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The ‘Mr. Robot’ Experiment: Can a TV Show Be Shot Like an Indie Film?

The ‘Mr. Robot’ Experiment: Can a TV Show Be Shot Like an Indie Film?
Although the argument of TV vs. film primacy has moved to the point of psychic exhaustion, “cinematic” remains the #1 adjective used in every Emmy pitch. The highest praise that can be accorded small-screen stories is when a creator’s vision is expressed in visual language… that evokes a movie.

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However, what so often gets lost in all this sound and fury is, no matter the budget, it’s the film and TV production processes that shape the final product. For the creative team behind “Mr. Robot,” they wanted to find a path that would give them the aesthetics that can only come with expansive planning, while maintaining much of the run-and-gun pace TV production demands.

How TV Gets Made

After wrapping season one of “Mr. Robot,” cinematographer Tod Campbell wasn’t particularly satisfied.
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Below the Line Bookings

Below the Line Bookings
The Mirisch Agency has booked production designer Stuart Wurtzel (“Hope Springs”) on Jonathan Demme’s “Ricky and the Flash.” Also booked: editors Dan Lebental (“Thor: The Dark World “) on Peyton Reed’s “Ant-Man,” Lisa Bromwell (“The Sessions”) on season 3 of Netflix’s “House of Cards” and Virginia Katz (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Parts 1 and 2”) on Bill Condon’s “Mr. Holmes”; and line producers Joe Iberti (“When in Rome”) on season 5 of HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” and Guy Louthan (“The Call”) on Spike TV miniseries “Tut.”

Sandra Marsh & Assoc. booked editors Nancy Richardson (“Divergent”) (pictured top left) on Robert Schwentke’s “Insurgent” and Paul Tothill (“Atonement”) on Joe Wright’s “Pan.” Also booked on Pan: visual effects supervisor Chas Jarrett (“Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”). Another Marsh client, production designer Jim Clay (“Red 2”), is working on Simon Curtis’ “Woman in Gold.”

Innovative Artists booked production designer Laurence Bennett
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Below the Line Bookings

Below the Line Bookings
The Mirisch Agency has booked production designer Stuart Wurtzel (“Hope Springs”) on Jonathan Demme’s “Ricky and the Flash.” Also booked: editors Dan Lebental (“Thor: The Dark World “) on Peyton Reed’s “Ant-Man,” Lisa Bromwell (“The Sessions”) on season 3 of Netflix’s “House of Cards” and Virginia Katz (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Parts 1 and 2”) on Bill Condon’s “Mr. Holmes”; and line producers Joe Iberti (“When in Rome”) on season 5 of HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” and Guy Louthan (“The Call”) on Spike TV miniseries “Tut.”

Sandra Marsh & Assoc. booked editors Nancy Richardson (“Divergent”) (pictured top left) on Robert Schwentke’s “Insurgent” and Paul Tothill (“Atonement”) on Joe Wright’s “Pan.” Also booked on Pan: visual effects supervisor Chas Jarrett (“Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”). Another Marsh client, production designer Jim Clay (“Red 2”), is working on Simon Curtis’ “Woman in Gold.”

Innovative Artists booked production designer Laurence Bennett
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Boardwalk Empire: The Complete Third Season Blu-ray and DVD Arrive August 20th

Boardwalk Empire: The Complete Third Season Blu-ray and DVD Arrive August 20th
It's New Year's Eve 1922 and the Roaring '20s are about to begin in earnest. Despite a booming economy, alcohol is scarce in Atlantic City, competition is at its fiercest and gangster violence is heating up. The 12-time Emmy Award winning Boardwalk Empire is back on August 20, 2013 when Season 3 debuts on Blu-ray with HBO Select* ($79.98), DVD ($59.99) and Digital Download. Hailed as "striking," (Time.com) with "first-rate performances" (USA Today), Boardwalk Empire: The Complete Third Season is jam-packed with exclusive bonus material and is not to be missed!

Nucky Thompson has become Atlantic City's undisputed czar during Prohibition and is facing the challenge of mending old relationships. While his marriage lies in shambles, he faces new competition from Gyp Rosetti, a hair-trigger gangster determined to siphon off his alcohol business. The conflict brings out the best and worst in Nucky, who proves his brutal mettle in a series of violent encounters,
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HBO Renews Boardwalk Empire For Fourth Season

Keeping up the tradition of jumping on renewals, HBO has renewed Boardwalk Empire for a fourth season. Things may have slowed mildly as the show works on getting its feet back under itself after some focus and cast changes (what with people getting whacked all the time), but that doesn’t bother HBO.

I imagine a good part of their theory here, and as I say, it’s a theory that isn’t new to them, is that viewers feel a lot more comfortable tuning in when they know there’s plenty more to come. It seems to be working.

What are your thoughts? Are you still as hooked on this show as you’ve always been? Is the new season delivering what you’d hoped?

Frankly, this whole gas station take over plotline seems to me like it needs to resolve in a hurry, but the show is still a lot of fun,
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Boardwalk Empire: The Complete Second Season Blu-ray and DVD Arrive August 28th

Boardwalk Empire: The Complete Second Season Blu-ray and DVD Arrive August 28th
Though his fortunes have soared in the wake of Prohibition, Nucky Thompson is paying a steep price for wielding ultimate power in "the world's playground." Following the '20 election, Nucky finds himself the target of an investigation for voter fraud and faces not only jail, but insurrection by some of those he considered his closest allies. Boardwalk Empire: The Complete Second Season releases on Blu-ray with HBO Select ($79.98), DVD ($59.99) and Digital Download on August 28, 2012. Blu-ray with HBO Select offers buyers the choice of three ways to watch in one set - Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Copy. Season one will also be available in the new format day and date with season two. The digital copy is redeemable via a provider of your choice: iTunes, Vudu or Amazon, as well as an UltraViolet copy through supporting providers.

Boardwalk Empire was the winner of eight 2011 Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Directing for
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Boardwalk Empire Renewed for Season 3 on HBO

Boardwalk Empire Renewed for Season 3 on HBO
Following resounding critical approval for the series' second-season debut on Sept. 25, HBO has renewed Boardwalk Empire for a third season, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming.

"Following a triumphant first season, I was eager to see what Terence Winter, Martin Scorsese and the rest of their stellar team had in store, and they continue to surpass our highest expectations," said Lombardo. "The response from the media and our viewers has been extremely gratifying."

From Terence Winter, Emmy Award-winning writer of The Sopranos and Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese, Boardwalk Empire is set in the 1920s in the early days of Prohibition, and chronicles the life and times of Enoch "Nucky" Thompson, the undisputed leader of Atlantic City, who was equal parts politician and gangster.

The renewal of Boardwalk Empire is the latest in a number of recent drama series pickups, following True Blood, Game of Thrones and Treme,
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