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Archive: 1999


December 20, 1999

From Cinescape Online:

Harsh Realm Still Alive?

Though it doesnít seem possible, there appears to be a new, slim hope that Harsh Realm could return anew. According to the VFXPro website, the effects for programís run of eight episodes have been finished by the Pixel Envy f/x house. Now, plans are for the series to run in its entirety on the FX cable network starting in March. VFX reports on an unnamed source revealing that even though production has ceased on the program, FX is "considering a possible continuation" of the series should ratings warrant such.

Having said that, one canít help but wonder if Fox would truly consider bringing back the series with a still active lawsuit over its head by the original comicís creators, James Hudnall and Andrew Paquette. In addition, if Fox was likely to give the series a chance, wouldnít they do it on the Fox network rather than their cable outlet? Beyond that, even if Fox gave it a thumbs up again, could they get the cast to return? This one doesnít seem likely, even if Fox is trying to make nice with Carter.

Source: Cinescape Online [www.cinescape.com]

December 16, 1999

Game Developers Conference 2000

Mark Snow will be giving a lecture at next year's Game Developers Conference (San Jose, CA). The entire event begins on March 8 and ends on the 12th. If anyone reading this is planning to go to this event, please let me know! Thanks.

The following info came from GDC's official site:

Musical Scoring for Cover Ups, Alien Abductions, and Other Unexplained Occurrences - Intermediate
Mark Snow; Lecture

In this session X-Files composer Mark Snow talks in depth about the art of scoring for science fiction and futuristic environments. Using examples from The X-Files, Millennium, and his other work, Mark explores such topics as: How to create memorable and appropriate themes, how to create tension and resolve it (or not), how to hold on to the audience's emotional responses throughout the life of a series, and modern orchestration for future landscapes. In addition, Mark provides a glimpse into the challenges, schedules, and working processes involved in writing music for major network television programs.

Source: GDC [www.gdconf.com]

December 16, 1999

Straczynski/Carter project cancelled

Well, this is terrible news. :( First Millennium, then Harsh Realm and now this. Well, Fox didn't want this show to exist so they pulled out the day before contracts would have been signed with CBS.

I'm not going to scream or yell about this because we all know that the people at Fox have lost it completely. Straczynski said: "I have rarely enjoyed a partnership with anyone as much as with Chris and Frank, who are not only stand-up guys, but in all of our discussions I don't think a single idea got broached that didn't make sense. Their approach is the same we had at B5: you check your ego at the door and do what's best for the story. I have nothing but good things to say about them, and even though Fox felt that they needed to go forth only with 100% CC after HR was canceled (the logic being that it didn't work because Chris didn't actually create it), I consider the experience a positive one. They're good people over there at 1013."

December 1, 1999

Mark's Cow score available online!

This is what all of us have been waiting for! Mark's score for the short film comedy, The Dancing Cow, is now availble on the movie's official website. I won't be posting any of these sounds on this site (due to legal stuff, i.e. copyright).

So if you want to hear Mark's brilliant music and several songs composed for the movie, then check out the site today.

November 25, 1999

Carter/Straczynski: New Series

Chris Carter (X-Files, Millennium, Harsh Realm) will team up with J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5, Crusade) to produce a new drama for CBS.

Mark Snow might compose the music for this show. This new series is described as "98% reality-based and 2% speculative fiction."

From Cinescape Online:

Back on November 16th, the Cleveland Plain Dealer quickly dropped word of something that had been floating through the rumor mill for some time - that The X-Files' Chris Carter and Babylon 5's J. Michael Straczynski were working together on a new drama series for the CBS TV network...

The Sci Fi channel's website also checked in with JMS via e-mail. JMS is reported to have told the site, "There's nothing that I can say about this at this time, but I will be able to say a little more in about a week... all I can say for now is that it is and it isn't what it seems."

Source: Cinescape Online [www.cinescape.com]

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