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Das Team hinter "House": Autoren, Produzenten & Co.

Erstellt von Stephie, 24.04.2007, 15:15 Uhr · 67 Antworten · 15.335 Aufrufe

  1. #61
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    Interview mit John Sotos (Medical technical adviser, House) Es ist schon vom Oktober, aber mir bisher noch nicht unter die Finger gekommen:

    Bona fides: Trained as a transplantation cardiologist at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. While a medical student, developed an interest in unusual signs of disease and wrote the book Zebra Cards.

    How did you wind up on House?

    “A friend of mine called me up and said, ‘Hey there’s a show on and the doctor reminds me of you.’ I don’t think she was saying that because she thought I was a ...., but rather because of the technical topics that were being presented. So I watched a few episodes and I thought, ‘By George, this is sort of up my line.’ So I sent House a copy of my book, and a couple months later they invited me to come down.”

    What kind of things are you asked to check or track? What’s your process?

    “I get every draft of every script and I red-ink it for medical accuracy and — I like to think — for social responsibility as well. Some of the writers will call me pretty early in the process and say, ‘Hey, I have a character idea and I need some medicine to go with it.’”

    Can you give us an example?

    “One of the writers called me up and said, ‘I’d like to write a story about a .... star.’ And when you say ‘.... star’ to a physician, certain medical risks come to mind and, of course, we don’t want to follow the usual medical risks that come to mind at all. And that’s what we did. We thought of a set of conditions in which living too hygienic a life can lead to medical problems. So we decided to afflict this star with one of those diseases.

    “Another time, a writer called me up and said, ‘I’d like this patient to present with a pretty common symptom. So, I thought, ‘Well sniffles are pretty common and Hansen’s disease (leprosy) can cause the sniffles. But not everybody with sniffles has Hansen’s disease. We ended up not using the sniffles part, but we did end up using the Hansen’s part. The writer decided to use formication — the sensation that insects are crawling on your skin.”

    Do you ever advise Hugh Laurie about manners of speaking or anything?

    “All of the characters’ words are very carefully written in the scripts. So I get the sense that there’s little to no ad-libbing. Occasionally there are questions about pronunciation on some of the medical words, but there’s a pronunciation guide with every episode. We have a full-time, on-set nurse, and she handles a lot of those types of questions.”

    What kind of changes do you make to a typical script?

    “Some of it is just vocabulary. For instance, they will use a phrase like ‘chest pain.’ Well, good doctors don’t talk about ‘chest pain’ because the sensation of angina isn’t really pain, it’s pressure or discomfort. So I’ll just change that word. Some things are more substantive. One thing we have quite frequently in the show are differential diagnoses, where the patient has presented with some set of symptoms and the team is throwing out various possibilities. Sometimes I’ll get a script and the various possible diagnoses that are written don’t really fit, so I will clean that up.”

    What about bigger-picture storylines or medical problems that run through the whole episode?

    “Sometimes a writer will say, ‘I need to get from Point A to Point B. I have the patient with this set of symptoms and in the end I want him to need an MRI of his brain.’ So then you have to construct a plausible hypothesis that gets you to the brain. That can be quite challenging.”

    Yeah, how would you do that? How do you get from, say, a twitching finger to an MRI?

    “There are different levels of ways to link two things together. If somebody has a twitching finger and you want to get to his brain, you might say he’s having a seizure in a certain part of his brain that might be linked to a tumor up there. That’s a well-known clinical relationship, though. If no such relationship exists then what I generally do is fall back on mechanistic connects — the physiology of the human body. There was an episode in Season 3 or 4 where we had to get from the brain to the heart. The writer and I were having a lot of trouble. Finally, I just found an article that said asymmetric activation of the mid-brain can have an effect on the function of heart. That was something that I hadn’t even known before. Very few practicing physicians even know that.”

    Tell me about last week’s “lungs in a box” thing.

