Chat: David Kemper
Chat: David Kemper
Moderator: David? Can you type?
DK: Good evening
DK: Letters to Sci-Fi
Moderator: <JTMarechal> : How is writing for Farscape different from the writing you've done for other series? (Like Star Trek: Voyager, for example)
DK: First off, on the other series, I was farther down the ranks.
Moderator: Vive la liberte!
DK: Additionally, the cast on this series is so remarkable, we're able to attempt
Moderator: <LordBowler> : Hi David, now that the 1st season is rapping up on Sci-Fi an plans to show it in syndication ala Poltergiest?
DK: That's a question for the owners of the show: Henson Co; Hallmark, etc.
Moderator: SLOW DOWN THE QUESTIONS PLEASE...
DK: Both. For instance, I know where the second season is going to END UP.
Moderator: <OboeCrazy> to <Moderator>: Hi Mr. Kemper, thanks for coming! I was curious...how do you come up with some of the inventive episode names? Some of them like Rhapsody in Blue and Bone to be Wild have been very creative as well as enlightning!
DK: I was waiting for that one.
Moderator: <JTMarechal> : What is your favorite part of the writing process: the actual writing, the moment you finish the script, viewing the completed episode ... or the endless rewrites? <grin>
DK: Good Q.
Moderator: <Solanio> : Hi David. Now that Farscape seems destined not only survival but more ongoing success - can you tell us if any work will be done to ensure that there is continuity in terms of the fictional histories, languages and other background information in the series?
DK: That continuity falls to us, the writers. Lil Taylor is the self-annointed keeper of
Moderator: <Nerys> : My question is character-specific, but I've seen it brought up lately and nobody seems to know the answer. Regarding Chiana's head/body movements; were they planned by the writers, or is that something Gigi brought to the character on her own?
Moderator: <Ooshadi> : "There seems to be a link between moya's baby and Aeryn Sun-will you expand on this?
DK: Yes. We're looking to work that into the storyline
Moderator: <terr> : I noticed that Moya (and Baby Moya) don't seem to have translator microbes, yet Baby Moya has just shown us he speaks. Are Leviathans allergic to the microbes?
DK: Leviathans don't have mouth-organs for speech. Talyn (Rock's very cool name) "communicates"
Moderator: <kitsah> to <Moderator>: Is there a particular reason--other than convenience--that some PK's have one name and others two? Is it due to their origins (class, culture etc) in Sebacean society?
DK: They all have two names. We just don't use them all the time. Crais, Aeryn, etc. have first and last names.
Moderator: <AMuse> : Forgive my assumption, but most people who work on Farscape are not Americans? Do cultural things sometimes hit a rock in the road, a joke that doesn't translate well, because of diff's between Yanks and Aussies?
DK: Very astute. Very, very astute.
Moderator: Here too, actually. READ THER FINE PRINT ON THE SUNMAID BOX SOME TIME.
DK: In final answer to your Q: The other -- and arguably most important Yank in terms of interpreting
Moderator: <RevMother1> : Hi DK great to have you here. Tell me what great sciencefiction writers or movies or TV shows have influenced you.
DK: Science fiction, my ass. This dren is REAL!
Moderator: <scubalien> to <Moderator>: Can you elaborate more on the plans for the movie? Would it be a sci-fi cinema event or a hollywood type release?
DK: The movie... You guys are so demanding.
Moderator: <ChianasPet>: Hi! Thanks for joining us! You guys treat us fans so well. I am wondering if the "time is right" for the release of the Bloopers tape that you mentioned in an earlier chat..... for us die-hard Scapers?
DK: Are you crazy.
Moderator: <PHX1> : Is the sort of bio-technology on Moya's hull kind of like the taelon bio-slurry on Gene Roddenberry's Earth: Final Conflict? they both use the same principal of a "living" ship.
DK: Gene was a genius. I worked with Gene. I knew Gene.
Moderator: Two kinda related questions...
DK: Stark was always meant to return. However, it's nice that you like him also.
