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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!!!

Valentine’s Day

noun | ˈva-lən-ˌtīnz ˈ
: the holiday where people who like (or love) each other are pressured into to buying cards, flowers, and/or candy for their sweetie. 
Valentine’s Day can be challenging.  It’s hard to know the perfect thing to tell that special person.  Luckily, I did the work for you.
Print these cards and give them to all your Valentines.  And if you really want to impress that special someone… with the card, also include flowers, chocolates, or a fresh hundred dollar bill.  Nothing says “I love you baby!” like money. 


This post inspired by Saturday February 14th’s ALL-NEW episode of Henry Danger: My Phony Valentine which premieres at 8:00 PM (7c) on Nickelodeon! 








And, if you’re more of an AUDIO/VISUAL Valentine, shoot over this ULTRA romantic poem:





Saturday, January 31, 2015

#AskDanWarp: How long it takes to make an episode


@Real__Andrew asks: @DanWarp #AskDanWarp How long does it take to make an episode of a show?



DAN SCHNEIDER:  Interestingly, I get asked this question a lot.  I'll do my best to explain, but there’s no precise answer to this question, because some episodes are more complex than others.  But in general, here’s how it works…

Someone on the writing staff will pitch an idea for an episode (me or one of our other writers/producers).  Then, if we all like the idea, we decide, "Okay, we're doing it – this is going to be an episode."

Next, we’ll usually spend a few hours working on the broad beats – those are the main, basic things that will happen in the episode.  On average, it probably takes us around 3 hours to come up with the broad beats.


Once I approve the broad beats, the next step is for us to write the outline.  That means we flesh out (expand) the broad beats, coming up with a more detailed written plan for the episode, i.e. what the script will be.  On average, it takes us about half a day (around 5 hours) to write a full outline.  Some get done quicker -- some take longer.  It's just like writing a song.  Sometimes you write a song in 15 minutes.  Sometimes it takes weeks.  You can't put a clock on being creative.

Let's add up where we are so far:  The process to take an idea to broad beats, and then to an outline, usually takes a full day – sometimes 2.

Next, it takes us about 2 days to write the script – to get a first draft.  There have been times when we've written a whole script in one day.  But that's unusual and kind of stressful.  It's a more comfortable pace for us to take a day to write the first half, and then another day to write the second half.



Then it takes another day (maybe half a day) to finalize the script.   That means fixing any problems, making the jokes funnier, and cutting it down so it's the right length.

Next, the cast performs a “table read” of the script on a Monday morning, with writers and producers present.  Then we spend that whole week tweaking (perfecting) the script while the actors rehearse it on stage, where the sets are.  We film the show on Thursday and Friday.

Total days so far: 8

Once the episode has been filmed (once it's "in the can"), we take about 2 or 3 weeks to do post production on the episode.  During that time, we:
  • Edit the episode (put it all together)
  • Make tweaks to the edit
  • Add music and sound-effects
  • Add visual effects
  • Color correct the picture
  • Etc.
And once I approve everything – picture, sound, music, etc. – the episode is delivered to the network.

So, on average, it takes about 3 to 4 weeks to make an episode – from coming up with the idea, to delivering the final product.
Now you know. :)
Thanks for asking.  Keep watching!
Best,
Dan Schneider (aka @DanWarp)

Friday, January 23, 2015

The horrifying stages of having your favorite TV show spoiled

Is there ANY fate worse than having your favorite TV show RUINED by a spoiler?! We’ve all been there, and it is totally devastating.

This mortifying post brought to you by Saturday, January 24th’s ALL-NEW Henry Danger episode, “The Spoiler”! 8PM, 7c ONLY on Nickelodeon. 

Stage 1:

Everything was going so well. You had a hot piece of pizza in your hand, your best friends were over and you were all about to watch your favorite TV show. When… all of a sudden, the unthinkable happens. Your phone goes off, and you mindlessly reach for it, not knowing that your whole night is about to be SPOILED!!!


Stage 2:

You have been SPOILED! You will try and convince yourself that maybe you read the text wrong, and you don’t know. But you know. I’m sorry my friend, there’s no turning back. The spoiler is in your brain. You cannot un-know it – no matter how hard you try!


Stage 3:

Oh, the horror! How could this happen? You’re a good person! You floss, you eat your broccoli, you hold the door open for people—and someone—some monster, would actually PURPOSEFULLY ruin something so important to you?!


