Check out these great interviews with Paul Wesley from TV Guide and THR. Paul talks about his recent directorial debut with tonight’s episode “Resident Evil” and some of the challenges he faced. Read an excerpt from each interview below then head over to both sites for the full interviews!
via TV Guide:
Although Wesley has been learning about the process for a while now, finally taking charge behind the camera didn’t come without its challenges. The biggest surprise? How willing he had to be to compromise. “You read something and you have a good idealistic vision of what it should be and then you get [to location] and the set isn’t exactly what you wanted it to look like or the actor has a different interpretation,” Wesley says. “So there’s an interesting compromise you have to make as a director. You have to be open to that and if you’re not you can get yourself into a lot of trouble. You have to be open to change at any moment.”
But because of his on-camera responsibilities as a series lead, Wesley’s one regret was not being unable to be present in the editing room to see his episode become fully realized. After sending off the footage to the editors to assemble, Wesley was only able to offer “a couple of notes” over email. “That was probably the most frustrating part of it,” he admits.
Another unexpected hiccup was weather-related. In February, Atlanta was hit with a massive winter storm that forced shutdowns on numerous productions in the area, including Vampire Diaries. The show went dark for a few days. “It was a really long, tedious shoot with weather issues, changing schedules,” Wesley recalls. But the production halt was actually a blessing in disguise, he says, affording him more time to prepare.