Friday Night Dinner 12
The 12th in a weekly look at the progress of The Gilmore Girls Companion as we round the bend on this 2+ year adventure.
Things are really heating up as we enter the home stretch putting together the Companion. I find it interesting that it’s taken me this long to get a true feeling of what the final book will actually be like, readingwise.
First, the format of the book is something of an experiment, marrying a detailed episode guide with a behind-the-scenes “making of” format. Ultimately, the readers are the only ones who can really say if it’s a successful experiment.
One thing I’m gratified to see in the finished product is an even distribution between the memories of cast and crew. Too often I’ve read books that only record the memories of actors. Though these are very valuable recollections, they are only half the story.
In the best case scenario, an actor can only tell you what took place in a very small amount of space when they were delivering their performances. They have only a passing knowledge of the betting games that went on backstage, the scramble to hammer together a script, or the mad dash across California to get the materials to create their wardrobe. If you want a complete picture of what it took to make an episode from week to week, you have to speak with as many people as you possibly can, from every department. I am extremely grateful to the people from every part of the Gilmore Girls production team who shared their recollections with me.
Some images that stick with me months, and sometimes years, after hearing the stories behind them:
- Raccoons eating the ice cream cones out of Taylor’s soda shoppe on the backlot
- Crew flying radio controlled airplanes through Stars Hollow
- A Tickle Me Elmo-type doll that looks (and sounds) like Luke’s mostly-silent bus boy, played by Robert Lee
- The fun that was had with Lorelai’s giant birthday pizza.
Till next time, Gilmore gang, when I hope to have some news on sample pages from the book!