Created in 1995 by Pilar Flynn and David Kalbeitzer, the show has produced over 50 half-hour episodes. This blog supports the Shadows Wiki in documenting the series.
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Thursday, December 6, 2012
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
- completing episodes
- keeping up with the editing backlog
- cast turnover
Monday, November 26, 2012
SHB: What was it like editing on videotape?
Monday, March 5, 2012
Below is a "manifesto" that I printed up and posted around the butv office and in the Shadows cabinet where all the props and tapes were housed (2004-2006).
The goal was to create and strengthen inter-organizational culture, with completing episodes the most important goal. Only with completed product (regardless of quality) could an organization based around a TV show truly survive in the long run.
We are here to:
Complete each episode completely.
Be organized, professional, and prepared.
Leave behind a capable crew to carry on after we’ve graduated.
Make each episode asskickin’ damn good.
The Agency's Backstory
Far away from Earth, an epic battle raged. The Naroks have nearly triumphed, their parasites spreading and eroding the foundations of civilization, collapsing all resistance. The Directors, a small, ragged collective of nearly extinct races and the last stand against the onslaught of The Naroks, have been defeated. The survivors flee into the farther reaches of the galaxy, resisting covertly, carefully avoiding discovery out of fear of being crushed utterly. They turn their attention to the frontier worlds, thwarting The Narok vanguard and protecting planets such as Earth from the forbearers of invasion.
The Directors came to Earth and made alliances with some enlightened humans, and The Agency was born. But the Directors remain in the shadows, hiding, protecting their identities. Jakob is their perfect front-man, but his exposure to the field is limited, because he alone knows who runs and directs The Agency. If he were captured, all would be lost.
The Naroks cannot be seen in their true form, except under special light. They are otherwise invisible and intangible. The only clue to their presence, which is only occasional and imperceptible at best, is that body temperature can sometimes drop, as the Naroks mind drains the energy fields of those around it. The brief ripples of cold, the sudden shiver in a crowd of warm people, all indicate the passing presence of a Narok. They are among us.
The Naroks are working towards a specific goal, which is still a mystery to The Agency, a goal which is the lynchpin of the undoing of human civilization.
There is a reason that Earth is important. These two warring factions are the result of some ancient bifurcation, a divergence between order and chaos, and with the waning of the Directors, an imbalance has formed which must be corrected. Hidden somewhere on Earth is the secret to righting that imbalance, a secret which both factions are desperate to get their hands on…
THIS BACKSTORY MUST NOT BE DIRECTLY MENTIONED OR EXPLAINED IN THE SERIES. IT SERVES ONLY AS A BACKDROP TO EXPLAIN TO US THE MECHANICS OF OUR UNIVERSE.
Friday, March 2, 2012
I'm pretty sure I auditioned for SHADOWS on two separate occasions. I think it was the end of my freshman year and the crew was looking to re-cast the part of "Daniel". I remember going to the audition and reading a monologue from the book A Clockwork Orange. I probably freaked everybody out with my impression of Alex, that psychotic droog. The SHADOWS crew ultimately decided I wasn't quite right for the part, but they wanted to find something else for me to play in the future.
Flash-forward to the beginning of my sophomore year. The SHADOWS team basically scrapped all their old characters and plot-lines and started the series from scratch. The producer Melissa Carelli wanted me to audition again for a character whose name was still Daniel but later turned to Reese. The audition took place on the evening of 9/11 and I remember stressing over my audition pieces, still not fully aware of everything that had taken place earlier that day in New York, Washington D.C. etc.
Anyway, to make a long story short, I got the part and played Reese for the next three years, off and on. By the time junior year came around, I started getting more involved with the production, helping to build the sets, operating cameras etc. The lighting director and DP Jake Kassen kind of took me under his wing and showed me everything there was to know about lighting sets. About midway through my junior year, I replaced Jake as Director of Photography and had a good time designing the lighting schemes for all the scenes that were shot on the soundstage. The funnest scenes to light were ones that took place at night. I'd use blue gels to create moonlight and blink a red light to imply that there was a flashing neon hotel sign nearby or something like that.
All in all, my experience working and starring in SHADOWS was kind of a blur. We would shoot every Friday afternoon and I just remember how tired I was by that point in the week. I was writing papers, writing screenplays, shooting short films, working at a supermarket and juggling my load of other course work, all on top of SHADOWS. But I'm glad I was part of it. It was a magical time and I realize now that a lot of the girls I co-starred with were rather sexy. I wish I had urged the writers to put me in more kissing scenes.
I appear in several episodes around the 2003/04 era, including episodes 32, 33 and 34.