Looking Back at Season Zero (VIII) – The Storyboard Part 4

Every time I dig through my stash of MacGyver-Reboot-related folders, I stumble over material about the Unaired MacGyver Reboot Pilot, filmed in Spring 2016. I’m trying to put all the necessary information together for interested readers – especially since many of you accidentally landed on my blog after looking for information about it by using search engines.

If you missed previous posts about the Unaired Pilot, here’s a quick overview:

 

 

(Note: If there’s no link to the material I’m writing about, that means either the social media account has been set to private or been disabled or that the material has been deleted.)

 

Recap of the latest Unaired Pilot Storyboard Post
A storyboard is a graphic representation of how film material will unfold, shot by shot. It’s made up of a number of squares with illustrations representing each shot. Think of it as sort of a comic book version of a script.

The storyboard for the Unaired Pilot was created by Storyboard Artist Aaron Sowd. The latest storyboard post ended with MacGyver drawing his improvised bow, aiming high in direction of Keith fleeing the scene.

Unaired Pilot Storyboard (via Aaron Sowd)

If you think this scene feels familiar, then that’s probably because you might have seen it in the Teaser Trailer for the Unaired Pilot. In the Teaser, we see a slightly bloody-faced Lucas Till for maybe half a second doing the heroic shot. Then the camera switches to show him in profile when he lets go of the arrow.

In the storyboard, we switch to Keith fleeing in his car before Mac lets go of the arrow.

Unaired Pilot Storyboard (via Aaron Sowd)

Aaron Sowd notes unter the drawing that Keith fumbles with his keys so Mac has time to build his contraption. I’m still not sure how this would have looked in the finished scene. I think Keith is either the slowest villain ever or he parked his car 2 miles away.

Finally, Keith manages to speed off in his car. We see the getaway from different angles, and Aaron added close ups of the tires or of Keith’s foot stomping on the gas pedal.

Unaired Pilot Storyboard (via Aaron Sowd)

Mac finally draws his bow; shooting the arrow high and up over the 2nd floor bridge. Aaron suggests that the camera tracks and tilts to follow the trajectory of the arrow.

Unaired Pilot Storyboard (via Aaron Sowd)

The close-up shows the arrow landing right in front of the SUV and exploding. We also got to see that in the Teaser Trailer.

Unaired Pilot Storyboard (via Aaron Sowd)

The explosion lifts the car, flipping it over so it lands on the roof.

Unaired Pilot Storyboard (via Aaron Sowd)

The scene was filmed in an abandoned shopping mall (Hawthorne Plaza). On April 4, Clint Buckner had uploaded a BtS photo that shows the flipped over vehicle.

BtS photo of the Unaired MacGyver Pilot (via Clint Buckner)

The storyboard shows the car being damaged by fire and/or smoke. In a BtS photo by Costume Designer Eileen Cox Baker, we actually see MacGyver standing in front of the car; flames licking at the SUV.

The camera pans in and we see the car door with a cracked window opening.

Unaired Pilot Storyboard (via Aaron Sowd)

Many fans of the Original Show hadn’t been pleased by the Teaser Trailer; stating that MacGyver shouldn’t kill people – even if they are bad guys. What we didn’t see in the Teaser was that Keith is not dead, just a bit inconvenienced.

Unaired Pilot Storyboard (via Aaron Sowd)

We see Keith crawling out of the car while Mac approaches the scene. Keith draws his gun but of course, Mac is already there to stop him.

BtS photo of Lucas Till in the Unaired MacGyver Pilot (via Eileen Cox Baker)

All Mac has to do is to stomp on Keith’s hand so he gives it up, then kicking it away in true OG MacGyver fashion.

In Baker’s photo, there’s no gun visible anymore, but Mac is holding the cannister. So maybe in the filmed version, Keith had been holding onto the cannister while trying to crawl away, not onto a gun.

Unaired Pilot Storyboard (via Aaron Sowd)

After Mac kicks the gun away, Keith mutters something about Mac’s father being proud of him. I’m assuming it was meant ironically. It’s not sure if Mac already was aware that Keith and his father know each other or if this was some kind of a plot twist reveal that would have come handy in later episodes.

