Setting up the first shot
Setting up the first shot
Aussie fans take note.
Aussie fans take note.
Shen Xiaoyi about to go toe-to-toe.
Shen Xiaoyi about to go toe-to-toe.
The gorgeous view out Woolsey's bay window
The gorgeous view out Woolsey's bay window
The Presentation Ceremony for the Carl Binder Memorial Theatre
The Presentation Ceremony for the Carl Binder Memorial Theatre

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.

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Dovil
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Dovil

Should Carl be worried?

Aussie won out over Newzie

Noooooo! It’s like any game of sport ever played all over again!

Though considering I still wake up at night screaming over Steve Guttenberg’s ‘NZ accent’ in some film he was in, it’s perhaps for the best. Is the actress Australian, or Meryl Streep? Otherwise, hahahaha, take that one, Australia! No, I’m sure she’ll do fine, especially if she drinks heavily beforehand.

You should also make her prone to barbequing things; just for accuracy sake, mind. And at some point if she gets to yell “where the bloody hell are you?” that would be an inside joke of comedy gold.

Patricia Lee
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Patricia Lee

Today is the 22nd…isn’t it???

Did You time warp and miss a day!

Smiles… giggles
Patricia Lee

Masterchief
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Masterchief

LOL Percival Drinkwater? ok “The Carl Binder Memorial Theatre” is an awesome name, I hope someone will mention it. probably Rodney, right? hey Joe I was wondering why did you get rid of the old table in the conference room? oh by the way I believe it’s the 22nd wink

Patricia Lee
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Patricia Lee

Hello Joe,

Happy Tuesday! Please tell Marty Gero he is looking lean and mean. He has been very successful in losing weight lately… HE LOOKS GREAT!!! BTW- When will YPF be released to the US or on DVD?

Thanks for the pictures and update! Way cool!

Cheers,

Patricia Lee

Thornyrose
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Thornyrose

What an honor! A memorial theater named after Carl, and he around to enjoy the honor. With all the names you provided, I’m suprised you didn’t go with Abercrombie. Nice British sounding name, and allows you to give a nod to someone whose work you introduced many of us to. Great pics, and can’t wait to see what the final shot of Woolsey’s digs look like. It’s great having episodes to anticipate every Friday, even while being teased about the episodes we’ll have to wait till after mid season hiatus for. Thanks for work and reporting.

Michele Blue
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Michele Blue

he didn’t listen to your name idea? what? Well, i liked it.

that sounds like a wonderful day :o)

*peace*
Michele Blue

Linda Gagne
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Linda Gagne

Can’t wait for the pics, but to be fair, when the time comes, can it be the shep show too? Pleasssssssseee (lol).

Narelle from Aus
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Narelle from Aus

Joe wrote:

Aussie won out over Newzie

Sorry Dovil! If you change your mind you can always get your red texta out and colour in those stars.

Australia and New Zealand will morph into a new country soon seeing as inhabitants from both countries seem to be on permanent exchange anyway.
Plus it gives us a reason to get rid of Tasmania…
That was a joke Tassie!

As for English sounding names – how about Entwhistle? Hovelbrush? Bedpantinkle?

wraithfodder
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wraithfodder

Isn’t it the 22nd?? wink

NZNeep: The REAL Neep
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NZNeep: The REAL Neep

No, no, no!

Our Aussie cousins will never let us live this one down.

Gilder
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Gilder

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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.
End Quote

How about Grimsley or Gilder…or Grimsley Gilder. Both are from my mother’s side of the family.

Aha! Sinclair Grimsley…two memorials in one name!

jedi43
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jedi43

A friend of mine is from New Zealand and she is a Kiwi, so Fondy is right.

Patricia Lee
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Patricia Lee

Hey Wraithfodder… Howdy! where have you been… you haven’t posted on your blog in a week… vacation or what!

Patricia Lee

riley
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riley

Hey, I recognise that flag! Although …

Is the actress Australian, or Meryl Streep? Otherwise, hahahaha, take that one, Australia!

That is what has me worried! Dear god, there has never been a good copy of the accent. I hope you’ve hired some poor, out of work Australian actor – lord knows, there’s plenty of ’em!

Plus it gives us a reason to get rid of Tasmania…
That was a joke Tassie!

Oh, Narelle – don’t you know Tasmanians have no sense of humour? Well, at least not about Tassie jokes. I should know, I lived there for 13 years. And received LOTS of payback for all those nasty mainlander jokes.

You should also make her prone to barbequing things; just for accuracy sake, mind. And at some point if she gets to yell “where the bloody hell are you?” that would be an inside joke of comedy gold.

I hate you, Dovil. With a violent and deadly passion. Hey, typing that just now, I accidentally left the ‘p’ off. So I guess I really hate you with a violent and deadly ‘assion’. Hmm, not quite as threatening, somehow. Anyway, you’re just lucky I’m too lazy to hunt you down for reminding me of just how feeble our international image is. *sigh*

Oh, well. As long as she says neither ‘crikey’ nor ‘mate’ all will be okay.

