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    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: A Call To Arms
      To: CIS  
    Date: 1/3/1999 1:07:00 PM  

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SysOp Dupa T. Parrot <70040.104@compuserve.com> asks:
> May we assume that there will be no more B5 specific TV movies
> while Crusade is in production?

"May we assume that there will be no more B5 specific TV movies while
Crusade is in production?"

As far as I've been told.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: A Call To Arms
      To: CIS  
    Date: 1/3/1999 1:13:00 PM  

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(blocked) asks:
> What didn't I like?

"(BTW, Joe, is Evan Chen doing the music for Crusade?)"

Yup.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: A Call To Arms
      To: CIS  
    Date: 1/4/1999 5:36:00 AM  

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{original post unavailable}

Actually, Chris Franke is sufficiently impressed with Chen --
who has never scored a TV show before, this is his first shot and he
shows much potential, we're very happy -- that he's going to release
Chen's score to ACtA and later episodes via his own label.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: A Call To Arms
      To: CIS  
    Date: 1/4/1999 3:06:00 PM  

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(blocked) asks:
> Was this deliberate, or was it just an outgrowth of Chen's
> different style? Or was it just my imagination?

I spot the music on everything, from movies to the episodes.
That means sitting with the composer and saying "music in at 1:07:13
(one minute, seven seconds, 13 frames), out at 2:23:18." When we did
the pilot, I wasn't sure how much music it did or didn't need, never
having done this before, so I went drier than I should have.

In the case of CtA, I knew we were going to have some wall-to-
wall music later, so I held back a bit earlier on, otherwise you do way
too much to fit in, and you over-burden the composer. River was also
spare at the top.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: A Call To Arms
      To: CIS  
    Date: 1/4/1999 3:06:00 PM  

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{original post unavailable}

I'm content to wait until the SW movies are done.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: A Call To Arms
      To: CIS  
    Date: 1/4/1999 3:06:00 PM  

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Michael Beemer <71551.1670@compuserve.com> asks:
> Submitted for your consideration: sometimes the music and sound
> effects became confused - was that a weapons discharge/hit, or a
> techno-percussion note? Were the repeated clashing/crunching
> sounds at the end of the battle mood conveying music, or the
> sound of the Drahk hatches opening to spew out the bio-weapon?

"Submitted for your consideration: sometimes the music and sound
effects became confused - was that a weapons discharge/hit, or a techno-
percussion note? Were the repeated clashing/crunching sounds at the
end of the battle mood conveying music, or the sound of the Drahk
hatches opening to spew out the bio-weapon? I also thought that the
music was occasionally mixed too loudly."

The first part of that is a common problem in an action show;
most of the really interesting music happens at the bottom, using the
lower frequencies. But the lower frequencies are also where you'll
usually find explosions, clashing, crunching, banging and the like...so
sometimes the two get muddy. You clear out one or the other as much as
you can, but sometimes it overlaps and you get fuzziness in the track.

As for mixing it loudly...yeah, I've generally done that on B5.
I like my music loud.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: A Call To Arms
      To: CIS  
    Date: 1/4/1999 3:06:00 PM  

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{original post unavailable}

"Is Franke gone then with the end of B5 and is Chen the Man behind
Crusade's music? Or is Call an interim step music?"

Yes and no. If there are any other B5 TV movies, or features,
we'll almost certainly use Chris. For Crusade, it's Evan.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: A Call To Arms
      To: CIS  
    Date: 1/5/1999 6:11:00 AM  

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{original post had no questions}

A woman of infinite taste and discretion...but we knew that.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: A Call To Arms
      To: CIS  
    Date: 1/5/1999 1:56:00 PM  

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{original post unavailable}

It was produced contractually as a B5 movie under the order TNT
gave for 4 such movies.

jms

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