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Happy Holidays !!

Wishing our readers all over the world a great time with their families and friends and a Happy “Whatever-you-are-celebrating” !!

From Germany: Frohe Weihnachten und einen Guten Rutsch !!

NCISLAFamilia Christmas Card Exchange

Inspired by a lovely card I got in the mail today – in fact the joy and happiness the gesture brought to me – I had this idea…

Let’s have a NCISLAFamilia Christmas Card Exchange this year !!

Here’s how it works:
– Send your mailing address (international format… means: add your country !! not every fan is from the US and sometimes it’s hard to tell where ppl are from by the address…) to me ( by December 11th (which is today – so enter quickly !! 🙂. Use subject “NCISLAFamilia Christmas Card Exchange” so I can find it in my inbox easily…
– On December 12th I will send everyone who sent his/her address to me ONE address from another NCISLAFamilia member.
– Send this one person a Christmas (or Winter… or every other Holiday you celebrate around this time of the year) Card.
– Wait for your Christmas Card to arrive.
– Have ‘Happy Holidays’ !!

Please note: Only send your mailing address when you’re really willing to send out a card on your own. This idea only works if everyone who wants to receive a card sends one out as well !!

Your mailing address/real name will only be send to one person from this list and not be used for any other purposes !!

Looking forward to spreading some joy and happiness to NCISLAFamilia around the world !! 🙂

EDIT 12/7: If you send me an email address only you WILL receive an eCard !! The joy of opening a “real written printed out-of-paper” card will pass you though. 😉

Edit 12/8: Please pay attention that the address you send me has the correct paragrahs set… not all participants are from ‘your country’ and know where to divide name/adress/street/country… Thanks !! 🙂

Jonathan Frakes about directing NCIS Los Angeles



Having directed a variety of shows since your Trek days, what kind of research and preparation goes into directing an episode of a well-established TV show? Is it ever like cramming for a test, depending on your familiarity with a given series?

You do have to cram. For instance, NCIS: Los Angeles, you’re hired to do an episode of that show. And that show looks a certain way and it’s shot a certain way. You cannot go in there and reinvent the wheel. The actors know their characters. The crew, we’re when in those standing sets, like the conference room or Hetty’s office or the bullpen, the actors go to their spot. We put the camera in a certain spot. Just like shooting the bridge of the Enterprise.

What I also do during prep is watch the episodes that have taken place between the last time that I was there and the time I’m shooting, so I know what’s going on in the story. But your responsibility is to shoot their show. Same is true on Castle. There are three sizes of close-ups that you must get during the interrogation of Castle and Beckett. If you don’t do it, you’re just an asshole and you’re not making the show properly and you won’t be asked back. It’s keeping the train on the tracks, staying focused on the moment-to-moment, telling the story clearly. These shows that are successful and have been on the air for years do not want to be reinvented.

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