I was standing by the monitor alongside the seated Will Waring, watching the rehearsal of the finale Whispers sequence. As Will got up to go give the actors some last minute direction, I stepped in and claimed his seat. And it was just as I settled into the director’s chair that a heavy wooden ladder came crashing down on the spot I’d just vacated. My wrist had received a glancing blow but I was otherwise unharmed. But had the ladder fallen just a couple of seconds earlier, or had I not moved to take Will’s seat, I would no doubt be writing this entry from an emergency ward – provided I was still conscious of course.
Brush with death or brain injury aside, it was an excellent day and marked the end of the Whispers shoot (outstanding inserts and pick-ups aside). Christina Cox wrapped yesterday and, today, it was everyone else’s turn: Nicole de Boer, Janina Gavankar, Leela Savasta, and, last but not least, the lovely Paul McGillion. A great time was had by all and I was genuinely kind of sad to see the episode wrap. Will declared it the most difficult episode he has ever shot. But also the most fun. I can’t wait to see a cut.
I stayed late yet again, wandering over to Stage 2 where The Queen was being shot to take a few snaps of that creepy new wraith, check out the amazing sets, and grab one of the complimentary smokies being served. I returned to the FX Stage as the second unit pizza delivery arrived. “Worksafe B.C. prohibits eating on set,”I informed a bewildered P.A., confiscating his barbecue chicken pizza.
It was delicious.
Today’s entry is dedicated to birthday girl Amyfo.
SusantheTartanTurtle writes: “Is there any particular reason that you have been lurking whilst “Whispers” is being filmed. Apart from all the pretty ladies that is.”
Answer: Most of the time, I’m simply too busy to spend time on set. In the case of Whispers (as was the case with Harmony late last season), I have a window before I start my next script (episode #16). Also, this episode is a little more complex than most, requiring a substantial amount of fog FX, and I wanted to be on hand to deal with any potential problems. Fortunately, things went swimmingly.
Gwen writes: “On May 3rd drop by Elfsar Comics and Toys in Vancouver and get 5 FREE comics!”
Answer: If I’m in the neighorhood, I’m definitely dropping by.
LostCityGuardian writes: “Is the Shrine of Talus still going to be called that, or is it now just The Shrine?”
Answer: It’s now called The Shrine.
Shado writes: “Were any of the rest of the main cast of SGA asked and opted not to do one or did you guys only ask Amanda?”
Answer: I have nothing to do with organizing the DVD commentaries, so I have no idea.
Christie writes: “Also, have you ever read the Incarnations of Immortality series, by Piers Anthony?”
Answer: I did recently read On A Pale Horse. Is that the first book in the series?
David writes: “If part 1 of a two parter episode is written by one person, is the second part written by that person as well?”
Answer: Not necessarily.
Leesa Perrie writes: “How’s the eye? Any better?”
Answer: Much better. Thanks.
Demon Hunter writes: “ Have you read any of the Artemis Fowl books?”
Answer: I’ve often eyed them at my local bookstore. Any good?
StellaByStargate writes: “I’ll ask again if we’re going to be treated to another fantastic Joel Goldsmith full orchestral score for Continuum as we were with AoT?”
Answer: Oh yeah.
Joel413 writes: “When you are snapping pictures of cast/crew and other people on the set, do you let them know you will be posting them on your blog? To you ask folks if it’s Ok to shoot the pics? I wouldn’t exactly call the SGA set a “public place” where someone might get snapped. Have you ever had anyone politely ask you not to post their picture? And if so, have you just obliged their request, or have you negotiated some comprimise, or just said, screw it they’re my pictures and my site?”
Answer: I’ve alerted the actors, crew, and any guest stars that I may be snapping pics for the blog. If, for whatever the reason, someone prefers not to have their photo taken and/or posted, I’ll happily respect their decision and avoid taking pictures of them until such a time as they express a willingness to have their picture taken again.