It looks like the next month or so is going to be very busy around here. Upcoming guests to this blog will include:
Artist/Illustrator/Designer John Picacio.
Stargate Atlantis Visual Effects Supervisor Mark Savela.
Author Lois McMaster Bujold.
Author Catherynne M. Valente.
Author Stephen Dobyns.
Stargate Atlantis Production Designer James Robbins.
Stargate Atlantis Director of Photography Jim Menard.
Writer-Producer Alan McCullough.
In addition to the aforementioned, Stargate Writer/Director/Executive Producer Robert C. Cooper has agreed to drop by later this week to discuss the very first Stargate:SG-1 feature: Ark of Truth. If you have any questions for Robert, start posting. I’ll gather them over the next two days, then send them his way on Wednesday.
I also exchanged emails with Mark “the Chairman” Dacascos who will be reprising his role as Tyre in this Friday’s episode of Stargate: Atlantis, Broken Ties. Mark too has kindly agreed to put in a guest appearance. I’ll start gathering questions for Mark this weekend and hopefully we can arrange for him to drop by next week.
Several more guests in the works. Ideally, if I can get one for every day of the week, I’ll never have to post my own entries again.
The first thing I did when I got in this morning was go over the changes I’d made to Remnants before handing it off to Alex. Given that the revisions impacted over half the script, the latest version went out as a full blue draft. Once that was done, the producers took a stroll down to the lot where we checked out the (and hilariously named) reefer truck that Marty G. will be using for Brain Storm. The guys from SPFX were on hand to offer demonstration of the “burst pipe” sequence. Chilly!
Actress Tamlyn Tomita (aka I.O.A. rep Shen Xiaoyi) stopped in to say hi today. She is, of course, in town to shoot her scenes for Remnants and seemed genuinely excited about her character’s role in the episode. After the preliminary script talk, we moved on to more pressing issues – namely, food. She highly recommended a cow cheese with black truffle called sottocenere that she enjoyed at one of Mario Batali’s restaurants in New York, then gave me the lowdown on a shop in Pasadena that makes these incredible seasonal peach dougnuts. I’m not a fruit and dessert guy but the description she gave did sound fantastic.
We finally got to read a first draft of Vegas, written (and soon to be directed and produced) by Rob Cooper. I told Rob that one of the great things about this show is that the series premise allows you to tell a wide variety of stories. Vegas is very different from anything we’ve ever done on Atlantis before. Different in a very good way. And I’m sure the fans will agree.
Remnants starts shooting tomorrow. Time to recharge my camera batteries.