What’s all the cloak and daggers for…

I’ve been gathering additional info on a few art related items to be posted on the site in the future. Currenty in contact with several of the key members from the Battlestar Galactica Art Department. Once things get a bit more gelled I’ll reveal the mystery....

**ACTION STATIONS, ACTION STATIONS**

Galactiguise.com is currently unavailable due to a Department of Defense system upgrade. We apologize for the inconvenience. The upgrade should be complete by nine o’… oh, OH FRAK, we’re being attacked by the CYLONS!!!! — Please follow our Facebook page for updates on our progress or send us an...

Is the site dead?

Well, yes and no. For the most part I’m on hiatus at the moment. New job, new life and new responsibilities makes it hard to devote any time to Galactiguise.com. BUT. And that’s a big but, I am planning on updating the site in the last quarter of 2010 (sometime). I have a TON of behind the scenes info just itching to be shared. Who knows maybe I’ll even go crazy and add truckloads of content in an afternoon. Ummm, naw. LOL So, in short the site is alive and kicking, but the bear is just taking a nap. Cheers,...

Season 4 Screening in Beverlyhills

Just got back from Beverly hills after watching Season 4.5 premier of Episode 413. Even though I had already seen it, the evening was still really great. All of the top brass was there and Ron Moore gave a fabulous speech before the screening. Bear was with his brother playing an unplugged version of “All Along the...

Consulting for Propworx

So, I haven’t had much to post lately, and I’ll explain why. I’ve been hired to help consult for PropWorx in preparation for the Battlestar Galactica auctions. Right now I’m handling collateral material, certificate of authenticity, item identification and descriptions for the auction. The very cool thing is that I’m privy to all of the original props and production files from the Miniseries to help me with aligning the auction catalog to be similar to that of the show. Luckily I’m still clueless about what happens in Season 4.5. I’m being very careful to avoid anything that’s spoilery. I did have a little bit of time to rearrange some of the categories for the Props page on Galactiguise.com. The new content and format really lends itself to explaining the nature of props and...

My first photo removal request.

I was wondering when it would happen. Got a call from Carol, the First Unit Publicist for Battlestar. Apparently Mary McDonnall isn’t comfortable with photos of her with a bald cap to be posted online. I don’t blame her, the photo isn’t very flattering for such a beautiful and graceful lady. Luckily the photo was an easy enough thing to pull.At the time of the interview, Bill and I were unaware that Mary was not comfortable with photos showing her with a “bald head”. I had sent the completed article to Scifi to review but never heard anything back. I think the bald head photo ban is recent.Scifi was very courteous of the whole issue. I am always glad to help Scifi out when they come calling.Mary, rest assured that image gets locked up in the vault never to be seen again!...

What have I been up to?

Plenty. And that’s an understatement. I’m still plugging away at getting interviews typed up for the site. Contracted a few hapless souls to help with the typing. Sorry guys, I know it really sucks. Hopefully the transition of the Blogger layout to match Galactiguise.com will be completed sometime soon. Ugh… XML is cool, but boy does it take a long time to get fine tuned compared to straight CSS. I’ve contributed a new header image for battlestarprops.com along with the “Name Mark” which will be used on tee shirts and other identity material. Next project to tackle for Propworx is a “Certificate of Authenticity” for the auction items. It will have a very Battlestar feel to the CoA. That’s it for now. I’ll keep plugging...

Holy Frak! Site Stats are skyrocketing.

After being linked on Battlestar Props — The Official BSG Props Auction Site — my visitor stats have tripled. I never would have expected such a marked increase. Very cool. Compare from the last two months to now. It’s not even the end of the July yet. Month – Unique visitors | Number of visits May 2008 – 244 | 270 Jun 2008 – 260 | 295 Jul 2008 – 846 | 1089 Looks like I’ll have to do some updates to the “ol’ gal” sooner than...

Burnaby, BC – Friends and Filming Locations.

I got some incredible offers to go up to Vancouver BC the weekend of July 18th – 20th. Friday 18th. My first destination on the way up to Burnaby was Centennial beach. This is where Adama and the gang land on Earth to find a big smoldering slag heap in the Mid-Season Cliff Hanger. Got there at low tide so it doesn’t have the same visual effect.     I got me a hand full of Radioactive Soil!     Next on the way up to Burnaby is New Caprica – aka Richmond Sand dunes. This location is all but gone now. The entire sand dune is getting converted to a warehouse. It not worth going there as it will be a huge industrial complex in a few months. Here is the back side where a lot of the pyrotechnics scenes were set off. Stargate also filmed here a lot.     Next, I got to have a really great sit down interview with Colin Meacham (On-Set Set Dresser for BSG) for the website. I meet up with Colin at his home and even went out and Walked his dog with him at a local park. I’ll be posting his interview in a few weeks after I get it typed out. My hotel was right across the street from “Bridge Studios.” It was a weekend so little to no activity there.     I had another interview that night with two of the On-location Security Guards for BSG. They had some fantastic stories of the crazy stuff that happens at night. Including what happened with the Centennial Beach set...

