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Fedcon Saturday (part 3)

The last session of the day had 3 more panels that proved to be fun. First on stage was Tahmoh Penikett (Helo on Battlestar Galactica). Joe Flanigan was supposed to be on first but his photo ops went way long so they put him on stage later. Which means that Joe's panel was way shorter than planned, which was unfortunate. But we'd see him again on Sunday so that made up for some of it.

Tahmoh talked about working on both Dollhouse and Battlestar Galactica. He praised Grace on how she managed to portray all different people, he said she gave him so much to play off of. He told a story about how Joss Whedon was a big fan of BSG and how he would not want to hear any spoilers on how the show was ending. Not even a hint. Good man Joss.

Tahmoh insisted on keeping on his hat for both photo ops and for his panel, so taking pics of him was a little hard. I would like to request that all actors out there take off their hats on stage so we can see their pretty faces (Michael Shanks anyone?).

Then Joe came on stage, he received a huge wave of applause. Did a little thank you bow, very cute. Then he needed help getting the mic to work. Even cuter. Most of the stories that Joe told, I had heard before but he gets better and better at telling them. Gestures and all, LOL. Oh, and I have to give a special mention for the shoes. :)

The most well-known story is probably the one about David Hewlett's little car versus Jason Momoa's big car. There was mooning. You have to hear it from them, I won't try to tell it, I wouldn't do the story justice. Even after hearing Joe tell it once before and seeing Jason and David act it out on stage, it's still funny. So instead of explaining it, here's a picture series of the whole thing:

He talked about his time on Warehouse 13, how it was weird that he didn't get to carry a gun. He'd like to return to that show, but probably not. Another favorite story is the one about how, on one of his acting jobs, they'd have to use some special kind of polymer to keep his hair down. And even then after a while it would pop up again. Nobody else in his family seems to have that problem.

He got asked about a new project, a photoshoot called 'Heroes'. The photos will be displayed all over London. He joked about how it would be fun to see his face on Buckingham Palace. Then he talked about his wife and how she'd be such a curser when in the car. He did an impression of her, of course.

As said, Joe's panel got cut short to make room for Michael Dorn (Lt. Worf on Star Trek TNG and DS9). He seems to be well-loved by everyone, such a kind man, very different from his character. He talked about how the stern character was for a big part his influence, how he played the character. Michael kept getting freaked out by the spotlights on the stage, he thought he would get beamed up any second!

He said he enjoyed meeting up with Terry again. He does see some of the Star Trek cast every now and then, which he finds rather enjoyable. I
I found listening to Michael very enlightening, the guy has been through a lot and has the wisdom of a full life to share. He acted a bit like a (grand)father to people asking questions, getting really involved in what urged the people to ask a certain question.

Afterwards there was a KISS revival concert but I didn't stick around for that. Instead we went to the bar where some of the actors hung out with the fans, including on the dancefloor. Fun was had by all, I'm sure.
I did a few more photo ops, here they are:

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Fedcon Saturday (part 2)

The next actor panel featured Gareth David-Lloyd, Ianto Jones on Torchwood. It was the first time anyone from Torchwood came to Fedcon, so he was very excited to be there. He talked about how he's both acting and playing with his band Blue Gillespie. He brought in some CDs to sell at the convention but there was an issue with one of the tracks so he didn't want to sell them. He did let people check out the artwork at the signing table. Someone asked why he was wearing the hat, his answer was 'to keep the talent in'.

When asked whether he'd like to be on Doctor Who, get to go in the Tardis and such, he explained how on set they'd have to go through the Tardis set on the way to the Torchwood set, so he wouldn't be that excited about it, got to see it every day. So one of the fans asked him to go stand by the Tardis on the stage and happily obliged for some pictures. He also got asked to list things to do with a stopwatch... and no, he doesn't have the prop stopwatch from the show.

He talked about how he got to keep all the shirts that Ianto wore on Torchwood but that he didn't wear them because he'd be 'that guy in the costume'. It's not quite his style... I enjoyed his panel quite a bit, he's a quirky guy, though I think I prefer to think of Ianto as himself and not as Gareth. I think I secretly prefer Ianto. Sorry, Gareth, you're pretty cool, but somehow I prefer the coffee-boy.

Next up was Aaron Douglas, Chief Tyrrol on Battlestar Galactica as well as quite a few other scifi series. I missed some of his panel due to a photo op, but I caught some fun stories. The most intriguing one is one where he was at a party at Ron Moore's house and found some notes lying around. Those notes mentioned who the cylons were and Aaron had to keep quiet for 3 months until they finally announced it to the crew. He said it was very frustrating not to be able to tell. And when they did find out, Michael Hogan kept repeating that he wasn't a cylon. Guess he couldn't accept it, lol.

