This thread is inspired by some of the discussion in the other week’s Beyond Atlantis live feed to praise the directors of MST3K. I always got a kick during the older episodes seeing who got to put on their director hat this time. That fact that it was always just one of the gang really added to the small, familylike feel of the show.
If you missed it or just need a refresher, during the joyful chaos of the live feed Jonah talked about the directing of the Netflix era, which sounded a little distant and a bit Ed Woodian in how many takes they got. Then everyone talked about the direction now and how much more intimate and relaxed it is, with the freedom to do more takes if the performer wants it, etc. There was also some fun talk about leaping over death pits.
Anyway, it was a fun glimpse into the production of the show, and I really like that Jonah gets to step in and do a bit of directing this time around. I know Tim directed the stage show, but I’m not sure if he did any before taking on the new Jonah episodes. I don’t know if it’s just the two of them doing director duty this season.
I don’t know much about what actually goes into directing (puffy director pants and a beret or something?), but doing it with puppets has got to be a different beast. Especially when we get into song and dance numbers. I imagine the Are You Happy With Your Work sketch was particularly challenging. I’d be interested in hearing what more technically-inclined people have to say about that side of things. Or if anyone wants to share any sketches they thought were particularly well directed.