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  • N8ball88
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    Just wanted to let anyone who is interested know, I am planning on posting my report that would have been in SciFi magazine once I get moved.

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  • N8ball88
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    Originally posted by Nessva
    Thanks for the link and for answering all the questions ... I'm still working through reading it all, so I'm sure I'll be back later!!!
    You are quite welcome! Let us know what you think.

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  • N8ball88
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    Well that's odd...I'd swear I made a response saying thank you for posting Bonnie's report, and thanks to Bonnie for the link, but now it's not here...hmmm...

    Well, thanks for posting that and thank you Bonnie for the link.

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  • Nessva
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    Thanks for the link and for answering all the questions ... I'm still working through reading it all, so I'm sure I'll be back later!!!

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  • Hatusu
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    That was nice of you, Space Cadette.

    I realized that I still have the original version of the article. It's much longer, with more detail. I hope you don't mind; I prefer this version. You can find it here: http://forum.gateworld.net/showthrea...07#post4380507
    Last edited by Hatusu; 24 July 2005, 03:56 PM.

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  • Space Cadette
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    [Here's the rest of Bonnie's article]
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    Friday morning, Nancy and I went down to the hotel's drive-up area, where Ronny Cox was already waiting for his ride to the Oval Office set. We talked with him for awhile. He is very different from his intimidating Kinsey persona. He considers himself a musician first (remember the Deliverance dueling-banjos scene?) and he often mentions his wife and adult children.

    At the Oval Office set I was given a dressing room in a trailer, then I was called over to makeup and hair. After they finished with me I was told to change into my suit and report to the set. On the way back to my trailer I saw William Devane, who would be portraying the president of the United States, sitting on some stairs. I introduced myself. He was very friendly, but I think he was a little taken aback that this contest winner would be in a scene with him.

    I changed into my pant-suit and heels and Nancy and I went inside to the Oval Office set, originally built for the second X-Men movie. They let us sit quietly nearby listening to a scene in a conference room between Jessica Steen and Ronny Cox. Once in a while the actors would come back to discuss the scene being shot. Martin Wood, the director, and Michael Greenburg, the executive producer, wanted Ronny Cox to do the scene bigger. Jessica Steen was a bit nervous about asking to modify a line of dialogue. I forgot if it was Martin Wood or Michael Greenberg who let her do so, saying, "It's not like Star Trek, where you're not allowed to change a single word of dialogue."

    It wasn't long before Martin Wood told me I should go out front. I was standing in the outer office waiting for someone to tell me what to do and listening to William Devane rehearse behind the closed Oval Office door.

    Suddenly the door burst open and William Devane looked at me and growled, "Not now. I'll call you later!" then slammed the door closed. The look on my face must have been good because the entire crew cracked up. Someone said he does that kind of thing all the time.

    A young woman named Holly arrived, to play the president's secretary. Martin Wood blocked out some different ways that she would escort me to the President's Office. Finally, it was set that I'd be waiting in the outer office, talking to the President's secretary and holding a top-secret document. Ronny Cox was sitting on the couch, and an actor playing a Secret Service agent was standing by the entrance.

    My part of the scene goes like this: The president opens his office door. Dr. Weir and he say some final words to each other. The secretary and I look up, then politely look away. The president sees me and calls me into his office; Dr. Weir and I cross at the doorway. Finally, the president shakes my hand, brings me into the Oval Office and closes the door.

    They filmed this scene in different ways and from different angles for most of the day. After the Oval Office door was closed William Devane and I would be trapped in there for awhile while the scene continued in the outer office. William Devane was incredibly nice and tried to make me feel comfortable by giving me advice and telling anecdotes about Knots Landing. He offered a suggestion that my face would be on camera if I turned around and said, "Thank you" to the President's secretary. So before the next take, I warned Holly about what I was going to do. I think it went well — Holly gave me the thumbs up. But it was not to be. A couple takes later, Martin Wood came out and said, "Bonnie, you can't talk. It will cost us too much money!" [because of pay scales related to speaking roles]. I was embarrassed, but the crew laughed, so I told them that it was William Devane's fault. I'm so mature.

    During a break, I walked outside and ran into Don S. Davis (General Hammond) on his way in from makeup. He was very gracious and called me "My dear." In person, he appears taller than on screen and he has a very impressive, resonating voice. Then William Devane came out. It appeared to be their first meeting because they started to compliment each other's work. You could tell that there was real respect there. At that nice moment, I excused myself, smiling.

    I was supposed to go back to the Stargate set that afternoon. The cast was doing a photo shoot with the SCI*FI Channel people. Bill told me that I had to stay at the Oval Office set because I was going to be in another shot. Oh, darn! Nancy got to go back over there and had her picture taken at the 'Gate. As far as I could tell, my part of the scene was the same as before, but filmed from inside the Oval Office. At one point I was still in the Oval Office when Jessica Steen came back in. She stopped me and said, "Is it true that you're not an actress?" I said, "No, I'm just a contest winner." Then she told me that I was doing great. Thank you, Ms. Steen! It turns out that none of the actors but Ronny Cox and William Devane knew I wasn't an actor, and that was because I had told the two of them. I assumed everyone knew all along!

