Poor Akemi isn’t enjoying Perth.  Following her ten-day vacation in Vancouver (check out what an affable host I was in previous entries), she returned to Tokyo, unpacked, re-packed, then jetted off to Australia for six weeks of intensive English immersion.  Well, one week in and neither the food nor the weather agree with her and she’s considering bailing and finding somewhere else to study English.  Somewhere else like, say…Vancouver?  I suggested she stick it out.  It has only been about a week.  Any of you Aussies have any interesting Perth recommendations for a first time visitor?  An interesting sight or shop or perhaps a place that apparently serves the world’s best pizza: http://www.theage.com.au/travel/home-of-the-worlds-best-pizza–officially-20090212-85q8.html

The other day I was going through some of the art department output that has crossed my desk over the years and wondered if any of you might be interested in catching a glimpse (or in some cases a re-glimpse) of the various sketches and designs put together for Atlantis in its later seasons.  Well, apparently, yes, many of you are very interested.   So, picking up where I left off in that enormous pile…

Headsman’s Axe – Stargate: Atlantis, Season 5, Identity. Note the attention to detail in the description: “…dried, caked blood in grooves and low spots. – some rust”. That’s one mighty nasty looking cleaver.  And the headsman who wielded it was one mighty nasty looking dude.  Still, I kind of felt sorry for him as he ended up shot during the op to save Keller.  I mean, come on!  He was only doing his job!

Production Designer James Robbins comes by the office to show off the early design work.

James Robbins’ close shave with the finished prop.

Cliff Build – Stargate: Atlantis, Season 5, Remnants. One of the sequences called for Sheppard to almost go tumbling off a cliff. We had a Sheppard. All we needed was a cliff. So the Art Department and Construction obliged by building us one. The design calls for a “hero root” which “protrudes from crack in rock” – which Sheppard grabs hold of to stop his fall. The “greens build on deck” refers to the extra vegetation our Greens Department will put in place to make it look a little more natural. Finally, at the bottom, a note that any shots looking down will be greenscreen – calling on the VFX to transform the short fall into a deadly drop.

The actual “cliff”.

Not exactly a death-defying plunge.

Cliff Build, Profile – Stargate: Atlantis, Season 5, Remnants. Side view of our prospective cliff. A note at the top outlines the plan to have our faux greens marry with the existing greenery. The model shop is called on to provide the “hero root” (“hero” a reference to a prop that will play/be used in a specific scene). The Special Effect Department will be responsible for providing the rig cable that will support Sheppard/stunt double, making it appear as though he is dangling precariously from the cliff.

Running through the hero section of the root is 3/8 pencil steel, strong enough to support Sheppard’s body weight.

We shot this sequence at Stokes Pit. This is the location survey, scouting out the area well in advance of production.

Probe Gak Box - Stargate: Atlantis, Season 5, Remnants. This is the alien seeding probe McKay and Zelenka (?) dredge up from the bottom of the ocean and analyze. "Gak" is a term we use to describe the high-tech innards of a device.

The working prop. And by "working", I don't mean it's actually capable of seeding planets. I mean it lights up.

McKay hooks up alligator clips to the filaments to allow us to integrate our technology with theirs.

Yesterday, we did a walk-thru of the new, raised set in Stage 5.  So far, so cool.  Then, this afternoon, we watched the Day 2 Mix of Incursion I.  Action!  Suspense!  Cameos!  And a most atypical death!  Paul has finished a first draft of episode #6 which comes in at a whopping 57 pages.  He’ll spend the weekend trimming.  Carl continues prep on episode #4 (Pathogen), in addition to working on that outline for episode #7.  Rob is off on a “distant location” scout for episode #8, but returns to Vancouver Sunday night. Remi is working on an outline for episode #9 while I begin tackling the freshly-broken story for episode #10.  Linda and Brad, meanwhile, have started mulling over their fledgling stories.  Our first cast read-thru early next week to be followed by our first day of principal photography on Pathogen (Yes, it’s episode #4, but it’s shooting in the #1 slot) and the start of prep on Intervention (Episode #1).

Today’s entry is dedicated to blog regular Deni.  Happy Birthday!

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shadowprnces
shadowprnces

Im from Perth lol have you tried going to Kings Park, or staying out at the Casino Complex everything you need is in one spot. Um for shopping i would suggest the Hillary s Boat Complex,Any West-field complex there usually pretty good. But where a small place lol so don’t expect big shopping complexes like they do in the states. As for the weather lol she came right at the end of a drought lol 77 days with no rain longest on record this summer. But the weather should not be so hot now hoping for some more comfortable weather from now on. Has she gone to Scarborough Beach yet?there is Good Accommodation down there and a little shopping place with massage beauty therapies if your into that sort of stuff. For nightlife stay away from Northbridge lol its a bit rough for the first timer try something like Leederville or even Hillarys better class of people hang in these areas. Im sorry she is not enjoying Perth and i hope her visit gets better.And i hope this info helps her in her stay here.
Gods speed

joan001
joan001

Joe – I really appreciate the work you do daily in keeping in touch with the fans and I like seeing the “behind-the-scenes” stuff that goes on. There are obviously an awful lot of talented people who we don’t really know about but who keep the project and show alive. Keep on doing what you’re doing… thank you!

