"He Wants To Be A Guy, But Also Wants To Be A Man"
CB: Yeah, I mean, obviously sitting there filming is not the same as the finished product, with the music and the slides and everything, but it still must have been emotional.
RS: It was emotional -- I mean, we'd been doing it for four and a half months straight, and at that time we didn't know if we had a second season, so I was thinking…I mean, really, all I thought about in that scene was that this could be the last thing I shoot. This could be Harry Crane's last frame of film ever. And that was enough to make me emotional.
CB: The camera setups on the show are very meticulous. How does that translate for you technically? Do you end up going more times than maybe would be normal, to get what the director and the D.P. need?
RS: You know, it's actually pretty remarkable how quickly the show gets done. It seems that people come in with pretty clear plans. I can remember a couple times when we were told, "Okay, boys, go play cards." There were a couple times where that was the case when they were trying to set up a shot, but it really was remarkably…it was much quicker than I thought it was going to be. You know, of course some scenes took more takes than others, but it was routinely pretty quick.
CB: So what would you say was a normal number of days for you to shoot per episode?
RS: Well, for me…[both laugh] if you look at the episodes, I am lightly peppered, so generally I'd shoot anywhere from one to three days. There were a couple episodes where my stuff was spread out enough that I'd be there every day for a short time, you know, five days in a row. But generally I would say each episode was two, three days.
CB: Another thing about the production to which a lot of care is obviously given is the set design and wardrobe. To me, it seems like those things are paramount on this show, because for one thing, those are the tools that really evoke the time period, and for another thing, it seems like one of the themes of the show is how this glossy, shiny world of advertising creates this veneer over some ugliness in society.