Unaired Pilot Storyboard (via Aaron Sowd)

The camera pans in on MacGyver for another “hero shot”. I don’t know if this would have been the last scene of the pilot or if there was an after-scene with Lincoln (played by George Eads) and Mac’s friends (e.g. best friend and roommate Gunner).

It’s possible that the episode would have ended similar to the reshot pilot; like the team deciding to join the clandestined organization set up by Lincoln’s sister (played by Michelle Krusiec).

 

(This was the last storyboard post for now since I don’t have more material. If you’ve already read my posts, you can also check the MacGyverOnline forum for more BtS photos, promo material and info about the Unaired Pilot.)

Looking Back at Season Zero (VII) – The Storyboard Part 3

Every time I dig through my stash of MacGyver-Reboot-related folders, I stumble over material about the Unaired MacGyver Reboot Pilot, filmed in Spring 2016. I’m trying to put all the necessary information together for interested readers – especially since many of you accidentally landed on my blog after looking for information about it by using search engines.

If you missed previous posts about the Unaired Pilot, here’s a quick overview:

 

(Note: If there’s no link to the material I’m writing about, that means either the social media account has been set to private or been disabled or that the material has been deleted.)

 

Recap of the latest Unaired Pilot Storyboard Post
A storyboard is a graphic representation of how film material will unfold, shot by shot. It’s made up of a number of squares with illustrations representing each shot. Think of it as sort of a comic book version of a script.

The storyboard for the Unaired Pilot was created by Storyboard Artist Aaron Sowd. In the excerpt from scene 49, we got to see MacGyver escaping from duct tape bindings and hunting down the bad guys (Redwood and Keith).

While Redwood falls over the edge after being stunned by a MacGyverism, Mac runs to the escalator to catch up with Keith.

Unaired Pilot Storyboard (via Aaron Sowd)

If you think this scene looks familiar, then that’s probably because you might have seen it in the Teaser Trailer for the Unaired Pilot.

The Escalator
MacGyver slides down “between” the two escalators that are standing still since they’re not in use anymore. I’m not sure what location the villain’s dungeon was supposed to be in the original script or the storyboard, but the scene was filmed in the empty Hawthorne Plaza Shopping Mall.

(Fun Fact: Justin Hires filmed at the same location for the Pilot Episode of “Rush Hour”, another CBS show that was cancelled after their initial run of 13 episodes.)

Unaired Pilot Storyboard (via Aaron Sowd)

Aaron Sowd envisioned to show MacGyver sliding down from different perspectives. In the Teaser Trailer, we see it only from one direction, with Mac rolling over at the bottom after gaining a lot of speed. Note that in the Trailer, he’s holding unto a pipe which he isn’t holding (yet) in the storyboard.

Screenshot of Lucas Till in the Unaired Pilot Teaser Trailer

After the slide shot, the storyboard cuts to Keith running towards his car with Mac running after him. Mac then stops and hunkers down, being in pain (I’m not sure why since I don’t have the full storyboard).

Unaired Pilot Storyboard (via Aaron Sowd)

Mac did take a beating before, so maybe he’s holding his ribs. So he notices he still has the vial in his pocket. Perfect opportunity for another MacGyverism!

According to the storyboard, the vial contains red mercury. Wikipedia says:

Red mercury is a substance of uncertain composition purportedly used in the creation of nuclear bombs, as well as a variety of unrelated weapons systems. It is considered a hoax and the existence of such a substance has not been documented. Samples of “red mercury” obtained from arrested would-be terrorists invariably consisted of nothing more than various red dyes or powders. It has been suggested these may have been sold as part of a campaign intended to flush out potential nuclear smugglers.

When Mac looks at the vial, we can see pipes in the background.

Unaired Pilot Storyboard (via Aaron Sowd)

Bow and Arrow
As Aaron Sowd notes, the following shots could be a series of quick cuts in montage style or being intercut with Keith fleeing to heighten the tension.