Bryan M. White
Bryan M. White

Hello Joe.

Sorry to hear that Akemi is not enjoying Australia. Is she anywhere near Sydney? I know that being a Jerseyite precludes me from having much knowledge on this, but she might enjoy a day soaking up the sites in the city, and I am sure she can also find some good food.

If she is not comfortable, maybe she can come back to Vancouver, or Das and I can recommend a few good places here.

So, how are things going in the city, post Olympics? I hope things weren’t too disruptive, and that Ashleigh has calmed down a little. wink

Thanks for the concept art. I am curious if you have any concept art or props from the designs of the travelers’ ships, the engine room set with all the junk tangled together was pretty cool in the episode Lost Tribe!

Best wishes,

Bryan

Gen
Gen

I thoroughly enjoy watching an episode of a favorite show and getting totally wrapped up in it to where I forget there are writers or a crew or set (“No! Don’t let go, Sheppard!”). But once I’ve had that experience I really get a kick out of finding out how it was all done. So, thanks for posting these!

DP
DP

Too bad you guys are done with forest locations. I know a place in Ky. where there is a recessed-slope cliff that’s only possible to climb because of all the roots. It drops into something we called the Rock House, a large, natural, but not dank cave that opens into a smooth rock-slide that’s kept slick by a natural spring and you can slide right into a creek. My uncle finished clearing a nice path to it, nicer than the logging roads in the area.

Can you tell I’m supposed to be doing something else?

Chumpai
Chumpai

Sorry to hear Akemi isn’t enjoying Perth. If she is going to bail then may I humbly suggest Melbourne? We have the best food in the country here and Autumn is the most comfortable season of the year to visit.

That said, for sightseeing in a capital city I would probably head to Sydney.

Hopefully Akemi begins to enjoy her stay here soon!

Bailey
Bailey

Once again loved the behind the scenes stuff for Remnants.
That was a terrific episode. Wonder when that gak box is going to show up on the Propworx auctions on Ebay?!
Re Pathogen, I read that Robert Carlyle is directing and I was wondering why they never let David Hewlett direct an ep? He did A Dogs Breakfast which was wonderful and is currently directing a Syfy movie in Bulgaria (where he met up with Jason Momoa today! – small world, ain’t it?).

Ellie
Ellie

Perth? Why on earth did she go to Perth? Melbourne’s the place to go. Best restaurants, plenty to do, hugely multicultural, everything’s laid out in a grid so it’s impossible to get lost.

Chumpai, outside of the harbour, there’s nothing to do in Sydney. Sydney’s flash, Melbourne’s civilised.

Deni
Deni

Thanks Joe! I’ve had a wonderful birthday week but sad to see my daughter leaving tomorrow sad Still, tonight’s dinner and bubbly were delish. It was Elway’s birthday today as well (we made that up because we have no idea when his actual birthday is, other than the fact he was about 12 weeks old when we got him ten years ago this June) and he had a blast. He got a Build-a-Bear monkey with 6 sounds (his third Build-a-Bear toy, he loves them), a bunch of other toys, cupcakes (vanilla, no worries) for all, a trip to PetCo to buy 2 large doggie beds for his, ahem, new SUV:) Got some great pics of him tonight, will definitely try to post a couple over the weekend. Anywhoooo, I’m a lightweight drinker and the bubbly I had has made me a wee bit tipsy, so I’m off to bed. Have a great night, and thanks again!

Shirt'n'Tie
Shirt'n'Tie

Hi Mr M!

By now I am sure PG15 and several others will have posted this, but f they haven’t…..here’s one for Mom!!

Let it load

http://en.tackfilm.se/?id=1267843001108RA33

The truth!

S’n’T

josephmallozzi
josephmallozzi

Tammy – not sure about blackening fish but if you want to sear it (more of a nice, crisp browning) – heat a cast iron skillet, then add some grapeseed oil.
The good people at America’s Test Kitchen say “when sugar is added to the wet surface of fish and is exposed to the heat of the pan, it quickly breaks down to glucose and fructose. Fructose begins to rapidly caramelize at around 200 degrees – a temperature the exterior of the fish easily reaches within a minute or so of hitting the pan.”
So sprinkle a little sugar atop the fish and, when the oil starts to smoke, add the fish and sear for about a minute a side, then either finish in the oven or in the pan.

Chumpai
Chumpai

That’s true Ellie, though I wish our Fed Square was less, ahem, ‘post-modern’ and a bit more elegant.

josephmallozzi
josephmallozzi

“Perth? Why on earth did she go to Perth?

Yeah. Why not Vancouver?

josephmallozzi
josephmallozzi

Hey, thanks, Shirt ‘n ‘Tie. I feel extra special.

sylvia
sylvia

Heya Shirt’n’Tie, that vid was A-OK! Cool way to honor Joe.
Love it.