Personal Tour of White Monkey Design Inc

What a great Friday 13th it was. I get the day off and nothing to do but drive up to Vancouver to tour White monkey design and then that evening watch the Mid-Season Finale for Battlestar Galactica with the Vancouver Battlestar Galactica Fan Club.I roll up to the Peace Arch Border crossing around 12:40pm. I love the fact they remind you to use KM instead of MPH. (I did notice driving in BC that almost no one follows the speed limit.)After a little lunch and a construction filled trip up to Vancouver I arrive at White Monkey. It’s a very unassuming building. Nestled amongst an Asian food wear house and a small suburb. You would never know these guys were there. I go up to the side door and ring the buzzer. One of the workers greets me at the door. Booth Milton, White Monkey’s owner, is in but is frantically on the search for two bottles of Methelene Di-Chloride that they recently purchased but no one can find. The lobby for all intensive purposes can be called that is a treasure trove of photos and props from previous productions. It’s amazing to see the history on the walls.Booth warmly greets me in the front lobby. “Come on in, let me show you around.” Our first destination is the laser engraving room. It’s full of old props. Lots of dentist chairs that have been converted to look sci-fi. In the back of the group of chairs is the dream chair used in “Tin Man” the miniseries. All of it’s lights are still working. Right next to the engraving room...

FRAK! Galactiguise.com will be down for 24 hours!

Wonderful, I go to my site this morning and what do I see… “The domain for this Web site is currently pointing to a server scheduled for shutdown. If you are the owner of this Web site, please contact your hosting provider immediately.” Frakking hell! So I get on the horn with my ISP customer support and they neglected to re-point my DNS after switching me to a new server. Ugh, now i have to wait for my DNS to propagate and of course that will take forever. This is NOT the best time for my site to be down. I have to go make a sacrifice to the Cylon god to get my site...

Tickle Me Pink! Galactica Sitrep rocks!

My interview with Bill Terezakis was posted about on Galactica Sitrep. That is soooo cool! Galactica Sitrep is one of the biggest and most trusted blogs out there for BSG info. It’s a huge honor. ProgGrrl even comments that she likes Future-Past.com’s page layout. Sweet! I’m just too...

Set Dec crew interviews in the works.

Got off the phone with Jonathan Lancaster. He is in charge of Set Dec for Battlestar. He’s working on answering some interview questions I sent him a few days ago. Should be a good read. He also mentioned I should get a hold of Doug McLean (Art Director) and Chris Claridge (Construction Coordinator). Will be contacting them in just a little bit. Stay tuned… BTW, the final episode filming will wrap next...

…and the blood will runneth…

I just finished an interview with horror film special makeup effects designer Bill Terezakis. He has done all of the special effects makeup for Battlestar Galactica from day one. All of the blood, scars, gunshot wounds, bald heads you name it and he’s done it. Some of you will know his work from a a lot of slasher movies like Freddy vs Jason and Blade: Trinity while others will have seen his work on X-Files and The Last Mimzy. This guy has done a tremendous amount of TV and movie work over the years. Have a read, Bill Terezakis Interview on my main Future-Past.com...

About frakking time

You know the one thing I really hate doing is typing. I’m a progeny of poor typing skills because I was so much better at pulling the wool over my typing teachers eyes than practicing. Anyway, I finally have my long awaited interview with Ken Hawryliw transcribed from audio file. You would never think that an hour and ten minute telephone interview would take you over three months to type. Seriously, I’m not that bad of a typist I just had a lot of other things that were getting in the way of typing. So, now the fun is to begin. Now that I have Ken’s whole interview transcribed I still need to proof read and edit the frak out of it. The one thing about the spoken language is that it is very different from the written word when it comes to sentence structure. Most verbal thoughts are free flowing. Trying to form complete sentences from free form verbal communication is a daunting task. The most difficult thing is keeping the written interview true to tone and intent of the verbal counterpart without butchering the speakers colloquial nuances. I’m estimating Ken’s interview will be five full pages of formatted html code before photos are even added. There isn’t anything wrong with that as the read is fascinating the whole way through. I’m just a bit whiny, it’s more coding and photoshop work for me. Like I can really complain. I have a killer interview with one of my...
Bypass Colonial Firewall.

Bypass Colonial Firewall.

Galactiguise.com is a documentary website showcasing the people, processes, and materials involved with creating the props, costumes, artwork, and sets for the Battlestar Galactica Television Series aired from 2003 to 2009.
Bypass Colonial Firewall..

Bypass Colonial Firewall..

Galactiguise.com is a documentary website showcasing the people, processes, and materials involved with creating the props, costumes, artwork, and sets for the Battlestar Galactica Television Series aired from 2003 to 2009.
Bypass Colonial Firewall…

Bypass Colonial Firewall…

Galactiguise.com is a documentary website showcasing the people, processes, and materials involved with creating the props, costumes, artwork, and sets for the Battlestar Galactica Television Series aired from 2003 to 2009.