He also told a funny story about how he had his son on set and how the kid was way impressed with Katee Sackhoff because she actually flies the vipers instead of 'just' fixing them. His admiration for her did decrease somewhat when she refused to take him for a ride.

Aaron's panel was quite funny, maybe because there was quite a bit of drinking going on on stage. Aaron joked about how David Hewlett wasn't there to bring him a beer (since he brought David one on stage the day before). Aaron kept on stage for too long, so Kandyse McClure came on stage and dragged him off because her panel was up next.

Kandyse McClure came on stage wearing a dress from H&M as she proudly announced when someone complimented her on her outfit. She told about how she went to the Battlestar Galactica audition for Duala having no idea what kind of audition it would be. She had to ramble on a lits of terms and numbers that didn't mean anything so she was convinced the job wasn't for her. But then her agent called that she had the job! She enjoyed how her character was promoted for a little while, even though according to military hierarchy she couldn't have had that particular post. When asked how she prepared for the death scene, she got really emotional and admitted she talked to some friends who had considered suicide. It was a very emotional scene to do. This brought her to comment on the fact that she doesn't let her mom watch her shows because her mom can't seem to distinguish her daughter from the characters she's playing. So Kandyse would get phone calls from her very upset mom because she got hurt on screen.

Another topic was Hayden Christensen and how much she enjoyed working with him on the TV series Higher Ground. She was very annoyed that that series got cancelled partially because Hayden got cast in Star Wars.
I wasn't too impressed by Kandyse's panel, for some reason she seemed not as nice as a person as I expected. A lot of 'look how cool I am', which tends to bug me. I loved her as Duala though, so I guess she's another person I appreciate more as the character I know her as...

After this panel, there was the costume contest. Lots of weird getups, which I won't show because they weren't all kid-friendly, LOL. The winner was an outfit from The Fifth Element, the lady sang on stage and received a grand applause. Manu Intiraymi and Terry Farrell were part of the jury and seemed to have a great time.

During the costume contest I saw Gordon Michael Woolvett enter the back of the room so I went up to him and had a little chat with him. He was very entertained by all the costumes and thought the convention was a blast!
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Fedcon Saturday (part 1)

Oh my. Haven't had time to finish the rest of my report. Luckily I have my notes to go on, so I can continue it even though it happened almost 4 monts ago...

Saturday at Fedcon started with Gordon Michael Woolvett (Harper on Andromeda) on stage. He's another one of my personal favorites and I wasn't disappointed. The guy is just like his character on Andromeda: smiling, funny, outgoing. Apparently he wanted to bring a prop on stage with him, some computer from the Andromeda set, but he forgot. So he asked Ed Wasser to go and fetch it from his suitcase. He explained how the thing was huge compared to iPhones and such these days even though the show was supposed to take place far in the future. Ed came back with a black bag with what turned out to be Gordon's toiletries. So he didn't get to show off the prop but he brought it to his photo op so I got to hold on to it for that.

Gordon told a bunch of stories from the Andromeda set, how he was always pitching stories to the writers about things like Robochicken (don't ask...) and an episode where the Andromeda was turned into a cruiseliner. He also mentioned a situation in which Keith Hamilton Cobb refused to say certain lines in an episode, how he just stood there with his arms crossed. So Gordon changed his lines so it all became a monologue with 'I know what you're going to say! You're going to say X' comments whenever Keith was supposed to say something. Don't remember which episode but I should go look for that one.

He also got some comments and compliments about his work on The Guard. He joked most about how his character wasn't allowed to go into the helicopter even though a lot of the show is about that. And how the show is very low budget so they don't film in the actual ocean, they just pretend the water is really deep when it's only 3 feet deep. Overall a very enjoyable funny panel. Makes me want to watch the Guard (since it features lots of Stargate people as well) but I'll have to figure out how to get it from Canada...

The next panel was Martha Hackett (Seska on Star Trek: Voyager). I never watched that show so the panel wasn't that interesting to me. The main message that I remember was that she didn't know her character would be that evil when she joined. And that some fans seem to blame her for her evil character in the show sometimes, which is a strange experience since Martha is not that character, of course.

