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    Quote Originally Posted by scifithinker View Post
    That kitchen looks awfully industrial. It makes me wonder how many people live in the sanctuary.
    Hmm. They probably cook for quite the crew. Reminds me of dorm food...
    Sanctuary Denizen to newbie: Don't complain about the "mystery meat" or Dr. Magnus will kick your butt.

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    New GateWorld interview with Paul McGillion where he talks a little about his Sanctuary character:
    GW: Sanctuary. You have appeared in, I believe, the pilot of Sanctuary?

    PM: Yes.

    GW: As a character named Wexford?

    PM: Wexford, yes.

    GW: Tell us about this guy.

    PM: Wexford -- it's really great. Damian Kindler and Martin Wood asked me if I'd come in and do this part. I was in Toronto over the holidays. I said "Absolutely. Anything for you guys." So I read it. And he's a quirky, fish-like character. I don't want to give too much away, but he's a confidant of Amanda's character. I had one scene in the pilot with Amanda. It's a great scene. And the character -- again, we didn't really know the voice for the character. They just said "Come up with something."

    GW: You didn't go with Scottish, did you?

    PM: It's not Scottish. It's very different than Scottish but it's a lot of fun. What an interesting concept. I saw the rough cut of a couple scenes recently, and it looks amazing. I have a really good feeling about it for those guys. I think it's going to be very innovative, very interesting and I don't think it's anything that we've seen before. And I've got a really good feeling for it. I had to wear prosthetics, and I hadn't done a lot of that before. So that was really something different. I'm kind of a crazy, eccentric character. He is. He really is. I think he's going to re-occur.

    GW: Yes, Damian said he wants you back.

    PM: Yeah? Really? Oh that's cool.

    GW: Yes!

    PM: [Laughter] Really? He said that?

    GW: Yes, he did. He absolutely did.

    PM: That's great. I think it's going to be something the fans should really look out for. I think they're really going to love it. Certainly sci fi fans are just going to jump on this thing. From what I saw it looks really, really exciting. I'm very excited for those guys. It's a really cool project. And I'm really happy I was part of it.

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    Damian has updated his blog with a note about the London Expo. Go & read for a nice surprise (for those lucky enough to attend).
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    London? Again?

    Blessed screaming Artemis on a Godsdamn wholewheat cracker! There's more to the UK than London y'know...

    Why in the name of all that's holy can't we have an Expo type event in Scotland for a change?

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    And if it's all we only pass this way but once, what a perfect waste of time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BruTak View Post
    London? Again?

    Blessed screaming Artemis on a Godsdamn wholewheat cracker! There's more to the UK than London y'know...

    Why in the name of all that's holy can't we have an Expo type event in Scotland for a change?
    I think it's more a matter of the event's attendance size rather than location. They probably only have time to do so many conventions and they want to be seen by as many people as possible. I'm not sure how big the expo conventions are in Scotland, but I know here in the states, the Comic-Con convention in San Diego is much large than any I have seen here in Texas; and while I would love for them to come to Dallas, I understand why they don't.

    Hopefully, they will make it to your neck of the woods one day soon so you can attend as well.
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    Here's a tip you may find handy - Never insult a cook in their own kitchen, they know where all the sharp objects are.

    Long before you and I were born, others beat these benches with their empty cups,
    To the night and its stars, to the here and now with who we are.

    Another sunrise with my sad captains, with who I choose to lose my mind,
    And if it's all we only pass this way but once, what a perfect waste of time.

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    YAY!!! WOOHOO!!!

    I think the sanctuary fans site also mentioned a new interview with Martin Wood coming up as well?


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    Quote Originally Posted by tagger View Post
    YAY!!! WOOHOO!!!

    I think the sanctuary fans site also mentioned a new interview with Martin Wood coming up as well?

