Sunday, January 18, 2009

Stargate Atlantis / SG1 - Stargate Planet: Mike Dopud Interview

At Stargate Planet:



Interview with Mike Dopud

Mike Dopud about his role at Stargate Atlantis (Kiryk) and other projects

Source: Stargate-Planet 01-09
Autor: S.Schwager
Photos: TV Shots
Translation: S.Schwager

Mike Dopud was born on June 10th, 1968 in Montreal, Canada. We know him from his guest appearance on the Stargate Atlantis season 5 episode "Tracker" and from the SG1 episodes “Bounty” and “Full Alert” and we are grateful that he took some time off his busy schedule to answer a few career related questions for our German website visitors.

A brief excerpt: Anything upcoming projects our german website visitors should be aware of? What can you tell us about these projects and the characters you play?
MD: I do have some projects coming out soon. I am on a critically acclaimed series called DURHAM COUNTY which will air on the ION network this summer. I play Detective Glenn Stuckey and I am series regular. As well I will be on BATTLESTAR GALACTICA – this is the final season. I play Crewman Specialist Gage. They brought my character back for 2 episodes. I believe it will air in Feb or March. There are a few other projects as well. SMALLVILLE and SUPERNATURAL which will air in the next month.

Stargate Atlantis - Robert C. Cooper Answers Questions on 'Vegas'

From Joseph Mallozzi's blog update for January 18, 2009:

(Please follow the link for the complete LENGTHY blog update.)

Robert C. Cooper and Carl Binder - is this the interior of the Destiny from Stargate: Universe?

January 18, 2009: Series Creator/Showrunner/Executive Producer/Writer/Director/Duck Smoker Robert C. Cooper Answers Your Questions


RC: Wow. So many questions. Sorry I don't have time to answer all of them. I really appreciate how thoughtful many of you have been about the episode. It takes so much time and energy to see a show through to completion. Sometimes, when it's over, it really doesn't seem worth all the work because most people watch it in an hour and then forget it. Thanks to all of you who made it feel worthwhile. Many of you had similar questions so forgive me if I only answer them once.

Lee writes: "Questions for Mr. Robert Cooper; writer and director extraordinaire of Vegas … First, I absolutely loved this episode! It was off the charts great, stupendous, amazingly wonderful and so unexpectedly different, that those who loved it, will love it forever, those who don't, will never be able to appreciate it's is exceptional, revealing wisdom. Now to the Q's:

How are you so awesome?

What is the most difficult aspect of shooting Vegas in Vegas?

What editing choices resulted in changing look and feel of the story?

Did Joel Goldsmith help with the choosing of the songs used in this episode or did you have them chosen before filming began?

Did you have to pay for the use of the songs in this episode?

Finally, I was wondering if there are any plans to use similar scripting, filming methods and popular music choices in the making of SGU?"
RC: My parents deserve a lot of credit for any awesomeness I might possess.

The most difficult aspect of shooting in Vegas was, as always, a lack of money. Sorry, but that's what it usually comes down to. We went way over budget on this episode but it's never enough. Money equals time. We had two days to shoot something that we needed much more time to do properly. We had a crew most of us had never worked with that had to be flown in from LA. Getting a casino property to agree to let us do what we wanted was a challenge as well. Planet Hollywood made it all possible. We did have one big mishap where one of the camera crews forgot to reload film before the big stunt. — the one where the Wraith jumps from the roof. We didn't know until after the footage came back and it was too late. We pieced it together from the angles we got but the hero angle I really wanted is missing.

I chose the songs asking many people their opinions along the way. Yes, we paid for them. Another significant budget overage. I have to credit Charlie Cohen Executive VP of MGM for wanting to make the end of season five as special as it could be. Joel Goldsmith was very excited about stepping outside the box for an episode. His music is brilliant as usual. He wrote everything except the three songs we bought. Vegas was an experiment in many ways. It was an opportunity to break the mold and try something different. Universe will not follow the style of Vegas but it will most definitely be much different than previous Stargate series. The shooting style and use of more contemporary music are part of what will hopefully make Universe stand out.


Many more questions -- and answers -- at the link above!

Stargate - GateWorld: Andy Mikita Audio Interview - Part One

At GateWorld:


GateWorld talks with Andy Mikita

The Stargate franchise is at a critical crossroads. Atlantis is now in full-swing for its first movie, with promises for SG-1 movies to continue, and a brand new TV series is on the horizon. GateWorld felt it was high time to get the thoughts and opinions of staple Stargate director Andy Mikita!

His time with the franchise going all the way back to "Children of the Gods," Andy is moving full speed ahead with plans to direct the first Atlantis movie, and hopes to participate in Stargate Universe as well. In the first segment of this extra-long interview, we talk at length about his decade-long journey through the series, discuss favorite episodes like the "Heroes" two-parter, director gags, and more!

Part One of GateWorld's interview with Andy runs over over 25 minutes. Listen online at your leisure, download it to your MP3 player, or subscribe now to the iTunes podcast. The interview is also transcribed [at the link above]!