Shawna
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Shawna

Yeah, someone tried that “they’re called kiwis” trick on me, too. They also tried to convince me that Parisites are actually called Parisians. Some people just have too much time on their hands.

lostinspace
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lostinspace

Good news! Stargate SG:1 and Atlantis is finally airing in Singapore as part of SCIFI’s premiere Southeast Asia season. SGA is heavily promoted too. More details here. Get ready for more Asian fans!

M
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M

My apologies for not responding sooner. Real life has an annoying way of interfering with leisure time when said leisure is most wanted.

Picking up from the 20th: Sexist and racist? How so? Also, the fact that Teyla is presently in a relationship doesn’t preclude the fact that she may have once had feelings for John.

Sexist and racist in that it perpetuates the stereotypical plot device of the primitive and tribal colored woman needing to be tamed and protected by the technologically advanced, urbane and macho white man. On the other side of the coin, there is the equally trite notion of using a biracial pairing as a token example of social consciousness and political correctness to the audience. Either scenario is an extreme that is too heavy-handed to make for a sustainable storyline in the short or long term.

As to the idea of Teyla having once had “hidden feelings” for Sheppard, after watching the past four seasons of Atlantis, I have seen no evidence from either the writing or the actors’ performances that Teyla has ever thought of Sheppard as anything other than a mere friend, in spite of the comments made by various members of the production over the years that hints at the pairing were apparently part of the plan from the beginning. On the contrary, there seems to be a distinct lack of common ground between the characters to build any sort of deeper relationship upon, from the repeated disagreements the two have had stemming from her apparent inability to accept his point of view on professional matters when it conflicts with her own personal feelings (especially when his side of the argument is correct), to the very stiff and uncomfortable interactions outside of work-related situations.

All of which leaves me mystified as to how certain segments of fans still think that a Teyla/Sheppard pairing is viable, and perplexed as to why, if indeed the current intention among you and your fellow writers is that such a pairing is no longer in the cards, the issue has not yet been given a final resolution on the show.

Sherwood Forest Maiden
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Sherwood Forest Maiden

Joe said: (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).

And Fondy would be CORRECT!!!

Nice to see that someone knows the difference between the Aussie & Kiwi flags – and accents. It wouldn’t be the first time an Aussie flag has been put up for the Kiwi flag; verry embarrassing, especially at the Olympic games. LOL

As for English names, how about Percival Montague IV. Just a thought. Not a very competent one, but then I have been reading my statistics book.

joanieloveschachi
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joanieloveschachi

Day 2—The McKay—-Zelenka show = FANTABULOUS!!
Please post pictures!!

How about ripping off “Arrested Development” for the name of the English scientist: Rob Loblaw (say that 3 times fast!)

Morjana
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Morjana

Hi, Joe.

Thank you so much for the lovely photos and the season five updates.

Best wishes, Morjana

McWraith
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McWraith

@Dovil LOL
“Where the bloody hell are you?”
“.. err, the Pegasus Galaxy.”

So excited to see another Aussie on Atlantis. Haven’t seen a patch for a while.

Not sure if you were joking about the Newzie vs Kiwi thing.. But I have never heard of a NZer being called a Newzie. They are called a lot of things – some of which I wouldn’t repeat here – but they’ve always been Kiwi’s to me. Newzie must be the nickname given in Canada.

dasNdanger
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dasNdanger

Percival? Any relation to Nathaniel Drinkwater of the British Royal Navy c. 1805?

Pics are nice…but I’m feeling a bit Wraith-deprived with all these humans being featured lately. wink

Question: Is there any clear understanding among the creative team as to what the Wraith finger ‘armor’ is, and what it’s used for? Is it remnants of an insect exoskeleton, or is it something they attach, like jewelry? Is it used as a tool or weapon, or is it simply for personal adornment?

They’re really cool – better than goth finger armor. Still trying to figure out what they’re made of (metal or plastic). Guess I can’t get one on e-bay, can I? smile

das

Padawan Aneiki
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Padawan Aneiki

ROFL The Room of Doom…sounds like my computer/office/studio room here…

The Carl Binder Memorial Theatre…LOL perfect.

Sorry for being a little AWOL…but I have been in perfect lurkdom the entire time. smile

jldreyer
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jldreyer

Hey Joe,
People from New Zealand are in fact called Kiwis. Fondy was right smile

Narelle from Aus
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Narelle from Aus

Dovil said:

And at some point if she gets to yell “where the bloody hell are you?” that would be an inside joke of comedy gold

Which would lead nicely to:

Sheppard runs into the control room: “Lieutenant Shazza. McKay needs you to re-route the power from generators to the ZPM in 5 minutes otherwise the shields will fail.”

Lieutenant Shazza: “Tell ‘im he’s dreamin'”