We’re heavy into prep on episodes #101-102 and, with the commencement of principal photography about a month away, sets are coming together nicely. Our ship, The Raza, has come a long way in the past couple of weeks. The corridors have been textured with faux-grate flooring, pipes, vents, and grills, its walls painted in metallic hues, sliding doors installed; the quarters are coming to life, the sub-level cargo hold and walkways finished, and the bridge…the window are in, front AND top, and the consoles went in today.
Meanwhile, work is being completed on the shuttle (the Phantom Class Marauder) interior design. We’ve gone back and forth on its various elements – width, depth, seating layout, windows, and location of the door – and are in the process of finalizing the look. I wanted something similar to the puddle jumper in terms of layout with a little more of the depth of the SGU shuttle. Ultimately, I think we’ll also incorporate an element of the SG-1 cargo ships with its sectioned cockpit and separate hold.
Anyway, I contacted Stargate Production Designer James Robbins, who has been doing some fabulous design work for us on Dark Matter (Can’t wait to show you his work on The Marauder, the space station, and the various cruiser, destroyer, and shuttle class versions of the Ferrous Corp, Mikkei Combine, and Galactic Authority ships!), and asked him about the dimensions of those smaller Stargate ship designs. He sent me the following which I thought were too cool not to share with you –
As James points out, the dimensions are from our VFX department and may not reflect what was actually built. 80 feet long for the SGU shuttle seems a bit much, but the 40 foot length of the Atlantis puddle jumper sounds about right.
Takes you back, no?
Many thanks to James for digging these up from the archive!
Prep continues with non-stop meetings. Today, it was the concept meeting followed by visual effects, playback, and impromptu hair meeting, stunts, and special effects. Tomorrow, it’s an Art Department review, props, paints, another hair meeting, and not one but TWO gun meetings!