Moderator: <Demosthenes>: I know you're not going to answer everything regarding Leviathan origins, but could you at least tell us if Leviathans are natural space-dwelling creatures engineered for habitation or genetically built from the ground up (assumedly by Pilot's race).
DK: Just wrote the 2 parter on that. Eps. 10 and 11, 2nd season.
Moderator: <billjen>: What part did you play in the casting process? And what made you say "*That* is Aeryn" or "*That* is Chiana"?
Moderator: You're still here...
DK: Test - am I on.
Moderator: You should be able to type...
DK: Whoo! Where the hell was I?
Moderator: <Sci-junkie>: Was Zhaan's ability to "camouflage" herself on the latest episode due to the high concentration of plants?
DK: Bingo. She used the background and merged into it like a chameleon.
Moderator: <DeaCerte> : Are we ever going to see Rigel's re-instatement to the Thrown? Will his subjects ever know of the coup that sent him to prison?
DK: I believe they already know. They have a new ruler -- Rygel's (with a "Y") cousin -- and must be aware
Moderator: <Circa> : Daivd, will the PKs be a continued threat or will other races play bigger parts in future eps?
DK: Both. (Are you reading the scripts ahead of time?)
Moderator: <Korban>: Is there currently any organized resistance against the PeaceKeepers ... or will there be?
DK: Scarrans. The race that Scorpius is half of.
Moderator: <The-Chameleon>: David, other than the cast and crew, is there a race of supreme beings pulling the strings in Farscape?
DK: Sniff... ("Royal" sniff)... What? You don't think WE'RE supreme enough.
Moderator: <truthseekr> : In several of the episodes you have penned (Rhapsody, Bone, etc.), there are themes revolving around notions of spirituality, does this theme interest you personally?
DK: Very much. I believe the whole series should reflect not just action and adventure,
DK: story conference with the writers down in Oz (I'm currently in L.A.), and when he gets here,
Moderator: <RazurWynd> : Mr. Kemp, what's the craziest storyline or character you believe the writing team has come up with ?
DK: You haven't seen it yet.
Moderator: <RobinT> : Storytelling is an ancient artform, and of course the art of the puppet goes back at least several thousand years. To what extent do are you mindful of heritage when you undertake to blend art forms into something new. Is Farscape the linear child of Mr Punch playing to the crowds outside Notre Dame in 14th Century France?
DK: I don't believe so. I never had the pleasure of meeting Jim Henson, but his
Moderator: As we come up to the one hour mark, David, I have to ask: how are your typing fingers holding out? No incipient signs of carpal tunnel syndrome? We have many many questions -- and as you know, FARSCAPE has many many fans. Are you up for more?
DK: What? You think I'm using FINGERS?
DK: Very nice. That's one of the first things we tell new writers.
Moderator: <Scapefan> to <Moderator>: Do you know when the toys are coming out?
DK: I'm not sure. When did you put them in?
Moderator: <dw-mckim>: When you come up revelations on characters do you let the actors in on them right away or do they find out when they see the script (ie Zhaan's being a plant, if China was the killer in ep #15)?
DK: I like to talk with the actors as soon as we come up with good ideas.
Moderator2: A little tech glitch Bear with us
DK: Hang in guys -- there's been a huge earthquake, followed by a tidal wave, a blazing
Moderator2: <MistralStarfire> to <Moderator2>: on what belief systems and philosophies is the Delvian spirituality based? i find it very interesting.
DK: It's a conglomeration of quite a few actually. But centered around non-violence and harmony.
Moderator2: <JTMarechal> to <Moderator2>: Looking back over the first season, which one episode (or scene, or line) do you wish you could go back and tweak?
DK: You mean, "What do you think stunk the most?"
Moderator2: <LadyJade> to <Moderator2>: Will there be an episode, on Aeryn Sun. I mean to give us information of her life before she came aboard Moya?
DK: Ep. 2 next year. And 7. And 10. And 11.... You get the idea.
Moderator2: <MrSurreal> to <Moderator2>: Do you ever find yourself geting completely lost in your work? going for days where you think of things in terms of the farscape world instead of the real world
DK: You have just describe my life. I'm not kidding.
