ART OF THE CUT with “Chernobyl” editor, Simon Smith

Feature films tell the story in act one, act two, act three and kind of wrap it up nicely and that’s what you go for. But television is experiential. It’s not about necessarily a start, a middle, and a conclusion. It’s about experiencing something. TV is at its best when it’s experiential, and this was one of those scenes where my goal was to just make you feel like you were experiencing it.

The entire article is so, so good if you are a fan of this miniseries.

Cars of Chernobyl

“[E]very car I’ve seen on the show appears to be a genuine Soviet car or truck, and I’m pretty sure this quantity of Soviet cars has never been shown on any American series before.”

I love how much the show paid attention, and faithful to the Soviet aesthetic of every day objects.

the Debt We Owe to the Truth #ChernobylHBO

The lesson of Chernobyl is that lying and ignoring facts comes with a deadly cost and we can do it and we can keep doing it. We can keep electing reality television stars to office and we can keep believing what we want to believe and reading things on Facebook and deciding that they’re true, but we are accruing a debt to the truth and that debt comes due one way or the other.

This interview with the creator Craig Mazin is fascinating on many levels, not just the show itself. First episode alone made Chernobyl my favorite TV show of 2019.

Chernobyl Official #Trailer


On April 26, 1986, the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine, Soviet Union suffered a massive explosion that released radioactive material across Belarus, Russia and Ukraine and as far as Scandinavia and western Europe. Chernobyl dramatizes the story of the 1986 accident, one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history, and the sacrifices made to save Europe from the unimaginable disaster.

My most anticipated show of the year, over the last season of Game of Thrones.