    “We have a full-time physician on the writing staff, and he wrote that episode. So I really didn’t have to weigh in as much as I usually do. Most of my red inks were pretty minor. I did suggest a joke they didn’t use. But they did talk a bit about the lung anatomy. The lung is divided into several lobes. I just had to clean up the way they were talking about the lobes. It was a very minor anatomical fix. That’s an atypical episode.”

    What’s the biggest error you’ve ever caught in a script?

    “When the first draft of a script comes out, it’s eight to 10 days until shooting starts. So if you see a big problem, you really can’t change the engine in the car with eight days to go. I remember one script I got had to do with a 5- or 6-year-old girl who had been exposed to testosterone cream and had started to menstruate as a result. That was a problem I couldn’t fix. Menstruation is caused by female hormones, multiple hormones, rising and falling in a choreographed way. To get a male hormone to trigger this physiology, I just didn’t see any way that was possible. I couldn’t throw in a sentence or two to fix it. There was no way we could substitute something else. So I just swallowed hard and said, ‘We’re just going to have to take our lumps on this.’ Three years later, I was reading a journal article about precocious puberty and I learn that exposure to testosterone can trigger central puberty. In other words, it can turn on a center in the brain that starts normal puberty going at an early age, so this would be an explanation for what this writer wrote. I called this writer up and said, ‘Did you know about this?’ But I’m not going to tell you what she said.”

    Has there ever been an error that made it to air that you wished you’d had caught?

    “It’s usually minor stuff. I went to Hopkins and there we revere a physician named Osler. And the pronunciation came out wrong. My heart just sank when I heard that. It was like I let my people down back in Baltimore.”
    Quelle: TV Fact-Checker: Inoculating House Against Bad Medicine | Underwire |

    Mindy Peterman hat Bobbin Bergstrom ( Medical/Technical Advisor bei "House") interviewed

    Where are you from originally?

    I was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, a suburb of LA.

    Are others in your family in the medical field?

    My grandmother was a licensed practical nurse in New York before she married my granddad. My sister and cousin both became RNs after I graduated from nursing school and started working.

    Your knowledge of medicine has given shows like Six Feet Under, The Practice, and Felicity a sense of realism they might not otherwise have had. Please explain how you went from being a registered nurse to working as a med-tech in the entertainment business.

    I went to nursing school with the intention of doing exactly this job. An old family friend introduced the idea to me and I went for it. It wasn't until about two or three years after I graduated before I went to work on my first show. I was very fortunate to know someone in the business.

    You’ve been with House from the beginning of its run. Please give a quick overview of what your job as a med-tech entails.

    Yes, I have been with the show since episode one (excluding the pilot which was shot in Canada). Basically my job consists of reviewing the first published draft of the scripts. Then I pose my initial questions and concerns during our first meeting as a company (this is called a concept meeting). Revisions are made and additional meetings are held, including a specific medical/technical meeting along with props, VFX, special effects, make up and art department during which I might suggest that a patient should be in ICU vs. a regular medical bed, or a six-year-old must be in a pediatric ward vs. general adult ward, which could affect the decor or even the use of different (smaller) equipment, etc.

    I make corrections in the dialogue that might include using the wrong instrument in the script or stage directions, or the adjustment of symptoms to fit the illnesses. Additionally, I instruct the actors how to perform medical procedures and surgeries or how to "act" out the symptoms (i.e. a seizure). I work with the costume department regarding what attire and personal protective gear should be worn. Things like that.

    What would you say has been the most rewarding aspect of being part of such a long-running show?

    Well, I guess the definition of success in the industry is longevity and ratings. Getting to be a part of such a popular show with such talented people is extremely rewarding.

    Do the writers ever call on you with medical questions while crafting their scripts?

    Yes. Usually I get involved with the script at the first published draft. Sometimes we can talk about something many times and then it just doesn't block out when we rehearse it so the writer or director or even the actor will ask for a different task or word, etc. Sometimes I provide that for them.

