Archive for June, 2008

25
Jun
08

we’re working on it

“Where are the frakkin’ posts?” I can hear you screaming… they’re coming, trust me.  I’ve been really focused on previz for show 419 (the Galactica’s landing bay has been totally relit) and so blogging has been slow-going.  I’ve actually written most of the next post (VFX for “Revelations”) but I’ve been having issues with my new video host.  As soon as I manage to successfully upload video that doesn’t get re-processed into felgercarb, you’ll have something juicy to sink your teeth into.  Since I’m heading to Vancouver on Thursday for a few days of R&R, if you don’t see it tomorrow look for it early next week.  In the meantime, enjoy this lovely, hi-res image from Rougnecks: The Starship Troopers Chronicles.  While I was working on Voyager, my fellow Foundation Imagers were toiling away on the first all-CG TV series in history (no, Reboot  doesn’t count).  Check out the DVDs, you’ll be glad you did!  Maybe I can get the boys to put together a flashback of that  series… anyone interested?

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20
Jun
08

sci-ficandy: voyager strikes back

Happy Friday, nerds and nerdettes!  I twisted my wrist pretty badly yesterday, so I decided on a weekend post that would involve as little typing as possible; that could mean only one thing – another tasty edition of Sci-Ficandy!  Today we have a selection of never-before-seen images from Star Trek: Voyager.  The one you see above is an alternate angle from the episode “Relativity,”  which featured a flashback to Voyager being constructed at the fabled Utopia Planitia shipyards over Mars.  Continue reading ‘sci-ficandy: voyager strikes back’

18
Jun
08

Ridley Scott compares “Blade Runner” to “little orphan annie”

Saturday, June 14th was a day to remember here in Los Angeles – it was the day of the perfect Blade Runner experience. The one-time-only charity screening took place on the Warner Brothers backlot (where the film was made) and director Ridley Scott, co-screenwriter Hampton Fancher and a host of others were on hand afterwards to take questions from the audience. For die-hard Blade Runner fans, it was the event of a lifetime; not only was the film presented in reference-quality digital projection and sound, but during the Q&A we witnessed Scott and Fancher engage in a heated debate over whether Deckard is – or is not – a Replicant…

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17
Jun
08

ambrosia induced?

I don’t know what inspired German BSG fan Marco Scheloske to create what you see above, but I have to thank him for the huge laugh.  To read more about the project and learn how he did it, check out his thread in the Hobby Talk forum here.  At least one other nutty fan has followed Marco’s lead and tried his own hand at a starship in a bottle –clickhere to see what he came up with.  And finally, “Bottlestar Galactica” makes an appearance on the environmental website Grist, but in a totally different context.  Click here to see why someone over there must be a BSG fan…

16
Jun
08

movie review: please mess with the zohan!

Super Summer Movie Fun Club, Go!  members did their duty last week and saw the latest new release, You Don’t Mess With the Zohan. All we were expecting from Adam Sandler was a bad movie with a few genuinely funny moments, but Zohan skyrocketed past the Summer of Lowered Expectations to deliver a solid, two-and-a-half star behemoth, chock-full-o-laughs and a surprisingly ambitious story. The only thing weighing it down from reaching the coveted three-star rating was its hefty 113 minute running time, providing even more proof that Hollywood has forgotten its own words to live by, “less is more.” So what gives?  Why have movies gotten so long in the tooth?

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13
Jun
08

Why Galactica?

The single most puzzling question no one has answered about Galactica’s triumphant return is why did it come back?   When I explain the history to people, it still boggles my mind: it was on for one season  thirty years ago.  One.  On top of that, it was never very popular and no one – not even the fans – regard it as high art.  Yet it retained enough of a dedicated, passionate following to insure that one day she would return.

But why?  What kept that mediocre one-season-wonder so near and dear to my  heart that seeing it come back was literally a dream come true?  I think the answer boils down to one word:  Cheeseburgers.

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12
Jun
08

last night at the dome

Wednesday night was a rare treat – as part of their endeavor to increase visibility of Battlestar  during Emmy judging season, Sci-Fi Channel had an advance screening of Friday night’s mid-season finale, “Revelations,” at the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood.  More pictures and totally spoiler-free coverage inside…

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