The Talent Behind of Season 3A

Season 3A wrapped on Dec, 7.  After 4 months of hard work, Shadowhunters is done filming. Now, it is all in the capable hands of the post-production team until shootings start again in January.

But as quick as the production’s pace was, it was still slower than last year’s. By November of 2016, season 2A was already filmed as the premier would be in following January. Most episodes were done in a matter of a week. Whether that is not unheard in the television business by any means, this kind of work pace can rush away ambitious projects with such a huge cast as Shadowhunters is. That, in turn, led to a rushed timeline and episode pacing.

It is great news, then, that season 3A’s production lasted longer. More time means both the cast and the directors have a bigger range to work with. It also means a more mature text, as the writers have more freedom to re-write and adjust the scripts previously written.

As far away as March 30th is (at least it’s closer than April, 3rd), this extended hiatus will certainly translate into higher quality to the show. Just as the cast has evolved their acting chops, the writers and directors had time to get used to the material. A show isn’t just made of actors; it needs strong plotlines and a determined vision to succeed.

We already know the cast, sometimes even more than it’s strictly necessary. It’s time we also get familiar with the writers and directors that created the real magic behind the cameras. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the makers of season 3A and what they have done for the show so far.

3×01: On Infernal Ground

Written by Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer

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Directed by Matt Hastings

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3×02: The Powers That Be

Written by Peter Binswanger

Also wrote:

Directed by Peter DeLuise

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3×03: What Lies Beneath

Written by Alex Schemmer

Directed by Amanda M. Row

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3×04: Thy Soul Instructed

Written by Jamie Gorenberg

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Directed by Emile Levisetti

3×05: Stronger Than Heaven

Written by Brian Millikin

Directed by Geoff Shotz

3×06: A Window Into an Empty Room

Written by Aisha Porter-Christie

Directed by Alexis O. Korycinski

3×07: Salt in the Wound

Written by Celeste Vasquez

Directed by Joshua Butler

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3×08: A Walk into Darkness

Written by Jamie Gorenberg

Directed by Ari Sandel

3×09: Familia Ante Omnia

Written by Taylor Mallory

Also wrote:

Directed by Matt Hastings

3×10: Erchomai

Written by Bryan Q. Miller

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Directed by Jeffrey Hunt

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After a brief analysis, there are interesting conclusions to make. First, some curious patterns come to light regarding the executive producers. Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer were responsible for the finales of Seasons 2A and 2B, but it seems they preferred to open 3A this time. Matt Hastings, on the other hand, kept consistently directing every first and ninth episode of the bunch.

As for the writers, Peter Binswanger is responsible for episode 2. Looking at his body of work on the show, we can certainly expect strong relationship-focused writing. Not only has he been in the writing room the longest, Binswanger has consistently focused on the bonds between the characters. Jamie Gorenberg, on the other hand, has presented individual storylines that grab the viewers by the heart. Her body of work also includes dynamic scenes and ambitious plans. We should expect solid writing for episodes 4 and 8.

Taylor Mallory will be taking over episode 9, which is usually an action-packed moment for the season. With a complex episode such as The Fair Folk under her belt, there are no doubts we are in for a great set up for the mid-season finale. Talking about it, Bryan Q. Miller has written the best fighting-sequence of the show yet in Hail and Farewell. It seems the last episode of 3A will keep us on the edge of our seats.

As for the people literally calling the shots, Peter DeLuise will certainly enrich Binswanger’s relationship-driven writing with his personal close-ups and use of color. A Problem of Memory was a deeply emotional episode and it was DeLuise who kept the action going nonetheless. Amanda M. Row takes over episode 3. Awake, Arise, or be Forever Fallen was probably one of the most cinematic of Shadowhunters’ episodes, thanks to Row’s sharp movement of the camera and dynamic shots. We can expect more of it.

With the season 2 mid-finale in his body of work, Joshua Butler knows how to make the viewer afraid of blinking and missing something. Episode 7 will be an exciting one for sure. Lastly, season 3A’s final episode will be an interesting one. Jeffrey Hunt was responsible for a beautifully shot introspective episode with Day of Atonement. Combining that with Miller’s physically intense writing will be fun to watch. However, we know from the alpha dispute scene that Hunt is more than equipped to deliver a thrilling fighting sequence.

And all of that is just from the writers and directors we already know. New-comers have been hired for the third season of Shadowhunters. If their tweets indicate anything, they love the show just as much as we do. All of that can only mean one thing.

Season 3 will top its predecessors and the fans will be the ones getting the best of it all.

Images courtesy of @ShadowhuntersTV
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