Martin Gero was stumped. The Art Department needed a name for the venue in Brain Storm. You know, the one where Tunney gives his big speech and demonstration. “So what do I call it?”he asked the room.
Before anyone else could even consider the possibilities, Paul already had the answer: “The Carl Binder Memorial Theatre”. Brilliant! Word went out to the Art Department and, three hours later, the plans for the Carl Binder Memorial Theatre were distributed.
Success on the naming of the venue! Less cause for celebration on the naming of the one of the characters in the script. “I need a name for the English scientist,”Martin informed me.
“Percival Drinkwater,”I suggested.
“Yeah,”he admitted. “That was the first one I thought of too.” But his tone clearly indicated it wouldn’t fly.
We stood in silence for a full half minute at which point I offered: “Hamshell?”
He threw me a look. “Hamshell?“ With a sad shake of his head, he headed back down the corridor to his office.
“Haversham?!”I called out to him. But he was already long gone.
Grossly offended by his unwillingness to entertain my brilliant idea, I headed back down to the FX Stage where Will Waring and the gang were shooting Day One of Remnants. Will had phoned me up last night to inquire about Dr. Conrad’s patch. “She has a slight accent,”he said. “I think it’s either Australian or New Zealand.”
Great! Val had both patches at the ready this morning and, after checking with guest star Anna Galvin (whose name will ring a bell with many SG-1 fans), Aussie won out over Newzie (incidentally, Fondy tried to convince me that people from New Zealand are referred to as Kiwi’s, not Newzies, but I knew she was pulling my leg).
Didn’t really get a chance to spend much time on set as there were a number of issues to deal with up in – what the VFX department refers to as – The Room of Doom. Alan’s Producer’s Cut of Outsiders, a Day 1 Mix of Whispers, and, of course lunch. Again, Joel Goldsmith delivered big time with a terrific score. Overall, a very good mix. My only big note was a requested return to the creepy clicky-chirping that Mike Banas came up with for the director’s cut.
On deck tomorrow – Remnants, Day #2: The McKay-Zelenka Show.