In the Variety Streaming Room, hosted by Senior Artisans Editor Jazz Tangcay, industry creatives gathered virtually for the Bringing the Universe to Life panel.

The panelists, including “Cobra Kai” casting directors Alexis Koczara and Christine Shevchenko, “For All Mankind” costume designer Jill Ohanneson, “S.W.A.T.” stunt coordinator Austen Brewer, “The Boys” stunt coordinator Tig Fong and “Them” department head for makeup Howard Berger, discussed the unique ways in which they help bring a script to life.

“The reason why the script is so important, even without descriptors of the fights, is because you need to read it from front to back to understand the story,” Fong said. “From that, as the coordinator, you can then suggest what action continues that story in a non-verbal dialogue.”

Berger emphasized the importance of scripts in describing the aesthetics of the characters in “Them,” both mortal and paranormal.

“The scripts play everything for me,” Berger said. They tell me what our main characters, our human characters, will look like and then what our supernatural characters might look like and how all that world works together.”

Koczara and Shevchenko said that while casting “Cobra Kai,” they had to consider the campiness of the 1984 film “The Karate Kid” as well as the dark grittiness of its modern counterpart.

“We had to find kids that could strike that balance and sort of also go toe to toe with Ralph (Macchio) and Billy (Zabka),” Koczara said.

Shevchenko added, “When you watch the show, we want you to believe this is a kid in your local dojo or in your local school. So it was really important for us to find kids that could just be super grounded, super real, super engaging, like the original.”

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