After Martha, the stage was ready for Cliff Simon, who we know as Ba'al in Stargate SG-1. I've seen him on stage several times before so a lot of his stories I had already heard, but there were a few new things as well. :) He asked for a chair because he didn't want to stand for too long, had to do with some of his past injuries. He showed the crowd the trailer for a new show called Dust that he's pitching to the studios. Looked like some kind of futuristic western, the music and cinematography seemed rather good, guess we'll have to wait and see on that one. Cliff talked about how hard it was to do the 'multi-Ba'al' episode on SG-1 and how the shot where he puts his hand on his own shoulder was his own idea. That show was really hard and time-consuming, but worth the effort when you see the result.

Since he's South-African, he always tells people that he's a 'real' African-American which gets him funny looks. When asked what kind of roles he likes to play he said he thinks it's fun to play business men and get to do everyday things like getting into a cab and such. He doesn't have to be the villain, he's done that already, but if he could get to be a Bond villain, Cliff'd say yes in a heartbeat.

After Cliff's panel there were some behind-the-scenes talks in German, so I decided to head out to the vendors room. On the way I grabbed some pics of some of the fan costumes and of the signing tables outside of the main signing room. Got an autograph from James Marsters, he is really too kind. And he was wearing his long leather-like coat, so even though he wasn't beach-blonde, he reminded me of his Spike-days.

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Fedcon Friday

I arrived at the Maritim Hotel in Bonn around lunchtime on Friday, purchased my weekend pass and went for a stroll through the convention area. Lots of people in scifi costumes, lots of vendors selling all kinds of weird things, I felt more than a little lost.

After checking out the program for the afternoon, I realized that a lot of cool photo sessions were happening and the on-stage things were not as interesting to me, because they were either in German or about shows I didn't watch. So I decided to get in line and do a boatload of photo ops. They are so much cheaper than at other conventions and, knowing now that I wouldn't be able to get all the autographs I wanted (see Sunday report), I am so glad I got my little face time with the actors. As usual, I asked the actors to do a funny picture with my elephant, Richard Dean, and most of them happily obliged. Here are a few, including Lucianna Carro, Kandyse McClure and Aaron Douglas from BSG, Gareth David Lloyd from Torchwood:

Because of the photo ops I missed a few panels, the main one I wanted to see was Luciana Carro, Kat from Battlestar Galactica, but I would see her in the BSG panel on Sunday so I didn't feel too bad about it. I found a seat up on the balcony right at the end of Manu Intiraymi's panel. He was on Star Trek Voyager, a show I've never seen. He's cute and seemed really nice and outgoing. His panel ended with him ranting about conspiracy theories and 9/11 and such, a little weird imo. I snapped a pic of him just in case I ever do watch the show and decide to like it. ;) Then James Cawley, who plays Captain Kirk in a fanmade series called Star Trek Phase II, came on stage to introduce a movie they made called Enemy Starfleet. A lot of people left the room at that point so I found myself a somewhat better seat to be ready for the Opening Ceremony.

Master of Ceremonies for the ceremony and the whole weekend was Ed Wasser, who you might know from Babylon 5. He tried really hard to be funny and tell jokes and partially succeeded. The ceremony started with a show from the guys from Propworx, which involved lots of silly dancing (think 'Thriller') and the aliens from Alien. Pretty funny and it was so cool to see the costumes.

Then it was time to introduce the guests. First they announced all the people giving lectures (including Richard Arnold, who some of you might know because he works for Creation Entertainment), then they moved on to the actors. Gordon Michael Woolvett (from Andromeda) was his happy, bubbly self but had some microphone issues. Gareth David Lloyd was very happy to be there, considering that none of the Torchwood people had ever made it to Fedcon. Then there was Cliff Simon (Stargate SG1) and of course, David Hewlett. David got a wave of applause and a little bow from Ed Wasser. People seemed very happy to see him. He had never made it to Germany before either! Seeing him there made me anxious to see his panel later that evening.

Time for James Marsters, one of my personal favorites, Luciana Carro and Tahmoh Penikett. 'Did he just call me Halo?' Apparently there was a typo on Ed Wasser's cards so he accidentally announced Tahmoh as Halo (instead of Helo), which was pretty funny. Poor guy was flustered enough, I can't imagine how hard it has to be to MC this kind of an event.

When Aaron Douglas came on stage he had his camera ready and was taking pictures of everyone and everything. Kandyse McClure and Tahmoh followed his example... Kandyse did a little dance but got laughed at by Aaron. Aww...

Up next was Manu Intiraymi. Then Chase Masterson (Babylon 5) came on stage waving a German flag and some more Star Trek people were announced: Suzie Plakson and Martha Hackett.

