MR. MONK, PRIVATE EYE
by Kristofer Kolpek (Key Set Production Assistant)
This is my first season on Monk. Much like a freshman entering a new high school, I took in as much as possible to fit in with the crew that had been around for several seasons. It has been a great experience so far and an entertaining one as well.
What you don't get to see as a viewer are the personalities that all work on Monk. How are they any different than any other television crew?
Well, to put it one way they can be a bit "Monk-ish." Every now and then one will exhibit a Monkism, a quirk that is just a bit too much to be considered a quirk. The funny thing is, they all call each other on it.
"Private Eye" was one of the more involved and exciting episodes to work on this season from a crew point of view. We spent a few days on boats near the docks south of Los Angeles. Watching 75 people all cram onto 3 boats, a barge, and a hand full of jet skis is quite a sight.
In addition to our normal cast and crew, we also worked with several water safety coordinators in keeping a safe and productive shooting environment. And only one person fell in the water the entire time (except for Tony and his stunt double)!
The excitement of the shoot really came during the scenes where Monk is being chased around the speedboat. As the speedboat flew through the water, all eyes were on the situation completely tuned into what was happening. At the same time, the barge, with a large compliment of crew and a camera crane, was running alongside filming the scene. The coordination that was needed for this to all fit together fell through and a great product was the outcome.
That was just one of the rewarding experiences to have been involved with on Monk. I consider ... hold on ... I have to go straighten out ... something isn't right here...