    Much later, Martin Wood dismissed me from the set, but asked me to come into the Oval Office first. He thanked me and said that I had done a good job. I said I hoped I hadn't embarrassed anyone. He replied, "No, you were very natural." I'll remember that compliment forever. And I hope it's true because it didn't feel natural after multiple takes. I went over to William Devane and thanked him for all his help and support. He said, "It's a great start to your acting career!" I said, "And a great finish!" Then he said something like "Naah, we'll see." I thanked everyone there and left the set. My best guess is that I'll be on the screen for only a few seconds, but Martin Wood told me that I couldn't be cut.

    Nancy and I spent the rest of our stay hiking around Vancouver's beautiful bay. I ran into William Devane a couple more times at the hotel. He always took the time to have a nice conversation.

    Afterword

    Well, my 15 minutes of fame are over until "The Lost City" airs, probably in late March. I'm not supposed to reveal what I know. I did get a peek at the set of the actual Lost City, which was still being built. I don't know all the details of the two-part episode, but I will tell you that Internet fan sites don't have them all right. It's going to be wonderfully grand.

    And when you're watching me in March, please wish me luck. I'm an ordinary fan who got lucky, and I'll be nervously watching in March, too.

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  • Space Cadette
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    Originally posted by Hatusu
    It was at scifi.com. It was up a couple months ago, but I think it's gone now. I was astonished that they kept it going so long.
    It just so happens that I emailed this to a friend of mine when it came out, and I still have a copy

    Here it is:

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    My Trip Through the Stargate
    by Bonnie Arbuthnot

    I live in Chicago, and I work at not-for-profit companies, most recently as a development director. One night, I was working on my computer when I heard the SCI*FI Channel promo about the Stargate SG-1 "Get in the 'Gate" sweepstakes. I entered*... and less than two months later, I was on a plane to Vancouver, Canada, to film my walk-on role as a White House staffer for the season finale, "The Lost City."

    Ed, a teamster who works for the production company, met me and my friend and fellow fan, Nancy Wicklund, at the airport and drove us outside Vancouver to the set at Bridge Studios. You might remember it from the episode "Wormhole X-treme" [where it stood-in for the series-within-the-series' studio]. Bill Vigars, the Stargate SG-1 publicist, escorted us to the production offices, then guided us up and down stairs to the sets.

    We were rushing through a hallway that had familiar colored tape on the floor when suddenly I realized we were on the set of Stargate Command. We approached a doorway, and I sucked my breath in when I saw the beginnings of a metal grated ramp. Nancy exclaimed, "Oh, my God!" We were in the 'Gate room!

    It doesn't look at all like a set — it looks real! Bill hurried us through the room, then took us upstairs to the conference-room set where they were preparing to film a scene. He introduced us to [episode director and series co-producer] Martin Wood and [co-executive producer] N. John Smith. Nancy and I were seated near the conference table that we've seen on the show, right in front of the window with a view of the Stargate.

    None of the series' stars were in the room; the crew was setting up the lights and cameras using stand-ins. Ronny Cox [guest-starring as Vice-President Kinsey] came into the room and sat next to me. I'm not shy, so I introduced myself. He had just started up a conversation with me when one of the crew came over and asked him to move since he was causing a reflection in the window and it could be seen on camera. They moved me as well, so I ended up sitting under the Stargate Command emblem. Some of the crew and stand-ins came over and introduced themselves, and I was surprised they were so nice to us, since we were obviously in their way. The crew was fascinating to watch, speedily moving and adjusting all the equipment. The stand-ins were very nice, too. They get a chance to act once on the show in a while — Christopher Judge's stand-in is easy to spot as a Jaffa, or as the Teal'c-like character in "Wormhole X-treme."

    Finally the rest of the actors came in and sat around the conference table: Richard Dean Anderson, Amanda Tapping, Michael Shanks, Christopher Judge, Tony Amendola [who plays the semi-regular role of Teal'c's mentor, Bratac], Ronny Cox and Jessica Steen [guest-starring as Dr. Elizabeth Weir]. You might remember her as the doctor on Earth 2, or as an astronaut in the movie Armageddon.

    After everything was blocked, they started filming the scene. RDA had a long speech. It was mesmerizing watching it. It was just like watching the show, but live — and with one unfortunate problem: I was in RDA's line of site, and he caught me staring in the middle of the scene! Aaargh! I didn't want to throw the actors off, so I tried to watch them indirectly. They filmed this scene over and over and from different angles, so they could get close-ups on everyone.

