Today was Day 1 of production for the second season of The Venture Bros. It's been long in coming, but we're on our way. The design teams got their first script, made their first sketches, and everyone seems really up. Despite our lack of Wacom monitors (the distributors are a month behind in shipping them) and a suitable place to eat lunch (the "lunch room" has been co-opted as office space). Also turned the third script in today. A little yarn featuring the return of Molotov Cocktease and a little peek into Brock's former life. Doc and I have both been firing on all cylinders creatively--we've both been writing two scripts at a time--which has made writing a blast. Somehow there's less pressure this time around and we're actually a little bit ahead of ourselves, which is nice because when you're not banging your head against the wall wondering what the hell you're going to write about with a deadline looming, you get to finesse your scripts a little more; to go back and tweak things just the way you like 'em. It also helps production to know what's coming for them in a few weeks, the better to delegate their work--like when an episode that takes place in twenty different locations follows a show where the Ventures sit around the compound for 22 minutes, they can spread their work out a bit. We've also been doing some preliminary "re-designing" over the past few weeks--honing the character designs to be a bit more iconic and animation-friendly, improving the style of the backgrounds and giving more thought to where our beloved characters live and work, etc. It's been a lot of fun going back to all my original inspirations and re-researching architecture, art, movies, etc. the better to improve the overall look of our little television program. I really can't wait to get these shows made and on the air. We have an extremely talented, dedicated team of very fun people at every level of this production, and they're all working hard already to make it as good as possible. Next week we have our first recording session, so I'm looking forward to seeing James Urbaniak, Mike Sinterniklaas, T. Ryder Smith and Mia Barron again, as well as wasting hours of hard drive space when Doc starts riffing with the mic on.
Next week I'm also off to the San Diego Comicon. Doc, unfortunately, will not be joining me on this trip west after all. But I did find out today that I'm officially supposed to be on my ass behind the Adult Swim booth on Saturday, July 16th, from 11:30-1:00pm. So come say hi and stuff.
I'll leave you now with a peek at Brock Samson's head, as he will appear this season. He's essentially the same, but constructed and stylized a little better than last season...
|Brock head rotation by Phil Rynda/Jackson Publick