    Yep, Martin is on this Wednesday on the Slice of SciFi podcast
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    Quote Originally Posted by ForeverSg1 View Post
    I think it's more a matter of the event's attendance size rather than location. They probably only have time to do so many conventions and they want to be seen by as many people as possible. I'm not sure how big the expo conventions are in Scotland, but I know here in the states, the Comic-Con convention in San Diego is much large than any I have seen here in Texas; and while I would love for them to come to Dallas, I understand why they don't.

    Hopefully, they will make it to your neck of the woods one day soon so you can attend as well.
    AT may be glad to attend in London since I think she has family back in England. Maybe she can combine a family visit with the convention.
    How cool is it to see AT listed as (Magnus) instead of just Carter?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RealmOfX View Post
    Yep, Martin is on this Wednesday on the Slice of SciFi podcast
    Did anyone download the podcast? If so, did MW offer any new or interesting info about the show?

    I'm on dial-up and can't download it, so any tidbits would be appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Melora View Post
    Did anyone download the podcast? If so, did MW offer any new or interesting info about the show?

    I'm on dial-up and can't download it, so any tidbits would be appreciated.
    Hey, Melora! I'm listening to it as I type, and if no one's transcribed it by tomorrow afternoon, I'll work on posting the interview, k?

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    Quote Originally Posted by the dancer of spaz View Post
    Hey, Melora! I'm listening to it as I type, and if no one's transcribed it by tomorrow afternoon, I'll work on posting the interview, k?
    Thanks, spaz.

    I always enjoy MW interviews so I will be looking forward to reading what he has to say about Sanctuary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Melora View Post
    Thanks, spaz.

    I always enjoy MW interviews so I will be looking forward to reading what he has to say about Sanctuary.
    No problem. I don't want RoX or anyone else to feel obligated to do all the work here, so I'd be happy to take on the job. And if anyone has started already, and wants to split it with me, let me know!

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    Quote Originally Posted by the dancer of spaz View Post
    No problem. I don't want RoX or anyone else to feel obligated to do all the work here, so I'd be happy to take on the job. And if anyone has started already, and wants to split it with me, let me know!
    Actually, I've already done it. I'm getting a lot faster at transcribing these days

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    Next time we can organise to split the job because I'm sure there will be more. These guys are really enthusiastic about Sanctuary
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    Quote Originally Posted by Melora View Post
    Thanks, spaz.

    I always enjoy MW interviews so I will be looking forward to reading what he has to say about Sanctuary.
    Yeah I love Martin too, he always has interesting things in his interviews and DVD commentaries.
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    Slice of SciFi podcast #105 transcipt


    MM: And welcome back to more of Slice of SciFi I'm Michael R. Mennenga

    SB: And I'm Summer Brookes and with us today is Martin Wood, Director and Executive Producer of Sanctuary, a hot new online media SciFi series that ...

    MW: Ah actually Summer it's Unbelievably Hot

    SB: Unbelievably Hot - I like that. Unbelievably, we're going to have to put that ...

    MM: Inferno Hot

    SB: a new unbelievably hot new SF series that will come to us through a new distribution method, the internet.

    MM: I don't know how NEW it is (laughs)

    MW: I'm hoping it's not new to everybody. Now that 70% of North America has ADSL and high speed internet I'm hoping that 4 of them get to see it like this.

    SB: Well hopefully new as in new option for first choice of delivery, how about that?

    MW: Exactly

    MM: Martin do you really think that has a contributing factor that DSL and high speed internet has hit a penetration level to where there is a really good audience out there now?

    MW: Well I think there's going to be. I think at this point we are right on the razor's edge on this and our fear right now that is that we may be a little bit too early. Obviously because there is nobody ahead of us doing what we are trying to do and I think that part of what we are trying to do here is be right on the crest of that wave. As people realise that it doesn't take two and a half hours to download an episode um because who wants to do that? You don't want to go sit down "Ah, time to watch some TV and have a sandwich" you don't want to hit the download button and have to watch a bar move across for the next 20 minutes. I think now with high speed internet and with what we are trying to do because we're doing it in full resolution right. You can actually watch Sanctuary in 720p which is very high resolution. In fact it will eventually be 1080i which is the highest resolution you can get on a monitor right now. To do that takes a great deal of bandwidth and it will take time for slower computers to download and so you really want to have something like ADSL to be able watch it or a high internet of some sort.

