Chat: Richard Manning & Andrew Prowse
Chat: Richard Manning & Andrew Prowse
Moderator: We're now moderated.
Ricky: G'day, all!
Moderator: Greetings 'Scapers! Welcome to our first of four fabulous Farscape chats. Tonight we're pleased to welcome two unsung heros of Farscape.
Ricky: I want a raise.
Andrew: I'm just waiting to get paid
Moderator: I'm doing this as the community-service portion of my sentence.
Andrew: There was no life before Farscape.
Ricky: I've written for ST:NextGen, Fame, TekWar, Beyond Reality (that thing SciFi Channel's been running for half a century now)...
Andrew: Yawn, here comes the whole CV
Ricky: What's a CV?
Andrew: a small citroen
Ricky: I was hit by one of those once and had to get it removed <rimshot>
Moderator: seems like time for another question
Ricky: The variety. We've got all kind o' things in store.
Andrew: They're huge and they'll blow you away.
Ricky: He's an Aussie. Lord, can they drink.
Moderator: <Koba> to <Moderator>: Are all of the PK's as insanely obsessive as Crais is, or are we going to see a different side of them?
Ricky: What ARE you talking about, Andrew?
Andrew: Yes we're going to see the pink side of them
Ricky: If you think Crais is obsessive, wait 'til you meet the new guy.
Andrew: The obsession comes from Ricky.
Ricky: BTW, Mr. Ben "Boom Boom" Browder has just entered the lovely Writers' Suite here in Sydney and is staring over my shoulder.
Moderator: <OboeCrazy> to <Moderator>: My question is for Mr. Prowse...are there any technical considerations when it comes to choosing what color and alien will be? I know there's been some confusion with Chiana's color...any colors you have to avoid?
Ricky: Ben says hi to the whole lot of you.
Moderator: pre-emptively, let's just go ahead and say everyone said "hi" back without everyone actually saying "hi"...
Andrew: we avoid black aliens and digital green and are working on invisible ones
Andrew: chiana is grey G-R-E-Y
Ricky: Chiana's GRAY! Not GREY! Not BLUE!
Andrew: not blue
Ricky: As I said, Andrew's an Aussie.
Moderator: everyone at home, please adjust your sets accordingly tomorrow night.
Ricky: "Gneep n'watzi glros wlk8 q8hbaisug bvbasoiud."
Moderator: <PhantomComputer> to <Moderator>: To both of our guests... Were any of your favorite scenes in Farscape cut from the final version?
Andrew: he's a writer!!
Ricky: Virginia Hey is now looking over Ben's AND my shoulder.
Moderator: (everyone says hi to Virginia)
Andrew: yu should have seen the feature length version of DNA MAd Scientist
Moderator: <ceallaig> to <Moderator>: Gentlemen, thank you both for joining us tonight. My question is for Mr. Manning. You wrote the Trek ep, WHO WATCHES THE WATCHERS, one of my favorites, by the way. You also wrote the FS ep THAT OLD BLACK MAGIC. Both eps have a character named Liko. Is there significance in this name, or was it coincidence?
Ricky: Naturally, we usually have to cut around a lot of Andrew's stuff...
Andrew: he has a limited vocabulary!!
Ricky: No real significance to "Liko" as such, other than...
Andrew: ..as with the rest of the script!
Ricky: So now and then it's easier to recycle.
Moderator: <JaneGael> to <Moderator>: Mr. Prowse, thank you for directing the premier episode, which got me hooked on Farscape. Are you by any chance related to David Prowse, who played Darth Vader?
Andrew: and it's environmentally conscious
Ricky: That's nonsense. Andrew's taller.
Andrew: .. and i'm related to juliet who had great legs.
Moderator: <Kieriahn> to <Moderator>: Question: Will we be able to look forward to multi-part episodes in season two?
Andrew: why not!
Ricky: Who are we to stop you?
Moderator: you heard it here first -- the "four episode arc" is really a SIX episode arc!
Ricky: Stuff that's set up in "Nerve" pays off several eps later.
Andrew: we're still not sure of the storyline in rhapsody in blue
Ricky: We (the writers) block out general storylines in advance, under the guidance of the Farscape Gods (Rock O'Bannon and David Kemper, two swell guys to work for -- NOW can I have my raise?)...
Andrew: Now I know how you got your job!!
Ricky: Let me demonstrate a "Hollywood Kiss"...
Andrew: It was too much ..
Moderator: <great-lakes> to <Moderator>: "Through The Looking Glass" was one of the most beautiful episodes of season 1. What was the motivation behind the different color sections of the ship as well as the sight, sound and smell effects?
Ricky: David Kemper wrote it and Ian Watson directed it...
Moderator: (if you have a question for the guests -- and god help you if you do -- submit it to Moderator as a private message)
Ricky: Ben says that David wanted to see Rygel stoned, so he came up with an excuse to make it happen.
