Let’s answer some questions…
for the love of Beckett writes: “How did you like “Cabinet of Curiosities?”
Answer: I liked it but not as much as either Still Life With Crows, Relic, or Reliquary. Pendergast is a terrific character and I wanted to learn more about him, but felt his connection to the case he was investigating too contrived.
Ganymede writes: “BTW, what are Bubba’s “measurements”? ..maybe I can crochet something up..?”
Answer: Very kind of you but, as much as Akemi will deny it, Bubba hates to wear clothing. He’s more of a free and easy type of pug.
PBMom writes: “Are you replacing the car with a newer model?”
Answer: Nope. It’s a second car I’ve been meaning to sell for a while now. Who’s interesting in acquiring a gorgeous 2007 Q7?
archersangel writes: “how many do you read a week? (where do you find the time to read?) and is your to be read pile fairly big?”
Answer: I average 3-4 books a week, but it really depends on how busy I am. I make time, usually an hour or two before I go to sleep. And, yes, my to-read pile is insurmountable. And I’m still buying.
PJR writes: “Do you edit & re-edit in your mind’s eye, tightening & testing and then to fit/cut to page length? Or is it best for you to work primarily, or even in balance, on the page?”
Answer: I generally prefer to outline my work before starting on a script and, this usually results in the finished product being more or less spot on in terms of length. I never worry about length while I’m writing. That’s something I’ll address in the rewrite, making the necessary trims to get the script down to proper length if I need to.
PJR also writes: “Separately…an existing SF franchise…Global already or which side of the pond, or N American border?”
Answer: If you’re talking about the series and pilot we’ve developed, it’s an original concept. If you’re referring to the “established property” that will form the basis for our next pilot, it’s a work of prose fiction by an established SF author.
G-Man writes: “I would have suggested renting out your home AND renting a suitable property, but I see some have already beaten me to it. However, there is a Mortgage expert based out of Chicago…”
Answer: Thanks for the input and the offer. At the end of the day, if I had to go through the hassle of packing up everything and moving, I’d have no inclination to move back so renting out the house was never an option.
Duptiang writes: “Just curious, with this episode written and directed by Robert Cooper, how much Executive Producing do you get to do?”
Answer: When we were working on Stargate, all of the writer-producers were involved in helping to build stories: spinning, breaking, providing notes on outlines, drafts, cuts and mixes. But, when it came to hands-on production, everyone essentially ran their own episodes. In the case of Vegas, I believe Rob outlined the story on his own. He also had even more influence on the final product as he directed the episode as well.
Duptiang also writes: “I think the big space battle was used earlier and a cost saving (nothing unusual). But, I think a quick view of youtube and that would have helped cast the scene and production. I felt it was cut out for a off the shelf sim program. Was that a production values decision?”
Answer: Sorry, don’t recall.
dasndanger writes: “Nuada is not your typical sociopathic villain, but instead he – for lack of better words – is a sensitive soul.”
Answer: On paper, yes, but the actor portraying Nuada failed to convey this in his performance. His attempts to elicit sympathy from Hellboy, for instance, felt stock and, at times, silly. For instance, in the scene with the giant plant creature, he appeals to Hellboy on the grounds that the creature is the last of its kind – yet Nuada had no problem siccing it on them, unleashing it to devastate the city center. Instead of sympathetic, I found him disappointingly stock and kind of dumb. It’s frustrating because I felt the base of a great character had been created but, ultimately, undermined by lazy dialogue.
Stitch writes: “Does the name Greg Z. Mean anything to you in the SGU world? Since his vest is on eBay right now wanted to put face with name?”
Answer: Nope, sorry. Never heard of him. Most likely and extra.
Joan001 writes: “I’m enjoying the reruns and keep wondering what the “gang” is up to in the Pegasus Galaxy… Think it’s too late now for a movie?”
Answer: Sadly, yes. Even if we could convince the entire cast to return (which would be quite a challenge given how Jason’s career has blown up post-SGA), we would have to face the even more daunting task of convincing the studio that an Atlantis movie would be a sound, financial move despite the fact that the show ended some four years ago.
Patricia Stewart-Bertrand writes: “Of all those people, once you get a green light for your next series, will you be recruiting some of them to come and work for you again?”
Answer: Yes, I joke about “getting the band back together” all the time. Ideally, if we get the green light and do shoot in Vancouver, I’d like to work with as many Stargate vets as possible.
DP writes: “We have reason to believe that in your mind, where the series canon lives, Woolsey is in the Pegasus Galaxy right now. We’ll learn more about how that came about soon?”
Answer: In a future blog entry, I’ll discuss the script, Stargate: Extinction, what we had planned (more or less) for the movie and beyond.
David H writes: “I know it’s unlikely at this point, but was any thought ever given to trying to crowdfund the movies? Something like Kickstarter?”
Answer: If we, the producers, owned the rights to the franchise, then I can assure you we would have found a way to produce the movie. The rights, alas, reside with the studio, MGM.
Tam Dixon writes: “Does Alex and Sara have room for you, Akemi and the pups?”
Answer: Oh, I’m sure they don’t. But I’m sure they’d be willing to make room for time we’re there. Like I said, we’ll only be in town for, at the most, five years.
dasndanger writes: ““Uh…nothing…nothing at all…though…umm, yeah…okay. Is that a squid?”
Answer: Uh, yeah, thanks for that. I’m having squid tonight for dinner.
Randomness writes: “Oh and Joe if you’re looking for another super long anime series…”
Answer: I much prefer the shorter (13-26 episode) series with a definitive end, like Cowboy Bebop or Now and Then, Here and There. Any suggestions?