More On The Battlestar Galactica Auction: Cast & Crew Panels

Cylon Centurion by Jodi

I’m still in a state of mourning that Battlestar Galactica has ended as a series. Like many others, I watched the show reluctantly at first. It didn’t take long to get hooked, which made it even harder to say good-bye. Luckily for fans, there have been some events recently that allow the show to go on. Damn, it’s good to live in L.A.

Queequeg gave us a good look at the Battlestar Galactica props and costumes that were up for auction last weekend in Pasadena. The first sell-off this past January was awesome too, but of course it couldn’t feature any items from the last several episodes. This time I didn’t make it over to the convention center early enough on Preview Day to peruse as many items as before (or sit in a viper! How did Queequeg get so lucky?). However, I was able get there in time for a couple of entertaining and informative panels, one with some members of the cast and the other with various crew members. Personally, I could have listened to all of their stories for several more hours.

First up, we were treated to fun with four cast members. They recounted their time on the show, which was fun, challenging, and emotional. It was obvious that they all cherish their Battlestar Galactica experience.

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Grace Park (Sharon/Boomer/Etc.), Kate Vernon (Ellen Tigh), Michael Trucco (Sam Anders), Luciana Carro (Kat)

Continue on after the jump for more on the panels, including a video of Michael Trucco, and an announcement about a cool BSG event happening in L.A. this summer.

When asked about his most memorable moment, Michael Trucco recalled how show creator and writer Ronald D. Moore told the cast and crew that the Writers’ Strike was on and how it would be affecting production. It turns out that he’s a much better storyteller than I am videographer. See below:

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A friend also shot some video of Trucco talking about his not-so-fond memories of his time spent babbling in a tub of  “nasty warm water,” that you just might want to check out.

Following the cast, several crew members took the stage. The panel consisted of Daniel Colman (Sound Designer), Harvey Frand (Producer), Gary Hutzel (VFX Supervisor), Paul Leonard (Co-Producer), Bear McCreary (Composer), Michael Nankin (Director of 4 episodes), Wayne Rose (Director of 1 episode and 2 webisode series), Andy Sekler (Editor), and Bradley Thompson and David Weddle (Co-Writers on 5 episodes). There were several video presentations and a preview of The Plan, in which we will find out what those pesky Cylons were up to all along. It’s supposed to air on SciFi sometime this year.

Composer Bear McCreary
Bear McCreary

All of the panelists made tremendous contributions to Galactica. One of my favorite aspects of the show has always been the score. Throughout the series, the music has been integrated beautifully. I’ve had the good fortune to see composer Bear McCreary perform his original pieces live twice, once at The Roxy and the other time in San Diego. Both were incredible experiences. At least five of the musicians playing the tune are former members of L.A. favorite Oingo Boingo. If you also enjoy the show’s music, you might want to check out McCreary’ blog where he went into depth about scoring each episode. It’s very informative and easy to tell he’s quite a fan of the series himself.

Bear made a special announcement of some upcoming shows during the panel. Not only will he and his orchestra do three nights in San Diego during Comic-Con in July, but they are doing a free show in Los Angeles on Saturday, June 13th! The concert is part of the the Grand Performances summer series at California Plaza in Downtown L.A. It’s going to be a good one. More info is available on their website.

It looks to me like we’ll have a cool, free event to attend after gorging ourselves during “A Very Special Classic Eats” outing, also on June 13th, otherwise known as the Hot Dog Death March. So say we all?

2 Replies to “More On The Battlestar Galactica Auction: Cast & Crew Panels”

  1. Sitting in the Viper was awesome! Anyone who attended the preview was allowed to play Starbuck for a few minutes. I was sorry to miss the panels, though.

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