They can’t keep Keith running several minutes so MacGyver has enough time to build his new MacGyverism – either Keith’s car would have to be very far away, Keith is the slowest runner ever or MacGyver builds his MacGyverism within 20 seconds.

Unaired Pilot Storyboard (via Aaron Sowd)

I’m assuming in the finished version it was the latter and I’m pretty curious how this scene turned out on screen. They might have used a split-screen-technique similar to the one they used very often in the first Season of the Reboot.

So MacGyver takes one of the PVC pipes; wrapping the wire around it on one end. Then he bends the pipe so he can wrap the other end of the wire around the other end of the pipe; building a bow.

Unaired Pilot Storyboard (via Aaron Sowd)

Then we see a close-up of MacGyver picking up a smaller pipe to build an arrow.

Sadly, the vial doesn’t fit into or onto the smaller pipe. Mac is not amused.

Unaired Pilot Storyboard (via Aaron Sowd)

In fact, he’s very frustrated – until he remembers the duct tape bindings and the pieces of duct tape that he had taped onto his leg earlier for whatever reason (knowing MacGyver, maybe to avoid littering) after he had freed himself.

Unaired Pilot Storyboard (via Aaron Sowd)

So he duct tapes the vial on top of the smaller pipe and there goes the red mercury tip for his arrow.

Aimed to shoot
So bow and arrow ready, Mac draws the bow, ready to shoot – hopefully, Keith hasn’t fleed the building yet. I like Aaron noting “heroic shot” on the last drawing; a bit like a modern Robin Hood.

Unaired Pilot Storyboard (via Aaron Sowd)

Interestingly, in the Trailer, we see (a slightly bloody-faced) Lucas Till only very briefly in the heroic shot.

Then the camera switches to show him in profile when he lets go of the arrow.

Screenshot of Lucas Till in the Unaired Pilot Teaser Trailer

As you can see, Mac aims high. You’ll soon find out why – in my next blog post.

 

(More Storyboard Info coming soon. You can also check the MacGyverOnline forum for more BtS photos, promo material and info about the Unaired Pilot.)

Looking Back at Season Zero (VI) – The Storyboard Part 2

Every time I dig through my stash of MacGyver-Reboot-related folders, I stumble over material about the Unaired MacGyver Reboot Pilot, filmed in Spring 2016. I’m trying to put all the necessary information together for interested readers – especially since many of you accidentally landed on my blog after looking for information about it by using search engines.

If you missed previous posts about the Unaired Pilot, here’s a quick overview:

 

Unaired Pilot Storyboard (via Aaron Sowd)

(Note: If there’s no link to the material I’m writing about, that means either the social media account has been set to private or been disabled or that the material has been deleted.)

 

Recap of the latest Unaired Pilot Storyboard Post
A storyboard is a graphic representation of how film material will unfold, shot by shot. It’s made up of a number of squares with illustrations representing each shot. Think of it as sort of a comic book version of a script.

The storyboard for the Unaired Pilot was created by Storyboard Artist Aaron Sowd. In the excerpt from scenes 31-33, we got to see MacGyver scouting the Kresson building.

Mac gets caught
The next Storyboard scene available is No. 49. A lot must have happened in between, because we get to see MacGyver (Lucas Till) tied to a chair and being unconscious. Apparently, he got caught, and Lincoln (George Eads) is nowhere to be seen.

Unaired Pilot Storyboard (via Aaron Sowd)

While Mac comes to and tries to escape the duct tape bindings, some chemist named “Jaws” is working in the same room. According to archived cast lists, Jaws was played by Torrey Vogel, who has a lot of stunt credits.

Since Jaws is occupied with his vials, Mac tries to cut the bindings by snapping off a clamp on the pipe between the chair and the duct-taped wrists. As you can see, Aaron Sowd sketched the same scene twice, but with a different focus.

Unaired Pilot Storyboard (via Aaron Sowd)

Between his attempts of getting rid of the bindings, Mac gets punched and pistol-whipped by a bad guy named “Redwood”. Judging by the Storyboard notes, it looks like we didn’t get to meet Redwood earlier, but he might be important later.

