Time flies when you’re having fun – or when you’re not prepping that script until September, meaning you don’t have to finish your first draft until well after your return from hiatus.  On the bright side, I finished the Tease and it’s a pretty damn good one, the kind the network loves: Jeopardy!  Jeopardy! Jeopardy! This is going to be one of those episodes (like Malice and Cloverdale) that will be mostly shot on location, meaning there’ll be no ducking back up to the office for a quick break between set-ups.  Guess I’ll be bringing my work – and chocolate – with me.  Also, bug spray may not be a bad idea.  I’m sure the experience will not be unlike that fab week I spent with Will Waring on the set of SGA’s Harmony all the way over at Widgeon Park – except that, in this case, the location under discussion is a much more manageable fifteen minutes or so drive from the studio.  Hmmm.  I’m thinking that for my next script, I might set the episode in a middle-class suburban home.  One with a fairly extensive and somewhat bizarre liquor collection.  And four dogs, specifically three pugs and a french bulldog.  I could wake up five minutes before the first blocking, throw on a bathrobe (note to self: purchase a bathrobe), come downstairs for first team, head back upstairs for a shower and shave, come back downstairs whenever they’re ready to shoot the scene, then head back upstairs and watch my favorite morning shows (note to self: have favorite morning shows) until they’re reading to move on.  Catering could serve lunch right out of my kitchen and, best of all, this time, I can’t get in trouble for walking around in my underwear.  It’ll be win-win-win!

In and around the offices…

http://awkwardfamilypetphotos.com/

Director of Photography Jim Menard on Stage 5's black-out set.

Production Designer James Robbins swings by the office to talk to off-world wildlife.

An early concept drawing that, while brilliantly alien, wasn't quite what I was looking for. Still, let's file this one away for future reference.

Actors Peter Kelamis and Patrick Gilmore head off for some well-deserved R&R.

Terrific review of Masked, that forthcoming superhero anthology I keep talking about, over at io9: http://io9.com/5583647/the-book-that-anybody-who-writes-superhero-stuff-must-read.  The collection is edited by none other than blog favorite Lou Anders and features contributions from a wonderful array of writers from the worlds of comic books (ie. Matthew Sturges, Bill Willingham, Gail Simone), novels (ie. Marjorie M. Liu, Ian McDonald, Stephen Baxter), and television (ie. Paul Cornell and even yours truly).  Thanks to Morjana and Nadine for the heads up.

Coincidentally, Masked is our September Book of the Month Club pick – so if you’re thinking of picking it up:

http://www.amazon.com/Masked-Lou-Anders/dp/1439168822/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1278800522&sr=8-1

The second installment in our Q&A with an already-on-vacation Louis Ferreira.  Here, Louis offers up his thoughts on the flawed Colonel Young…

Finish up House of Suns and start organizing your thoughts!  The July Book of the Month Club discussion begins on Monday.

Mailbag:

Zoomeister writes: “1.) Have you seen these?

http://forum.gateworld.net/threads/69538-Sgt.-Hunter-Riley-Discussion-Appreciation-(-SGU)

http://forum.gateworld.net/threads/75513-Riley-and-Brody-21-and-24

See? Riley has fans.”

Answer: Oh, we’ll well aware of the fact.  It’s nice to see there’s support for not only the main cast, but our wonderfully talented supporting players as well.

Zoomeister writes: “2.) Have you seen this, BTW?

http://io9.com/5565598/how-to-save-stargate-universe-season-2

Pretty interesting. What’s your take on it?”

Answer: Some I agree with; some I don’t; some we’re already working on in season 2.  We’re definitely “fleshing out the main characters” (and those “side characters” as well) in the show’s second season and, with that, demonstrating that these people are far from perfect.  And, as Brad already alluded to in a recent interview, we will be taking advantage of the gritty realism to go to some pretty dark places in the coming season.  There’ll be plenty of “crazy” to go around in SGU’s second year and, yes, many of those questions will be answered or, at the very least, explanations will be hinted at as we use them to build some bigger arcs.  We’ll be doing more exploring and more adventuring, both on and off Destiny.  I don’t agree that we need to kill off the cook or “this guy” to raise the stakes or convey a sense of loss.  Anyone remember Senator Armstrong or Sgt. Spencer or Franklin?  More exploration?  Check.  More monsters? Oh, yeah.  Check.  More of that back half of season one humor.  Also check.  Lose the music montages.  Nyet.  Meredith may not like them, but I love ’em.  They offer a nice, succinct way of wrapping up the episode’s various storylines and furthering ongoing character arcs.