Moderator2: <Gmmas> to <Moderator2>: David: there was a jump in time between eps 20 and 21. Was that for dramatic purposes, or not enough time to fit more in ?
DK: Ep. 20-and-a-half had them sitting quietly in the cold and dark in the hopes of eluding Scorpius and Crais.
Moderator2: <ChaoticDreamer> to <Moderator2>: What advise could you have for novice writers? How much writing that's not related to the show, do you do?
DK: At the moment, none. Too time consuming.
Moderator2: <Demosthenes> to <Moderator2>: You've not elaborated on a lot of the show's technical side, like how starbursting works, how Moya maintains life support, her speed, how she moves around in regular space (gravitics, fusion?) where they derive their power from, ect. Are there any plans to deal with it for the more tech-oriented fans like myself or are they things you want to ignore and just concentrate on the story?
DK: Now, we don't ignore them. But we ARE slightly more interested in what effect these events
Moderator2: <valleyofstags> to <Moderator2>: You have mentioned Season 3, does this mean you have a commitment from Scifi for a third season?
DK: Not a chance. But I am the eternal optimist. If the ratings are good -- there will be a season 3. Otherwise,
Moderator2: A reminder, we're chatting with David Kemper, Exec Producer of Farscape. If you have a question for David, send it to me as a private message
DK: Who the hell is Soot, and what kind of question could a "Soot" ask?
Moderator2: <riddley> to <Moderator2>: Richard Manning told us about his "froonium," Rockne told us he named characters after admired filmmakers...what trademarks do you have?
DK: I think froonium is a dumb name, and who the hell is "Crichton" anyway?
Moderator2: <RazurWynd> to <Moderator2>: Mr. Kemp, where do the pseudo-curse words come from, such as drell ?
DK: "Dren." Rock started it. We can't swear on TV, so we came up with our alien code words. I'm sure you're starting to figure it out.
Moderator2: <PK3> to <Moderator2>: David, will you ask Rockne if DVDs & VHSs of FarScape are planned for the US?
DK: They are in the works right now.
Moderator2: <Kieriahn> to <Moderator2>: We've heard that Season 2, Ep. 7 is absolutely incredible -- can you tell us if it's a flashback story about Pilot, or takes place in the present?
DK: Q for Kieriahn? What have you heard?
Kieriahn: that there's lots of nifty effects -- possibly about Pilot? :)
DK: He's right. But you misunderstood. Anth was just "raving." He's always "raving." winkwink.
Moderator2: <LadyJade> to <Moderator2>: Mr. Kemp, Can you tell us what is in store for Moya's new born. I mean it's half leavathan and half Peacekeeper tech. Willl he help the crew of Moya?
DK: Definitely. Remember that promised 3 parter?........
Moderator: <ChianaRULESJoshSaysSo> to <Moderator>: Mr. Kemp, could you tell us what's in store for Chiana?
Moderator: <ChianaRULESJoshSaysSo> : Sorry, *Kemper*
DK: Absolutely. Just keep the word out and get as many people to watch as possible. Did you see that tomorrow night's episode was profiled "In the Box" in TV Guide?
Moderator: <Solanio> : How much room do you (willingly) give the actors room for improvisation? Do you encourage it, tolerate it, or try to ignore it?
DK: Tricky, tricky...
Moderator: <valleyofstags>: Now that you are "Executive Producer" will we be seeing any episodes in Season 2 "written by David Kemper"?
DK: Tech correction: I've been Ex. Prod. since Ep. 7, first season.
Moderator: (By the way -- Mister Kemper is not promoting Georgia as a vacation paradcise., GA = "go ahead. For those of you who've been asking.)
DK: Success as defined by?
Moderator: A box in TV Guide?
DK: We keep it fresh by trying to surprise each other. The writers, producers, actors, directors and all the crew
Moderator: A very important question, this next one:
DK: Comic relief my ass.
Moderator: <babymoya>: What similaries do you see between Crichton and Crais? There seems to be a bond between them now - and not because of hte accidental death of Crais' brother.
DK: First off, by a trick of photography, they are played by the same actor.
