One of the recent TBBT threads got me wondering about this again. Now, it seems to take a week of production to tape a half hour episode. That is, the cast has it’s first table read on Monday and on Thursday or Friday they tape a dress rehearsal and then later, they tape again. But there’s more going on that I wonder about.
- When a series goes off hiatus and begins production, how many scripts do they already have in hand? Do the producers and writers go off on hiatus also or do they get more of a 2 or 3 week break?
B - There are some sets that pretty much stay the same all the time, and there are some occasional sets that I suppose are broken down and set aside for the next time they’re needed. And new sets, maybe one shot sets, are needed. So, how much lead time do set designers, carpenters, etc. get? They certainly can’t start setting up stuff for episode 2 until episode 1 is taped, but wouldn’t they need more than 4/5 days to figure out what they’ll need and procure it, let alone assemble it? Costumers too. Can they turn out 4 Flash costumes in less than a week?
iii : How long does post-production for a 1/2 hour sitcom take? Let’s say for a show that hardly uses any special effects other than an occasional car in front of a green screen, which can pretty much be done “in house”.