Monday, August 6, 2007

Stargate SG-1/Atlantis/Sanctuary: Digital Video Magazine - Martin Wood Interview

From Digital Video Magazine:

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Close-ups: Shooting in the Sanctuary

Digital workflow rules CG-heavy online series.

By Terence Keegan

After spending the last decade producing and directing TV’s sci-fi cult hit Stargate, Martin Wood is no stranger to virtual worlds.

So when Stargate collaborator Damian Kindler came to Wood last year with a new script—in which an ass-kicking mother-daughter team chases a bald-headed bad guy through a world rife with mutant creatures, labyrinthine underground hideouts and time-travel portals—the director immediately saw a videogame look and feel for the project.

Add to the mix Vancouver, B.C.-based Stage 3 Media, a new media design firm, along with a few visionary production partners, and Sanctuary was destined to become the biggest-budget direct-to-Web series to date.

Wood notes that a traditional live-action production could have burned through the series’ multi-million dollar budget in the blink of an eye. “To make Sanctuary look as big as it needed to, we couldn’t do it traditionally, [building] massive sets and [shooting on] locations. You can blow $100,000 on constructing a set, and people would never know.” Instead, Sanctuary would integrate real actors into a virtual world, somewhat in the style of a 300 or Sin City. Stage 3 completed some two hours of HD sequences featuring monstrous CG beings, period settings, and a cavernous virtual church for $4.5 million CDN (about US$4.3 million).


Stargate SG-1/Atlantis/Sanctuary: Martin Wood Audio Interivew

From Radio Nostalgia Network:

Mon, 6 August 2007

Martin Wood

Talented producer-director who is well known for his work on Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis. He now brings those talents to work on Sanctuary, the first supernatural web series. We chat about the show's concept what's been seen so far, and what's coming up too. Some spoilers if you have never seen the series before. Martin has also directed for series like Jeremiah, Earth Final Confict and Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda. Special thanks to Tracy of Liaison Public Relations. Music is by Victor Stellar. Visit the official Sanctuary site.

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