    What is a typical workday like for you?

    I’m usually on set by 7 A.M. for a private rehearsal and then throughout the day/week I will attend the meetings to prep for the next episode or do a pre-rehearsal with the cast. For example, for the OR scenes I will work with the actors first, place them and show them the physical tasks to match the dialogue and/or the surgery that is supposed to be occurring.
    Lest den Rest des Interviews hier: A Q & A With Bobbin Bergstrom, the Real-Life Medical Expert on House

  3. #62
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    Greg Yaitanes hat einen neuen Job an Land gezogen. Er wird ausführender Prodzuent der neuen Serie Banshee und wird dort bei der Pilotfolge Regie führen. Greg Yaitanes -
    Der Serie House M.D. bleibt GY als beratender Produzent erhalten.

  4. #63
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    aufgrund seines neuen Jobs....

    GY is leaving in 3 weeks, although i understand that he will stay on as a consulting producer

    Behind the Scenes With Vince Duque, House's First Assistant Director...and in nine days a TV show was created

  5. #64
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    The House of Fan - House M.D. - De Reünie - On the set of House with House producer Gerrit van der Meer [Subtitles]

  6. #65
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    'House' Veterans Garrett Lerner & Russel Friend Sign Deal With 20th Century Fox TV -

    Hier könnt ihr 3 von Greg Yaitanes geschriebene Artikel finden, in denen er von seiner Karriere, der Arbeit bei [H]ouse M.D. und seiner neuen Show Banshee erzählt.
    Meine persönliche Meinung: hochinteressant und sehr lesenswert.

  7. #66
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    Greg Yaitanes hat auf Reddit ein paar Fragen von Fans beantwortet:

    [H]ouse question! Any news on the showing of Thunder Roadtrip?

    GY: i've been looking for my copy of it. which i can't seem to find. i think it's crazy that a full and unseen episode of House is out there that is not avail for the fans. while it didn't totally work it's still worth seeing.

    Hey! In "The one olive" you talk about "the north-facing wall of House's office" you decided to motorize. I remember House lifting that wall to show Wilson's office.

    GY: it is! that's the wall that made me crazy.

    Really like your efforts you've shown to Mélanie during and now after House. These connections between fans and shows is making me watch Banshee now! Awareness and involvement do bring a bigger fandom to shows. Keep up the involvement! Good job, A+!

    GY: thank you!!! melanie is amazing. we've found other talents in new places. something that is so exciting about the time we live in.

    Is there anything on "House" you would of like to see done maybe storyline wise but couldn't due to time restraints or budget reasons?
    Also, I heard at the series wrap party there was a blooper reel. Any chance fans would ever get to see that?

    GY: ha. i don't know why the blooper reels don't get shown to fans. they are great. i never saw the final one. i was onto banshee and left house at ep18 of the final season. i had a million cool ideas for eps that never happened. the gang was content to churn out the same kinds of eps after a while and i gave up.
    i would have liked to have gone back to the prison. i would have loved seeing the eps we saw in the background during the "POV" eps we did for wilson, cuddy, etc. and a few other cool format breaks.

    Who are some of your favorite actors to work with?

    GY: ha. hmmmm. i loved working with the House gang. Hugh was amazing. Olivia. PJac. Jesse. Also my Banshee cast amazes me. i can't believe i get to work with them. Emily and David at Bones. Naveen from Lost. Rose from damages.

    Which episode of House was your favorite to direct? What is your favorite aspect of directing all the projects you have?

    GY: Nobody's Fault was amazing to do. just to have those two actors (Jeffrey wright and Hugh) across the table from each other was a director's gift.
    Fav aspect would be seeing an idea go from my head to screen. i love working with others material (it's why i don't write).

    Who is your favorite secondary character of House and why?

    GY: taub. i love his conflict and his humor and PJac was amazing when Kutner killed himself.