    SB: So tell us about your role and your involvement with getting Sanctuary up and running

    MW: Well essentially from my standpoint when I went in to it happening ... Damian came to me with a script. We had been talking about doing a series together we were talking about what we just wanted to look at next because every year I've done a season finale for Stargate up until last year and every year we started looking at it going "OK What's going to happen next, what's going to happen next, what's going to happen next?". And so we're all sort of lining our ducks up every year to do something next and then we kept coming back with Stargate and Atlantis. And in this case what happened Damian handed me two scripts, the first he handed me was one I can't talk about it's super secret and we'll probably do that next

    (laughs)

    MW: so I can't talk about that one but it is equally amazing to Sanctuary but he handed me the Sanctuary script. He handed me two of them and he said one is a version that I like and the other one is a version that the network seems to like and tell me what you think. And I absolutely hated the one that the networks liked.

    MM: Of course

    MW: Well you know what it is? It was too commercial, too prime time TV ish, which is what they're going to look for. But the one that he had written originally was so new and such .... the lines in it were so good and the dialogue was snappy and it just felt like there was a whole bunch of new stuff that I hadn't seen before, definitely not prime time stuff. But I loved it and I said Damian I love this, we have to do this script. And he said OK I want to see what I can do with it and he walked away and then about five days later he came back and said that I have an idea. And he and Marc Aubanel had been skiing and they had come up with this idea about doing this kinda cross over stuff and came to me at that point and said are you interested in doing this? And I actually took a piece of paper out of my pocket and signed it and handed it to him and said here put this in whatever contract you need to, I'm in.

    MM: Wow

    MW: and because it's ... from me I've read probably in the last 10 or 11 years I've read probably 500 scripts. Not including the Stargate ones because the Stargate ones are a breed of their own, Stargate and Atlantis. But I've read a lot of, lot of scripts, people hand me scripts all the time. I'm forever sort of looking for scripts that are really good and this is one of my favourite scripts that I've seen in a long, long time. I did a Robert Cooper movie a little while ago, that was my other favourite script, and it is on par with that kind of feeling I had when I read this script. So like I said this Sanctuary is going to make a big noise very shortly and it's mostly because it's a great script. When we cast it there was a motivation to find a cast that was ... and immediately by the way just so that you know, Amanda Tapping was in. Because I love working with Amanda, I've loved working with her for 10 years and know that she has chops way beyond what the Stargate audience has seen. It's interesting because a lot of times with Stargate and Stargate Atlantis when you're working with actors, you see things that you actually can't put on TV. You see movement in their characters that doesn't really fit, but it's movement that the actors themselves has the ability to make. You know, muscles that you can't see flex because Carter wouldn't do that or because you know in David Hewlett's case McKay wouldn't do that. But you see these actors doing these kind of things and especially with Amanda, I've watched her do things in so many different ways that it's such exceptional acting that I kept thinking that Man, I've got to find something else I can do with Amanda that doesn't constrain her the way Carter does because Carter is an established character. And things like when we did something in Atlantis called Grace Under Pressure where Amanda came in and there was a whole scene that we shot that I went this is brilliant, this is absolutely amazing and I couldn't use it.

