The Mikaelson family is extremely complicated, and who better to untangle that drama than Julie Plec? The Originals showrunner will blog each week’s installment throughout the season exclusively for EW. From answering burning questions to giving behind-the-scenes stories and more, this is a place for fans to hear directly from Plec about the episode they just watched.
Welcome back and thanks for tuning in to “Alone With Everybody“ written by Ashley Lyle & Bart Nickerson and directed by Hanelle Culpepper. This was Hanelle’s first episode within the Vampire Family, and we consider ourselves very lucky to have met her. We always love it when we can gather around the monitor and find not just a female director, but a female writer and a female line producer. Bart was alone on his dude island on this one, and we’re okay with that. Sorry, Bart.
I’ve mentioned this before, but there are a lot of different paths one can take to becoming a director in television. There are several different ladders to climb as a way of learning the ropes and getting your foot in the door. On our shows, we have given directing opportunities to editors, camera operators, directors of photography, script supervisors, actors, line producers, assistant directors, and yours truly, a.k.a. a writer. So if you can’t afford to produce your own short films or get fancy film degrees, that doesn’t mean there are no opportunities for you. Reach out to the guilds (ACE, DGA, IATSE, SAG-AFTRA, and WGA) to inquire about training programs, mentor programs, fellowships, etc. And in the meantime, if you want to be a filmmaker, seize any opportunity to learn and practice the craft. And join us back here next week to celebrate the directorial debut of the Hybrid you love to hate, Joseph Morgan.
Tidbits from Ashley and Bart:
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