Prolific director Steven Soderbergh is known for his proficient, hands-on approach to filmmaking. He directed all episodes of both seasons of his Cinemax period show The Knick himself and shot most of them too--and he did each of them in about 150 days, a breakneck speed for production.
“Steven doesn’t cover the same thing 19 times,” The Knick co-creator Jack Amiel tells Vulture. “He’s going to do it once and know that’ll be his first half of the scene and we’re not going to shoot it again. [For] the second half of the scene, he may shoot three or four pieces of coverage, but it’s because he’s already cut the whole scene in his head. He already knows.”