April 30, 2011: The L.A. Breakdown: Returning on the Red Eye! A Ben & Jerry’s Bonanza! Skirting the Picket Line! Dinner at Craft Restaurant!

Boy, if there was a fight on which I could have developed deep vein thrombosis, last night's red-eye from Los Angeles to Toronto was it.  I napped in about fifty five minute installments over the course of those four and a half hours, drifting off and starting awake, fingers numb, legs aching, back and neck…

April 29, 2011: A brief trip to L.A.

Our flight got into Los Angeles twenty minutes late and, by the time we hit baggage claim, it was past 11:00 p.m. local time (2:00 a.m. for us).  We were exhausted and looking forward to that nice, quiet, relaxing ride to our hotel.  Yessirree.  Once we’d located our driver, it would be smoooooooth sailing.  Well,…

April 28, 2011: Maintaining my constant Defcon 1 status!

Taking a little break from my Stargate ponderings to shift focus to the new show, Transporter: The Series.  This morning, we welcomed our new continuity director... Then, it was three successive interviews with some potential Directors of Photography, THIS massive lunch sandwich - And a futile attempt to get some work done on my latest…

April 27, 2011: Sunshine! And the SG-1 season 4 trip-down-memory-lane wrap-up!

Apparently, Alexander has discovered the source of all my recent problems (the jet flight I was denied, the payment I'm  yet to be reimbursed for, the recent damage to my car, my VISA being compromised - to name just a few).  According to Alexander, it's my attitude.  I'm just getting back what I put out…

April 26, 2011: Since arriving in Toronto I’ve suddenly become the protagonist in a Lemony Snicket book!

Looking forward to hearing everyone's comments on the latest (and one of the last remaining) episode of Stargate: Universe, Epilogue.  In retrospect, it would have been a nice way to conclude the show but, alas, at the time, we were looking at Gauntlet as the season ender, not a series ender (more on that when…

April 25, 2011: Spicy fingers! Fan Wars! Further Toronto-induced Headaches! And More SG-1 4th Season Memories!

Hey, you know what they apparently don't have in Japan?  Long hot peppers!  How do I know?  Well, the other night we were at Fondy's house and Akemi volunteered to clean the hot green peppers we had set aside for dinner.  Unbeknownst to either Fondy or I, rather than use gloves or simply use a…

April 24, 2011: Days of Stargate Past – SG-1 Season Four!

Special Features Producer Ivon Bartok started on the franchise around the same time we did.  Back then, though, he wasn't doing Special Features.  He was just a recent Toronto-transplant looking to land a job as an assistant to Gecko Films Corp., a partnership between actor Richard Dean Anderson and Executive Producer Michael Greenburg.  I remember…

April 23, 2011: Days of Stargate Past – SG-1 Season Four!

So, in yesterday's blog entry, I offered up a short but sweet summary of my rise from humble animation freelancer to landing a gig on the biggest television production in Canada.  I had uprooted, wife and dog in tow, and joined my writing partner, Paul, on a west coast adventure that - at the time,…

April 22, 2011: Days of Stargate Past!

Before I get into my Stargate reminiscences, a little update on the V1 Jets front.  For the full preamble, check out my April 19th entry (April 19, 2011: V1 Jets). In short: I booked a flight through V1 Jets, followed their instructions and sent them a wire payment but, since the wire payment did not reach…

April 21, 2011: Closing up the Stargate shop :( ! Mailbag!

Received an email from the lovely Tanja yesterday.  She was our production coordinator for many, many years of the Stargate franchise and was in the offices the other day to coordinate the final wrap.  Apparently, it was a very melancholy vibe as work began on de-rigging Stage 5 first.  Stage 5, as you may or…

April 20, 2011: Dogs! And such!

My car finally arrived yesterday, apparently a little worse for wear from the cross-country shipping.  It sounds like a commercial airliner and smells like a Parisian brothel.  Going to need to get it serviced and detailed. More meetings on the pre-production front!  Yesterday, we sat down with a couple of potential Visual Effects Supervisors, then…

April 19, 2011: V1 Jets

Since writing this original blog post, the issue has been resolved to my satisfaction.  Check it out... (I’m pleased to report some great news on the V1 Jets front.  My disagreement with the company over a recent jet charter has been settled to my immense relief and satisfaction.  Company President Andrew Zarrow called me personally…

April 18, 2011: Pre-Production Update! My Favorite Germans! The Office Routine! And Magic Wands!

I spent the weekend incorporating five different sets of notes into my rewrite of (what was formerly episode #2 but is now) episode #3.  It now comes in at a robust 62 pages.  On the one hand, the longer page count makes it more challenging to schedule; on the other hand, a couple of more…

April 17, 2011: until we meet again

That was the title of the email I received from Brad Wright late yesterday, an email confirming the worst.  Despite his best efforts and a situation so fluid it vacillated from "almost yes" to "probably not" and back to "almost yes" on any given week, final word had come down.  There would be no SGU movie.…

April 16, 2011: Catching up with the mailbag!

Heading out for dinner tonight after which I've got to hit the gym, start The Wise Man's Fear, and finish up the last two episodes of Eden of the East. Here's a long overdue mailbag for you to peruse... Chevron7 writes: "Now onto Colonel Cockblock – love that name Joe. Did you write in the closed…