Moderator: <wwwnickmarkscom>: I love the 3D in your show? You guys should have some 3D characters like in Star Wars...that costed bucks though. How many polys is moya's baby going to be?
DK: Wait. Are you wearing those funky red and blue glasses to watch the show?
Moderator: <FenrisUlf> : Evening! Will Pilot ever come out of his little room? Will there be an episode with focus on Pilot/his race?
DK: Coming soon to a television set near you. Second season holds many surprises.
Moderator: <johninc> : Does Farscape take any of it's plot development from the British Sci-fi series Blake 7? i.e. Escaped prisoners voyaging through space.
DK: Not if we come out on the rosier end.
Moderator: <Zero> : Mr. Kemper were did you get Aeryn Sun's boots? My Girlfriend wants to know.
DK: Hello, Soot. Waiting for your question!!!
Moderator: <Circa> : David, does the 2nd season also hold a more developing relationship between John and Aeryn?
DK: Boots? I'm not sure where we get them. I never get a chance to see them, since they're usually walking all over me.
Moderator: <Starcrossedvagabond> : do you see the show moving into more of a "excitement in every ep" type atmosphere instead of the character development we have seen this season?
DK: Both ways. We like both avenues. Additionally, action cost $$$.
Moderator: I think David is getting tired, guys.
DK: Hey, Pat, how bout going 15 more minutes?
Moderator: You GOT it!
DK: I pitched an episode of the old cop series, "Hunter," and to my everlasting astonishment, the bastards BOUGHT IT.
Moderator: What were you doing professionally when you made the Hunter pitch?
DK: I was a Program Executive at CBS -- where one of the shows I superivised was the new version of The Twilight Zone.
Moderator: <Circa> : Daivd, do you have a favorite character?
DK: And on that show, there were some fabulous writers: Harlan Ellison, Alan Brennert, George R. R. Martin, Michael Cassutt, Phil DeGuere, Jim Crocker, and a young fella
Moderator: Favorite character on FARSCAPE?
DK: Are you frelling nuts?
Moderator: The fans are storming the barricades!!!
DK: If I answer that, I'm gonna take shit from Ben, Claudia, Anthony, Virginia, Gigi, Lani, Wayne, and Pilot.
Moderator: <Demosthenes> : Are there currently in plans for Farscape products besides the toys? Maybe a Farscape computer game or a Farscape roleplaying game?
DK: Computer game is something Brian wants to do.
Moderator: <LadyJade> to <Moderator>: yes Mr. Kemper we are we just want to know
DK: Rock is stuffing his face behind me, and through the sandwich, is saying,
Moderator: <FenrisUlf> to <Moderator>: TELL US OR ELSE!
DK: "Mmmgmgmgmmdkkd dkweioosfdbb,"
Moderator: <The-Chameleon> : Do you ever forget that it is only a show?
DK: No. Do you?
Moderator: <Average-Joe> to <Moderator>: aNYONE DOING A COMIC BOOK ADAPTATION?
DK: Not that we know of.
Moderator: <Gmmas>: David: is Crichtons friend , DK , based on you? or your name?
DK: Rock and I always try to put some reference to each other (usually buried and comic) in our works.
Moderator: <lilpoosis> : Tell my brother that He's the Man!
DK: some of the packs, forcing you to break into the card stores at night
Moderator: This is the final question for the evening....
DK: Hey sis!
Moderator: <Persona>: Could you dispense any advice to wannabe writers (tv or features)?
DK: Let's have another Q, if we can, because I've already given a detailed answer for beginner writers.
Moderator: How's this:
DK: We don't work in a vacuum -- we work in a blender.
Moderator: <ChaoticDreamer> to <Moderator>: come on, please???? ask them about appearances.....this is for a bunch of people
DK: Conventions will be attended by our cast if they occur during the off-season. It's a 14 hour flight to the States -- so unless
Moderator: David, thanks so much!!! This was a great chat.
DK: Love to do it again sometime.
Moderator: Yes, please!!!!
DK: Goodbye all. You guys make working so hard worthwhile for all of us!!!!!!!!!
Moderator: You were a great audience too --