Rejoice! For I have completed my first draft of Whispers! Finally, after three torturous weeks (one and a half of which was spent spinning my wheels on that last scene), I’m done. For now. Once the guys have had a chance to read the draft, I’m sure that’ll change. The early reviews (actually review) have been very positive. “I think it‘s great!”raves Alex Levine.
Prep continued today on Broken Ties with a 9:00 a.m. stunts meeting during which we discussed, well, stunts, squibs, and Tyre’s kick-ass sword that Evil Kenny brought in for approval. Halfway through the show and tell, 1st AD Alex Pappas snatched it up and proceeded to show off his mastery of the blade. We were all blown away – until BamBam lost the tip of his ear.
From there, we rolled into the visual effects meeting. We ran through our options with Todd Masters and Mark Savela, talked playback (I later approved a fantastic PET scan), then talked stunners, blasters, matte shots, morphs, the money shot, and the view out the window.
I let Ken handle the extras meeting so that I could work on Whispers and admire my copy of Stargate: Ark of Truth. The description in the back about the I.O. operative had me on the edge of my seat. What is the I.O. operative up to? How does the I.O. operative influence events? What is the I.O.? Are they a new, shadowy organization? An off-shoot of the I.O.A.? A misprint on the packaging? Oh.
Mark Stern and Chris Sanagustin dropped by the studio today as part of their whirlwind tour of Vancouver: upcoming productions, Stargate Atlantis, interviews, and, if they have time, the Vancouver Aquarium. We hung out on set and disrupted a couple of takes, had a nice chat about season 5, and Paul and I thanked them for their support of the show. And tonight, they’re taking us all out for dinner. I’m going to get so drunk that Mark and Chris will have to carry me home and tuck me in for the night. I’ll be sure to report on the evening’s highlights in tomorrow’s entry. Provided I remember anything.
With regard to the ongoing Smoke and Mirrors discussion –
OsirosofLight – You wrote “Reading Snow, Glass, Apples made me think. I mean really think. What if Walt Disney has been lying to us all these years..” As Gaiman pointed out, those classic fairytales have been given a makeover to make them more palatable for family viewing (thanks, Disney). Personally, I would love to see a series that brings to life these fairytales in all of their original dark and depressing glory.
Today’s blog entry is dedicated to birthday gals Angela and Kat S., and belated birthday gal AscendedTauri.
Today’s pics: A box of Truth, Evil Kenny, Tyre’s blade, Alex Pappas shows off his mad sword skills, Producer John G. Lenic, Visual Effects Supervisor Mark Savela, Camera-shy Playback Supervisor Krista McLean, me running the meeting, behind-the-scenes on The Seed.