November 4, 2013 at 11:47 pm #305008
We have a Q&A session with Michelle MacLaren scheduled for tomorrow at 5 p.m. Pacific time on the Gold Derby home page.
What questions would you like us to ask the Breaking Bad/Game of Thrones director?
Thanks for your input and we hope to see you tomorrow!November 5, 2013 at 8:47 am #305010
🙂November 5, 2013 at 9:53 am #305011
Ok I have a couple. First and foremost please tell Michelle what a mad genius she is, and that Salud and Gilding Over All are truly masterpieces! I could ramble on how much I love Salud (such a fun episode) but let’s get down to the questions….
– What was the most challenging aspect about directing episodes of Breaking Bad?
– What films and TV shows in the past have inspired you, and what inspires you today from the current broad range?
– In episodic TV, how are you assigned an episode to direct?
– What is your opinion of the recent Variety article highlighting the rise in female directors in television?
The last two are a little flaky.November 5, 2013 at 10:50 am #305012
Plans for the future.
Favorite BB-related working experience.
Favorite BB episodes: the first one directed by her and the second one NOT directed by her.
Funny on-set moment.
Are writers and directors ever in touch while working on the episode?
Opinion on criticism of Skyler.November 5, 2013 at 10:57 am #305013
I have some questions:
I’d love if you could ask her about the films and directors that have inspired her. What were the launching pads that gave her an appreciation of the medium and the craft? I can’t help but think of the similarities between MacLaren and Kathryn Bigelow, how they excel in capturing action.
Where did she get her start in the industry and how was she able to transition to directing?
For Breaking Bad, I’ve loved so much if her work. She has really elevated every episode she’s done. I’m interested in how she directs the actors. In the scene in Tohaijilee when Bryan is driving the car out to the desert. Is it easy to get those emotions from the actor? Did you have Aaron on the phone? How do you get to that place when you know what you have is truly horrifying for the viewer? And do you think about the editing as you shoot or do you prefer getting coverage and finding the scenes/editing later for these high-octane action moments?
Last one, for Game of Thrones, is it difficult to direct one cohesive episode when you are jumping locations, sometimes weeks apart from each other? Do you think about how the different storylines will fit together when you are shooting?November 5, 2013 at 11:02 am #305014
November 5, 2013 at 11:03 am #305015
- Will she submit “Buried” or “To’hajiilee”?
- Will she become a producing director for the fifth season of Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead now that her regular job on Breaking Bad is over?
- What is her favourite episode of Breaking Bad?
- What directors does she like?
How much creative freedom are you given, and how does that freedom differ between GoT and Breaking Bad?
How do you feel about some fans believing the ending of Breaking Bad was “too happy” and conventional.November 5, 2013 at 12:08 pm #305016
I think Grantland did an interview with her right after “Tohajiilee” aired and asked questions about “Buried,” how they filmed the scene with baby Holly. This interview didn’t go into detail on “Tohajiilee,” since MacLaren was worried about spoilers. Remember, she was there for pretty much every episode, so it’d be really interesting to hear what her favorite episodes are/the episodes she thinks are the best in the series. She goes all the way back to season 2 to “4 Days Out,” an episode many people love. I like the question above about the ending of Breaking Bad. I don’t expect her to say anything other than it was the right ending, but I think the angle Icky’s provided could work. I also wonder if she could get a film gig, she certainly has the goods from Breaking Bad and now Game of Thrones.November 5, 2013 at 1:16 pm #305017
I like Awardzilla’s and Icky’s questions quite a bit, especially regarding what she holds as influences on her work as a director and the difference between working in Breaking bad and Game of Thrones and how much freedom she had on the show.November 5, 2013 at 2:49 pm #305018
I have one question for her: Will you be directing episodes of Better Call Saul?November 5, 2013 at 3:35 pm #305019
Oh yeah, I forgot about that. I guess that that could be her new regular job.