August 31, 2006

OZ Trailer

I was in a trailer cuttin' mood this week and slapped together this two minute clip reel of the Oz episode I directed. This episode was written by Tom Fontana, Sunil Nayer and Brad Winters. The latter author is significant because I believe he was primarily responsible for what I consider to be the heart of script - the relationship between the two O'Reily brothers (brilliantly portrayed by Brad's own brothers Dean and Scott Winters).

Re-watching this episode, I was reminded just how great Dean is here in the role of Ryan O'Reily. It's his episode and he really rose to the challenge to deliver a touching, understated performance... which is notable because it seemed like every other page of the script had him crying as the execution date of his mentally challenged brother looms closer. In less-sure hands this could have easily turned into a maudlin sob-fest, but Dean reined it all in and arched the emotion perfectly.

I was really lucky that Tom chose me for this one... it's not a typical Oz story and I got to focus on 30 pages of character specific material developed by these three talented fellows. I only wish I was a little more experienced at the time... it could have been even better. That, and it would have been a real feather in my cap to be able to say that I directed one of those notable Oz prison rape scenes, but alas... beggars can't be choosers.

Incidentally, this episode was rated as the highest from that season (A-) by the readers of Television Without Pity. A snarky group of discriminating viewers, to be sure. It's an honor I don't hold lightly.

I think the season six dvd is coming out in early September. Pick it up if you'd like to see the whole episode. I understand that there's a running commentary by the three Winters Brothers. I'll be interested to get their honest, no-holds-barred take on it. Actually, I'm cringing with dread. Let me know what they say... unless it's bad.

OZ, episode 606 trailer

Movable Type 3.2