Zoomeister also writes: “Will you have an alien join the cast (and no, I don’t mean a Jaffa, Tok’ra or Lucien Alliance member)?”

Answer: Great idea.  All we’ll need is an extra 3 million dollars an episode and we can work one of those blue aliens into the show as a recurring crew member, maybe the new cook.

PG15 writes: “I’m glad to hear that Brad is having talks with MGM about Revolution. That’s a good start. I wonder what the impetus for these talks were (unless they’ve been happening since the beginning), and why that’s not happening with Extinction?”

Answer: As I mentioned previously, Brad is co-writing and Exec. Producing Revolution, not Extinction.

E writes: “Can we expect some AU SGU stories to come? I’m dying to see what would have become of the character had they not gotten stranded on the Destiny.”

Answer: Hmmm.  Wouldn’t that be interesting…

Juergen writes: ”

1. I believe SG-1 Movie will be produced soon. Hope, Hope, Hope! You guys had a lot of time now. Did you have improved some things from time to time or is the script untouched for long time?

2. Assuming the next stargate movie works fine and MGM wants more stuff. Do you think, it is possible, that we will see an entirely Stand-Alone-Movie with new characters and new stories? A new series is often a risk. But making a movie with a completed story would maybe safe money (new characters) and gives the chance to reinvent the Franchise. I want to see more about Stargate. Why no movie with from the perspective of the Jaffa, Tokra, any other people. A complete detached story. I thought long about it. That’s the kind of way, I would go. Hope, sometime we will see such a movie.

3. Does the SGC still exist or is the Stargate being moved to Homeworld Command?

4. If it has been moved….has this to do with Atlantis staying on Earth?

5. The moon base, which Sam speaks about in Continuum…Are we going to see it in the next movie? Has the Earth Gate beeing moved to the moon?”

Answers: 1. Paul and I haven’t revisited the script since submitting it some time ago.

2. No.  When we move ahead with the movies, the first one up will be Revolution, featuring SG-1.

3. More on that in Stargate: Revolution.

4. Not necessarily.

5. Stay tuned.

Daniel writes: “1) Will we learn more about the Lucien Alliance in future episodes? I’m curious to know if it’s only this group led by Kiva that is pursuing Destiny or if it’s an obsession for the whole Alliance?

2) In the Writer’s room have you pinned down what Destiny can and can’t do, in order too stop each Writer adding something new every script to solve a plot point until there is nothing it can’t do.

3) Given the tight running time every episode has too keep too, and the shows aim to treat the audience with more respect was there any talk of dropping the “previously” segments? Or is it something the network simply won’t let you drop?”

Answers: Hey, Daniel, thanks for the insightful comments.  And welcome to the blog.

1) We will definitely be learning more about the Lucian Alliance in season two.

2) We are all on the same page with regard to what the ship can and can’t do.  In fact, all the writers are present when a story is broken, ensuring a consistency in series logic.

3) Given the somewhat serialized nature of the show, I think it’s a good idea dedicated a little time to catching potential first-time viewers up on what has come before.

Ponytail writes: “Would you ever consider doing a sort of live Q&A with someone on your blog. Lets say one evening you let us ask this person questions (in your comments section) and they answer them right away (in your comments section). You could have rules like, only one question per person per 1/2 hour or something like that, and every 10 minutes or so, you post everything so far. That sounds like fun to me! Can we, can we!”

Answer: It’s possible but unlikely.  The whole point of doing the Q&A’s the way I do (gathering the questions, sending them off, then giving the guest how ever much time they need to get back to me) is to ensure the process is a painless as possible for those taking part.

dasNdanger writes: “If you get a lot of good feedback from your story, do you think you might try to tackle a novel?”

Answer: I’ve been kicking around an idea for a novel.  It’s just a matter of finding the time to sit down and write it.

SG-UNIVERSE writes: “Can we see a SGU trailer 2.0 in Comic Con 2010 ?”

