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Yahoo Chat/TVGen Chat/Prevue Online. September 9, 1998


STARGATE SG-1 LIVE ONLINE CHAT

JONATHAN GLASSNER AND BRAD WRIGHT

Glassner Wright

TVGEN:
We'll be chatting with Jonathan Glassner and Brad Wright of Stargate SG-1. Welcome, everyone!

Brad Wright:
Hello, here I am!

Question from Liz_Bees:
How far can the story lines go? Is it an endless galaxy from a creative viewpoint?

Brad Wright:
I think it is. I think our stories could go for as many seasons as they'll let us go on the air.

Question from Martabrew:
How did you decide on actors for SG-1?

Brad Wright:
That was a tough process. Of course, John Symes suggested Richard Dean Anderson to Jonathan and I when we were first conceiving the series. And we both thought, that's our O'Neill. As far as the other characters were concerned, we held auditions in Toronto, Vancouver, New York and LA. But speaking for Jonathan and myself, the moment we saw Amanda Tapping, Michael Shanks, and Christopher Judge we knew we had our SG team. And also when we were writing the character of General Hammond, we were already writing it for Don Davis.

Question from rainmaker_skywalker:
Is there any real science involved in the making of Stargate?

Brad Wright:
We hope to think so! But let's face it, the Stargate itself is a concept that is way beyond any science we know. We try!

Question from rosebud1092:
How long does it take you to write one episode?

Brad Wright:
That depends. I've taken a month to write an episode. I've written episodes in as little as a week. Sometimes those are the ones I like the most. But I suppose with most of our writers, from concept to finished screenplay, it's three to six weeks.

Question from MarsiDoats:
I love the balance of character/story/action. Will you be holding it that way for the new season?

Brad Wright:
I'll speak to season two. For season two, we hope to achieve exactly that balance. Often it comes as a function of budget. When we do a very big action story it means naturally that we have to follow it with a smaller, more character-based story. But those ones are my favorite to write.

Question from marc182_98:
What do you consider your weakest and strongest shows to date?

Brad Wright:
Hmmm. On the weaker side, I have to include some of our earlier episodes of season one. Perhaps First Commandment, Emancipation. These are examples of shows where the concept was simply larger than we could achieve on a small screen. My favorites include Enemy Within, Singularity, The Torment of Tantalus and There But For the Grace of God. Tin Man, as well. Obviously, I seem to have more favorites than those I consider poor episodes.

Question from MarsiDoats:
Your characters are so rich and real and all have such well developed voices. How do you plan to have them grow?

Brad Wright:
Both Jonathan and I, Robert and Tor, feel that the actors playing the roles are playing as much a part in the character growth as we are. Every one of them is concerned and cares about where their character is in the series, and we try to make sure we're all on the same page. But thank you, we try.

Question from capt_carter:
Which character is the hardest to write for?

Brad Wright:
Good question. Teal'c, for me. He speaks with a formality that is difficult to make sound natural. When he speaks at all. Having said that, I love writing for the character, because he is one of the most intriguing to me. He is, after all, our alien and therefore the most science fiction-oriented character in the series.

Question from Fangirl_:
Will we see more of the other SG teams in future episodes?

Brad Wright:
I think we're going to see them in episode one of season three. We tried to include as many of the SG teams as we could to create the impression that it is a larger organization than SG-1. However, SG-1 is the equivalent of our flagship. They are our Enterprise.

Question from Eagle_FC:
Do you plan on having some of the minor characters, such as Dr. Fraiser, be integrated more into the group? As of now, she is a sort of sidebar.

Brad Wright:
We try to include Teryl as often as we can. Since she is a recurring character and not really a series regular, she is not always available to us. But she has certainly become part of our family. As far as Apophis is concerned, his legacy will go on into season three no matter what you see in season two.

Question from Italian_Desert_Rat:
How much say do the actors have in the changing of the script for their characters, and how much ad lib goes on?

Brad Wright:
I would say a great deal. Certainly Rick, as executive producer, will often ad lib or change dialogue to suit the scene. But we almost always agree with those changes, and I, for one, think the actors make our scripts better. We have read-throughs with every episode so that we may discuss every scene and make the script as good as possible before we begin shooting. All of our actors take their characters very seriously so that when they have concerns we listen.

Question from AliCat_SG7:
Hi! I'd like to know if all of the episodes will be available on video sometime in the future.

Brad Wright:
Yes. The two-hour pilot is already available.

Question from marathronman:
How do you come up with these great names for the characters?

Brad Wright:
We bounce them back and forth until we both agree on one.

Question from Big_Baller28:
What was the most intense episode to shoot?

Brad Wright:
That depends on what you call intense. For The Nox, it rained so hard we were actually rained out of our location. I remember being on the phone with Michael Greenburg, looking out my office window, and telling him to get the crew to shelter because I could see the lightning hits on the mountains. For me, that was intense. For sheer difficulty of production, I could include our season two opener, The Serpent's Lair, as well as There But For the Grace of God and Solitudes, where we actually built a glacier crevasse, and refrigerated the studio. Poor Rick and Amanda were really freezing onscreen.

Question from Martabrew:
How much filming do you do on location, and how much is on soundstage?

Brad Wright:
That depends on the requirements of the script. If we feel we can do it in the studio we would prefer to do it that way. But sometimes the scope of the action, such as explosions or large matte paintings, requires that we go on location.

Question from LadyTrvllr:
Who is responsible for the mythology research that goes into the show?

Brad Wright:
While we each do a little of our own, the lion's share of our mythology research goes to Katharyn Powers, who is very knowledgeable about ancient gods and civilizations.

Question from Fangirl_:
I'd like to see more of the characters' lives outside of the SGC complex. Any chance of that in future episodes?

