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Question from Jennifer Greene Gafeller:
I have a question for Janet - I've been following the cast tweets and they are currently filming episode 9 (I believe). Since the season is only 15 episodes long, how risky is it to have so much filmed before a single episode has aired? Do you run the risk of making a mistake with the direction for these characters and their story and not being able to make corrections?
It's even more risky to wait for fans to weigh in. Our season would only be a couple of episodes long if we were at the mercy of waiting for responses on Twitter or Facebook or...Google has a new one, too, I think.
It takes a long time to conceive of, break, outline and write a script. By the time we shoot it, months have gone into its preparation. We have to do it 15 (!) times. That means 2-3 months of pre-preparation, then 7 days of shooting, then about a month to cut the film. As you can imagine, the amount of work gets compounded as we start to shoot. So that means I'll be writing Episode 4 as Episode 1 is being edited, Episode 2 is being shot and Episode 3 is being prepped. I will also be in the middle of trying to figure out what Episode 5, 6 and 7 will be. I will also be looking for my keys and trying to remember my children's open houses ...
Doesn't leave me much time to course-correct. Plus, if you've ever tried to take a big group to dinner, think about how difficult it is to get everybody to agree. The final arbiter has to be me. If I start to doubt myself - and listen to the literally thousands of voices telling me how they'd like to see the show go - I think I'd throw in the tear-soaked towel and call U-Haul ... and go live in Wyoming ... or Vermont ... or Paris ... or ... hmmm ...