July 3, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

First of all, I’d just like to say hello (again) to all the Stargate fans out there.  You’ve been far too quiet for far too long.  Let’s see what we can do about that.

Secondly, these were my favorite comic book covers of the week…

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Aero #1 (variant cover art by Stanley “Artgerm” Lau)

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Aero #1 (variant cover art by John Tyler Christopher)

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Banja X #2 (cover art by Fabio Alves)

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Batgirl #36 (variant cover art by Joshua Middleton)

DCeased #3 (variant cover art by Franscesco Mattina)

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Deathstroke #45 (variant cover art by David Finch)

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Green Lantern #9 (cover art by Liam Sharp)

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Green Lantern #9 (variant cover art by Frazer Irving)

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Justice League #27 (variant cover art by Arthur Adams)

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Lois Lane #1 (variant cover art by Jenny Frisson)

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Ms. Marvel Annual #1 (variant cover art by John Tyler Christopher)

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Over the Garden Wall: Hollow Town (cover art by Miguel Mercado)

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Red Sonja #6 (variant cover art by Christan Ward)

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The Dreaming (cover art by Nathan Fairbairn, Yanick Paquette)

So, which were your favorites?

July 2, 2019: Hey! What happened to all the Stargate fans?

Are you all taking the summer off?

Okay, one more time.  Name the episode…

VFX Animations – Stargate: Atlantis: “Rising I and II”

Puddle Jumper Surprise

Puddle Jumper is a go!  First shot

Puddle Jumper is a go!  Second shot

Puddle Jumper exits the space gate.

Hive ship reveal.

If I don’t hear from you after this one, I’m sending the police by your homes for a welfare check.

July 1, 2019: Hallucinatory Wraith Feeding!

Came across this little gem on one of my old hard-drives – what appears to be footage from an extended hallucinatory wraith feeding sequence.  It’s actually surprisingly disquieting.  Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to name the episode.

I celebrated Canada Day by completing my latest (and last?) revision on that big comic book pitch.  I’ll give it a once-over tomorrow with a set of fresh eyes, then send it off for the final stamp of approval.  Or further discussion prior to further discussion prior to further discussion before final approval.

Also this week, I’m hoping to get some feedback on the second draft of the pilot for my Untitled Awesome Project.

And, of course, I’m looking forward to four days on location shooting Utopia Falls.  Fortunately, only the final three days are outdoors.  Unfortunately, those are the only days this week in which rain is in the forecast.

Finally, about a week out from wrap, I’m looking ahead to my next big move – and have decided a little house cleaning may be in order…

June 30, 2019: Suji Sunday!

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Summer-ready!

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Also – ice cream-ready!

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Lulu reflects on the follies of youth.  And beef jerky treats.

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Are you looking at me?  Are YOU looking at ME?

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When we first adopted Suji, she wasn’t all that sure about Lulu, steering clear for the most part.  But now, whenever we come home, we find them snuggled up side by side, squeezed into one of the dog beds.

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Whaaaaaaat?!

June 29, 2019: The weekend is upon us!

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Seeing double.  On the left: Utopia Falls on set producer Ivon Bartok.  On the right: Utopia Falls actor Robbie Graham-Kuntz.  No, wait.  I think it’s the other way around.  Or is it?

On this day in Supervillain History…

Finally, tonight Akemi and I had dinner with the amazing Ashley V. Robinson and Jason Inman (GHL Podcast) –

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Topics we covered included: Stargate: SG-1, Stargate: Atlantis, Stargate: Universe, DS9, ST:OS,  ST:NG, STV, STE, STD, Judge Dredd, The Raid, Cowboy Bebop, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Legion of Super-Heroes, Fringe, Game of Thrones, Avengers, X-Men, Spider-Man, Kick-Ass, Preacher, Supergirl, Black Lightning, Dark Matter, Daredevil.

But I’m sure I left something out.

June 28, 2019: Atlantis! Universe! Dark Matter! SG-1!

Continuing our Stargate: Atlantis remake – VFX Animation style…

And a little Stargate: Universe behind the scenes action from one of my very favorite episodes of the franchise: Time…

The entirety of this episode was shot on one of our sound stages – Interior for Exterior.

Security drone – Dark Matter

Raza diagnostic screen – Dark Matter

Infirmary – Main Monitor – Pod Vitals – Dark Matter

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SG-1 Russian stargate blueprints.  Or, I suppose, more lavender prints.

 

June 27, 2019: Well, damn.

This is a first.  After ten years of daily blogging I actually missed a post.  Yesterday, between the driving back and forth to the location shoot, being on set, reviewing the notes for that comic book project, reviewing my pass on my (formerly) Untitled Awesome Project, and that dinner meeting – I completely forgot to write an entry.

I suppose I could just skip it as one could argue that the ship has already passed, but in the interest of completeness, I’m offering up this early morning post which will be followed, later tonight, by an official June 28, 2019 post.

Unless I forget of course.

So, for this morning, let me give you the update.

As I mentioned, we’re finishing our last 2+ weeks of production on the road. Today, we wrap up the big spectacle in The Hammer and, next week, we move on the great outdoors for the big finish.  After that, it’s the wrap party and about three months of post production.  In the meantime…

Got (what I believe) are the final round of notes on that big comic book project.  The big challenge will be in addressing notes and adding the requested details while, alternately, shaving two pages off the pitch.

Completed that second draft of the pilot script for my (formerly) Untitled Awesome Project.

Started breaking down that horror novel adaptation with the author.  Thinking an eight-episode first season.

Series overview complete on the comic book adaptation.  Now pushing for a green light on a script.

