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The Sci Fi Digital Press Tour report, final thoughts

by Keith McDuffee, posted Jul 6th 2007 12:03PM
sci fi digital press tour
Sick of me yet? Well don't worry, this the last post I've got for you about my trip ... probably. I felt it was right of me to conclude everything with some overall thoughts on the experience of visiting these sets, a quick rundown on what I've already posted (don't worry, it's just the links) and a consolidation of the images, including some new ones.

So, to start of, here's a quick rundown of what was already posted ...

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The Sci Fi Digital Press Tour report, part four

by Keith McDuffee, posted Jul 5th 2007 12:56PM
flash gordon panel
It's hard to believe that the previous three set visits happened in one day, not to mention the three panels. The next day we were up at the crack of dawn and ready to embark on the last stop of our tour, the set of the new Flash Gordon series. We'd also be seeing some footage and artwork from the new Sci Fi miniseries and "re-imagining" of The Wizard of Oz, Tin Man.

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The Sci Fi Digital Press Tour report, part three

by Keith McDuffee, posted Jul 3rd 2007 10:03AM
battlestar galactica viper II
As great as the previous two set visits were, I think to most us us they were just appetizers for the main course. Hold on tight -- it's a doozy.

A tour of the sets of Battlestar Galactica

Back to Vancouver Film Studios, where once again we'd start with a panel discussion with members of the cast before embarking on the set tours (you can see the video of the panels here and here.) Before entering the flight deck where the panel was held, we walked through a huge open set that was mostly surrounded by a black curtain with what seemed like small holes in it meant to make it look like a star field. Behind that and exposed off to each side was an enormous green screen. In the center of this room was a large rotating platform, the floor and platform totally black. I should have asked, but I assume this is where they'd occasionally place a Viper for certain scenes.

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Flash Gordon panel at Sci Fi's digital press tour - VIDEO

by Keith McDuffee, posted Jul 2nd 2007 4:27PM
flash gordon cast panel
Our last panel of our two day trip in Vancouver was for the new comic-book-turned-TV-show, Flash Gordon, due to premiere later this year. To be completely honest, not a whole lot of people were looking forward to this visit, especially when considering what we'd seen the previous day. However, in the end, I for one now have different expectations for the show and think it's worth a second glance.

Thanks again to Gina Holden, Eric Johnson, Karen Cliche and Jody Racicot for taking the time to sit down with us. The entire panel video is embedded after the jump below (by the way, all of the previous videos should work without a problem now.)

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The Sci Fi Digital Press Tour report, part two

by Keith McDuffee, posted Jul 2nd 2007 10:03AM
stargate atlantis set visit
Something I really enjoyed about Sci Fi putting this event on for us was getting to put faces to people involved with other online outlets. SyFy Portal, Gateworld, The TV Addict, DVD Verdict, Monsters and Critics, UGO, and TVaholic, among others (sorry if I missed mentioning you and you're reading this – I'm still recovering.) These were real fans of television, and they were as excited as anyone to be there. What pissed me off, though, was overhearing a few people in attendance say "I never watch TV," yet here they were, covering TV shows. What were they doing there? Lame. That should piss off any fan of these shows, because this was more than an event to be reported on my the media, it was put on for the fans. OK, I'm done my rant.

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A close-up of Adama's Cylon War painting

by Keith McDuffee, posted Jun 30th 2007 11:05AM
battlestar galactica first cylon war painting
I thought this image was worthy of a post on its own for Battlestar fans. While on our tour within the sets of the show this week, one particular set was mind blowing in its detail: Adama's quarters. One amazingly cool artifact on this set is the painting from the First Cylon War, which I believe hasn't really been captured in this much detail before. Note the old-style Cylon on the right.

From BattlestarWiki: "Monclair was a Colonial painter. One of his original paintings, a stylized depiction of the Cylon War, adorns William Adama's quarters on Galactica. He is apparently of considerable renown, given Gaius Baltar's impressed reaction to the piece (Bastille Day).

According to the book, Battlestar Galactica: The Official Companion, the painting hanging in Adama's quarters was actually made by additional art director Ken Rabehl."


Click on the gallery link below to see the above image a bit larger as well as two other shots of the interior of Adama's office.

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Stargate Atlantis panel at Sci Fi's digital press tour, part two - VIDEO

by Keith McDuffee, posted Jun 29th 2007 3:01PM
stargate atlantis panel
One thing I would have liked from the event in Vancouver was more time. Somehow Sci Fi was able to cram in three panels and three set tours of some of the most successful science fiction TV shows on TV today. After the Atlantis panel, I couldn't help but approach Dave Hewlett to let him know that I was Twittering the entire trip to the TV Squad readers, since he's an avid user of the technology himself. Very cool guy and very approachable, but because of time restrictions of the trip, I had to cut our talk short.

As promised, here's part two of the Stargate Atlantis panel. I'll have the Flash Gordon panel for you on Monday.

[UPDATE: The stream is working now (below), which includes the entire panel.]

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Stargate Atlantis panel at Sci Fi's digital press tour, part one - VIDEO

by Keith McDuffee, posted Jun 29th 2007 1:01PM
stargate atlantis panel interview
Something that maybe some of us took for granted was the fact that, not only were we participating in a panel interview with the cast of these shows, we were conducting these panels on the very set the show is shot on (the Stargate is right there!) It also helped that there were only 25 of us handing around a microphone, making it very easy for everyone to get in at least one question.

Stargate Atlantis was on hiatus from shooting, but that didn't stop David Hewlett, Rachel Luttrell and showrunners Joe Mallozzi and Paul Mullie from heading to the studio to meet us all. Check back later for part two of the panel.

