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Monday, September 27, 2010

Rad Woman Directs Mad Men

Posted by on Mon, Sep 27, 2010 at 12:40 PM

If you saw last night's episode of Mad Men you saw this:


This morning I chatted with (certified Stranger Genius) Shelton about her dance with TV's hot-shittiest show.

Oh my God! How did this happen?

[Mad Men executive producer] Scott Hornbacher saw Humpday and liked it and I got a meeting with him. After that, I got a call that [Mad Men creator] Matthew Weiner wanted to meet with me. I was such a super fan that just getting a meeting with him was SO EXCITING.

When did you learn you got the gig?

Well, every season they bring in one guest director—last year it was Barbet Schroder—and it's usually for episode twelve. But then a director dropped out of episode ten, right when my summer schedule opened up, and I had about five or six days to get myself down to L.A., where I stayed from June 15-August 15, in a little mother-in-law apartment in Silver Lake. This was my first time directing TV, and I spent the first three-and-a-half weeks shadowing the director of episode eight, then jumped right into mine.

What was the hardest scene to direct?
My most stressful day was the day with the stunt—which, as you saw, was a simple stunt, a guy getting whacked with a stick. But it was terrifying for me! We had a stunt guy, a stunt weapon, and it turned out great, but it was all totally new to me. And recreating the Playboy Club of 1965 New York, dealing with all those extras—it also turned out well but it was stressful.

What was your favorite scene?
Where I'm happiest is working closely with one or two or three actors, trying to find the nuances of the emotional scenes—Roger and Joan at the doctors' office, or later in his office, that's what I love. I'm an actor junkie. The most amazing day was doing four scenes in a row with Jon Hamm, all his emotional scenes. What astonished me was how quickly actors on television must accomplish what they do. They show up on set, we block the scene, they're off to hair and makeup. But when he was having that panic attack, he was there.

Where did your time with the show land in its recent season of Emmy wins and Rolling Stone covers?
I was there for the Emmy nominations—I was still shadowing—and there was definitely champagne on the set that day. What happened when I was directing was the Season Premiere, which aired on day two of my shoot. I had to work through the premiere but I went to the afterparty at Chateau Marmont. I was exhausted but I couldn't not go! I didn't have a drop of alcohol, because I had to be functional on set the next morning.

Congratulations, Lynn, and congratulations, Mad Men!


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Posted by gloomy gus on September 27, 2010 at 12:42 PM · Report this
Posted by Gloria on September 27, 2010 at 12:52 PM · Report this
i LOVE mad men. but, Dexter was better last year and should have won. i mean, THE FRIGGING KILLED RITA!!! while Don messed aroung with some lame schoolteacher.
Posted by 123456789 on September 27, 2010 at 1:24 PM · Report this
I just finished Season 3.

The last two episodes with the Kennedy Assassination as the background were fantastic.

And it really was in the felt as if you were there in real time...

Speaking of which....Dealy Plaza Webcam...where you can "see it as Oswald did" (unless you don't really believe that...)…

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on September 27, 2010 at 1:25 PM · Report this
Fuck, did I just let Dexter be spoilered by a goddamned UNREGISTERED COMMENTER!
Posted by Capybara on September 27, 2010 at 1:44 PM · Report this
josh 6
last night's episode was great! when I saw Lynn's name in the opening credits I assumed that there was another Lynn Shelton in hollywood. I was happy to be wrong.
Posted by josh on September 27, 2010 at 1:46 PM · Report this
Lynn's first feature film "We Go Way Back" is being re-released and shown at NWFF on Thursday night.
Posted by Sven on September 27, 2010 at 5:51 PM · Report this

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