Haven’t heard back on that small-town horror series since they put together the creepy sizzle reel.  I imagine I’ll be out pitching that one this summer.

Also heard that sci-fi series I developed (with the original creator) is NOT dead after all.  This according to the broadcaster…who has been sitting on the material since last August.  Ah, show business.

Today, it’s big to The Hammer for the big finish.  With an 11:30 a.m. call and the fact that this is the last day on this location, I suspect this will be a very long, very late day.

Just do me a favor and remind me to post!

June 26, 2019: Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

These were my favorites…

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Action Comics #1012 (cover art by Jamal Campbell)

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Action Comics #1012 (variant cover art by Ben Oliver)

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Age Of X-Man: Extremists #5 (cover art by Rahzzah)

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Batman: Damned #3 (variant cover art by Jim Lee)

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Detective Comics #1006 (cover art by Dan Brown, Kyle Hotz)

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Detective Comics #1006 (variant cover art by Dan Quintana)

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Black Panther #13 (variant cover art by Carlos Pacheco)

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Doctor Strange #15 (cover art by Jesus Saiz)

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Fantastic Four #11 (variant cover art by Jay Anacleto)

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Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #38 (variant cover art by Adits Gravnov)

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Heavy Metal #294 (cover art by Donato Giancola)

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Justice League Dark #12 (cover art by Brad Anderson, Raul Fernandez, Alvaro Martinez)

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Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #44 (variant cover art by Rahzzah)

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Star Wars: Age of Rebellion – Darth Vader #1 (variant cover art by Gabriele Dell’otto)

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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge #3 (cover art by Tommy Lee Edwards)

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Thanos #3 (cover art by Jeff Dekal)

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Thanos #3 (variant cover art by Pyeong Jun Park)

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The Beauty #27 (cover art by Jeff Filardi, Jeremy Haun)

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The Magnificent Ms. Marvel #4 (variant cover art by Gerald Parel)

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The War of the Realms #5 (variant cover art by Victor Hugo)

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Thor #14 (variant cover art by Yasmine Putri)

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The Weatherman #1 (variant cover art by Duncan Fegredo)

So, which were your favorites?

June 25, 2019: Family weekend!

Last weekend, sis and mom came in for a family wedding…

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Me enjoying the two hour drive to the venue.

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Sis, me, and cousin John broiling under the hot sun.

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Presenting…the cupcake!

Demanding Lulu eventually gets up and scratches her own chin.

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Mom and sis at brunch.

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The look of mom not enjoying lunch.

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And Monday it was back to work!

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9:30 p.m. wrap means a 10:30 a.m. call in Hamilton!

June 22, 2019: Dark Matter deleted scene – Episode 212 “Sometimes in Life You Don’t Get to Choose”

FOUR has restored his memories and, as Ryo Ishida, plots against the throne of Zairon with the help of Hiro, his half-brother.  The change in him has not sat well with the rest of the crew, especially Nyx.  In this scene (directed by series stunt coordinator John Stead and, sadly, cut for time) she and TWO discuss the recent disconcerting developments…

June 21, 2019: Friday Carnival!

Today was our last day of production on our standing sets.  Before hitting the road for 2+ weeks of location shooting, we celebrated with a carnival!

Ringmaster and Production Coordinator Naomi Ward and her right hand strong man Drew Cohoe!

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Barbecue!

Snacks and sweets!

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Line Producer Robbie David and all his friends!

Games!

Prizes!

Julia and Nancy!

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I cashed in my raptor bucks for this deluxe collection of tiny plastic dinosaurs.

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Can’t wait to see what these two have in store for us when we hit the road!

June 20, 2019: Dark Matter – Another deleted scene!

This one was not so much a deleted scene as it was re-shot (so, technically, yes, deleted and replaced).  The broadcast version has ONE and Android scrambling to save SIX who has gone into cardiac arrest.  Ultimately, it’s the Android’s quick-thinking – and a residual electro-magnetic shock – that brings him back to the land of the living. Exciting, no?

The original version – admittedly not quite as exciting but no less fun – was deemed too sedate given that this was the show’s all-important third episode, the point at which (many in the industry believe) a series either keeps or loses the bulk of its viewer.  “Keep ’em past the third episode and they’ll stay with you for the rest of the season” is the accepted assumption.  And so, the scene was changed.

Outside of a few gags, the broadcast version covers the same beats.

June 19, 2019: This Week’s Best Comic Book Covers!

These were my favorites…

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Aquaman #49 (variant cover art by Joshua Middleton)

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Batman #73 (cover art by Mikel Janin)

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Batman #73 (variant cover art by Ben Oliver)

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Captain America #11 (cover art by Alex Ross)

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Captain America #11 (variant cover art by Alex Ross)

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Deadpool #14 (variant cover art by Mark Brooks)

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Marvel Annotated #4 (cover art by Alex Ross)

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Marvel Annotated #4 (variant cover art by Alex Ross)

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Miles Morales: Spider-Man #7 (variant cover art by Patrick O’Keefe)

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Red Sonja and Vampirella meet Betty and Veronica #12 (cover art by Fay Dalton)

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Star Wars #87 (variant cover art by Rafael Albuquerque)

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Star Wars: Tie Fighter #3 (cover art by Tommy Lee Edwards)

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Star Wars: Tie Fighter #3 (variant cover art by Jeff Langevin)

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Teen Titans #31 (variant cover art by Alex Garner)

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The Absolute Sandman vol. 1 (cover art by Dave McKean)

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Tony Stark: Iron Man #13 (cover art by Alexander Lozano)

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Tony Stark: Iron Man #13 (variant cover art by Clayton Crain)

So which were your favorites?