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Arrested Development Filmed Actors Separately, Then Edited Them In?!

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Thank you, technology!!

It is being reported that some of the Arrested Development cast members were edited into scenes during post-production, all due to their busy schedules! Apparently, several had to shoot in front a green screen!

A source cites one particular scene between Lucille Bluth and Lucille Austero in which the characters are shown engaging but look to be green-screened in:

“It does look kind of like the Austin Powers stuff — you can tell that it was green screened.”

The problem with this isn’t so much with its visual effects, but rather the lessening of in-person improvisation, says the first source:

“I think the reason most people like the [original] show is because it’s off-the-cuff and improvised. You can really see that the actors and extras really, really like working with each other… For a different show it wouldn’t be such a big deal, but because of the nature of the comedy, and the writing, and the direction, [green screening] is something that I think is not a good idea — and I think a lot of fans would agree that they’d rather it not be made if it is not going to be made in the same style.”

A second source also explained that Henry Winkler, the Bluth family lawyer Barry Zuckerkorn, was added into many of his scenes during post-production, too:

“I’ve gotten to see a couple episodes and I didn’t notice any problems. It wasn’t the most extensive scenes, but everything I’ve seen, the post-production team did a great job with, so I wouldn’t say I’m worried — I’d say I’m curious.”

While it’s no secret that the show’s actors’ had conflicting schedules, show creator Mitch Hurwitz revealed that the format would be changed slightly to accommodate the cast:

“The only way we could get everybody together for what we’ll call loosely an anthology or a series was to kind of dedicate each episode to a different character’s point of view.”

We wonder if green-screening was a last resort…

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3 comments to “Arrested Development Filmed Actors Separately, Then Edited Them In?!”

  1. 1

    Ugh. I am getting less and less excited about the premiere next week. The trailer did not look like it was filmed in the same style and now they had to use green screen. And of course anyone attached to the project is going to say that it looks fine. 7 more days and we'll see what's what.

  2. iccs says – reply to this


    the cast and crew has said repeatedly that there was very, very little improvisation in this show because it is so well written. any mention of "great improv" is a rumor; everyone involved with AD (original series, not new season) has said time and time again in interviews that mike h.'s writing is so good (duh!) that improv would do a disservice to the series. so whoever this "source" is doesn't know what he/she is talking about.

  3. Nick says – reply to this


    I have never heard that AD was a powerhouse of improvisation - it seems very, very scripted, and that's not a bad thing. I imagine this source also thinks some scenes in the Cohen Brothers films are improvised.

    Arrested Development is one of the only purely great things in this world. Why would you try to sully it before it makes its triumphant return?