Each episode begins with a signature opening that posits a quote foreshadowing the fairytale or folk story on which it is based. The Good Soldier's: "An eye for eye, a tooth for a tooth, a hand for a hand, foot for a foot" - a direct reference to the episode's retributive justice or mirror punishment thematic.
New York-based Rashaad Ernesto Green made an indie film splash in 2011 with his first feature film Gun Hill Road, a film that tackled a trans-gender youth's search for identity clashing against the machista personality of his street-wise father, an ex-con. The film was well-received and garnered critical acclaim. (Coincidently, Detective Burkhardt increasingly finds his responsibilities as a detective at odds with his new responsibilities as a Grimm on the series.)
Rashaad landed the opportunity to direct an episode of Grimm after participating in NBC's directing fellowship program, where both he - and his film - caught the eye of executive producer Norberto Barba (a Bronx-born Latino), and was allowed to "shadow" three series directors, including Barba himself. Later Barba personally tendered a recommendation on Rashaad's behalf, leading to him being hired. He subsequently spent 7 weeks in Portland, Oregon (where the series is filmed) prepping his episode, followed by a "hectic but memorable 8-days of principal photography."
Part of his goal, Rashaad contends, was to elevate what was already in the script, as well as inform and enhance it visually. He also notes that he got very lucky as a first-time TV helmer and got his main casting recommendations, including the character for the episode's principal guest star: Emily Rios. In regard to working in the show's genre, Rashaad beams that he would not hesitate to do another mystery- or horror-grounded project again in the future, the director in him adding:
"But regardless of the genre, the story requires that you craft performances that are based in truth, especially on something like this since it has elements of the supernatural, so the rest of it has to feel real in order for you to buy it and go for the ride with the characters. And the genre provided that challenge."
A challenge we think our readers will agree was adequately met by this talented, emerging director, whose work we can expect to keep gracing our media devices, both large and small.
Part of the show's charm is waiting to see which creature from folklore, mythology, or fable will rear its ugly head(s) and throw a monkey wrench into the mechanizations of modern society, and old-fashioned detective work. So LATIN HORROR isn't going to spoil it here. Sorry fan-boys and girls, you'll just have to tune in to meet this week's Cuco or Kraken.
Needless to say...
"There will be SANGRE!"
Writer/director Darnelle Martin (I Like It Like That / Cadillac Records) has helmed three episodes of GRIMM.
It was revealed at Comic Con that actual descendants of the Brothers Grimm reside in Portland (the series' shooting location). The producers were unaware of this fact.
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