Things are moving at a dizzying pace, getting ready for our March 8th start on shooting our first Space Command feature, “Redemption.” An army of people is busy at work, including set builders, our line producer, visual effects supervisor, production designer and many more.
I find all of this process thoroughly delightful, including drawing my own simplistic storyboards, which I call “Snoopygrams” (because they look like Charles Schultz drawings).
It’s really amazing to me how I can give something like this to my ace storyboard artist Larry Houston (with whom I worked on BLACKSTAR, CAPTAIN POWER and MIGHTY ORBOTS) and he can return with this:
Greg Jein, the brilliant builder of the city from BLADE RUNNER and the mothership for CLOSE ENCOUNTERS, has been sketching designs of proposed miniature sets for us that could utilize pieces he’s been giving us. These domes are actually recycled from the V’Ger model he built for STAR TREK – THE MOTION PICTURE. Way cool!
In addition, my dear friend Iain McCaig just sent us this new profile design of Doug Jones’ character Dor Neven. (Iain’s been working with J.J. on the new Star Wars films – I nabbed Iain as our Space Command character designer just between his working with Lucas on the last three Star Wars films and J.J. on the next one.)
As mentioned in the video, last weekend we had a terrific meeting on-set at our studio with our Space Command team and scientists from JPL and NASA, jet fighter pilots and Air Force personnel to advise us as to design and functionality of our hero set, the Paladin flight deck. We shot video of a good deal of that incredible discussion, which we’ll be posting soon.
Beyond this, we’re speaking with many talented prop makers to create iconic Space Command devices. I’ve been in contact with the kids of the late Ed Emshwiller, one of my favorite science fiction artists of the Fifties and Sixties, who drew and painted under the name Emsh, and we’re hoping to utilize his designs for some of our Space Command equipment.
So all in all, it’s a dream come true, and it’s all thanks to you.
More to report very soon… including details on fulfillment of all those Space Command goodies, now that we’re shooting at long last.
All good thoughts your way,