Answer: You will.

PG15 also writes: “1. Are all the Season 2 episode slots filled at this point?

2. In your opinion, would you say Season 2 is more serialized than season 1, or less serialized?”

Answers: 201: Intervention, 202: Aftermath, 203: Awakening, 204: Pathogen, 205: Cloverdale, 206: Trial and Error, 207: The Greater Good, 208: Malice, 209: Visitation, 210: Resurgence, 211: Deliverance, 212: Twin Destinies, 213: Alliances, 214: Hope, 215: Seizure, 216: The Hunt, 217: (Rob’s script), 218: (Carl’s script), 219: Blockade, 220: Gauntlet.  Yep.  All we need are a couple of titles.

2. I’d say it’s about the same as season 1 although there will be  a much bigger build in some of the individual story arcs, particularly in the front half.

Chevron7 writes: “Do you mind if I borrow your photos for a little project I’m working on?”

Answer: Sure, knock yourself out.

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Sean D.

Hi Joe, can you make those videos available in another format or through another source? My web browser (even after installing the necessary Adobe Flash app) won’t let me view the vids. sad

Thanks!

Bailey
Bailey

Can you hire Major Davis to be the Advocate for Extinction as Brad is for Revolution? Someone needs to go to bat for the old gal…

Still hoping for Extinction.
Atlantis really needs closure. Much more so than SG1, although I’ll watch that one too I guess. But the entire time I’m watching it, I’ll be muttering to myself, “why couldn’t this have been the Atlantis movie, darn it!”

majorsal
majorsal

thanks, joe, for answering the ‘stargate: revolution’ questions. smile

susan the tartan turtle
susan the tartan turtle

I not 100% sure – but did Louis actually stop for breathe during that answer about Young being flawed.

Lovely Scottish summer weather here – rain, rain and more rain.
wink

Major D. Davis

PLEASE DON’T EVER LOOSE THE MUSIC MONTAGES! THEY ROCK.

Thanks so much,
Major D. Davis

Bailey
Bailey

You know, rereading the mailbag, what I think PG-15 and a few others may have been tactfully trying to ask, without actually asking, is why haven’t you or Paul gone to bat for Extinction as Brad has for Revolution?
Do you not feel it is your place? Or just really don’t have the energy to invest in that kind of undertaking?
Just curious, as many of us (or just me perrhaps?) have our hearts set on seeing Extinction someday. I very much loved Atlantis and it was your and Paul’s baby those last few years so I give kudos to you two. It would be a shame never to see more of those fine characters and their story.

Major D. Davis

Couple questions about the movies..

1. Now I know the SG-1 cast is signed to do the SG-1 movie, but what about the Atlantis cast? When the movie is greenlit, are you worried that it might be to difficult to get the cast back together?

2. Please don’t take this the wrong way… because I don’t know about all the behind the scenes stuff. Since Brad has talked to MGM about going forward with the SG-1 movie and MGM has been positive about it, wouldn’t it be good for you and Paul to talk to MGM about moving forward with the Atlantis movie since they’ve been so positive toward the SG-1 movie?

Sorry if im nagging.. sad Ive been fearful of question number 1 so instead of living in fear, I wanted to ask you to confirm the facts! smile

Thanks so much,
Major D. Davis

chevron7
chevron7

Thanks buddy…its been sooooo much fun going back through the blog posts. I’ve been getting distracted a little while I’ve been searching for cool photos.

Do you ever find yourself laughing at something you’ve written? I started doing that…it was embarrassing.

Cheers, Chev

Major D. Davis

@ Bailey

Holy turd that would be sweet! smile Just give me MGM’s number and id be happy to lobby for this movie. wink Then again as much as I’d like to, I don’t think there’s really a job opening. Besides I still have some camps coming up that would prevent me from taking on this new job. Unless I have a sat phone or an Iphone, then ill be happy to take the job!

Well im already sending letters to MGM and Syfy for the 8 week mail campaign… does that count? smile

Thanks so much,
Major D. Davis

Thornyrose
Thornyrose

so whose idea was it? The pineapple I mean. Yours or his? Love the post, and we need more video responses. As if you didn’t have enough on your plate as it is.

