December 1, 2006
(Dispatched via the Babylon 5 Scripts Mailing list)
As I write this, we have finished principal photography on
"Babylon 5: The Lost Tales," coming in under budget and finishing a
full day ahead of schedule.
This first DVD, entitled "Voices in the Dark," covers the same 72 hour
period of time as Sheridan travels on board a Presidential Cruiser en
route to Babylon 5 from Minbar for a celebration marking the 10th
anniversary of the founding of the Interstellar Alliance. One part of
the story follows Sheridan as he picks up an unexpected visitor on the
edge of Centauri space, Prince Regent Dius Vintari, and a warning about
what will come afterward delivered by the techno-mage, Galen. The other
part of the story is set aboard Babylon 5, as Colonel Lochley summons
a priest from Earth space to deal with a problem that may have dark
supernatural overtones. The two parts of the greater story intersect
at certain key plot and thematic points, so that they overlap and
complement each other while telling separate, but simultaneous, stories.
The first DVD is going to require nearly 200 EFX shots, taking us all
over Alliance space, and Babylon 5, which is being redesigned using the
latest CGI technology. The same CGI is being used to create virtual sets
a la Sin City, but on an even more detailed basis, in many cases
integrating them with practical sets based on the original blueprint
designs for Babylon 5.
A number of behind-the-scenes pieces were shot for inclusion on the
DVD, as well as a number of original short pieces that will be filmed
in February which feature glimpses into the future of Babylon 5 and her
We have set-up a temporary webpage of photos from the shoot from my
personal collection. These images mark the very first photos to emerge
from production. [http://babylon5scripts.com/TLT-JMS-photos.html]
For more information, keep an eye on www.babylon5.com as well as
Babylon5scripts.com. WB will be integrating the internet as a key component
for promoting B5:TLT and we are pleased to be a part of that effort.
December 1, 2006