    SB: oh

    MW: because it was so far beyond where we could move with that character and anyway so we can take that and put it in context of Sanctuary. Amanda was in as far as Damian and I were concerned, that was the beginning. I had done a movie a few years ago with Robin Dunne which is the movie that can never actually be said on the air or my career is tanked

    (laughs)

    MW: we had such a good time in Romania shooting a movie and at that point I said I have to work with Robin again, we had such a great time working together, his on set energy and his presence around other actors and actresses, it's just .. it makes you want to um not say cut. So you find that those kind of actors you really like working with. Chris Heyerdahl is another one. Chris and I have done three different series together now because I keep hiring him and putting him into that so. Sanctuary offered me a chance to take all the actors that I really like working with and put them into one show, David Hewlett, Paul McGillion, Chris Heyerdahl, Miranda Frigon, all these people I've worked with before, Laura Mennell . These are all people that I just want to stick into one show, and Kevin Smith, I want to stick them all in one show to use all of them and so Sanctuary gave us that opportunity. Following that then we just hit the set and everybody that worked in the crew, everybody that worked on the show felt this amazing energy that was go ing on with it. Good script, great acting and the fact that the sets were all green didn't bother anybody. The virtual sets um and nobody was bothered by that. I thought that would be a big obstacle before because creatively and to just motivate the crew, they didn't seem to care.

    SB: So are you looking forward to how far you can push these actors to stretch themselves with the story?

    MW: One of the things that Damian and I have been doing is talking about future episodes and what can happen in them and because there is no ... because at this point nobody knows any of these characters, no one knows anything about them, we've started sort of making a history for this and the history that Amanda's character Magnus has, is starting to come out over the course of 8 webisodes but we were discussing something yesterday that I can't tell you because it would give away too much about where we're at in the eight webisodes. But believe me, it's so cool!

    (laughs)

    MW: but we were discussing something and both of us at the same time looked at each other and went "Pfft why not? Why not, we can do anything we want" you know and that is one of the freedoms of what we're doing is just to be able to unharness a lot of the stuff that has to be harnessed because you are going into you know 7 o'clock on a Friday night or 8 o'clock on a Friday night family time kind of episode. And I'm not talking about swearing or nudity I'm talking about cooler stuff with characters that allow you to do some of the things that some of the best series get cancelled because people can't handle that kind of movement in the characters

    MM: Interesting, Wow. This is the most interesting and confusing conversation I've ever had for an interview ...

    MW: sorry

    SB: No, seriously it's great! It's a combination of intriguing information and oh so not fair teases

    (laughs)

    MW: Yeah, Oh the things I could tell you but can't

    MM: Yeah

    (laughs)

    MW: Can I just tell you that right now I'm looking through a door into the edit suite "Oh my God! I can't believe it!" (BIG LAUGHS) Oh if you guys could see what I'm seeing right now but you'll have to wait till this Spring

    MM & SB: Awww

    MM: You're just mean

    (laughs)

    SB: I love that you have this energy, this,this enthusiasm for this project because it sets you free from the restrictions you've been working on, on regular television for so long and we hear people talk about oh put it on cable you'll have a little bit more freedom than you'll have on Network but it's turned out to be not so much

    MW: Here's what I'd liken it to - If for years you've worked for somebody who's a fairly amicable boss but that boss has worked for another boss who's also fairly amicable but there are a number of rules from boss number 1 and a number of rules from boss number 2 um and so you as the lower guy on the totem pole you've always had to follow boss number 1's rules and than as a consequence you've had to follow boss number 2's rules too and you've had to do that for your whole career

    MM: Mmhh

    MW: as a hired gun being a director. Um Stargate and Atlantis both freed me up a little as a director because there was a respect for the creative ability to be able to put stuff in. Um in fact most of the series that I've been in Jeremiah, Earth Final Conflict, Andromeda, they've all said you can push this just a little bit but until you create it there's nobody above you to say no. And it's .. I wouldn't want this creative freedom 10 years ago because I think I would have abused it in a horrible way


    Continued in part 2
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    MM: I gotta say, that's a question I've got for you now that that freedom has been allowed or given to you are you finding yourself pulling punches where you don't need to still because you're so conditioned to that

    MW: No. You know what truthfully it's landing punches that I couldn't have landed before

    SB: & MM: Really

    MM: Awesome, that's what I wanted to hear.

    MW: No, seriously it's not about..... Network television is all about ah you have to compensate for a number of things that you don't have, money and time, and you always compromise.