Brad Wright:
Absolutely. We would like to see that too, and have explored some of each of our characters' lives in season two. On the other hand, the show is called Stargate, and most of our audience, we feel, wants us to go through the Stargate.

Question from Eagle_FC:
Are we going to have any chance today of getting some inside tips on next season??

Brad Wright:
No, sorry, you'll have to watch!

Question from Rianna24:
Do you have a favorite special effect?

Brad Wright:
Let me think, I have lots of them. I loved the crystal entity in Cold Lazarus from season one. All of the visual effects in our cliffhanger were spectacular. I think we have the best visual effects in science fiction television right now.

Question from kaliope_k:
Do you ever check out the SG-1 sites on the Internet?

Jonathan Glassner:
Yes, we do. We check out quite a few of them. We kind of split them up between Brad, myself and some other people on the show.

Question from Gr8Writer:
Is it expensive to create the wormhole effect?

Jonathan Glassner:
Well, that's a multi-part effect. The Kawoosh, that is rather costly, which is why you don't see it every single time it happens. The puddles are what we call the surface of the gate when it's settled, and those are also expensive, especially when someone walks through them. But the wormhole itself is inexpensive because we've already built several versions and we reuse them.

Question from marathronman:
How many people are on the set crew on an average day of shooting?

Brad Wright:
Between 60 and 80 in the shooting crew, including second unit.

Question from rda23:
What is it like to work with Rick?

Jonathan Glassner:
Great! He's a pleasure, he doesn't have any "star" airs about him, he's a regular guy.

Brad Wright:
He's also very creative. And his suggestions are very constructive for the series.

Question from SiReNa_forever:
Who is your favorite character on the show?

Jonathan Glassner:
That's not fair! I like each of them for different reasons. The easier for me to write is probably Daniel.

Question from SiReNa_forever:
What was the most expensive episode?

Brad Wright:
Aside from the pilot, our two-part cliffhanger that began with the episode Within The Serpent's Grasp at the end of season one, and ended with our season two premiere.

Question from karenannt:
Sam Carter is such a well written female character. Do you ask a woman to critique your work when you write dialogue for female characters?

Jonathan Glassner:
No, although sometimes Amanda Tapping will comment on it herself. And her comments are usually very constructive.

Question from Dev522:
How much do you contribute to the art design and set construction?

Brad Wright:
All four of us, Jonathan, Brad, Michael and Richard, make suggestions to our production designers. But their vision is generally something we want to embrace.

Question from jimpack:
Any good bloopers?

Jonathan Glassner:
There was one very good one, but I don't know if you'd call it a blooper, it's more of a practical joke. During the episode Solitudes, there was a scene when O'Neill was asking Carter if she could figure out what their problem was. To which Amanda Tapping replied, "What's more, Mr. MacGyver, you can't figure it out." And proceeded into a five-minute rant about how Mr. MacGyver can do anything with bubble gum and a rubber band, but he can't figure out how to get the Stargate to work.

Brad Wright:
Our hope is that Richard Dean Anderson will become known as that guy who played Jack O'Neill, not MacGyver.

Question from kaliope_k:
Do you have a preconceived idea of how the shows will go until the end of the fourth season?

Brad Wright:
Yes, we hope they will go well!

Jonathan Glassner:
The truthful serious answer is that we know how some arcs will go, but others will hopefully organically find themselves.

Brad Wright:
We have set up some stories that beg continuing. And we'll see where that takes us.

Question from SGXF:
What is the cast like together off screen?

Brad Wright:
We have the nicest, most accessible cast on or off screen that I've ever worked with.

Jonathan Glassner:
Me, too.

Brad Wright:
Jonathan and I consider ourselves the luckiest producers in the world.

Question from MagdaPhil:
Not asking for details, but will the reporter's death in Secrets ever be resolved?

Brad Wright:
It was an accident. That's our official answer until next time!

Question from seamstress_home:
Who do you think is most like their character?

Brad Wright:
Rick. There is a lot of Richard Dean Anderson in Jack O'Neill.

Question from Liz_Bees:
What episode are you filming at the moment?

Jonathan Glassner:
It's called The Fifth Race.

Brad Wright:
I think it's 15 of this season.

Question from kathlin9:
Do you ever watch your own shows??

Jonathan Glassner:
Over and over and over!

Brad Wright:
Remember, Jonathan and I also spend a great deal of time in the editing room.

Jonathan Glassner:
And in music spotting, visual effects spotting, etc.

Question from Gr8Writer:
Is there anything about any of the main characters that you've based on personal experience?

Jonathan Glassner:
No, neither of us have been through a Stargate, though we'd love to.

Question from karenannt:
Any more "behind-the-scenes" type shows planned for the FOX outlet?

Jonathan Glassner:
That's up to Showtime, but none that we've been informed of.

Brad Wright:
Although we thought the "behind the scenes" that Showtime did was very entertaining, and that our Christopher Judge did a good job hosting it.

Jonathan Glassner:
We'd like to thank everyone for watching the show, and we hope you keep enjoying it!

Brad Wright:
Jonathan and I love to watch our fan following online through all the fan sites, and feel it's a great way of communicating with our audience.

Both:
Thanks!

TVGEN:
Thanks for participating in our chat. Goodnight, everyone!

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Online chat held at Yahoo Chat in conjunction with TVGEN and Prevue Online. September 9, 1998.

ADDITIONAL STARGATE SG-1 ONLINE CHATS
Richard Dean Anderson / Michael Greenburg Chat Transcript
Amanda Tapping Chat Transcript
Don S. Davis Chat Transcript
Christopher Judge Chat Transcript
Michael Shanks Chat Transcript
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