Unaired Pilot Storyboard (via Aaron Sowd)

Later, some guy labelled “Kieth” (must be a spelling error) comes in, carrying a high tech cooler containing two cannisters. Without having read the script or seen the Unaired Pilot, we can assume that this is bad stuff inside those cannisters; probably a bio-weapon like in the rebooted Pilot (Episode 1×01: The Rising).

In the Storyboard, we see Jaws opening the cooler and taking out a small vial from one of the cannisters.

Unaired Pilot Storyboard (via Aaron Sowd)

While these scenes look like they’re set in a sterile-white lab room in the Kresson building, it wasn’t as squeaky clean in the Unaired Pilot. We actually have a set photo by John Mott that reveals this scene happens in some dark underground lab that is much more fitting for a bad guys lair.

Secret Lab; built on Location (via John Mott)

The Explosion
Of course, Mac finally manages to escape his bindings (once the bad guys have done their talking and “interrogating”. Here’s how it goes.

Unaired Pilot Storyboard (via Aaron Sowd)

He noticed earlier that the pipe behind him very conveniently follows along the ceiling and over the lab table. Also, the pipe is dripping and ends directly over some kind of powder that will go boom when mixed with water. So by rocking back and forward on his chair, he can move the pipe he’s tied to and get it to drip more water.

Unaired Pilot Storyboard (via Aaron Sowd)

All Mac has to do is to wait until the water drops onto the powder underneath so he can rip his bindings when the bad guys are distracted by the explosion. As you can see, Aaron Sowd suggests to show the fall of the waterdrops in slow-motion.

Unaired Pilot Storyboard (via Aaron Sowd)

The “big explosion of light” knocks Jaws out. After ripping the tape, Mac slaps the ripped tape from his wrists onto his leg, grabs the vial and puts it in his shirt pocket as he runs to the escalator.

The Fight
Of course, MacGyver just getting away would have been too easy. So he gets stopped by Redwood, and there is a fight scene with Mac getting kicked around from different angles. Whump galore!

Unaired Pilot Storyboard (via Aaron Sowd)

Mac gets kicked again and barrel-rolls into a wall of graffiti; knocking over a pile of spray paint cans and finding other things he can use for his next MacGyverism.

Unaired Pilot Storyboard (via Aaron Sowd)

He grabs one of the paint cans and a nail. As Redwood drags him away, Mac inserts the nail into the can, throwing it ahead like a grenade.

Unaired Pilot Storyboard (via Aaron Sowd)

The camera follows the arc of the can in a close up. The paint can explodes in front of Redwood, and he stumbles and falls backwards. Too bad that they weren’t on the ground floor.

Unaired Pilot Storyboard (via Aaron Sowd)

While Redwood falls over the edge, Mac runs to the escalator. So I guess Byebye Redwood, at least for now (because baddies always show up twice, right?).

Unaired Pilot Storyboard (via Aaron Sowd)

 

(More Storyboard Info coming soon. You can also check the MacGyverOnline forum for more BtS photos, promo material and info about the Unaired Pilot.)

Looking Back at Season Zero (V) – The Storyboard Part 1

Every time I dig through my stash of MacGyver-Reboot-related folders, I stumble over material about the Unaired MacGyver Reboot Pilot, filmed in Spring 2016. I’m trying to put all the necessary information together for interested readers – especially since many of you accidentally landed on my blog after looking for information about it by using search engines.

If you missed previous posts about the Unaired Pilot, here’s a quick overview:

 

Unaired Pilot Storyboard (via Aaron Sowd)

(Note: If there’s no link to the material I’m writing about, that means either the social media account has been set to private or been disabled or that the material has been deleted.)

 

What’s a Storyboard?
First, a short introduction into storyboards with the help of this nice article by Vyond. In short, a storyboard is a graphic representation of how your film material will unfold, shot by shot. It’s made up of a number of squares with illustrations or pictures representing each shot, with notes about what’s going on in the scene and what’s being said in the script during that shot. Think of it as sort of a comic book version of a script.

Unaired Pilot Storyboard (via Aaron Sowd)

Storyboarding helps directors, producers and cinematographers to visualize the scenes and find potential problems before they occur. It might have an influence on location scouting and budget planning.