Beate Czogalla
Beate Czogalla

Thanks for another page of the Pineapple Diaries, and a great answer from Louis! wink

Bailey
Bailey

You Go Major Davis!
Double Rainbow!

Eric.Stewart
Eric.Stewart

That is one cool looking robe mrgreen … would look great with my orange flip-flop grin 8)

Gategod
Gategod

What might a fourth stargate series be about/be set?

Would you be the show runner?

Would any of the SG-1/SGA cast members star in a 4th stargate series?

Deni
Deni

Hi Joe, any news regarding Jelly?

archersangel

i really like the pineapple diaries. if only all the actors Q & A could be done this way

Don
Don

has anyone asked about Dr Franklin? Is he going to be showing up in Season 2? Did he kind of merge with the ship? Or was the selfless act of potentially sacrificing himself for the crew enough to “get his Ascension on”?

One thing I’ve been curious to see is a story where someone uses the stones to come to Earth and something big is happening there. Something completely unrelated to all the stuff on Destiny as far as the players involved. To kind of make the point that “Life back here on Earth isnt on hold just because you’re out there. We can’t always drop everything when one of you shows up.” Maybe what Destiny needs (reason for the visit) can’t be addressed until the Earth issue is resolved. ALA “There but for the Grace of God”

I mean, let’s think about it. The IOA was always threatening the program with reviews and cuts in funding. And what really came of that whole Icarus Project? They discovered an ancient ship that is actually First Gen Ancient Tech…less advanced than the stuff they got from Atlantis. AND the ship is REALLY far away. What practical benefit can anyone say has resulted from finding the Destiny? Now granted, it isn’t costing them alot to host the occasional “visitor” from way out there. SGU may be the only SG on the air at the moment but the Destiny can’t be the primary focus of the SGC daily operations, right?

My Name Is Scott
My Name Is Scott

I don’t have a problem with the music montages as much as I do the music chosen. Some of it has been great, but the majority has just been awkward and forgettable.

However, still love the show smile

Quade
Quade

Hey Joe,
Have you seen Avatar the Last Airbender, the tv series??
It’s not a Japanese anime, but it is the closest I think North America has come to making one. Anyways, if you have or haven’t, and were planning on seeing the film. DON’T! Call your friend, tell them your not going anymore, if you already bought tickets give them to Carl.

I have to say that is absolutely the worst adaptation of anything I have ever seen. Either M. Night Shaymalan has gone bat-sh!t crazy, or he didn’t even watch the series. I’m not trying to be racist here but he cast white kids for the natives, brown guys for the asians, and worst of all they didn’t even pronounce their names properly!! Aang (ang) was now ung, Iroh (eye-roh) was now ear-roh, Sokka (So-ka) was socca. And while we are on Sokka, he has like 10-15 lines in the entire movie, he was a major part of the show!! Now transferring 20 episodes into a 1-1/2hr film, you are definetly going to leave stuff out, but the biggest thing he missed was the heart and soul of the show. It just seemed like the actors didn’t care, or anyone for that matter. If I had to give it a score on a scale of 1 to 10, I would say it’s a “piece of sh!t”.

I would definetly recommend the TV series though. Now i’m going to see the new Predator film in a couple hours, and it better be good. Can’t really see how it could be worse.

Ponytail
Ponytail

“Catering could serve lunch right out of my kitchen and, best of all, this time, I can’t get in trouble for walking around in my underwear.”

Like Carl is doing in that first picture? shock

“The whole point of doing the Q&A’s the way I do (gathering the questions, sending them off, then giving the guest how ever much time they need to get back to me) is to ensure the process is a painless as possible for those taking part.”

Well, I suppose you are right. Your way is the best way. I was just thinking about your 1,000th Blog Post Night party recently when you had cake and talked to all of us. That was cool.

You know, I counted, until I lost count, some of Louis Ferreira’s gazillion questions he recieved (I’m kinda a stats girl – I think statistics are interesting). I figure at the rate of one question per night, his Q&A will be complete by next February. Sounds good to me! And his fancy pool jacket is starting to grow on me. I think I want one!