Stage 4:

Okay, you’re here. You’re in deal-with-it-mode. So… let it out. Scream. Scream at the top of your lungs. And then, scream some more. 


Stage 5:

It’s been an emotional two minutes of letting it out. You need to rest. Let your body fall to the floor, and stay there for a while. The floor won’t spoil your favorite TV show. The floor can’t talk. 



 Stage 6:

Your paranoia is at an all-time high. This is the stage where you trust no one. You think your grandma watched your fave show just to ruin for you. Your mailman is going to leave a revealing note in your mailbox. Your cereal is snap, crackle, popping the ending to your favorite show! This is crazy, but you’re right to be worried.


Stage 7:

It’s time for an intervention. Your friends are worried about you; you haven’t left your house in days, and have disconnected your cell phone and internet. You’ve been wearing your hands as earmuffs for so long that your elbows are cramping. You need to accept what has happened. You need to get it together.


Stage 8:

Congratulations! You’ve gotten it together. You have finally moved on, and left your house. You can’t let fear ruin your fun.  We as a society need to put our foot down and say: “DON’T SPOIL THINGS FOR ME! I WILL FIND THEM OUT WHEN THE TIME IS RIGHT, AND NO SOONER!” And until the day when people stop spoiling things, we need to, as a society, put our fingers in our ears and yell “FALALALALALA!” as one. 


Henry Danger, “Spoiler Alert”, this Saturday, January 24th at 8PM (7c), ONLY on Nickelodeon! It’s a great episode and I’m not giving anything away!


Friday, January 9, 2015

Being Invisible: Pros and Cons (brought to you by Henry Danger)

Wish you were invisible? You’re not alone. Thousands of us wish on shooting stars every night for this spectacular super power. Here is a concrete analysis of the pros and cons of living invisible.


Brought to you by the ALL-NEW Henry Danger episode “Invisible Brad”, airing THIS Saturday, January 10th, at 8 PM (7c). 








So, do you still want to be invisible? Let me know, and be sure to watch the ALL-NEW Henry Danger episode “Invisible Brad” this Saturday, January 10th at 8PM (7c) ONLY on Nickelodeon!!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

#AskDanWarp: iCarly Props


@CosgroveMcCurdy asksDo you still have the objects, etc. from the iCarly set?

Dan Schneider:  Yes!  I have a lot of the furniture and props from iCarly.  In fact, I have furniture and props (and other items) from all my shows.  Here’s how it works…

Whenever one of my TV shows comes to an end, I walk around the sets with our production designers (the people who design and create our sets), and I tell them which things I want to keep from the show. 

After we film the final episode, all the things I want to keep are carefully packed into a truck.  Some of the items are delivered to my house, but most are delivered to a special storage unit I have in Hollywood.

I kept lots of stuff from iCarly.  I have most of the living room furniture… and the front half of the Mustang car from the iCarly studio… and Freddie’s tech cart and video camera… Sam’s blue remote… some of Spencer's sculptures... and I even have the sparkly blue cowboy hat that Carly wore in the final party scene in the very first episode of iCarly – the same blue hat you see her toss up in the air during the open credits of every episode.

I’ve always been a sentimental guy, so I really like to keep stuff from my past shows. 

For those of you who remember the first show I wrote and produced, I even have the original Big Ear of Corn!

Thanks for asking.

Best,

–Dan Schneider (a.k.a. @DanWarp)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Henry Danger Guide: How to Tell if You’re Turning Into a Man-Beast

Have you or a friend been hit by the rays of a Manly Machine in the past 24 hours? Unsure? Look for the symptoms!

Are you trying to fight strangers at Italian restaurants?


Are you averaging 90 pull ups a minute?


Are you letting your chest hair out to breathe during nice dinners?


Do people find it off-putting when you eat your raw steak with your bare hands?


Are you constantly being told to "tone it down"?


Do you spend up to 4 hours a day admiring your body hair?


Are people terrified of taking selfies with you?


Are  you upping your rep game significantly?


Do people ask you if you're your date's father?


Does your date think you're trying to wrestle her when you go in for a hug?


Do you consider your mouth to be a reasonable alternative to scissors?


Do you sometimes get so out of control that your friends have to contain you with full body restraints?


If you, or a friend, are exhibiting any of these beastly symptoms, please call your local zookeeper, and tune in to the ALL NEW Henry Danger Episode" Henry the Man-Beast" this Saturday, November 22nd at 8PM (7c), only on Nickelodeon!