[UPDATE: The video below now includes the entire panel video.]

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The Sci Fi Digital Press Tour report, part one

by Keith McDuffee, posted Jun 29th 2007 11:01AM
sci fi's eureka panel
Last month we got an email from the Sci Fi publicity folks and, had it not been for the email address, I may have thought it was a joke. We were being invited to tour the sets of some of the most popular shows on the Sci Fi Channel, along with an unknown number of other digital press representatives, sort of out of the blue and on somewhat short notice. Thousands of miles and weeks later, I think I'm still in shock that it really happened.

I want to give you what I think will be a different perspective on the trip, one that's less about the "scoop" everyone hopes to hear and more about what it's like to be a fan of these shows and have such a unique opportunity like this; the sights, the sounds and hell, even the smells. "For television fans, by television fans," that's what TV Squad has been about all along.

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Battlestar Galactica tease at the Sci Fi digital press event

by Keith McDuffee, posted Jun 29th 2007 9:59AM
battlestar galactica teaser costumesAs part of the tour of the Battlestar Galactica sets (something I'll report on in more detail later), we were given a look at some of the uniforms shown on the show -- officers uniforms, a flight suit, a burned flight suit and several of Number 6's dresses. Yowch!

All of us couldn't help but stare at what stood off to the right, though. Clearly hidden from us with a sheet such that we'd see very little were three as-of-yet unseen uniforms from the series. We weren't shown any more than what you see to the right here, nor were we told if they were a part of the "Razor" movie or the upcoming final season.

What could be on these uniforms that would give something so big away? Someone on the tour did have an interesting theory as to what they might be.

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Eureka panel at Sci Fi's digital press tour, part two - VIDEO

by Keith McDuffee, posted Jun 28th 2007 2:02PM

Aaaand we're back with part two of the Eureka panel discussion at the Sci Fi Digital Press tour in Vancouver. I've got to say that I'm very glad we got the DVDs of these panels, not only so I can share them with you but because I can check them out again myself. In some respects you can kind of take these things for granted, then I step back and realize that these guys came out and took time to sit down and talk to us, the fans. You can still check out the first part of this video.

Enjoy the rest of the panel video below!

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Eureka panel at Sci Fi's digital press tour, part one - VIDEO

by Keith McDuffee, posted Jun 28th 2007 9:02AM

Eureka! Ahem... Wahoo! I got the Eureka panel interview DVD working, and was able to get the first part embedded for you below. I was definitely impressed by the energy and commitment of the cast and crew for this show, and Neil Grayston was awesome enough to have taken the time to show us around the "smart house" set and even give us a demonstration of his SARAH voice (you'd have to know the show to know what I mean).

Thanks to Colin Furguson, Erica Cerra, Salli Richardson, Joe Morton, Ed Quinn, Neil Grayston and Mark Stern for putting up with us sci-fi geeks.

Once again, I'll be posting more on this and the others shows we visited in the coming days. Look for part two of this panel video later today.

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Battlestar Galactica panel at Sci Fi's digital press tour, part two - VIDEO

by Keith McDuffee, posted Jun 27th 2007 3:20PM
grace park
I'm finally through what's been a surreal yet exhausting couple of days in Vancouver. On my long trip back to Boston, I'll be preparing some stuff for you all to read, mostly dealing with how, as a fan of these shows, what it's like to step foot on the actual filming locations and touch things that, until now, we've only seen on television.

As promised, here's the second part of the digital press tour panel with cast members of Battlestar Galactica. I'm hoping to get the Atlantis and Eureka (and Flash Gordon) panels up within the next couple of days, as long as my new copy of the films work this time around. Enjoy!

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Battlestar Galactica panel at Sci Fi's digital press tour, part one - VIDEO

by Keith McDuffee, posted Jun 27th 2007 9:02AM
battlestar galactica panel
OK folks, I'm a bit jetlaggy and all out of sorts, but this is the best I could pull together for you until I'm back on my game later today. As you know, I'm out in Vancouver at a "digital press tour" thrown by Sci Fi for several of its hits shows, including, of course, Battlestar Galactica. As part of the tour, we were all given DVDs of the interview panels we did for each of the shows (Eureka, Stargate Atlantis and Battlestar Galactica).

I'd like to thank the folks of Sci Fi and of course the guys from Battlestar who took the time to come sit with us for an hour.

Part one of the panel is after the jump. I'll have the second part ready later today. Enjoy!

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TV Squad on the sets of Battlestar Galactica, Eureka, Stargate Atlantis and more!

by Keith McDuffee, posted Jun 25th 2007 4:40PM
sci fiI've been sitting on announcing this for over a month now, since there's all sorts of things that could go wrong and, well, plans can change. But now that I'm finally here I can let you in on what's going on. I'm flying clear across the country for a very good cause -- to visit the sets of Battlestar Galactica, Stargate Atlantis, Eureka and Flash Gordon, complete with Q&A's with some of the cast and crew. Oh, and I hear we're going to see a little bit of that Wizard Of Oz reimagining, Tin Man, while we're at it.

Stay tuned here at TV Squad for more updates as soon as I'm able to get online and throw something at you. I start out bright and early tomorrow morning, so if you've got any questions you'd like to ask folks involved with any of the above mentioned shows, fire away in the comments below. I'm hoping I'll be able to shoot some updates via our Twitter account, too, so be sure to check that out to see what I'm up to for the next few days, or you can follow the tiny widget after the jump in this post. Needless to say, I'm pretty frack'n pumped!

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