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    From: jmsatb5@aol.com
 Subject: Re: ATTN JMS: Comments on Ensemble Approach?
      To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated  
    Date: 4/3/2005 12:25:06 AM  

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There's really no right (or write) or wrong way to do this, it's all a
matter of how you structure each show. The B5 story was so tight there
really wasn't much room for that kind of input. At the same time,
however, I'd have to be a fool not to listen to someone if they found a
logic hole, and I always did listen...I don't care if it came from a
star or the grip, if I'd missed something in the writing, and someone
pointed it out, I fixed it. But that sort of thing aside, there was no
change in the script allowed once it left my office. If something came
up on the set, they'd find me and determine if it was a problem or not.


As a result, it didn't happen very often...and when it did, it was
always funny to see how the crew handled it...they'd send for me in
that kind of "oh shit" meets "nobody gets to see the Wizard" meets "you
want to talk to WHO?" way that just amused the hell out of the cast.

On other shows, however, where the through-line isn't as rigorous, you
have to be more open. On Jeremiah, there was a far greater degree of
give-and-take between me and the various directors and, to some extent,
cast than on B5...but less than on other shows that were even more
collaborative. So there's really no good or bad way here, it's all a
matter of what works for a given show.

jms

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