    MM: Mmhh

    MW: that one tends to be compromising what you really know you can do. What this project has given me is the ability to be able to expand what I know I can do and not have to compromise any of it. And that's what um unless you're in my shoes right now that you wouldn't be able to feel necessarily because it's having those two bosses above you for so long and now having nobody above you and just being able to say now what can I do and knowing the limits of what you can do that is not going to turn an audience's stomach and make them walk away now that's not what we're all about here

    MM: Well this is a very exciting distribution model that you've chosen and I ... in that other people have tried, done this before but you're not venturing into completely new territory but it was always done as an extra or an extra feature you know as you have the regular program but you can also catch it online or you buy it on iTunes or dah dah dah dah there's so many ways that the internet has come into play but to actually go after the internet as your primary distribution model I think that is where you are setting new ground and I applaud you for that.

    MW: I think that one of the things that I have to say is that if we had done Sanctuary's two hour pilot as a normal two hour pilot it would have cost probably between 5 and 10 times what it actually cost us to do

    MM: Wow

    SB: Whoa

    MW: I have to tell you something you are about to see something that is probably 10 to 15 million dollars worth of production

    MM: Nice

    MW: now the reason we were able to do that is um two things. One is we're not harnessed by a studio or a network um at this point we won't be, we won't be harnessed by them. There's nobody sitting there saying OK in order to get distribution we have to pay this much money and this is as much as we can make back. Nobody knows how much you can make on something like this so what we decided to do was OK everybody above the line, actors, director, producer, executive producer nobody takes a wage

    MM & SB: Oh

    MW: the actors have to work for scale because they're union but everybody else we're not taking a wage on this, we're working for free.

    MM: Wow

    MW: Free meaning that we're taking stock in the company and no one knows how much that is worth. And it's a risk for everybody.

    SB: Mmmhh

    MW: This is the honest truth, none of us took any wages and still are not, um we've been working on it for five months and nobody has taken a penny. In fact five of us put a huge amount of money in to seed what we needed to be able to go to somebody and say is it possible that we can ask you for this much money and it's a private group that actually came along and said we believe in this project so much we're actually going to give you this much money. They gave us the money to make the project in terms of the bare bones of what we could do with it. You know and John Smith was a huge, ah John Smith and John Horie who really controlled the budget on this thing. They made a budget that was unbelievable for what you will see on the screen. This couldn't of happened if it was run by a network.

    MM: That is absolutely fantastic and I tell you that we'll do everything we can here to get some eyes looking at this.

    MW: Great.

    SB: we are out of time right now and we completely ran out of time to ask about you about Stargate so I'm going to have to ask you to come back and talk about Stargate.

    MW: No problem, I've got lots to say about that too.

    SB: Thank you for being here today and we will be back for more of Slice of SciFi right after this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RealmOfX View Post
    Yeah I love Martin too, he always has interesting things in his interviews and DVD commentaries.
    On behalf of everyone without high speed internet, thanks so much for doing this, RoX. I just read the little bit you posted at Samanda and I think I am going to like this interview very much. I am going to read the whole thing as soon as I post this.

    What I like about MW's interviews is that he not only talks about the technical aspects of directing and producing, but he also does so in such a way that you learn more about the process of storytelling. There's also always a nice balance between technical and story/character details.


    BTW - I tried to give you some green, but it seems I must spread some more around first.

    ETA: I tried unsuccessfully to give some green to dancer of spaz too. Looks like I need to go spread the green around some more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RealmOfX View Post
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    Next time we can organise to split the job because I'm sure there will be more. These guys are really enthusiastic about Sanctuary
    Yep! Sounds like a plan. The fact that the guys at SoSF have been so enthusiastic is great, and that they went out there and pretty much said that they'd be doing all they can to help was awesome, too. I'm looking forward to the rest of the interviews leading up to the premiere.

    Here's a bit of a side question: Does anyone know where Slice of SciFi broadcasts from?

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