Ellie
Ellie

Chumpai, I quite like the NGV building but they should have made the tiles darker so it stands out more. Bit bland in those colours. The rest of Fed Square is boring. They should have used the same colours as the NGV instead of bricks). Some nice eating places there, though. I think that whacky, very expensive restaurant that had broccoli ice cream and suchlike has closed, though, as I can’t see it in the Fed Square list. Chocolate Buddha’s still open, though.

Tammy Dixon
Tammy Dixon

Thanks Mr. M.! I was talking with the fish guy at the market and he was saying it was easy to blacken fish but….

He was suggesting flounder and it was nearly ten bucks a pound! It’s so thin, so delicate. I don’t want to experiment with that so I may go with the tilapia to practice with tomorrow. I’ll definitely try the sugar and pick up the grapeseed oil. It has a lower smoking point right?

Loved the clip yesterday!

It’s been hectic here. Fourteen year old son put some kind of program on the school computers as a joke. Some kind of shut down program that ran through their network.

Thankfully, they are just going to suspend (not expel) the little felon! On the bright side, I’ll have a slave for a week. :growl:

Anyone looking for a used computer? Fourteen yeard old won’t need one for a long while.

Narelle from Aus

I’d also suggest a change in location for Akemi if she’s not enjoying herself. I love WA/Perth, but that’s because I love beach culture. It’s simple and unpretentious.

Melbourne and Sydney would suit Akemi more from a climate and cultural perspective. There’s plenty of us in Melbourne that would be happy to show her around the laneways of Melbourne. Although speaking of weather, we’re being hammered by a huge thunderstorm at the moment, but it’s fun to watch.

I haven’t been to Vancouver personally but I always remember my Dad saying that Vancouver was the most “Melbourne” place he’d ever been so maybe the comparison might mean she would be more comfortable here.

But I’m sure you wouldn’t mind her heading back to Vancouver smile

Chumpai
Chumpai

Ellie, I do like the inside of Fed square and I’ve always had really nice food whenever I’ve been there, dunno about the broccoli ice cream, but the time out cafe had some odd menu items, Feddish is great for ambiance and food though.

I guess its just with Flinders and St. Paul’s next door the exterior just doesn’t fit, its going to be kitsch by 2030. Given that it looks like outdoor rock climbing… if they actually put rock climbing holds on it then maybe I wouldn’t mind so much!

Gilder
Gilder

Interacting tonight, Joe?

Eric.Stewart
Eric.Stewart

I want the axe, if you looking to give it a new owner grin
could do a lot of convinient things with it!!
Got stuck in a car wash today. It’s a good thing I did not try to put the car on drive when I realized that something was wrong. I would have made serious damage to my car.
We were 4 pushing on the car , trying to disloge it from its perticular position. Never tought we were actually going to do it.

cherluvya

Hey Joe,

Great artwork, pictures…stories. I am so loving this. The work and details that go into just one piece of a scene. Such a peek is wonderful indeed. *smiles*

Big hugs for having such a great blog.

Best to you Joe,
Always,
Cheryl smile

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

Poor Akemi. sad But are you sure it’s only because she doesn’t like Perth? Maybe it’s really because she’s missing Lulu and the gang. wink

Went to bed very early because I was really tired last night – and Joe, I dropped you a note via e-mail, and totally forgot to ask how mom’s doing – hope she’s good! Anyhoo…so now I’m wide awake at nearly 4 am…not my normal waking hour. So, what do I do?? I find THIS:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6aTnhO5b8zk

lol

I think I’m in love with Christopher Judge! lol

Too, too funny!

das

Anais33

Salut Joe!

Comment allez vous?

Moi très bien, c’est toujours un plaisir de venir sur votre blog smile

J’espere que pour Akemi ça va aller, c’est vrai que la culture autralienne et Japonnaise c’est asser différent. Mais qu’elle se rassure il pourrai y avoir pire, car si elle serait en france elle pourrai attraper le « syndrome de Paris » (Symptômes : dépression, délire de persécution, voire tentative de suicide…)

++ d’infos:

http://www.routard.com/mag_info/3302/les_japonais_frappes_du__syndrome_de_paris_.htm

Je vous remerci pour toutes ces photos…lalaalal sga me manque tellement =(.

Bonne anniversaire à Deni!

Bisou =)

annie from Fremantle
annie from Fremantle

I just talked to my friend in Sydney and it’s hot… another friend in Melbourne complained it’s stormy!

Perth today was GORGEOUS.. warm, sunny and dry.

Akemi just might like Fremantle better. It’s very laid back and full of Italians who know their pizza. I had to laugh because I am a Pizza oven demonstrator and make killer pizzas…

Tell her to come South of the river. It’s nicer in my opinion.. She might like a bus ride down to Bunbury… or go up to Lancelin and see the Pinnacles.

Don’t slam Perth, we’re the most isolated city in the world but I can tell you us Fremantle-ites are very easy going and friendly..