Last but not least there were 2 of the big names of Fedcon 2010: Michael Dorn and Terry Farrell. Both received loads of applause, though 'Lt. Worf' got a standing ovation. He asked the crowd to stop clapping, which just made them clap harder. Even the other actors joined in, it was very heartwarming. Then they played a video of Terry, which said that because of passport issues she wouldn't be able to make it. Which of course wasn't true, she had done photo sessions earlier that day so that attempt at confusing the audience didn't really work. She walked on to the stage and apologized for having to cancel the last 2 times she had been announced for Fedcon. She was very happy to finally make it.

The Opening Ceremony was a blast, it was great to see all the actors that were attending on one stage. Except for Joe Flanigan, who was said 'to have taken the train a stop too far and was on his way'. To me it was especially fun to watch the actors standing in the back, they were joking amongst themselves the whole time. :) Too bad everyone had to say something about German beer, as if that's the only reason to come to Fedcon... :(

Well, that was it for the Opening Ceremony, time for the next panel: Terry Farrell. She was very sweet and touched by the fan response for a series that was filmed quite a while ago. She talked about how she now is a mom from Pennsylvania, and that she doesn't do much acting these days or have much contact with her former colleagues from Deep Space Nine. She told us that she wouldn't let her 6 year old son watch DS9 because he would get confused about the violence and about his mom kissing a woman. She also sang a little lullaby and felt very self-conscious about it afterwards, realizing that the whole thing was being taped. She was also asked about the Trill spots, how it used to take an hour to do them each day, and how the main makeup artist at the end of the series would take only 45 min because he had to do them on the other Star trek show as well. And if he wanted to be in the running for a make-up award he had to do one main character's makeup throughout the show, so he had ro run back to the DS9 set just to do Terry's makeup, which she thought was nice. Overall, I enjoyed her talk a lot, since I have watched quite a bit of DS9, so a lot of things were familiar. There weren't many 'ha ha' funny moments but everything she told us came straight from the heart. Especially when she talked about 'her biggest challenge': motherhood.

David Hewlett was up next. It was so good to see him again, he's always so funny. His panel was such a blur, hopefully I can remember a few things... He walked on with a beer in his hand, that would be a constant through most of the convention. Aaron Douglas came on stage to give him a new beer halfway through his panel. David told a whole bunch of stories, one of the more memorable ones about the set, how he hated running up and down the stairs and how he kept trying to avoid them. And how those stairs would be so great to do a musical number on! And that there was another piece of equipment in the control room that would cause people to get hurt because it was located at a 'dangerous' height.

David kept laughing at people because they were asking 2 questions, he was wondering whether that was a German thing. So somebody went up to the microphone and asked one ... and a half question, hilarity ensued. He was also asked whether, in A Dog's Breakfast, he used the same tooth brush to brush his teeth as well as his dog's. He confessed that he had this whole system set up to switch out the brushes off camera but he never managed to get it right so he gave up. Which means that yes, he did use the same brush. Eeek. At some point during the panel Aaron Douglas came on stage with his phone, saying Paul had a question for him. Talking about ADB he talked about how Paul McGillion kept shaving his legs to prove he'd be up for the role and David kept telling him his legs would not be in view! Paul seemed very dedicated.

David got asked about how it was working with his sister and joked about how the director kept telling them they had to 'keep in mind they were related'. As if they could forget. David kept laughing at his sister's acting and singing capabilities, all in good fun, of course. Someone asked him to go stand by the Tardis, unfortunately my pic of that came out blurry, it was a funny sight though. He admitted to being a geek, how he knows how to take apart computers but not how to put them back together again.
Since I love David, I took way too many pictures, here are a few more.

The final panel of the day was for James Marsters. It was a joy to finally see him. He talked a lot about his role as Spike on Buffy and Angel as well as John Hart on Torchwood. He said that Buffy and Sarah Michelle Gellar are actually quite similar in character as they know what they want and go for it. He did say that Sarah was quite a bit funnier. During his audition for Spike, Juliet Landau was there as well and she really liked that James originated as a theater actor. He believes that that was part of why their collaboration worked so well on the show. James also talked about how he moved to LA to try TV/movies instead of theater because he needed to earn money for his kid. He told a funny story about how his kid doesn't find his roles cool enough. Even John Hart! Apparently the kid asked his dad' Yes, he is cool, but does he win in the end?' James had to admit he lost, which made him not cool anymore in the eyes of his son.

