I’m usually not one to check out DVD commentaries because I find them not all that interesting and, quite frankly, a little depressing. Still, with ten minutes to kill in my cardio work-out sometime last year, I decided to check out the commentary on an episode of a terrific HBO series I was watching on DVD. I found it both interesting and a little depressing. The commentary was being done by two of the series leads. As the credits flashed by, one of the actors commented on the fact that he had been nominated for an Emmy award. His co-commentator noted that the show had also received a nomination in another category – which the first actor jokingly dismissed as “one of those awards nobody cares about”. Well, nobody cares about except the people who actually worked really hard to design or build or dress or light those sets, or design and create those costumes, or edit that scene to make said actor look that much better.
All too often, the people in front of the camera receive all the accolades while the people behind it are generally ignored. So I’d like to dedicate this blog to the unsung heroes who work really hard behind the scenes of both Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis. And specifically, in today’s entry, I’d like to make special mention of our Art Department who did a spectacular job on the wraith set at Norco. A big thanks to Production Designer James Robbins, Supervising Art Director Tom Wells, and the rest of the gang – Scott, Melanie, Mira, Dona, Boyd, Keri-Lynn, and Jennifer. Also a big thanks to director Will Warring and Director of Photography Michael Blundell for doing such a masterful job of shooting and lighting that remarkable set. Great job, everyone! Now get back to work so we can do it all over again next week.
I visited not one but two sets today – The Ark of Truth and Reunion – so I snapped plenty o’ pics: Our fearless leader Brad Wright takes the captain’s chair, Ivon Bartok shooting footage for a behind-the-scenes feature on the first movie, Ben Browder feigns polite interest as director Robert Cooper tells him what’s what, director Will Warring hides behind his invisible book, shots of the wraith set, the ultra-talented Michael Blundell, my new office chair, Brad’s WGC show runner of the year award, and David Hewlett carbing up before his big scene.
No mailbag today as Fondy, Martin and I are heading out to check out the new restaurant on the block: Chow’s. Will report back with pics. You know I will.