parting is such sweet sorrow


The mood was sullen and my vision misty the day my work recently wrapped on  Battlestar Galactica.   According to the date stamp, I created my very first scene for the show on May 12, 2004 (a shot of Starbuck, Apollo and Boomer approaching the Olympic Carrier for “33”).  It was quite literally a dream come true; not only had the impossible happened and my favorite show was coming back, but I was working on it.  Of course that was no accident – believe me, I wiggled and wormed and begged and pleaded to get that job.  But now that it was coming to an end, how did I feel?


I daresay everyone involved in the production of Battlestar Galactica  would eventually settle on “proud” as being the emotional touchstone of their time on board.  This stems from it not only being such an outstanding example of television, but because it began as such an underdog!  Who would ever have thought that anyone  could have turned a one-season wonder from 1978 that even sci-fi fans snickered at into one of the most relevant and critically acclaimed shows of all time. 

I think all my comrades would agree that, five years ago, we were kind of embarrassed when we told someone we worked on Battlestar Galactica.

Now we say it with pride, and perhaps even the slightest air of superiority.  For frak’s sake, we earned  the right to gloat!


sad_faceBut in a scant ten weeks, all of you  are going to have to find a word that expresses your own emotions over the bittersweet farewell.  Will you be sad?  Angry?  Live in denial that it’s going to come back after all?  Actually, I think all of you have every right to the same sense of pride the people who made the show feel. 

All of you  had to secretly hide and watch in the early days, too embarrassed to admit to your friends and family that you were tuning in.  All of you  kept the faith and spread the word, telling people this  BSG was different and something they had to experience before they could roll their eyes at you again.  All of you  spent the last four years watching and discussing and blogging and sharing the same passion and enthusiasm for the program that anyone making the show could lay claim to.

So yes – when someone asks you  how you feel about Galactica  coming to an end, tell them “I’m proud!”   You’ve earned it.happyface

So say we all.





Here’s a spiffy image of the season three Baseship I rendered sometime last season.  It’s coincidentally wallpaper sized, so feel free to display it with pride!



Model: Pierre Drolet  –  Render: Mojo


33 Responses to “parting is such sweet sorrow”

  1. 2 Buck
    January 16, 2009 at 8:43 am

    So say we all!

  2. 3 The Hey
    January 16, 2009 at 8:49 am

    I’M proud of you that’s for sure.

  3. January 16, 2009 at 9:24 am

    Here’s a piece on the language aspect of the show:

    Hope you enjoy!

  4. 5 _pole
    January 16, 2009 at 10:07 am

    Thanks for sharing this!

    You really can be proud of what you and your colleagues have achieved. For us who haven’t yet seen the final episodes… it’s weird too because we of course want to know HOW it ends but we don’t want it to end. But like all of the cast and crew said it over and over: It’s good that the show ends in it’s own terms. I think especially BSG fans know how important this integritiy is. A story like that of Battlestar couldn’t work without it.

    So in that way I am very happy that it ends now. Battlestar Galactica is what it is and nobody can take it away.

  5. 6 Greg
    January 16, 2009 at 10:19 am

    So say we all!

  6. January 16, 2009 at 10:46 am

    Congrats, and thanks.

  7. 8 Peter von Frosta
    January 16, 2009 at 11:58 am

    Nice wallpaper Mojo. You wouldn’t by any means have that in widescreen, would you?

    It was nice seeing you in the Bear McCreary spoof on the season 4 boxset ;)

  8. January 16, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    What about the movies, Mojo? Do they hire a new VFX crew or the visuals are already done?

  9. 10 MalitiaNo9
    January 16, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    Thank you all for making it possible for us to witness such a great chapter of television :)

  10. 11 ety3
    January 16, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    I am truly envious. Had I the foresight (and maybe a little Hollywood proximity), I would have loved to have gotten into visual effects.

    As for being “embarrassed to admit” I was watching BSG? Nope. After the miniseries and especially “33,” I was telling everyone I knew what a great show it was. Of course, they already knew I was dork, so no harm no foul.

  11. January 16, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    Actually, Mojo, I have to say that after watching the mini-series, I was keyed for a series to be green-lit. Not that the way it ended couldn’t be a nice sha-wing! moment to cap the story off, but just because the story and direction, and yes, the use of ‘documentary cameras filming live in space’ VFX, were just so unbelievably awesome.

    I mean who doesn’t remember that moment when Helo gives up his seat for Gaius and we’re all like ‘Noooo! Don’t!!!’ Or that scene with the little girl stroking her dolly’s hair in the arboretum as the other ships spin up their FTL to flee the Cylon onslaught. Fantastic stuff.

    And when the series started, it just got frakkin’ better – with episodes like “33”, “Scar”, . . . okay, you get the point.

    You see, for me, it wasn’t never a point of embarrassment that I watched BSG. Rather, it was astonishment that others were missing out on what was one of the best dramatic series to hit the TV in a long time.

    So, yes Darthmojo, I can only imagine the pride and satisfaction you and your colleagues had working on this show. And now I want to add to that by adding as a BSG viewer my thanks to you and your colleagues for providing us with such a memorable ride. Thank you. :)



  12. 14 Vince
    January 17, 2009 at 12:46 am

    Will you be joining Gary H. on Caprica?

  13. 15 Chad N.
    January 17, 2009 at 10:54 am

    I don’t really want it to be over…

    BSG is a benchmark by which all other shows that follow shall be judged. It has raised the bar for what television can be, and set it high. The show has the best cast, the best writing, the best production design, the best music, the best VFX. Other shows pale in comparison.

