Back home in Baltimore after a long, involved shoot.
How long, you ask? How involved?
Well, if you must know, the following figures were compiled by fellow producer Joe Incaprera. They were delivered to the crew after the last shot of season three, outside a warehouse in Algiers amid champagne and cake.
Number of episodes filmed: 10
Number of shooting days: 113 for first unit, plus 10 days of second unit or splinter unit shooting.
Number of feet of film shot (excluding the last day of filming, which had not been compiled: 1,165,570
Number of feet of film shot for Mardi Gras episode: 165,810
Number of total company moves during filming: 280
Number of locations: 370
Number of no-parking signs posts due to location shooting: 7,000
Number of New Orleans restaurants featured: 27
Number of restaurants built as sets: 2
Number of New Orleans bars featured: 40
Number of New Orleans bars built: 1
Number of speaking parts, seasons three: 347
Number of recurring characters, season three: 95
Number of extras: 9,421
Number of New Orleans musicians filmed: 371
Number of travel memos issued by production office: 383
Number of script revisions: 66
Number of total script pages: 597
Number of times a character says “brah” in dialogue: 21
Number of songs performed live: 106
Number of petty cash and credit card receipts: 12,149
Number of marriages within cast and crew: 2
Number of babies born to cast and crew during production: 2
I’ve now gone through this cycle 11 times for HBO. At the beginning, each season seems implausible. In the middle, it just is. At the end, one is simply numb. Even if everything works well, there is a sense of having negotiated a minefield for a half year’s walk. And it all feels a little absurd for someone who used to tell stories in prose, engaging with himself, an editor and maybe a copyeditor. In the military, they like to note that 60 percent of strategy is logistics. Same with filmmaking, I suppose. All credit to Nina Noble and one of the best cast and crews with whom I’ve worked.
Guys, if you didn’t get to the Bridge on Thursday and put a hurt on my credit card, I still owe you a couple. Track me down in the fall, I hope.