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Interviews: Ask J. Michael Straczynski What You Will 276

Posted by samzenpus
from the ask-me-anything dept.
J. Michael Straczynski has written Thor, World War Z, and Changeling among many other films. He created Babylon 5 and has worked on numerous comic book titles including Superman and The Amazing Spider-Man. Most recently, he has teamed up with the Wachowskis for an original Netflix sci-fi series, Sense8 . He's agreed to take a break from his busy schedule in order to answer any questions you may have. As usual, ask as many as you'd like, but please, one question per post.
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Interviews: Ask J. Michael Straczynski What You Will

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  • Re:Pleeeeeeeease? (Score:5, Informative)

    by cold fjord (826450) on Thursday March 20, 2014 @11:17AM (#46535245)

    CGI first introduced to TV in Babylon 5 [geek.com]

    The July 1994 issue of Compute! magazine discusses the graphics used in Babylon 5. By today’s standards, it seems primitive, but it was innovative in its time. Each episode of the series used an average of 6,000 frames of computer graphic animation from Foundation Imaging. They used 24 Amiga 2000s, 16 of which were dedicated rendering engines. They had 32 megabytes of RAM, a Fusion-40 accelerator and the Toaster. The Amigas were connected via a Novell network and sent data to a 12 gigabyte 486 PC file server. They later upgraded to Pentium and Alpha-based systems.

    The making of Babylon 5 [atarimagazines.com]

    Source of Amiga Video Toaster Software Released [slashdot.org]

  • Re:Babylon Reboot (Score:5, Informative)

    by TechnoGrl (322690) on Thursday March 20, 2014 @11:18AM (#46535255)
    You don't have to be a Michael Straczynski to know that B5 had a "beginning of the story" and an "end of the story". One of the best decisions that Mr. Straczynski ever made was to allow the story to end (and end grandly I also have to say).

    Too many cheap crap-hounds (*cough*couch*abrams*cough*) try to extend a story as long as they are able to squeeze money out of it and are eventually revealed to have no idea what they were doing or where they were going with it. Straczynski told a really great story that ended i a really great way. Live and art have to move on.
  • Re:Zathrus and Thor (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 20, 2014 @12:12PM (#46535923)

    What would the dialog be in a confrontation between Zathrus, Thor, and Loki? If you cannot tell us for legal reasons, what would it be in a meeting between not-Zathrus, not-Thor, and not-Loki, who happen to resemble the characters they are not?

    Are you referring to Zathras, Zathras, Zathras, or Zathras? (Not even Zathras listens to Zathras.)

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