Andrew: We had to work out a visual way of representing dimensional dislocation.
Ricky: Alas, no slush pile at the moment... all our Season 2 slots are accounted for, so at present we're not looking at any outside scripts... so sorry.
Moderator: <dejoux10> to <Moderator>: Andrew: Could you describe the working atmosphere on set?
Ricky: The atmosphere on Andrew's set is about the only thing that DOES work.
Andrew: Seriously, it's fun, energised, hot
Moderator: well, Ricky, since you brought up "slash..."
Ricky: (You'll note he never told us what other shows he HAS worked on...)
Andrew: i like the word "sudden"
Ricky: The Crichton/Rygel stuff, I will admit, makes me all tingly.
Moderator: <starcrossedvagabond> to <Moderator>: for the director - do you find it difficult to direct man (actor) and machine (animatronics) at the same time?
Ricky: I'm waiting for the next chapter, where Crichton gets a Hynerial disease.
Andrew: No, the machines' brains work a lot faster
Moderator: <valleyofstags> to <Moderator>: Mr. Manning - Who is the easiest character to write and who it the hardest?
Ricky: Depends on what the character's doing at any given time.
Moderator: <Gmmas> to <Moderator>: Andrew: can you tell us any good stories about directing DNAMS, about Namtar, dearming Pilot, or the food cubes?
Ricky: It's always a great thrill when the actors improve your words, and that happens all the time on Farscape.
Andrew: I don't think anybody has walked on stilts like that before on film and it damn nearly killed him.
Ricky: Ben says bye; he's being called back to the set (lunch break's over)...
Moderator: (everybody waves bye-bye to Ben)
Andrew: Namtar - tried really hard to make him real, likable, as human as we could
Moderator: <fairy74> to <Moderator>: Hi! Are we going to be seeing any new permanant or semi-permanant character in the second season?
Moderator: a little?
Ricky: We'd have to Spoiler Warning the entire chat.
Moderator: ok, riddle me this: will we ever see another Luxan, one without a big giant head?
Ricky: You're gonna see a new face tomorrow night on "Nerve"...
Andrew: how many do you want??
Moderator: <Releven> to <Moderator>: Are we going to see another Pilot?
Ricky: What would we do with another Pilot?
Moderator: <truthseekr> to <Moderator>: You've scripted some of Farscape's finest bad guys (the stimulant enhanced Tavleks, the mono-maniac Crais), what experience or research goes into creating a truly EVIL BAD GUY?
Andrew: how many pilots does it take to fly a leviathan?
Ricky: I'm so glad you asked me that. (twirls mustache)
Andrew: his therapy bills are enornmous!
Ricky: And I didn't think the Tavleks were really BAD guys... did you?
Moderator: in answer to "what would we do with another pilot," a lot of people are saying:
Andrew: i thought we'd skated over that one ..
Ricky: An excellent question. I'm thrilled to be asked such a percepting and penetrating question. It shows a keen mind.
Andrew: in order - pass, no and so what
Moderator: ok, take 2: <TracicarT> to <Moderator>: For both - how do you like working on the new sound stage? Is it an improvement over the old digs (and no matter what anyone says, I still think of the DRD's as "Droids" <evilgrin>)?
Ricky: Oh, all right. Ponder this, though: who "designed" Moya's baby?
Moderator: (doh! premature again!)
Ricky: Re new stages... we're right near the Sydney Olympics site, which is handy.
Andrew: the new sound stage has one great advantage - space.
Ricky: We've been able to stretch out a bit.
Andrew: we're building bigger sets
Moderator: <iseolt> to <Moderator>: Mr. Prowse - Welcome - and since the two of you seem to be enjoying yourselves and bantering back and forth - have you had trouble directing anything Mr. Manning has written??? :-)
Andrew: that was my line!!!
Ricky: He does have to say that.
Andrew: we had a great time doing that ep.
Ricky: Andrew and I never worked "directly" together in season 1;
Andrew: .. however we frequently met and trashed everybody else's work
Ricky: It was great to trash each other's work directly in season 2.
Moderator: We've been going for about an hour -- can either of you stick around and field a few more questions?
Ricky: I'd rather do this than work.
Andrew: good question!
Ricky: I'm still pondering...
Moderator: <grf> to <Moderator>: What can you tell us about the new producer and graphics supplier?
Ricky: Durka Returns was fun 'cause it brought us Chiana...
Andrew: new producer is strong, positive and very supportive. now can i get paid??
Moderator: one for the 'shippers:
Ricky: Sue Milliken, our new producer, has been discovering what a GIGANTIC enterprise (no pun intended) a sci-fi series is...
Andrew: is there something going on???
Ricky: I'm not going to touch THAT straight line...
