Hello Hello Storytellers! This is part 2 of Joe Lazarov’s interview. I’m so thrilled for you to hear this one– Joe really helps to break down everything a TV director does from prep phase all the way to the shooting phase. You get an in-depth look into the world of TV directing and what it takes to command the set and run the show’s episode; everything from costume design and casting of actors, to thinking on the spot when uncontrollable factors (mother nature) play in. You don’t want to miss this one!
Learn More About TV Director-Producer Joe Lazarov
Joe Lazarov is well known as the producing director of the popular GOSSIP GIRL TV series in New York. More recently he became a producer of POWER on the Starz Network. He was fortunate to begin his career in television working on Emmy award winning series A YEAR IN THE LIFE, CHINA BEACH and NORTHERN EXPOSURE. Joe continues to be a sought after producer having recently finished the spinoff ONCE UPON A TIME IN WONDERLAND for ABC, 5 seasons of GOSSIP GIRL, TOUCHING EVIL, PSYCH, INVASION, NCIS, and LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT. In 2008, Joe began a new phase of his career with his directorial debut of Gossip Girl with the emotional episode where Chuck Bass buries his father and subsequently directed 8 more episodes. Upon Joe’s return to Los Angeles from the Gossip Girl set, he directed several episodes of the stunt filled series NINE LIVES OF CHLOE KING. Joe followed up that effort with a fun romp in HART OF DIXIE and thriller episodes of THE LYING GAME and TWISTED. Joe currently commutes between Brooklyn and Los Angeles where he lives with his wife of 20 years, 13 year old daughter, and two standard poodles.
What You’ll Learn From This Episode:
- How Joe’s experience as an accomplished and sought-after producer helped his career as a director
- What goes into being a good director
- Everything that goes into the prep phase before the shoot (from costumes, to set decorations, to casting of actors, and much more)
- How emergencies on set are handled (natural disasters, main actors are extremely ill, etc.)
- Joe’s secret in preparing for the set-up of scenes
- How to approach and communicate with actors who continually freeze during their lines
- How to convey the tone of the show
- How tone meetings help break down all the important points of the episode
- Why it’s crucial to network
Joe’s Recommended Book:
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