Well, we’re only days away from the hiatus and everyone is shifting into holiday mode. Everyone, that is, except for the writers. Hiatus for us amounts to little more than a change in venue. Instead of writing at the office, we’ll be writing at home. Now truth be told, we could have some time off, but that would be wholly dependent on how much work we get done before week’s end. And, in my case, it’s in the ballpark of, oh, not-so-much. I’ve always felt that when it comes to scriptwriting, getting started and writing the first three acts and a half are the hardest part. By the time you’re partway through that fourth act, the script practically writes itself. Alas, I’m still a long way off as I struggle over the proper turn of phrase that will allow me my seamlessly segue from Keller’s comment on Teyla to McKay’s reaction to McKay tracking down Teyla in the mess for their conversation. Seriously. How hard can that be? Well, plenty hard when you keep being distracted by Carl Binder and his seemingly endless outlines for his Midway episode. What are we up to now? Eleven? “This was great!”Marty G. congratulated him after reading his latest pass. “I feel you’re only two outlines from going to script!” In the end, we signed off on both Carl and Alan’s outlines and, to ensure that Martin have something to work on/have a miserable hiatus as well, we started discussing his secret episode – let’s call it Foxy Loxy with Floppy Socksies. Now I realize that, on the surface, this may seem like a ridiculous joke title designed to send fans off on a frustratingly fruitless search for hidden meaning, but the question I posit is: “Is it?” Yeah, probably. Or is it? Again, yeah. BUT – you never know!
The movies are wrapped and as Brad heads anxiously awaits Martin Wood’s director’s cut of Continuum, Rob has finished up his producer edits of The Ark of Truth. Regarding the latter, I predict fans will be exceptionally pleased with the scope of the movie that will tie up some outstanding loose ends. Kudos to Rob Cooper on the writing/directing/producing trifecta. Now if he could only learn to compose his own music and edit, he could produce the next movie from the relative comfort of his own basement. And to all you Boston Legal fans out there, check out Assistant D.A. Frank Ginsberg’s turn (aka Currie Graham to friends and family) as one of the many thorns in our heroes’ side in this memorable intergalactic outing. Apparently, he and Tim Guinee (Tomin) are good friends and had a great time working together. As for Continuum – well, the dailies looked great and we look forward to seeing something soon.
Today’s pics: Marty G. shows off his mad arcade skills, then weighs in on playback, James Robbins on his coffee break, the last day on Continuum.
Mailbag will return tomorrow. Apolgoies. My day job is putting a crimp in my blog time.