Friday, March 03, 2006

HNR Set Visit

Following up from an earlier set visit that they conducted, the Hollywood North Report has posted up a followup:

It may be raining on this dull, winter afternoon in Vancouver, but inside the soundstages at Vancouver Film Studios – on the set of Battlestar Galactica – thoughts of being soaked by ubiquitous winter deluges are far from my mind. They seem far from the minds of the cast and crew as well. While not quite ebullient, the mood is certainly upbeat.
As the crew enjoy the joke and laughter abounds, director Michael Rymer turns to me with a grin and shrugs—just another day on the set of this ground-breaking program; and yet, not just another day. The series is shooting its last couple of episodes, and everyone is doubtless a little celebratory as the show wind-downs a successful and critically acclaimed second season. However, on this particular afternoon the focus isn’t on Jamie Bamber – who is merely “loitering about” to show off his new “do” – but rather Edward Olmos and Mary McDonnell, who are filming a scene from Part I of “Lay Down Your Burdens”.
In the story, the presidential campaign is in full swing. The election's outcome hinges upon a core debate—whether or not to abandon the search for Earth when the Galactica crew discovers a habitable planet. When the election begins to swing in favor of Baltar (James Callis) – a man whom Roslin is now convinced is a Cylon collaborator – the incumbent president must decide whether or not to take drastic measures for the greater good.Things become even further complicated when the Cylons, led by Caprica Six (Tricia Helfer) and Sharon (Grace Park), find the planet and offer humanity a stunning proposal of peace.Rymer calls for quiet, and as the hubbub of crew voices once more settles to a hush, McDonnell and Olmos begin coursing through their dialogue. I watch them play out the scene in Adama’s quarters – no more than 40 feet away – via the director’s video monitor.

For the full report, visit HNR.

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