Today’s notes session on Remnants was long and involved but went very well. No requests to tone down or lose any of the key beats. Mainly requests for clarity and thematic reinforcement. We followed up with our final meetings of the week – 1) Stunts and SPFX in which we discussed squibs (What’s a squib? Look here: http://josephmallozzi.com/2008/04/20/april-20-2008-my-squibbiest-post-ever/), ratchets, and a plethora of punches, 2) Make-Up, and 3) Extras. I’m pleased to report that Carl enjoyed today’s sushi lunch much more than yesterday’s chicken cartilage. By the way, Carl took exception to my describing him as “bitter” in my last entry, so I’d like to amend my previous statement and go with “cranky” instead. Paul, Marty G., Alan and I remain respectively “aloof”, “impudent”, “brazen”, and “diabolical”.
One more casting session tomorrow afternoon in a bid to find our Kiang. Looks like I’ll be losing Lieberman and bringing back Parrish instead.
Some more thoughts on Unwelcome Bodies –
Ltcoljsheppard writes: “Anyway, the one that really caught me was The Last Bus, as it mirrored a dream I too once had…”
Answer: What did the egg sticker signify in your dream? Maybe you can field this one.
Ltcoljsheppard also writes: “. I felt so bad for her state of existence, but worse still was the fact that her love wouldnt come back to her unless she bound herself up again and pretended to be helpless so the other could feel important and needed. Not only did I feel that showed a great sense of low self-esteem on the caregivers part but teetered too much in the world of abuse.”
Answer: True, but you could also view it as an extreme version of a relationship dynamic I see way too much of – individuals drawn to emotionally needy people.
Ltcoljsheppard also writes: “The Last Stand of the Elephant Man was another that stands out for me. Also I didnt come away from that story feeling a happy tidy ending. I actually put it down feeling that Merrick was going to find himself back inside his own body and then being refused the surgery promised. He was jumping at the “grass could be greener” promises instead of waiting to let the body be healed before choosing to return to it. Unless I missed something there.”
Answer: Really? There was no indication I could see to suggest anything but a happy ending for Merrick.
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More guest-blogger announcements to come including a couple Atlantis heavyweights (hint: ryhme with Ark Mavela and Malan ScCullough).
Today’s entry is dedicated to dyginc’s buddy Gus.
Today’s video: A typical Sunday afternoon. Turn up the sound when you watch it!
Enzo Aquarius writes: “That backhoe you folks have. Do you guys have to rent that kind of heavy equipment or is it on hand at the studio?”
Answer: Big equipment like that would be a rental although, in this case, those services are provided on-site.
A Honshu writes: “Am I even close with the “translation” of the Episode Poem?”
Sector24 writes: “1. Are you going to follow the two new much anticipated and talked about series “Dollhouse” and “Fringe”?
2. If asked, for which movie director and genre would you like to write a script?”
Answers: 1. Sure. Fondy and I will check out most of the pilots and then drop shows as our interest in them flags. 2. I’m a big fan of Guillermo del Toro.
Wonderingbrit writes: “In the case viewer statistics, does anyone record the number of internet downloads from sites?”
Answer: The studio certainly counts legal downloads but Sci Fi bases is far more interested in how many viewers tune in to their network.
JoJoB writes: “What happened to Kanaan? Where did Michael go?”
Answer: Tune in to this week’s episode and find out.
Rebekah writes: “A friend of mine is getting married, and they are doing this bit with romantic movie quotes – and they are looking for quotes from science fiction movies. Joe, do you have any favorite romatic sci fi movie quotes?”
Answer: Sure. How about – “I don’t like sand. It’s coarse and rough and irritating and it gets everywhere. Not like here. Here everything is soft and smooth.” (Attack of the Clones).
Airelle writes: “ Is the McKay bathtub scene coming up soon?”
Answer: Episode 3.
Fran writes: “How does an enemy steal a Cloaked Jumper (Search and Rescue), you’d have to have the Gene to fly the thing don’t you?”
Answer: You most certainly would.
Trish writes: “I’m out of the hospital and on the mend.”
Answer: Great to hear!
Trish also writes: “On Search and Rescue, was Michael behind the planet Mars in the Milky Way Galaxy?”
Answer: No, he wasn’t.
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Amber Hooker writes: “So, what’s the difference between Project Terzo and Project Twilight?”
Answer: The two are completely different projects.
Dyginc writes: “So just heard…my cat has one to six months left. I am not sure what to do here…technically Gus is my sister’s cat so this is her decision but I don’t know if I can handle waking up one morning and finding her gone. For those pet lovers out there that your pet has become like your own kids…what do you think i should do? I mean if we treat her we could have more time with her but then aren’t we just prolonging the inevitable? I am really lost here.”
Answer: Despite the input you may receive, ultimately this is a very tough decision that you’ll have to make all on your own. The best advice I can think to give is not to let guilt dictate the terms. Regardless of what you choose to do, Gus will know that he’s loved.