    Galactica is truly something special.

    Many thanks to you Mojo, and the rest of the Battlestar VFX crew for the gift that has been the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica.


    (Caprica, next?)

  14. 16 jpearse
    January 17, 2009 at 11:26 am

    I felt a lot of pride (and joy, fear, sadness, shock, etc) during last night’s episode. Fantastic television. I found it interesting to read that because of the writer’s strike the cast and crew thought it was very likely it would be the last ever episode, which really informed the piece. The sense of helplessness was being reflected in real life.

  15. January 17, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    Mojo: You should be proud. Great, fantastic work. Last night’s episode was one of the best hours of televison in my life. So what’s next for you?

    My review of BSG 4.11 is here, btw: http://tinyurl.com/narbsgreview

    Cheers to you!

  16. 18 darthmojo
    January 18, 2009 at 2:05 am

    PETER: That Basestar image is 16:10 aspect ratio which, last time I checked, WAS widescreen. Are you saying you want it WIDER? Do you have Photoshop? Have fun making it as wide as you like.

    CARDOSO: Work on the finale and the DVD movie continues, but my involvement has wrapped. However, don’t be surprised if my path and BSG’s cross again sometime in the future! Stay tuned to Darth Mojo and find out :-)

    TANVEER: Well put, I’m glad you feel that way. You’ve reminded me of another point – regardless of being a “pro” or “fan,” when all of us WATCH the show, we have the same reactions and emotional responses. In other words, when you get right down to it, we’re ALL fans!

    VINCE: Production on “Caprica” is so far away I don’t think anyone knows anything for sure yet. I’ll happily cash a paycheck no matter WHO’S name is on it!

    NAR: Great review. I liked your breakdown of the 5th Cylon choice!

  17. January 18, 2009 at 7:51 am

    Everyone who has worked on the resurrection of BSG should be nothing but proud. The work you all have done has not only been stellar, but it’s influenced a whole new generation of artists out there. I remember when ’33’ premiered. I was in my second year of my VFX major at SCAD, and was immediately aware that this was something special. It’s influenced the work I do in my professional life, while also being one of most entertaining shows in my private life. So thank you Mojo. And thanks to the countless other artists who work on this show. I hope this isn’t the last we see of Galactica.

  18. January 18, 2009 at 9:41 am

    Like others above, I don’t think I even felt embarrassed to watch BSG. After all, what am I going to do? NOT watch a show with spaceships and killer robots? ;)

  19. 21 Peter von Frosta
    January 19, 2009 at 6:46 am

    And don’t forget hot Cylon chicks ;)

  20. January 19, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    So say we all indeed! :-)

  21. 23 seijornec
    January 19, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    I’m still convincing people about the greatness of this show and loan out my DVD’s quite often. It’s amazing how even the most ardent naysayer gets hooked once they get a taste of the miniseries. They come back asking for the next season like crack junkies!

  22. 24 Bradley Thompson
    January 19, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    I feel we can enter our house justified. And that’s a great feeling. Sad as it may be.


  23. 26 Lori C.
    January 23, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    Thanks for all you’ve done, Mojo! I’ve really enjoyed reading your insights on the show. You (all of you) have every right to be proud! Heck, I’m proud, and now you’ve given me the OK to be proud, so I feel better about that! :)

    I, too, still give my DVDs out to the unsuspecting. The poor things always come back looking for more, never knew what hit ’em!

    Thanks again for helping to make the best show I’ve ever seen.

  24. 27 adallahq
    January 26, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    We hope to see a lot more Darth Mojo involved with Battlestar, whether it be The Plan, any other BSG movies, Caprica, or heck, even games or fan films or fan mods or random renders.

    Battlestar Galactica has done what very few shows or movies do. It inspired us all to grow as a person and, through creativity, inspiration and passion drawn from BSG, go forth and create!

    I for one am especially thankful to BSG, and especially to the VFX folk who worked on BSG for inspiring me to get into the field of Visual Effects and CG.

    I’ve been a HUGE fan of Star Trek. HUGE fan of Star Wars. But it was not until I met Battlestar Galactica that something clicked within me, and it inspired me to not only get into CG and Visual Effects, but also into Editing, writing, directing, producing, and cinematography.

    So the Crew, Cast and Fans of Battlestar Galactica can add to their list of proud accomplishments, to have inspired THIS person to go forth and try to continue the legacy left behind by the best story and the best shot in the history of television.

    So Say We All!


  25. 28 Hayes
    January 27, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    FRAK YEAH!! So Say We All!!

    (I still get cold chills when Adama makes that speach at the end of the mini…)

  26. January 28, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    So Say We All Mojo, Frakkin A!

    We’re a proud, happy…and now a bit VERKLEMPT fandom. But the ball *does* keep rolling on with THE PLAN and CAPRICA a bit longer, doesn’t it.

    Blog on…

  27. 30 Mark
    February 18, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    I watched the original Battlestar and was pumped when I stumbled across it on Sci-Fi. tha acting and story just had amazing depth and the adition of sexy skin jobs like Six and number Three, and the cool and not cheesey special effects but ones that actually looked really cool. awesome job and congrats on living your dream.

  28. 31 Little Guy
    March 2, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    So, I say to Myrtle, I says to her, so says we all.

  29. 32 Fan Railer
    April 6, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    Thanks for the baseship shot, i really liked how it depicted all the weapons emplacements.

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