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True Facts: Sarah Wars

I’d always dreamed of doing this episode, as Calvin and Hobbes was a big part of the genesis of the show, but I never knew exactly how to do it. MK and I were talking after a table read about Zelda’s character, and it just struck me that this was the way to do it. It was the most demanding episode on every department and I am so proud of it and our team.

  • The adoption line was almost cut, because I was worried that it made Sarah seem too unsympathetic.
  • We shot the coffee shop the day after Halloween, and we were all exhausted. MK and Kylie both fell asleep on the couches at the coffee shop, probably because they were so tired from trick or treating all night.
  • Chrissie almost broke character every time she shouted “milkshakes, dummies” at Sarah, the extra at the table. Sarah was with us most extra days and is the sweetest. It’s absurd that anyone would shout at her.
  • The Coffee Shop Manager’s lines at the end were improvised. When the extra in the background raised his hand for a scone, we all LOST IT.
  • The street we’re on is out front of where we mix our sound, Sound Guy Kevbo’s house.
  • I am obsessed with coffee shops.
  • We shot the sci-fi elements in the same place as the
    Water Tower section of Adventure Date and the Star Trek elements of Cosplay for Dummies.
  • Though we’re shooting on private property, we often have problems with the cops when we’re on that land. During the end of the day the cops showed up to give us a hard time, and make us prove that it’s legal to shoot there (though it’s private property that we’ve been shooting on for years). The trouble with this location, is that because it’s in a valley, you lose your sunlight at about 4:00. I knew that by the time I wrapped up talking with the cops, it would be too dark to shoot. Cops know that the best way to stop a production from happening is to make a lot of noise so it ruins your take, so they make sure to do so first thing. Luckily, we didn’t need sound for any of the shots. So a producer stalled while MK (very nervously) tried to find Agent S. You can hear cops in the background of the raw footage, and me whispering direction while people stalled.
  • We recorded Zelda’s voice over live on a google hangout. Watch us record right here.
  • Our production designer Ellie made the star command logo out of tape, and the rest of the costumes were scavenged from thrift stores.
  • Sarah is watching an old video series I did called “”, since I needed mundane looking footage, and owned the rights. Ironically, Christine is in other sketches.
  • I asked our make up artist Bethnay to do Barbarella hair for MK, and she nailed it.
  • This is the first time we’ve seen Sarah and Zelda’s living room, which is shot in our friend Emily and Todd’s house. “Jeremy Rosenhog” was named in homage to them. Emily was like, 9 months pregnant at the time and the house is basically brand new, so it was extra extra generous.
  • Nick Thurkettle played both the Gorn and Insecuriac, and wrote a wonderful blog post about the experience.

Sarah Wars: Zelda and her sister Sarah take on their insecurities literally in this dramatic, sci-fi fantasy episode of Squaresville starring Mary Kate Wiles and Christine Weatherup.

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