Moderator: <RygeltheFirst> to <Moderator>: For Mr. Manning: "Froonium" has shown up more than once in shows that you write for. Do you hold the exclusive rights??
Ricky: (laughing) I'm amazed you caught THAT.
Moderator: <Gmmas> to <Moderator>: Andrew: so how was it working with Ben's wife in episode 21? Did Ben have advice for you? (or did she have advice about Ben?)
Andrew: Ben has left the room so i can be completely frank.
Moderator: <Relayer> to <Moderator>: Like Ricky, I go ga ga over Farscape! Will we ever get to see the homeworlds of any of the other crewmates aboard Moya?
Ricky: We don't have any IMMEDIATE plans for that...
Andrew: Ben was extarordinarily supportive of Fran's work and kept away - he had complete trust in her talent.
Ricky: As you can imagine, going to a world full of Hynerians or Delvians or Luxans would be a production nightmare.
Moderator: <great-lakes> to <Moderator>: When will we get to see Rygel swim? He is from an aquatic world?
Andrew: jan 28th - rygel gets wet!!
Moderator: <dw-mckim> to <Moderator>: Season 1 saw such fun explanations as translator microbes and dentics - do we discover in Season 2 how John stays so clean shaven, tanned, and perfectly cropped?
Andrew: the answer is Sheldon!
Ricky: You will see the Dentics again.
Andrew: we've thought about having fun with malfunctions in the translator microbes
Ricky: John stays clean shaven, of course, using Froonium Shave.
Moderator: <JTMarechal> to <Moderator>: Have either of you done a walk-on on the show?
Andrew: no i haven't done a walk-on, but i have to walk out of the chat now!!! bye all, it was great talking to you.
Moderator: Thanks for stopping by, Andrew.
Ricky: You remember all those handsome hunks on Acquara in "Jeremiah Crichton"?
Andrew: Thank you everyone, and Moderator
Ricky: Well, I wasn't one of 'em... but... but... I COULDA been!
Moderator: Ricky, can you stick around for a couple more?
Ricky: Thanks, Andrew, and get back to work!
Andrew: see you all later
Ricky: I'm in.
Moderator: <Casila> to <Moderator>: Hi!! Glad youre here!! :) Just wanted to know...what do you say about all the critism Chiana recieves?--i personally love the character, i think shes great! :)
Ricky: I think she's great, too.
Moderator: <PhantomComputer> to <Moderator>: Will we ever see a "holiday" episode on Farscape? Holidays, such as Christmas, New Years, Thanksgiving... Maybe even Arbor Day :-)
Ricky: Anzac Day!
Moderator: The Hynerian Who Stole Christmas?
Ricky: Sounds like a spinoff!
Moderator: <Gmmas> to <Moderator>: Richard: was it hard as a writer to tap into Zhaan's dark side in TOBM? Impressive and scary, that part of her.
Ricky: It WAS hard, in a sense, as I'm such a fan of Zhaan's character...
Moderator: <honk-if-you-like-farscape> to <Moderator>: is john ever going to run out of earth clothing?
Ricky: I think that was one of the scenes we cut out of a season 1 ep, the show where John learns to sew his own.
Moderator: <starcrossedvagabond> to <Moderator>: for the writer - how far in advance are episodes written? How many revisions will one ep go through before completion?
Ricky: 1. Never far in advance enough. 2. Several.
Moderator: <Gharlane> to <Moderator>: I'm curious about the length of "post" time you guys have to get an episode glued together for airing... is there an average number of weeks?
Ricky: Relatively long post... about 12 weeks all in...
Moderator: <dw-mckim> to <Moderator>: Do we see any non-Peacekeeper Sebaceans in season 2 (or for that matter non-Sebacean Peacekeepers?)
Ricky: Yes to the first (in a big ep that David Kemper is writing even as I type -- get back to work, David). A half yes to the second, and you'll understand why after Friday night.
Moderator: <TracicarT> to <Moderator>: For both - Since we've wrangled birthday info from most of the actors, would you mind sharing yours (you're guaranteed an excellent BB bash in return)?
Ricky: Actually, WE don't even know Andrew's birthday.
Moderator: Our final question for the evening comes from two of our chatters:
Ricky: Oh, good, end on a REALLY tough one!
Moderator: two tough ones, actually. :)
Ricky: I don't have a quick answer 'cause, frankly, if there's a Grand Plan for the series as a whole, I don't know what it is.
Moderator: Thanks for spending well over an hour and a half answering questions from the fans. I know I don't have to remind anyone, but don't forget to tune in tomorrow night at 8pm ET and PT for an all-new Farscape episode.
Ricky: And be sure and write Sci-Fi Channel and tell them how brilliant the writing was, so I can get my raise.
Moderator: If you can stand the heat, we're about to unmoderate the room.
Ricky: That's Bonnie Hammer, Sci-Fi Channel, New York.