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Old 08-10-2017, 09:56 AM
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25 Years Ago Today...

...was the first day of filming Babylon 5!

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I'm sure that at some time in the past, I have been more tired than I am
right now, but I'm darned if I can think of it.

Got zip sleep last night. Would wake up almost every ten minutes, my
brain chewing on something or other, wondering if everything's in place,
worrying over the hair on one of the characters (honest), if it was too
extreme...constant bedspins.

Dragged my butt out early this morning and down to the studio by an
ungodly hour of the morning. Makeup and prosthetics took their usual time,
and some time was taken up re-rigging some of the video in the set we were
using today, adjusting some other stuff along the way. (Richard Compton, our
director, picked one of the most visually difficult scenes to start with,
figuring that if we could get past this one, the rest would be a piece of
cake, except for the one big scene toward the end of the shoot.)

We pulled the trigger and got off the first shot on-camera at about 9:30
a.m. I tried, where possible, to stay out of the line of fire, since by this
time I was vibrating enough to slide into another dimension, and didn't want
to infect anybody else. Went off perfectly.

The main thing, for me, was that today the whole world came alive at the
same time (the world of B5). Up until now, it's been pieces...we see the
actors. We see the sets. We see the costumes. We see the actors in the sets
but not in costume. We see the actors in costume but not on the sets.
Finally, there it was at last...all of our characters, in full costume or
uniform (and the uniforms look DYNAMITE!), on the sets. It was finally,
fully, completely *real* at last.

Andreas Katsulas took a great approach to Ambassador G'Kar, which is a
VERY dynamic looking alien, very intimidating...giving him an educated,
mellifluous voice, a wonderful counterpoint to his appearance. Peter Jurasik
was terrific as Londo Mollari, playing even the Advisory Council scenes as
though half in the bag and trying not to show it. Delenn was exotic and
mysterious, Tamlyn Tomita was senSATIONAL at Laurel, great strength of
character and presence...and I cannot begin to tell you what star material
we've found in Michael O'Hare. He's got a voice and a presence that could
give Sean Connery or Clint Eastwood a run for their money. Jerry Doyle was
great as Garibaldi, as was Johnny Sekka as Dr. Kyle. (We've cast two strong
leading men in Doyle and O'Hare, and they are dynamite together...and there's
a *very* nice chemistry emerging between Sekka and O'Hare as well.)

Our Warners liaison came by today for the first time to the set, and he
couldn't believe the sets, how much we've done, the details, the elaborate
stuff we've pulled off. He was absolutely blown away.

Long story short...it went *great*, better than I'd hoped. Richard was
magnificent behind the camera, coming up with some very difficult and
challenging shots, great angles...it's going to look wonderful. Very
cinematic, almost film-noir in its use of textures and shadows.

Later in the day, I had some friends come over, whose opinion I trust,
and who are very well versed in SF for television and film. (These included
Marv Wolfman and Len Wein, known to the comics fans here, and Craig (Mr. SF)
Miller, who was involved with the first STAR WARS, and is not generally easily
impressed.) They knew of B5 only peripherally, and were in NO way prepared
for what they saw on the set. Add to that the new EFX that I showed them
today...their eyes melted right out of their sockets.

Got back just a little while ago (it's now about 11:30 p.m. as I type
this). Got some M,SW work to do before I can crash for the night, and begin
the whole thing again tomorrow (where I'll finally see the dailies from
today's filming).

Day One finished. On time, on schedule, on budget. And it looks spiffy.

I am a happy man. Exhausted, right down to the marrow, but happy.

jms
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Old 08-10-2017, 11:01 AM
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...was the first day of filming Babylon 5!

http://jmsnews.com/msg.aspx?id=1-21083
Jan, thank You so much for this great, detailed firsthand jms report from "day one".

And the nightmare hair is that of Londo, no doubt.

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Old 08-10-2017, 11:09 AM
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I laughed out loud at
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...constant bedspins.
It just gave such a vivid mind picture. I swear, that man should become a writer!
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Old 08-10-2017, 12:46 PM
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I love that Joe went home from the first day of shooting on his pilot...and worked on a Murder, She Wrote script. Typical.

The script was probably "The Wind Around the Tower," which guest starred Mark Rolston (seen a year later as Karl Mueller in B5's "The Quality of Mercy") and Dakin Matthews (the actor originally cast as the interrogator in "Intersections in Real Time"). Depending on how far ahead of production M,SW was running, I suppose it could have been "Final Curtain," but it's more likely to be (and more poetic to have been) "Tower."
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Cheers to 25 years.
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I love that Joe went home from the first day of shooting on his pilot...and worked on a Murder, She Wrote script. Typical.

The script was probably "The Wind Around the Tower," which guest starred Mark Rolston (seen a year later as Karl Mueller in B5's "The Quality of Mercy") and Dakin Matthews (the actor originally cast as the interrogator in "Intersections in Real Time"). Depending on how far ahead of production M,SW was running, I suppose it could have been "Final Curtain," but it's more likely to be (and more poetic to have been) "Tower."
Guy is insane. I wonder what he's working on right now!?
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Old 08-11-2017, 01:49 AM
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Reading that left me strangely emotional. The contrast between that amazing feeling of a new journey beginning, of something coming together, and the thought that so many people have been lost.
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Old 08-11-2017, 10:47 AM
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Reading that left me strangely emotional. The contrast between that amazing feeling of a new journey beginning, of something coming together, and the thought that so many people have been lost.
To be the sentimental one:

They are'nt lost. They keep on living in all our hearts.

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Old 08-11-2017, 10:48 AM
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Guy is insane. I wonder what he's working on right now!?
To be the bad one:

He's really insane. He's just working on twitter. You know?

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Just think, Looney was about to start his Senior year of High School. If he knew then what he knows now we would all likely be better off.

But on a serious note it is truly amazing. Think about how all of us who are old enough had no clue. I don't think anyone on this board actually knew Babylon 5 was coming on August 10TH, 1992. If I am wrong please say so, but my guess is that the earliest any of us knew was when promos for The Gathering started to air on TV.
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Old 08-14-2017, 07:28 AM
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If I am wrong please say so, but my guess is that the earliest any of us knew was when promos for The Gathering started to air on TV.
I didn't even know until a week or so before 'Midnight On the Firing Line' was due. If I hadn't read a quote of JMS' in the TV Guide about the 'novel for television', I probably wouldn't have ever given it a chance because I was tired of shows I'd started to like getting cancelled out from under me.
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