So… I had a busy week and didn’t do any fun facts — which is why you may have noticed a significant lack of fun in your life.
But I’m back now.
Fun is back and you get two for the price of one!
1. The Flour Explosion was originally written a little differently in the script. Originally, it was supposed to be red paint — the idea being that everyone looked like they were bloody and hilarious. However, shooting 8-12 pages a day for 25 days made our amazing production manager, Hillary Bergmann, have a mild panic attack. Please, she implored, think of something that doesn’t require us to throw paint all over a rented office.
Thank God for our Phoenix. Jeremy Phoenix, more specifically, our AD. Who walked by during the conversation and said, “Hey, how about you use flour?” To which our minds exploded.
So that’s how that happened.
2. When Derek asks Aaron about the guy setting up the cameras, the camera guy is not only played by our very own production coordinator, Brett Sims, he’s also wearing a shirt that says “CAG.” This is a reference to Break a Leg, where “CAG” stood for Child Actor’s Guild, a union that lived in the sewers and was generally… creepy.
3. Derek’s boyfriend is played by Drew Baldwin — who, as you probably know, runs a site called Tubefilter. He’s also an actor — and a good one at that! Him, Wilson and Julie Warner are very fun in this scene. Recursive cuisine, by the way? My brother’s genius creation. I can’t wait for it to become a real thing.
4. The rickshaw scene was originally written to be a horse-drawn carriage — but we realized that would be way too expensive. I think the rickshaw is far funnier though.
5. One of my favorite lines in the episode is Olivia yelling at Bryn, “See?! This is why I hate robots!”
6. Doesn’t that last shot look like it’s from some old Hitchcock film or something? I can’t put my finger on it. Anyone recognize it? Justin just thought of it kind of on the go, but it triggers a memory I can’t quite identify..
1. I love making Dustin play guitar poorly in scenes. Him sing-improvising always makes me laugh. Second fun fact: he’s actually a classically-trained guitarist in real life.
2. You can tell I’m younger because I’m not wearing glasses and my hair is on my forehead. Age really changed Aaron…This scene was really fun to shoot. We shot at San Francisco State University, who were kind enough to give us a classroom and hallway to use for free. I love these kind of walk-and-talk scenes because you literally can’t mess up. It feels like theater and it’s just really enjoyable. Also? Watch for the extra who Michael Jackson-spins after bumping Rachel. I don’t know why he does this.
3. Alexis Ohanian and Rachel Sklar were great, weren’t they? I think they’re hilarious and really add to the scenes.
4. Matilda is played by Lillie Morrisson. Aside from being a great actress, I’ve known Lillie since I was in 7th grade. I acted with her in the first play I ever did — Aladdin (I played Aladdin and she played the… Sultana? Because apparently that’s a thing.) We then acted together all through high school. This was the first time we acted together since, and it was a blast. She really steals this episode.
5. Episode 2, 4, 5, 6 and 7 are primarily written by Vlad. Whereas Episode 1, 3, 8, 9, 10 are primarily written by me. That said, we still edit each other’s work quite a bit, but, there you have it.
6. In the fight scene, Aaron has a Thailand picture above his bed. That picture is in the C3D office in Season 1, and appears again all over the place in Season 2. We quietly like to pretend everyone in the Leap Year world owns that picture. It was taken by Justin Morrison, our DP, and is actually a really fantastic photo.
7. There’s a very subtle joke that I’m going to point out now: Jack is chewing gum, and so is Matilda. Before he kisses her, he spits out his gum. After a moment of kissing, he pulls out a piece of gum (Matilda’s) out of his mouth. And then you all laugh, uproariously.
8. I’m pretty sure Rachel (Lisa) was actually mad at me because Aaron kissed Bryn. I think when a scene like that gets a visceral reaction from even the actors involved, it’s a pretty good scene.