlog and all of A Tell Tale Birthdayfor instance), and I pretty much just give the actors a prompt (“it’s like a roommate break up" or "give him a cupcake and then just totally break his heart”) and let them play. After a few takes I give them directions on which parts to focus on, which parts to cut, and we continue. By the last take, we’ve usually figured out the scene beat by beat. I’ve found the vlog-style format lends itself especially well to guided improv, since the jump cuts allow me to pick and choose my favorite sections of each take without too much concern about continuity.

For Kissing in the Rain, we had a more abbreviated version of this guided improv process, since the episodes by necessity are more scripted. I mostly just let the camera roll longer after each scene ended to see where else Sean and Mary Kate would take it. They didn’t disappoint.

Here’s the script post-title smash as I wrote it:

Watch the scene from 1:38 on for script to screen match-up.

I’ve also been getting a lot of questions about the books in this episode - no, they weren’t damaged by the rain. The rain in this episode was more of a faint misting, which I felt was fitting with the magically picturesque Avonlea setting. Anne’s books were actually purchased for our book wall in A Tell Tale Vlog and then I had them in my car to mail to the winners of our original Shipsters FTW contest, and since they were in my car we ended up using them in the scene. (To the two people who are still waiting on these books, I swear I’m going to get to a post office this week and mail them to you!)

That’s it for this week’s directors’ commentary! Let me know if you have any more production questions specific to this episode, my ask box is open and I also answer quick questions on Twitter. As always, thanks for watching and commenting!

Much love,

Yulin
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