Sunday, August 31, 2008

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles - The SciFi World: Josh Friedman & Lena Headey interview

At The SciFi World:

(Please follow the link for the complete interview.)

Josh Friedman & Lena Headey interview

Josh Friedman is an American screenwriter best known as the writer of the 2005 film adaptation of H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds. Friedman also publishes the blog "I Find Your Lack of Faith Disturbing". He is now executive producer and writer on Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

Lena Headey is a British actress who is best known for her appearances in The Brothers Grimm (2005), Possession (2002), and 300 (2006), and playing Sarah Connor in
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

A full transcription of the press conference call from August 28th [at the link above].

A brief excerpt:

Question: Once the premiere airs, the water cooler conversation’s going to be about the first appearance of the liquid terminator, did you end up playing that a little bit sooner than you had ever hoped, having that character appear, and are we at a state in technology where it’s cost efficient for you to try it out on a regular basis?
Josh Friedman: Did we try it out earlier than we wanted to? No. I mean, I think it’s exactly when we wanted to. It sort of was serendipitous. We were working on this character and wanted to introduce somebody who was more of an antagonist, and I didn’t want to do just the basic evil corporate type, so it was a natural progression, and it’s done. It’s expensive to do, but it’s not necessarily anymore expensive to do than an endoskeleton. I mean, morphing technology and GI is something that’s been kind of streamline, I think, in terms of cost over the years since it was first done. It’s still time consuming. It’s more just sort of, it’s just the art of it, just sort of getting it right in terms of the rates of change and kind of what it looks like and the texturing. We went back and forth quite a bit in this first episode because it was the first time that we’d done it.

Question: In the beginning, you talked about having somewhere to go with the character, so could you talk about what the gradual progression Sarah is on this year will be?
Lena Headey: It’s been an interesting season. I feel that Sarah has taken a, kind of a backseat in terms of being proactive and taking care of business. I think that we’re going to see a lot more of John taking control and then becoming, making steps towards becoming the man he has to be to take on his tasks. And I think this season for Sarah is kind of her losing slight control over everything pretty much, and my feeling is that I think there’s a slow madness sort of happening in her because she feels that everything’s kind of out of reach right now.

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