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36 C I N E M O N T A G E F E A T U R E By Stephen Semel I t was Jonah Nolan's idea. Jonah came to Kelly Calligan and me, the two post-production producers, and said he was convinced that it was only a matter of time before the coronavi- rus epidemic that had brought life to a standstill in parts of China and North- e r n I ta l y w o u l d c o m e to t h e Un i te d States, and then to Los Angeles. Jonah and HBO wanted to air all eight episodes HOW A POST-PRODUCTION TEAM OF 30 STAYED HEALTHY AND GOT 'WESTWORLD' ON THE AIR FROM HOME Outrunning COVID-19 of our third season of "Westworld" on consecutive weeks, if possible. Would we look into what it would take to finish the episodes if there was a quarantine and all of us – producers, editorial staff, post-production staff, mixers, online editors, color timer - had to work from their homes? That conversation occurred on March 4, the day before our Season 3 Premiere screening at the Chinese Theater in Hollywood, and the fancy after-party next door at Hollywood & Highland. The Premiere episode, which I edited, would air March 15th. Joe Biden had just swept Super Tuesday. Earlier that day, I had purchased tickets to see Dave Chappelle at the Hollywood Bowl on May 2. Earlier that week, we had delivered the second episode to HBO. The stock market was tanking because of the coronavirus, true; and there was some speculation P H O T O : H B O

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