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Q&A: Director/Director of Photography David Frazee

5. @Jennwatson1 via Twitter: This episode seemed more cinematic in editing and shot selection, especially scenes with Rachel. Was that a conscious choice?
DF: Absolutely. Really wanted to contrast Sarah’s and Rachel’s stories. Used more handheld with Sarah as well to help contrast with the cinema of Rachel’s scenes. Cool that you noticed that.

6. @TheSuperGirl22 via Twitter: What was the process like shooting the bridge scene? 
DF: God the bridge was hard. Busy street, middle of the bridge, cold, night, weather changes, clone change (takes some time), plate shots to be able to have the train at the time we want it. And very emotional, important scenes. But I find most hard things are so worthwhile.

5. @DCF_09via Twitter: Was there any moments that made it in 4.07 that Tat improvised?
DF: Tons of moments. Especially with Helena and Alison. She brings so much in and often you will only see an improv in one take.

6. @sapurs06via Twitter: Were club scenes filmed per script or was it more generally written (wild child Sarah, Peaches performs) &up for interpretation
DF: That was pretty close to the script, though the scene outside had a bit more improv I think.


7. ‏@Piantissimo via Twitter: Do you enjoy directing emotionally intensive scenes the most? What types of scenes do you search for to direct?
DF: For me, the emotionally complicated scenes are the ones I love but also the ones which surprise me that have a turn and go where you might not expect them. Shooting action is more like work.

8. ‏@RyanMJames via Twitter: Do you film Tatiana as a certain clone weekly or do you film in chunks for the entire season? i.e. she’s one clone and moves on
DF: We shoot all the clones for each episode and try to have as few clones per day as the schedule will allow.

9. @frenchyfaith via Twitter: Was it difficult to direct scenes (and a crowd) with Peaches performing?
DF: Peaches was fantastic to work with. Working with a crowd is always busy but that day worked well.

10. @DSHMurdoch via Twitter: How different is what we see on screen from the original first draft of the script?
DF: It varies quite a lot. From the first draft we often see five to 10 new “colors” or drafts of a script, and often they come during shooting. Mostly it’s dialogue, and often things will change due to location availability. In this episode, Sarah had originally gone to the train station where Beth died. Unfortunately, that [station] was unavailable, so we had to make it on the way to the train station, which in the end, was a cool place for that to happen.

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