Had some people swing by the office today including all-year-round-shorts-sporting director Martin Wood who came in to talk scifi lit (note his enthusiastic response to our latest script), fellow anime-fan Krista McLean (hiding behind the blond lock) who borrowed China Mieville’s Perdido Street Station from my bookshelf, and playback artist Julie Oya who decided to come back from New York after all (holding the coffee). I took a stroll through the art department and checked in with finger-pointing supervising art director extraordinaire Tom Wells, and our production designer, James Robbins, who was more than happy to show off some of the nifty weapons he designed for Missing. Enroute, also got some snaps of Todd Masters and Nicholas Podbrey of Masters FX. Finally, I went by set and snapped shots of script coordinator Alex Levine and post coordinator Kerri McDowall working it for the camera, Doppelganger director Robert Cooper and DOP Jim Menard hard at work, a actor David “Dr. Zelenka” Nykel kicking back in his off-set leisure wear.
Let’s check the mailbag…
Arctic Goddess writes: “You never mentioned Joe Flanigan or Rachel Luttrell at the cast dinner. Were they away for some reason? How do you feel about beef jerky? Love it or hate it?”
Answer: Joe and Rachel were both there. As for jerky, there’s a place on Fraiser where we picked up the greatest spicy beef and pork jerky.
Aaron Weinburg writes: “WTF? Yeah, that’s right, the firm. I’m a lawyer, I work at a firm.”
Answer: Right, I’d made that assumption. I was simply wondering what firm and what kind of work you’re alluding to.
Anne S. writes: “Is there a way to present stories for Atlantis without an agent, or is the show even accepting unsolicited stories?”
Answer: Sorry, Anne. We’re all staffed up for this season.
Iamza writes: “May I take this to mean that the wraith will also be making more of an appearance in season 4? Also, are there more stories in the works about the Athosians?”
Answer: Yes on both counts.
Nichole writes: “Do you think spending 2-3 days of my British Columbia trip in Vancouver would be worth it-the rest are in Whistler?”
Answer: Absolutely. Lots to see and do – and eat – in the city.
Dem writes: “Do Sam and Cam have a romantic/physical attraction to one another?”
Answer: I haven’t seen it but who knows what Rob and Brad have in store for the cast.
Kliggs writes: “Would you be a judge on Iron Chef America if asked.’
Answer: Sure. Hook me up.
JohnManzione writes: “Are there plans to continue SG1 past the two movies? Would it be possible to produce 3 movies a year? On Atlantis for S4, are there any plans to have Daniel, Vala, and Mitchell as guest stars?”
Answer: The SG-1 franchise will continue as long as it has fans to support it. If the first two movies sell well enough, it would guarantee many more movies to come. As for SG-1 cast members putting in an appearance or two on Atlantis – it’s very possible. It’s a small universe after all.
CatBoy AKA Charles writes : “That pear tart looks incredible. Is that a gooseberry on top?”
Answer: Not sure. It’s either a gooseberry or a ground cherry – neither of which I will eat.
Nathaniel writes: “What are your thoughts on Churrasco (or Rodizio) resturants?”
Answer: Are those the restaurants where the waiters walk around with skewers of meat and carve them at your table? If so, I like the concept but the restaurant we have in Vancouver isn’t all that good.
Anonymous #1 writes: “Is Adrift and Lifeline a two-parter like Lost City (one episode) or like Progeny and The Real World (two single episodes)?”
Answer: More the latter. There will, however, be several like story elements that will run through a number of episodes in the show’s fourth season.
Anonymous #2 writes: “Have you ever read any of Steven Erikson’s series Malazan Empire tale of the fallen?”
Answer: Nope. Just finished The Terror though and am about to start on Spin by Robert Charles Wilson. Martin Wood was just in my office today recommending a bunch of books including Greg Bear’s The Infinity Concerto and The Wind from a Burning Woman, and the Chung Kuo series.
Akbar Fazil writes: “I have to be in Vancouver in a couple weeks and need to be as close to the Vancouver Convention Centre (easy walk is needed) as possible. Any good hotel recommendations?”
Answer: I would recommend either Fairmont Waterfront or the Pan Pacific.