About his role on Torchwood he told a story about a stunt in which he bled through his costume. And since the producers would not let him do his own stunts again if they find out, John Barrowman helped him out, had his personal surgeon stitch him up so he could still do stunts. When asked who would win in a fight between Spike and John Hart, he said Hart would win if he had his gun already drawn. I mean, Spike is fast but you just can't win against a gun. When asked who was the best kisser: Buffy or Captain Jack he pleased the audience by saying John Barrowman. Of course! James also got some questions about his singing career. He apparently has CDs out (I didn't know, oops). He sang a cowboy-style song on stage that he wrote after doing a western movie(?).

He said how he admires Buzz Aldrin. He had the chance of meeting him in Italy one time but decided to go home to his family instead. He told a story about how Buzz punched someone who said the moon landing was a hoax. And how that guy sued Buzz and Buzz won the lawsuit. Nice one! Apparently there's Spike/Giles slash fanfic out there, so a fan asked James who would be on top? He said the old guy i.e. Giles should be on top, that he should do all the work. When asked if he would consider doing a Spike spin-off he said that he would only consider it if there was a way to make him look younger because Spike shouldn't age. He didn't want the spin-off to start with some kind of explanation of why Spike looked older all of a sudden. Maybe they could use the technology they use to make newscasters look younger, he said. He said he would have loved to do a role on Battlestar Galactica, but was happy to get Caprica now.

James also received compliments on his audio work for the Jim Butcher Dresden Files audiobooks. I have never listened to them so I bought one this week and they are pretty good! He also got a weirdly phrased question from a fan who asked 'How it was for Spike to f*** Buffy?' James asked to repeat the question, thinking he hadn't heard that one right, but yes he had heard it just fine. In response he talked about how Spike couldn't just stay the evil vampire fighting Buffy in the show, that would not make the character interesting enough so the writers had to do something with him. They decided to make Spike and Buffy hook up, which was a possible way to go, James understood the decision. Another funny thing happened when a fan told him that John Barrowman had said that James was 53 years old. He joked about it a bit, with the audience laughing a lot about how ridiculous that was. Then he said he was actually 47 and the audience laughed again. Which is funny, because James Marsters IS 47 years old. Still looks good, though, I have to say!

Fedcon Friday was amazing and Fedcon was only getting started...

I'll post the next part of this report as soon as I find some time.
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Fedcon report

Wow! I can't believe it's been over a year since I've posted anything on here. Guess that's how things go when you're graduating and moving halfway across the world.

But now I have a reason to post again: Fedcon 2010 in Bonn, Germany. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend because I live so much closer than before. And since there were so many different actors, I figured it was time for my first ever con report. I'll tell the stories as I remember them, but my brain is filled with so many memories that things get a little fuzzy. I have loads of pictures to go with the stories, taken up from the balcony, so those are a little fuzzy as well, LOL.

I hope you enjoy the report, I know I will have fun using it to remember Fedcon. :D
It will focus mainly on the shows I watch, of course, do I did try to post some pics from every panel I saw.
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Music Videos Burbank 08

I made 2 more music videos for the Creation convention, one for Kavan Smith for the Cherry Hill con and another for Rachel Luttrell at the Burbank con. They played the Lorne one at both conventions and people seemed to enjoy them. :)

The Teyla: Superwoman was a winner in the Burbank Music Video competition, that was a nice bonus. :D

Sorry about the low quality, haven't had time to try uploading the high res version again, it kept failing before.

I'd love your comments, do criticize, I want to learn. Thanks!
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Calendar wallies

Hey all,

Happy 2009!

Things have been busy for me so unfortunately no time to post here. More time spent on Gateworld and Ausgate.net. :)

I did make a John & Teyla calendar and posted it on sga_beya, do check it out!

Here's a version of the calendar wallpapers without the text, you never know you might like one of them...

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Ben Browder Music Video

I made a Ben Browder video for the Creation Chicago Stargate Convention that went on this weekend. It was sent in as entry for the Ben Music Video Contest they had, as an intro video to bring Ben up on stage.

And you know what? IT WON!

So here it is, my second video ever and a Creation 2008 Music Video Contest Winner:

So they played it right before Ben Browder was announced on stage. At the autograph signing I asked Ben what he thought of the video and he said that he loved it, though he did seem to fall over a lot! 

I've posted it on Youtube for now, until I find a better way to spread the Ben love. ;)

PLEASE LEAVE COMMENTS HERE, not on Youtube, that way I can keep the comments if I decide to move the vid, thanks.