    After numerous takes, Nancy and I had the scene memorized — including eyebrow raises and snide inflections. Some notes on this: RDA messed up his lines the most, but then he had the most lines in this scene. Michael Shanks delivers his lines in exactly the same way every time. Ronny Cox uses clever dramatic pauses to cover until he remembers the next line. Amanda Tapping has a surprisingly different voice and personality in real life. Her voice is higher and she's very bubbly and a definite people-hugger. And this cast is tall, very thin and very fit. My friend and I hadn't realized that Michael Shanks is tall. RDA looks even better in person — they all do.

    Suddenly Bill hustled Nancy and me to the other end of the room, in front of General Hammond's office window. The lead actors lined up (minus RDA) and we introduced ourselves. I was surprised when Michael Shanks made sure he got my name right. Christopher Judge gave me a smile that just about knocked me over. Then they had us get in the middle of the actors for a photo. My eyebrows went up when I saw Michael Shanks pull Nancy closer to him. I felt very inadequate among these beautiful people with professional makeup and hair. Nancy and I had that fashionably pale and disheveled look from having spent all day on a plane and in airport lines. Out in the hallway afterward, Amanda Tapping talked to us for a while, and a gentleman took photos of the three of us. Amanda Tapping is just as nice as everybody had been telling us.

    They let us watch some more takes of the scene being filmed. The wardrobe lady dressed Tony Amendola in full Bratac Jaffa gear and cape right in front of me. I had mouthed "Hi" to him earlier when he caught me looking. Now, suddenly he turned around and said "Hi!" to me like he actually knew me.

    Soon Bill took us off the set and escorted us back to the production offices. There Ed was going to meet us and take us to the border, where I could get a Canadian work permit. While we were waiting for Ed to pick us up, Bill gave us Stargate SG-1 hats and t-shirts. We also saw director, writer and co-producer Peter DeLuise. He gave Nancy a paper cup so she could get some water.

    After a long trip to the border and back, Ed took us to the hotel.
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    [Note: I went over the character limit in this post so the second half is in the next post]

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  • N8ball88
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    Originally posted by John&Teylaalltheway
    Thanks Nathan
    I get the impression Joe likes to clown around and get everyone laughing
    Too bad you and Greg did not get to do it

    Pam
    I think they all like to clown around. Lots of jokes and playing by many of the cast and crew. It was fun!

    I think they couldn't let us because of their insurance company, but that is only an opinion, not fact. It could have been for some other reason.

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  • N8ball88
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    Originally posted by gatehorse
    Yup, there had better be a season 10!

    I think there will be. They just got new cast members and are starting new storylines, how can they quit after this season? The shows are still really great!!!

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  • John&Teylaalltheway
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    Originally posted by N8ball88
    Hmmm...how to answer this one? I don't think I would say he was frustrated. He wasn't quite getting the sequences, but he wasn't getting upset over it. (At least he didn't seem to be) He was joking around while trying it many times. Rachel on the other hand was very adept at it. She's a natural. It seemed to me that they were having fun doing it. Both Greg and I would have liked to give it a shot, but they couldn't allow that. (Greg is quite good with several different weapons, and has won many trophies.)

    Thank you for the congrats too!

    Thanks Nathan
    I get the impression Joe likes to clown around and get everyone laughing
    Too bad you and Greg did not get to do it

    Pam

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  • gatehorse
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    Yup, there had better be a season 10!

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  • N8ball88
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    Originally posted by gatehorse
    I'd love to read it again. I need to live vicariously through you guys since I have no hope of winning the contest. I'm not 18 yet. Six months from last Wednesday and counting. THEN I can enter!

    I'm sure they'll have one for season 10 too, so you've still got a chance.

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  • N8ball88
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    Originally posted by Hatusu
    By the way, how many people live in Wausau? I have a camping friend who moved there. I think it's a hoot that the two winners are a few hours from each other by car. You aren't thinking of attending the Chicago Convention are you?

    There are about 40,000 people living in Wausau. The surrounding area has about another 40,000 (maybe stretching that a little, might be closer to 30,000) so it's not huge, but it's not tiny either.

    I think it's great that we're both from the midwest too. I wonder where the next winner will come from. Michigan maybe, lol.

    I was thinking about going to the one in Chicago, but I'm moving to Miami in a couple days, so I won't be able to attend. I hope they have some down there.

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  • gatehorse
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    Originally posted by Hatusu
    It was at scifi.com. It was up a couple months ago, but I think it's gone now. I was astonished that they kept it going so long.
    I'd love to read it again. I need to live vicariously through you guys since I have no hope of winning the contest. I'm not 18 yet. Six months from last Wednesday and counting. THEN I can enter!

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  • Hatusu
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    By the way, how many people live in Wausau? I have a camping friend who moved there. I think it's a hoot that the two winners are a few hours from each other by car. You aren't thinking of attending the Chicago Convention are you?

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