Posted by Bunky Bunk at Thursday, August 07, 2014 6 Comments
Here is a 42-minute documentary that every fan of Community, and people interested in non-promotional looks at behind-the-scenes stuff, should watch.
In true Community fashion, it's called Advanced Television Production, in which we follow Dan Harmon, Chris McKenna and the writers in the Writers Room during the writing and production of episode 5.10 (Advanced Dungeons and Dragons), as well as the beginning of the writing of the finale.
The amazing G.I. Jeff (5.11) being mostly animated, it was on a different timetable than the rest of the episodes, thus writing and production probably began way earlier.
This is an interesting watch, giving us an honest look at how difficult and time-consuming it is to be the showrunner of a television series (especially towards the end of the season).
Be warned, a lot of sleep deprivation and frappucino sipping (or something like that, I'm not that familiar with these sorts of coffee) occur in this video. Here is is:
I read some criticism of the last few episodes of season 5 here and there, how it didn't live up to the rest of the season. Well, you're seeing how they were written in this video, and yes, everything was done at the last minute and even beyond that - it gives a new take on the plot of episode 5.12 (Basic Story), which for a chunk of it was basically Abed looking to not be involved in stories.
Indeed, this documentary didn't document a lot of the writing of episode 5.12, very much reinforcing the fact that the penultimate episode was little more than an introduction to the finale, which seems like it was thought of first, then the writers laid the groundwork in Basic Story in order to jump right into the matter at hand (finding the treasure, saving Greendale) at the beginning of Basic Sandwich.
It's also amusing that Dan Harmon was there to witness the reshoots of one particular scene in episode 5.07 between Abed and Hickey, because to me that scene felt like Dan Harmon being self-loathing (he has certainly come across that way on occasions in the past) — he's Hickey in this, and Abed in this circumstance would be the little voice in Harmon's head (saying he's a bad writer), or maybe I'm just giving this too much thought. Did you think the same of that scene? And what did you think of this documentary: interesting or very interesting?
And it never hurts to remind ourselves that Community season 6 arrives this Winter on Yahoo Screen.
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