Was it difficult from a production standpoint to keep track of what's essentially two parallel universes?
Kyle Killen: That absolutely was one of the trickier elements of getting started. We found that we would get confused when discussing what someone was pitching or talking about.
One world is the green world. That's the world in which he has his son and his partner is Bird and his therapist is Dr. Evans and that matches his green rubber band. When we are talking about it we write in green marker and we use green notecards. The other world, the one with his wife and Vega is his partner and Dr. Lee, that's always red. Our outlines are written in green and red ink. Anything to make it crystal clear.
That is reflected in the final product with the way that the show itself is shot and color timed. The two worlds have a different feel. David Slade, our pilot director developed that language for separating [them]. So the things that are initially confusing to us when we are just trying to break story, I think by the time they reach an audience, so much attention has been paid to how to make it clear where you are that all of the little tricks that we needed sort of go away. Hopefully, when you see it on the screen, you are pretty instantly oriented as to which world you are in.
The burning question on a lot of people's minds as they decide whether or not to tune in is undoubtedly if we're going to get a concrete answer as to which one of these universes is real.
Kyle Killen: It's an inherent question at all times. There are people and events that take place in the show, on a weekly basis, [that] seem to reflect on the nature of what is real and what is manufactured. Sometimes those questions are important to the case that [Michael] is on or understanding his own story as he looks back at the events that happened to him that caused the situation that got him here.
But I think long term, the show isn't built around answering a single question. The show is really about a man who has decided and desperately wants to live in both of these worlds. Who refuses to acknowledge which is real and which isn't. And as you try to live two lives in parallel and you see them start to go in dramatically different directions. I think the idea is that hopefully the audience, like the character, becomes invested in not wanting to let either of those go.
Howard Gordon: Obviously, that question will ebb and flow over the course of this first season, but there is also a big question that is answered and that we drive toward at the end of this season, which is, what exactly did happen that night? That is a question that will be answered and should give people a pretty strong sense of closure.
My thanks to Kyle Killen and Howard Gordon for taking the time for this interview! Awake premieres on NBC Thursday, March 1 at 9 PM ET/PT.
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