According to Wikipedia, the form of the storyboarding process used today was developed at Walt Disney Productions during the early 1930s.

The Unaired Pilot Storyboard
So far, I haven’t been able to find the Unaired MacGyver Pilot Script. (If you have it, feel free to share it with me *lol*.) But the available excerpts of the storyboard, along with the Teaser Trailer, should give us some pointers about the storyline.

The storyboard for the Unaired Pilot was created by Storyboard Artist Aaron Sowd. He made storyboards for movie projects like “Point Break” (2015) or “Fantastic Four” (2015) and for TV shows like “Fear the Walking Dead” (19 episodes so far), “Zoo” (1 episode) or “Scorpion” (1 episode).

Official Still of the Unaired Pilot (Ron P. Jaffe/CBS)

The Unaired Pilot Storyboard – The Kresson Building
In the excerpt from scenes 31-33, we see MacGyver (Lucas Till) enter the Kresson building. Apparently, Aaron already knew they would be filming in the empty office building on 5551 East Katella Blvd in Cypress (California) since he used photos of the real location in his storyboard. He also added additional information to the drawings, e.g. WS (for “Wide Shot” – if you’re interested in Storyboard Shorthand, you can find a PDF document here.)

The entry hall can be seen in the Unaired Pilot Teaser Trailer and also in one of the three Official Stills with Lucas Till. According to Jeremy Schonwald, it used to be a toy company’s headquarters and is mainly used as a filming location now.

BtS photo of the Unaired MacGyver Pilot 2016 (via Jeremy Schonwald)

They put a “K” symbolizing the company’s logo onto the atrium floor. If you’re interested in this location (it’s a pretty impressive entry hall), you can find 171 pictures of the interior, including offices and bathrooms (and find the contact address to rent the property) here.

MacGyver entering the Kresson building (Screenshot of the Unaired Pilot Teaser Trailer)

The Unaired Pilot Storyboard – Meeting Niles
Inside Kresson, Mac checks in to meet with Niles Cardon. We don’t have much information about Niles – but looking through the available excerpts of the storyboard, he seems to turn out as a bad guy. According to archived cast lists, Niles was played by Sunil Malhotra.

Unaired Pilot Storyboard (via Aaron Sowd)

Niles shows MacGyver his workplace while Mac secretly checks out the security protocol and the position of the cameras – probably to come back for another, not-so-friendly visit. Again, Aaron uses Storyboard Shorthand for more information (CU: Close-Up, OTS: Over the shoulder),

Unaired Pilot Storyboard (via Aaron Sowd)

As you can see, Aaron often creates the same scene twice because usually, scenes of people walking and talking are filmed several times, using different camera positions and therefore different lighting. The storyboard also helps to plan about camera positions and distances in advance.

Unaired Pilot Storyboard (via Aaron Sowd)

If the camera is positioned behind an actor, this means different use of lighting and the help of a Photo Double (additionally to the Stand-In), so it’s good to add it into the storyboard.

Mac noticing the office supplies might be important for a later scene, so with the help of the storyboard, the director can already plan how she/he wants to highlight the items (e.g. first being blurry before getting into focus, zooming out or zooming in).

Unaired Pilot Storyboard (via Aaron Sowd)

In the Teaser Trailer, we can see MacGyver and Lincoln (George Eads) lift prints off Niles’ business card to open a secure area door. So it’s possible that during the first visit, Mac mentally filed away what he could need for entering that room with Lincoln on another day. It’s most likely the camera focused on the items during Mac’s first visit long enough so that the audience would have been able to recognize the items later; imagining in advance what Mac might use them for.

MacGyver preparing to take fingerprints (Screenshot of the Unaired Pilot Teaser Trailer)

While some storyboard artists work with color as well, Aaron uses black and white, but highlights items or people in grey. This scene probably revealse the door to the room MacGyver wants to enter on his own.

Unaired Pilot Storyboard (via Aaron Sowd)

 

(More Storyboard Info coming soon. You can also check the MacGyverOnline forum for more BtS photos, promo material and info about the Unaired Pilot.)