A brief excerpt:

GW: ...All the way back to "Foothold," I think "Foothold" was your first episode. What kind of got you roped in with these guys to become a mainstay in terms of your involvement with the shows?
AM: Well I don't know if you're aware, but I've been part of the franchise right from day one. I was the first assistant director on "Children of the Gods" with Mario Azzopardi. So I've been part of the group right since its inception. It was actually Jonathan Glassner who was the person directly responsible for having me come on board. I'd worked with him in the past. I had worked as an assistant director on a TV series called 21 Jump Street, which of course Mr. Peter DeLuise was a big part of.

It was Jonathan who made the initial contact with me. From there I worked as a First [Assistant Director] for the first season and then worked as a production manager and second unit director after that. I was doing so much second unit work that basically everybody supported the notion of having me direct an entire episode and felt that I was ready to do so. So "Foothold" was that first opportunity for me.

It worked out really well. I thought it was a pretty strong episode, and it certainly led to other opportunities for me within the franchise, which was great. That was what really got the ball rolling for me, doing the second unit work as I was working as a production manager on the show. I was just spending so much time on set. That was kind of my comfort zone anyway. I was never really good at the numbers part of things as much as I was with the daily operations out on the set. That was more where I grew up.

Stargate Atlantis - David Nykl at Warpcon - Ireland - Jan 23 -25 '09

From David Nykl's 'Letters From Pegasus' blog update for January 19, 2009:

(Please follow the link for the complete blog update.)

Danny Boy

Anyone going to be in Ireland this weekend? Yeah?... I'll see you there! Come on down to Cork and Warpcon ... The first trip of '09 has me jetting across the Atlantic to the emerald isle where my prose writing will get even more purple as I attempt to catch up with the linguistic acrobatics of a nation that has a lot to say. The Celtic Tiger, The Luck of the Irish, and all that Blarney. I'm really looking forward to it ...



Warpcon is held on the grounds of University College Cork.

Battlestar Galactica - NEW Behind the Scenes Photos - 'A Disquiet Follows My Soul'

The next NEW Battlestar Galactica episode, 'A Disquiet Follows My Soul,' airs Friday, January 23 at 10pm on the SciFi Channel (US). Some behind the scenes photos from the filming of the episode:

Don Thompson (Specialist 3rd Class Anthony Figurski), Writer/Producer Ronald D. Moore, Edward James Olmos (Admiral William Adama)

Ron Moore

Michael Hogan (Colonel Saul Tigh), Ron Moore and Edward James Olmos

Ron Moore

Ron Moore and Edward James Olmos

Ron Moore

Stargate SG-1 - Interwave Studios: Stargate: The Last Stand Released!

At Interwave Studios:

Stargate: The Last Stand Released!

By Michiel - Posted on January 18th, 2009

SG-1 has been disbanded. O'Neill, Carter, Jackson, and Teal'c are scattered around the galaxy pursuing goals set out by the powers that be. Unbeknownst to Earth, their greatest enemy is amassing his forces. He has a plan, and with it a new grand design. Called into action by Earth's 'Homeworld Security' when the Antarctic Outpost comes under assault, the men and women of Stargate Command soon find themselves caught up in an epic battle for the fate of Earth, and the entire galaxy. From the Jaffa struggle for freedom to the defence of Earth, our teams from the S.G.C are forced to unite in squads and make their Last Stand against an enemy that threatens to destroy us all.

In the Stargate: The Last Stand multiplayer games, players can choose to defend their home world in secret offworld missions, or destroy the Tau'ri as the elite Jaffa, Guards and Warriors in Anubis' ranks. Games mostly centre around our unique 'The Last Stand' gameplay and last 15 minutes each round, so longer than a round of Counter-Strike: Source but shorter than a round of Battlefield. Players are able to equip themselves with a wide array of weapons that are featured in the television series, from the Goa'uld Staff weapon to the Tau'ri FN P-90.

Ultimately, the defending team have no reinforcements to backup their position. The enemy is strong, and their numbers are great. Can you hold out until the final hour? This is, The Last Stand.

Enjoy playing our first release of this HL2 full conversion mod. Free for everyone to use.

Update: We added a small configuration file on the downloads page which includes default binds to keys for all functions. If you want you can put this in \Steam\steamapps\SourceMods\sgtls\cfg

Battlestar Galactica - Video: 'Top Sexy Moment: Helo & Sharon'

Courtesy of SciFi Channel and HULU:

Battlestar Galactica Top Sexy Moment: Helo & Sharon

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Helo finally confesses his feelings for Sharon while on the run in Caprica.

Crusoe - Video: 'The Hunting Party'

Courtesy of NBC and HULU, Crusoe's 'The Hunting Party,' starring Philip Winchester, Tongai Arnold Chirisa, William Cooke, Mía Maestro, Sam Neill, Harriet Rogers and Anna Walton.

Crusoe becomes the target of a vengeful escaped slave.