For anyone who wonders how that series you love is made, Adam McKay probably knows a thing or two about it.
The Oscar-winning filmmaker directed the pilot to the smash hit HBO series Succession and continues to produce the show.
What’s it like directing the first episode of a series?
McKay told Buzz, “You’re setting that look for the show, you’re obviously casting it.”
Essentially setting a template for what producers, the production company and even the cast hope will be a show that runs for multiple seasons, “everything you’re doing with a pilot has to be replicated.”
McKay’s latest series for HBO Winning Time, is a few months off of its release date, but the trailer dropped a couple of weeks back and got a lot of people excited. The series is based on the LA Lakers team from the 80s that featured the likes of Magic Johnson. Shooting a pilot like that has its own challenges.
“The show we just made, the LA Lakers show, it’s called Winning Time, is one of the most unusual shows we’ve ever done. We mix multiple formats, we have three or four different cameras shooting, it’s very unusual looking I think.”
McKay adds, “also, you’re doing basketball so the way you’re shooting you have to have people looking tall…”
The complex sounding production is obviously a tricky one to shoot, but McKay set the bar for the rest of the first seasons directors to follow.
“That was the one where I finished the pilot and laughed and thought I feel bad for the directors coming after me.”
The Anchorman, Vice and Step Brothers director is quick to add “a testament to how talented those directors are that they pulled it off.”
While Winning Time will premiere in March on HBO (and hopefully here soon after), McKay’s latest film, the star-packed satire Don’t Look Up is on Netflix now and Buzz editor Mike Sheridan had a fine chat with him about it and a bunch more on The Delve.