Kymm
Kymm

Wow!! Carl is smiling two days in a row, must be the gorgeous weather…or the Tim Tams…or the lovely company… or the pupster…or he’s taking lessons of the diabolical nature from Ashleigh and he has plans…

No need to purchase a bath robe, for your at home shoot, I’m sure Louis would be more than happy to let you borrow his ‘pretty’ orange one, now that his Pineapple Q & A has been taped…

Hope Peter and Patrick enjoy their time off and don’t get into tooooo much trouble.

Congratulations on getting the great reviews for Masked….

Well, I had my medical thing done on Thursday, spent Friday recuperating and now I’m back home. I should have known I would need a little more down time, so it was kind of a rough trip home today. I comfort ate just about all the Tim Tams that I bought at Pusateri’s and had stashed in my carry-on. I got some of all three flavours, but I want to try the Tim Tam Slam, that everyone has talked about, so I made sure that I saved a pack for that. I’ll need to Google or look back in your archives, but I better hurry b/c man those things are really good…

How are the pups doing in this heat??

Does this scare anyone else (esp. the BBQ Chicken)? All I can ask/say is WHY….*shudder*
http://markonefoods.com/

Have a good one!!
Kymm

Pol

Hi Joe,

I don’t know that I’ve ever seen you answer this on the blog. About how long does it take you and Paul to knock out an episode script? Do you do a solid pass and then give it to Paul (or vice-versa)? Or do you sit in a room and collaborate? How does that process work?

But…back to my main question, how long does it take you (’til you’re happy with the script – or at least willing to release it into the wild) to write an hour-long episode?

Thanks, Polly

PS, we’re really getting some good buzz now! Even got a Canadian on board! Now *that’s* progress, yes? smile

dasNdanger
dasNdanger

http://awkwardfamilypetphotos.com/

lol Dammit, Joe! That’s EXACTLY what I was thinking even before I scrolled down far enough to see your caption. lol I was all like…”okaaaaaaay…now that just doesn’t look right!”

Answer: I’ve been kicking around an idea for a novel. It’s just a matter of finding the time to sit down and write it.

Any chance of a sexy long-locked albino sort finding its way into your story?? wink Oh, and male, of course. smile

In all seriousness, thanks for answering my question. Very much looking forward to your story in Masked, and these reviews and things have me rather impatient for my copy to arrive!

And thanks for the recent Q&A and pictures and videos and stuff…just been kinda busy the last couple of days…busy, and distracted.

Update on my hands: The doctor’s office made a mistake – they thought I already had my post-test consultation with the doctor, and that’s why they scheduled surgery. Anyhoo, they’re telling me to set aside 2-4 weeks for recuperation, so I can’t even think about surgery until after the summer season. They gave me suggestions in the meantime (like, STAY OFF THE COMPUTER!), and to have my desk and keyboard adjusted, continue to wear the braces, take an anti-inflammatory (aspirin, I guess – I can’t take ibuprofen), etc. Also in the meantime, my sister may come up to help with some office work, since I can’t even hold a pen for more than a minute (I still do our books by hand).

After this, I gotta get my eyes checked because I swear I’m going blind – thank goodness for for the love of Beckett‘s sassy dad and his light switch fix – I have no idea where I’d be without my 300 watt halogen!

Ugh. This whole ‘getting old’ thing is getting really old. razz

Have a good one, Joe! Take care, everyone!

das

susan the tartan turtle
susan the tartan turtle

What is the name of the dog that Carl is hugging in an uncomfortable manner? Is he not a dog lover? Or maybe the dog is not a Carl lover!

Dogs are nicer than people, Cats like to be worshipped and pampered.

wink

Brandon Williford

Okay, Joe. Just between you and me … and, uh, anyone else who reads your blog …

There’s a new SG spin-off mini-series starring Patrick and Peter, right? I mean, you sure have been showing a lot of pictures of them lately … So it’s obvious that *something* must be up. I mean, they’ve GOT CHAIRS!!

This cover story of them going away for a bit for “r&r” … and that misdirectional usage of Louis in the robe-that-ate-other-robes-after-a-night-of-biiiiiiiiinge-drinking-and-ralphed-on-itself … while truly a clever bit of misdirection … isn’t quite doing the what I’m sure is the intended misdirectionalness.

So come on. Fess up. Bring the truth, brother. You’ll feel all the better for it.