    How much of a concern was it keeping House always fresh, knowing that a long running series can get stale after some time? As Executive Producer, did you worry about this, or did you just shrug it of and keep working? How did you manage the writing staff to accomplish that?
    I always sensed that the writing always took a turn to the drastic, which was awesome since House was a black and white kind of guy. For having the guts to get radical with the longer story arcs, I tip my hat to you. Thank you for the countless hours of entertainment!

    GY: so glad you dug house. i feel that things got stale toward the last season. Nobody's Fault was an exception. the show could have done more to stay relevant and fresh. I was an EP but didn't really shape the direction of the season at House. I had a lot of good ideas but the staff seemed content to do what they were doing.

    As the director on House, what methods did you use and what did you demand from the actors to give the series that "Sherlock Holmes" effect?
    And a boring question: How does one become a producer?

    GY: not sure i understand the question. the first part. producer-wise i cam into it through directing. i learned a ton on the job. it is a 1000% harder than directing. producing covers so many roles. hiring, managing, inspiring, creating, pushing. both with a group of people and an individuals.

    Hi Greg. I'm, what you could call a veteran [H]ouse fan. Watched all 177 episodes back and forth, in English and in Spanish and engaged in a few fan projects. In one of them we counted recurrent things that happened in the 8 seasons [ Sarcoidosis was mentioned 35 times in the 8 seasons. More than lupus, which was mentioned 27 times / and House said idiot at least 115 times ]. Firstly, I just wanted to say thank you for all the wonderful scenes and great plots you guys created. My question is this: Which innovative thing did you use while filming House, which was a novelty to the rest of the production team, and which actually worked and created the effect you wanted for a specific scene/episode? Thank you.

    GY: thank you!! the canon 5D in "Help Me" which changed the game.

    You were a director on House and then went over to a producing role. How does that process work? I noticed on shows that writers, director, or even actors end up with some sort of producing credit as seasons go on. Do you approach the higher ups with a request or do they approach you wanting you to take on more of a role because they like the way you work and what you bring to a show.

    GY: 90% of the people with those titles are not actually producing. It's more of a title given to writers to keep them on staff. The title indicates how seasoned they are are writers. EP, Co-Ep, Producer, Supervising Producer, etc. It's an effective way to staff a show but usually the EPs are on the handling the day to day on a series.
    In my case i was invited to run the day to day of House after winning the emmy for House's Head.

    Wonderful to hear that the Canon 5D was the novelty in House! and you certainly got us all inside all that rubble and concrete. The scene in Nobody's Fault was also beautifully made by the way. I saw that in your answers you didn't mention Jennifer Morrison. What was your favorite scene of hers in the show? one that's truly memorable, in your opinion?

    GY: Jmo is amazing and her scenes toward the end of season 6? where House checks into the mental hospital are very moving. I was there on her last day and that was heartbreaking.

    Who was your favorite actor/actress to work with on House? Also, thanks for House, that was pretty cool of you...

    GY: i love all my children!

    Just asking as a musician:
    How do you and the crew decide what music to make? Who makes the little background tunes when House figures out a diagnosis, etc.?

    GY: jon ehrlich was House music master. he would get in House's head for every episode.
    Quelle & alle weiteren Fragen: I am Greg Yaitanes, Executive Producer of House and Cinemax

  8. #67
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    WGA magazine "Written By" Summer 2012:
    Memo from David Shore, after 8 seasons and 177 episodes: THE DOCTOR IS OUT.
    Written By Summer 2012
    Der Artikel startet auf Seite 45!

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    Ohja, das ist ein tolles Thema, deshalb habe ich es noch einmal aufgemacht. Weiß jemand, ob alles so geblieben ist? Da hat es doch bestimmt Änderungen gegeben? In den nächsten Tagen werde ich selbst mal auf die Suche gehen und schauen, was ich beitragen kann. Wer hat noch Lust dazu?

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