|First Weekly Contest - Questions Answered!
||[Dec. 10th, 2009|06:39 pm]
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
I'm sorry it's taken so long, but I finally got the answers for the question that was picked for the first weekly contest. I was also allowed to ask a question, so I'm gonna include both questions/answers here. Enjoy!|
Here are the answers from David Rambo: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Rambo
1. Comparing what I read in the news about our local crime scene lab techs with what's shown on CSI, it seems like there is one area that's nowhere near reality on your show: workload. Have you ever thought about adding large backlogs and turnaround times to your plots in order to reflect how overworked many real life CSIs are?
That's a great suggestion. Everyone can relate to having too much work on their plate. We have depicted some heavy workload shifts, especially in autopsy, where it's kind of fun to see bodies stacked on gurneys stretching down the halls of the coroner's office. You'll often hear our team say they're "working a double" or even "a triple." But they usually don't show the stress of that. I've seen real-life Vegas CSIs come off a double shift looking as if they just got to work. If there's a new challenge, a new way to look at a situation, they're stimulated and on the job.
2. How far in advance do you plan out the various storylines (both major and the little sub-plots) of CSI and is it difficult to keep track of all the storylines/events that took place in CSI and make sure there aren't any contradictions?
During the first week or so that the writers assemble to start work on the new season, we discuss big character arcs and any season-long stories, such as this season's "Dr. Jekyll" storyline. Once we start on individual episodes, we'll come up with ideas about a month to three weeks before filming starts. Every episode idea is thoroughly discussed with the executive producers, Carol Mendelsohn and Naren Shankar. Usually, several writers will help "break" the story -- come up with an outline of the major events and twists in the plot. Then, a writer or writers will go off for about a week to actually write a script.
We have a "show bible" that lists the plots, characters, settings and forensics of every single CSI episode. Any time the question "have we done this before?" comes up, we check the bible. Also, we often watch prior episodes, sometimes just to get inspired to keep doing our best and not repeat ourselves. We also have an in-house system to coordinate story ideas so that we don't overlap with CSI: Miami or CSI: New York.