Behind The Scenes

Behind The Scenes

Imagine a world where people can manipulate fire and wind, light and darkness. All this and more were born out of Leigh Bardugo’s best selling books, and are now the center of the new Netflix Original series, Shadow and Bone. How did the writers, cast, and crew create original material through the ultimate crossover between storylines and characters? What “small science” did they use to meld elements of Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone and Six of Crows series? After you watch all of the first season, host Brandon Jenkins (Mogul; Complex) takes you through the adaptation process, from novels, to script, and all the way to your screen.

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April 16, 2021 4 min

Netflix is releasing a new fantasy series, and it’s time for another season of Behind the Scenes to get into how it all happens. This time, we’re diving head first into the epic world of Shadow and Bone. Starting April 28th, host Brandon Jenkins (Mogul; Complex) will sit down with the folks behind the scenes of the show. We’ll hear from showrunners and writers, actors and designers, special effects and more. Put on your shades beca...

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On this season of Behind the Scenes, we’ll dive deep into the making of Shadow and Bone. Get ready to learn how the characters and worlds from Leigh Bardugo’s best-selling books come to life on the screen. Find out how it all happens starting on April 28th. Hosted by Brandon Jenkins. 

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February 1, 2021 21 min

Welcome to the world of Castlevania: a show adapted from a Japanese video game set in a gothic world of vampires, demons and monsters. We’ll speak with the Deats brothers about how they turned the original video games into an exciting animated series. We’ll also speak with Adam Connaroe, the technical director/key lighting about what goes into making this dark show come to life.

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January 18, 2021 20 min

Learn all about the wild world of Simpson creator Matt Groenig’s Disenchantment. We hear from comedy legends Abbi Jacobson, Eric Andre, and Nat Faxon who voice Dreamland’s quirky characters. The trio gives us a sneak peek into the wacky antics and chaotic offscreen dynamic that bring their animated characters to life. It’s a wild ride complete with fake falls, true friends, and a lot of laughter.

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January 4, 2021 25 min

Lauren Montgomery and Joaquim Dos Santos, the team that brought you Avatar: The Last Airbender and Legend of Korra, join us on the podcast to talk about their reboot of the 1980s franchise, Voltron. We’ll talk to them about growing up with the original run of the show, how animated series influenced them as kids, and how that influence inspired them when they were tasked with creating their own rendition of this animated classic.

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December 21, 2020 23 min

She-Ra and the Princesses of Power aren’t just for 80s kids - they’re back for a new generation. We’ll hear from showrunner Noelle Stevenson and from actor Aimee Carrero who voices She-Ra on how they updated the series for the current day while staying true to the show’s roots.

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December 7, 2020 33 min

We’re kicking off this season of Behind the Scenes with Nick Kroll, Mitra Jouhari and Brandon Kyle Goodman, some of the masterminds behind the animated series Big Mouth, a show that captures growing pains like no other. We’ll talk to them about code-switching, camp showers, on-screen moments from their real lives, the gross-out stuff that makes us cringe, and so much more. It’s a peek behind the scenes of a show with big laughs and...

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November 30, 2020 1 min

We’re back! And this time, it’s animated. Starting December 7th, host Brandon Jenkins will take you behind the scenes of five hit animated Netflix series. We’ll hear from showrunners, voice actors, animators and more to get the inside story about how show like Big Mouth, She-Ra, and Disenchantment go from script to screen.

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The heart of this show is a family drama. In this episode we’ll be talking with actors Aidan Gallagher (Five), Justin H. Min (Ben), Tom Hopper (Luther) and Kate Walsh (The Handler) to find out what their audition process was like, what they thought of the comics, and what external forces influenced their characters.  

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When you’ve got super powers, you’re going to get into fights. Whether it’s a tight hallway match, or a major outdoor battle, the Academy gets into their fair share of scuffles. We talk to the stunt coordinator who choreographs these fights, the actors who perform them, and the VFX team who adds that superhero flair. 

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August 19, 2020 24 min

Music is a character in the world of Umbrella Academy, and it takes different forms. There's the score, needle drops, an original song. It even makes its way into the script. In this episode, we talk to the people who chose the music of the show, and we’ll talk to them about some of your favorite musical moments of season two. 

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In this episode,  we learn how a little Canadian town was transformed into the show’s bustling backdrops. From negotiations with farmers and shop owners to creating spaces for the show’s more eccentric characters, we’ll hear from the crew about how they created the world of Umbrella. 

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August 5, 2020 22 min

Season two of Umbrella Academy is a period piece. When the gang lands in 1960s Dallas, just days before the assassination of JFK, they face a whole new set of challenges. We’ll hear from writer Rob Askins about the rules of time travel, and from writer Aeryn Michelle Williams and actor Emmy Raver-Lampman about how going back in time as a modern black woman can have dangerous consequences.

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Behind the Scenes is back, and this season, we’re time traveling with the Umbrella Academy. Creator Gerard Way, of My Chemical Romance, illustrator/co-creator Gabriel Ba, and showrunner Steve Blackman walk us through how this dysfunctional family of anti-heroes ended up on our screens. 

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Starting July 29th, host Brandon Jenkins takes you back in time with the cast and crew of The Umbrella Academy, Season 2. Over five episodes, find out how this superhero family went from graphic novel to hit TV series, how it went from modern day to a period piece, and how the team worked through a global pandemic to bring you this show.  Make sure to watch the series in its entirety, and then come back to hear how the writers, art...

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A global pandemic couldn’t stop the Umbrella Academy from hitting your screens on July 31st. And we’ve been working hard, recording with the cast and crew, to bring you this podcast, straight from our homes. Behind the Scenes: The Umbrella Academy Season 2 lands on July 29th. Hosted by Brandon Jenkins. 

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March 2, 2020 48 min

In this special bonus episode, host Brandon Jenkins breaks down the score of The Witcher, including Jaskier's infamous ballad, "Toss A Coin To Your Witcher." First Jenkins is joined by the series' composers, Sonya Belousova and Giona Ostinelli, and then by Jenny Klein, who wrote the catchy lyrics of "Toss A Coin."

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Princess Cirilla might think she’s an ordinary royal. But there are secrets that, when revealed, change her whole life. Actress Freya Allan, showrunner Lauren Hissrich and the team behind The Witcher tell just how Ciri survives. 

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January 15, 2020 38 min

Yennefer of Vengerberg goes from being a hunchback sleeping in a pigsty, to a powerful, beautiful mage. But what is the cost of her transformation? Actress Anya Chalotra, director Alex Garcia Lopez, and the crew of The Witcher walk us through Yennefer’s 70 year story.

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January 8, 2020 38 min

Geralt of Rivia is our favorite monster hunting mutant on The Continent. Find out how the writers, producers, and crew adapted the iconic character– from his yellow eyes to his monster fights.

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