Before diving into the Behind the Scenes for this season, I just wanted to make mention that now there is an audio version of this post now. With the show being designed with an audio first mentality and these Behind the Scenes getting longer, I thought recording myself reading the post would be helpful. If you would like to listen, the episode is right in the feed. I hope you enjoy!
It’s been a long season with you, the fans. And I’ll tell you all about it when the season comes to an end…
Which would be right now!
Welcome to the Behind the Scenes1 for Chapter Select Season 4 – The Fast & The Furious. Our longest season to date gave us the opportunity to explore the evolution, design, and legacy of an entirely new form of media for the show. And with the seasonal pivot to film, new creative challenges revved up during our production.
Why movies? So we could play more games! We explained it in the Season 4 trailer; we wanted to tackle an ambitious Season 5 with Resident Evil. Instead of drowning in a ton of games, we took the opportunity to explore films, which have a far lower time commitment to consume.
The decision wasn’t all time focused. I have wanted Logan to watch the Fast films for years now. They are movies I knew would be in his wheelhouse. Having a fresh perspective on movies that I have seen countless times was just as exciting as waiting for Logan to finally witness iconic moments like dragging a safe through the city or a real deal street fight.
The challenge for us was shifting to a new subject matter. Logan and I almost exclusively podcast about video games. We have for almost eight years. Of course we talk about anything and everything under the sun off the microphone, but rarely have we discussed films on air.
Now Chapter Select‘s signature bouncing back and forth format was directly inspired by James Bonding, a podcast that did just that for James Bond. The format is quite adaptable to film—really any media. What we needed to discover was how would our personal dynamic play out on a show about movies?
It was fun to stretch these critical analysis muscles for film. Logan and I even watched a couple movies together, chatting along the way. We haven’t really played a game together yet for the show (although Resident Evil presents an opportunity for some co-op). The season from start to finish was a success. It was a blast! I wager we will return to Hollywood someday, but until then, it is time for a deep, rich dive behind the scenes of this season’s production.
The thrilling finale of CS: The Fast Saga has arrived. Max Roberts and Logan Moore are at the end of their podcasting road trip through the Fast & Furious films. Does a never-before-mentioned brother help or hinder this blockbuster series?
Max & Logan Present: A podcast about Hobbs & Shaw. Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham step out of the shadows and into the headlining spotlight. Do spin-offs belong in the Fast Franchise or have the executives spun out for the last time?
The F8 of the Furious Family is on thin ice. New dad Max Roberts and zombie car driver Logan Moore go rogue to figure out if blood is thicker than water. Does the Fast & Furious billion dollar follow-up sink or swim?
You thought this was going to be a street podcast? Max Roberts, Logan Moore, and Chapter Select alum Ricky Frech see if cars can fly and if hearts can soar in the biggest Fast & Furious film to date. Does Universal’s formula for family fizzle out or can the crew continue to top themselves?
Let’s go back to 2006…or are we in 2014? The gaijin Max Roberts and Logan Moore are joined by Yakuza member Michael Ruiz to examine how small stakes feel in a post-Fast & Furious 6 world. Has the Tokyo crew drifted into our hearts or are they better off forgotten?
Listen up! We’re heading to London baby! Max Roberts, Logan Moore, and wrestling move expert Mario Rivera hit the street to find out if ghosts are real as the Fast Family goes out to save one of their own. Does Justin Lin land the finale of his trilogy or does he run out of runway?
It is time to assemble the team. Two precision podcasters – Max Roberts and Logan Moore – don’t crack under the pressure of discussing this transformative film. Can the Fast Family pull off the greatest heist of all and become a billion dollar franchise?
New episode. Original Hosts. It is 2009 and The Fast and the Furious franchise hits the reboot button and shoots for the action-packed stars. Max Roberts and Logan Moore take a trip to Mexico to figure out how the series went from street racers to superheroes.
Chapter Select Season 4 will be The Fast and the Furious. Logan has never been a part of the Fast Family, while Max has been riding with the crew since the Miami days. Grab a Corona, order up a tuna fish sandwich, and buckle up as we explore this legendary series.
Watching these movies with Logan has been something I’ve wanted to do for years. When I began working on what would become Chapter Select, I knew I wanted other forms of media to be explored. Movies were an obvious realm to explore—they were even apart of the concept art for the show. Tackling Fast & Furious now is also allowing us to produce a bigger and better Season 5 focusing on Resident Evil.
The art for this season felt like the opposite of last season. The idea came to me early on in the concept stage. Hot Wheels and Fast & Furious are a match made in marketing heaven. The only barrier was the cost, but that wall fell down fairly quickly when I realized how much I loved the idea. I’ll definitely be sharing the behind-the-scenes for the whole creative process in this season’s Looking Back post at the end.
Everyone buckle up for Season 4: The Fast and the Furious! The first episode will be launching next Wednesday – August 24, 2022 – with new episodes following in a fortnightly manner. Subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts!
I have no idea how in the past decade I never knew that the iconic vault heist in Fast Five was actually shot with practical effects and stunts. I just rewatched all the Fast & Furious movies before F9 later this month, and Fast Five is still a masterpiece. It elevates what Fast & Furious could be and propelled it to the must-see, billion dollar grossing blockbuster series it is today. The heist here has always been one of my absolute favorites in film and now I love it even more. Holy cow, this stuff is wild.
When I rewatched Fast Five, I did notice/feel like a significant chunk of the stunts were actually more practical than I initially had expected, but not the vault heist. This exploration of how they actually pulled it off though helps explain why it works so well on screen though! If you can do it for real, I say go for it. That’s real movie magic.