Kevin Deiboldt offers a glimpse inside the ‘Copper’ writer’s room, where they’re reviewing…fart sketches?
A constant source of joy on Copper was watching other departments bring aspects of the scripts to life. Even the smallest detail was something they took great pains to faithfully capture. Take, for instance, this scene between our gangs from episode five – the O’Connell Guards and the Rodrick Gang:
INT. GANG HIDEOUT – NIGHT
CARWYN, SMILING HUGH and MEMBERS of both gangs crowd around the lockbox. CARWYN shoots the lock, opens the box. He looks inside: a drawing of a man bending over with a puff of smoke emanating from his butt. Nothing else.
That drawing you saw on screen (done by talented Art Department Apprentice Julii McMillan) was just one of about ten different options we were presented with – all equally hilarious, by the way. We settled on these two finalists:
This is the beautiful absurdity of my job – I get to have in-depth conversations about which sketch worked the best (the top one, there’s just something whimsical about the way his arm flails and the arched back raises the butt into the air), while learning about the actual history of “fart drawings” (Julii showed us 200-year-old Japanese paintings of fart battles called “He-gassen”), and discussing which of our heroes would have been the one to actually draw the picture (O’Brien, natch).
Still makes me grin to visualize Andrew – sitting at his desk in the precinct, pencil in hand, taking the time to make sure the drawing looked juuuuuust right.