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Here is serious cause for celebration on this Friday evening inside Brooklyn's famed Steiner Studios -- and not only because Winter and his cast and crew have just logged the final frames of their series' fourth season. "We actually only worked for 13 hours today … that's pretty civilized for us!" says Winter as actor Jeffrey Wright -- who joined the cast this season -- snaps a photo with his phone of a celebratory chocolate cake.
"We are all going to eat cake now and have some drinks to toast the occasion." Winter, along with his esteemed director, Emmy winner Tim Van Patten, and co-writer Howard Korder -- and the dozens of actors and crewmembers also on hand -- all have earned a round (or two) after wrapping this last day of shooting on Boardwalk's Onyx nightclub set. It's here where tricky song-and-dance routines have consumed three full days of the crew's energy.
"This year, 1924, was huge for jazz," says Winter of his Prohibition-era saga. "So we've infused a lot of performances into the storyline, which is very complicated but also a blast." Having shot at the Brooklyn studio space since the series' inception in 2010, Winter feels mixed emotions on the occasion of another season in the can. "It's daunting but also thrilling to think, ‘How can we possibly do this again next year?' " -- S.W.