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 dormouse ( 9th Jun 2003, 22:57, Rank: Jedi )  reply

Yay! :)

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 Sulkyblue ( 10th Jun 2003, 10:54, Rank: Nazgul )  reply

This still hasn't been confirmed which is a little worrying. It's also been pointed out that it would be tricky to produce a film to the same technical level as the firefly series inside 18months. But fingers crossed...

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 John Kirk ( 11th Jun 2003, 21:05, Rank: Patrician )  reply

Why would 18 months be a tricky deadline? I remember watching a program about the making of Star Trek: TNG a while back, which said that it took 3 weeks per episode. There were 3 phases to this (possibly writing/filming/post-production, but I'm not certain about that), and they would be doing these phases simultaneously, so after the first episode was finished, there'd be a new one finished each subsequent week. E.g. while they were writing episode 6, they'd be filming episode 5, and doing post-production on episode 4. By contrast, when one of the directors/producers was talking about the feature films, he said that he liked being able to spend one day on each page of the script, and that he would have liked to do that on the series. Anyway, the point of this is that surely 18 months is much longer than they had for any of the episodes, so unless they've done something silly like deleting all the computer models (which I seem to recall happening to the "Babylon 5" production team), why would it be a problem?

And meanwhile, at the other end of the spectrum, I just saw a program on TV which said that "S Club: Seeing Double" was filmed in 20 days, which seems excessively fast!

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 Sulkyblue ( 12th Jun 2003, 11:06, Rank: Nazgul )  reply

Yes, you can turn out a tng episode in 3 weeks. However there's a spectacular number of reasons this doesn't happen for a film.
1) There's a lot of time outside of that 3 weeks gone towards overall series stuff (sets, props, art design, music) that would need to be done/re-done for Firefly. (Eg the sets have been taken down).
2) Marketing - a tv episode is premarketed and all the other business stuff is worked out. They have budgets, hirings and everything else done.
3) The writing would not be done exclusively within that 3 weeks (for a starts, you wouldn't be able to cast that quickly) fast written episodes are generally crap.
4) The effects on event he firefly episodes are much bigger than anything on trek. That's why there were a few month long gaps in the original airings, they needed the time to do the cgi.
5) If they want to get the original cast together again they have to wait for them to be free. Adam Baldwin is in a Stargate Episode, Adam Tudyk is doing the I Robot film etc.
6) If they're releasing it in cinemas then they want to schedule it right. Rushing it so that it's ready to go at christmas is dum becuase there's no point releasing it against LOTR and all the other Oscar hopefuls, it'll flop (cf Star Trek: Nemesis). If they want it to be a big release, that's why they're called 'summer blockbusters'.
7) I'm sure it is possible to do films quickly, but compare S Club: Seeing Double (20 days of filming) with LOTR (nearly a decade of development *after* the story has already been written). If they're aiming for LOTR quality I have no complaints whatsoever.

This small essay has been bought to you courtesy of Lorna's lack of enthusiasm for work.

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 Sulkyblue ( 14th Jun 2003, 12:33, Rank: Nazgul )  reply

( (requires registration) has a post from Nathan Fillion, as shown below. This really looks like it's happening!

I certainly hope everyone has been having a great year and is looking forward to a great summer. i"m sure you all know by now that the next big thing for Firefly junkies will be the release of the DVD box set. Things to keep an eye out for: the three unaired episodes. the audio commentaries ( I did one with Joss for Serenity and with Alan for War Stories, I know the girls did one as well.) Adam Baldwin's rendition of The Hero of Canton (the man they call "me").
All looks great on the movie front. A recent dinner with cast members, Joss and the lovely Kai confirmed rumours that we will all be big damn movie stars. Thank you Joss.
Myself, I am still recovering from the heartbreak of Firefly being cancelled. I heard from somewhere something about a Fox industry promo showing what makes them so great inculded clips from Firefly. Interesting.
My dream? Every three years make a Firefly movie, like the Bond series- but they won't start to suck after a while.

Be Good, Nathan "Tightpants" Fillion

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 Sulkyblue ( 18th Jun 2003, 14:19, Rank: Nazgul )  reply

( - the running order (as approved buy Joss) for the ep's on sci-fi channel.

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 Sulkyblue ( 16th Jul 2003, 11:39, Rank: Nazgul )  reply

( - Joss enthuses about the Firefly movie and dvds (to bereleased 9th Dec)

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