I rolled onto the lot this morning and found THIS sitting by the building…
Today, we finally finished that Day 1 mix of Trial and Error. It took us three days to watch it from start to finish. Three days! When we reconvened to sit down and watch those last ten minutes this afternoon, Remi walked and informed us he had said aside the next two hours for the viewing. Fortunately, we didn’t need it. Well, not all of it anyway. A fair amount of notes on those power ups, power downs, and general ship sounds, everything from doors shutting to muffled explosions.
Today was also all about the casting of Alliances. We have our Senator but have yet to cast Covel, although we do have someone in mind. Hopefully, that deal closes tomorrow and Paul, who is producing the episode, will have one less thing to worry about.
Finish up the August book of the month club, people! Discussion of The Devil’s Alphabet begins next week!
The latest SFSignal MindMeld question: “Comic books have be garnering more public attention in recent years due to the massive popularity of many superhero based based films. And while superhero comics and science fiction are kindred genres, not every SF fan has read a comic. What comics should a science fiction fan read?” My response:
The world of science fiction is not that far removed from the world of comic books, thus I think you stand a better chance of getting an SF fan to pick up a graphic novel than you would, say, Maeve Binchy’s Heart and Soul or the latest Nicholas Sparks novel. Of course that isn’t to say Binchy and Sparks don’t appeal to SF fans of eclectic tastes, only that graphic novels are likely to offer more in the way of familiar (or at the very least, comfortable) territory for the discerning scifi follower. Aliens, mutation, super-powered conspiracy-laden defenestrations – science fiction and comic books share a common language so it should come as no surprise that, more often than not, they share the same fanbase as well. Still, there are quite a few fans of literary, television, and film SF who haven’t dabbled in the universes created by the likes of Moore or Miller. Given the opportunity to broaden their cosmic horizons, these are the graphic novels I’d recommend them…
And then I go on to offer ten recommendations (plus two for good luck!). You can check out my list, and the suggestions of others like Lou Anders, Matthew Sturges, and Paul Cornell here:
Finally, help for the terminally cheerful: http://www.theonion.com/video/fda-approves-depressant-drug-for-the-annoyingly-ch,14310/
Denny’s introduces a new menu item for those who don’t give a damn about their weight: http://www.thisiswhyyourefat.com/?p=553684303
I’d expect this sort of behavior from Daffy. But Donald? http://thesmokinggun.com/documents/bizarre/grope-claim-against-donald-duck
link022 writes: “The powers of nox were even very evolved more than those of the ancients Was it a natural gift ? Have they decided not to make the ascent given their convictions?”
Answer: Sorry. No idea.
Lisa R. writes: “I’m not good with disguises, but is the mustached stranger Brian Smith??”
Answer: Oooh. Good eye.
FoX1028 writes: “and the SG-1 episode is Message in a bottle.”
Answer: Congratulations! Your grand prize, an envelope of Carl’s mustache clippings, will be delivered in the coming days along with its signed certificate of authenticity.
me writes: “Is the statue of Greedo left behind by Rob still in Carl’s office?”
asms writes: “Joe, you’ve written for a range of shows/genres. What has been your favourite? What one show that you are not involved in would you like to be? Why – characters? cast? plot?”
Answer: I think the most fun I had writing for television was seasons 9-10 of SG-1. As for which show I’d like to be writing for if I wasn’t working on SGU? Hmmm. House offers a nice mix of drama and dark humor and a terrific lead character. Let’s go with House.
Chevron7 writes: “So did ya miss me?”
Answer: Did I?! I was just out looking for you!
Shawn Cassidy writes: “Currently you guys have shot most if not all of the first half of season 2, and are in process of still writing the back half ep’s. How is a cross scene such as that handled?”
Answer: Unless we’re shooting a two-parter, it’s very rare for us to block shoot. We may occasionally hold a scene for later in the season to accommodate an actor or our construction department, but we rarely incorporate scenes from later scripts into earlier shooting schedules, mainly because those scripts are usually a long way from being finished.
Major D. Davis writes: “Questions for the next mailbag.1. Is Martin Wood still directing Revolution?
2. Any more rumblings on updates on either movie? There’s a lot of ifs regarding MGM (like it being bought, or going bankrupt), do you still think Revolution is going to happen?
3. Do you know how the DVD market is doing? Has it gotten better or worse lately?
4. Is there any chance we’ll see some SGU books anytime soon (like the novelization of air)?”
Answer: Sorry. No idea.