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    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Universes: ST vs. B5
      To: CIS  
    Date: 3/28/1996 7:17:00 AM  

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{original post had no questions}

Actually, the B5 budget is about half the average ST budget,
sometimes a bit less.

We don't apply savings in CGI to alien makeup; they're totally
different areas, each with their own costs. Whatever they cost is
what they cost. But the reason we can do what we do is that we take
new approaches to both the EFX and the prosthetics. Optic Nerve, who
does the prosthetics work as a contract deal, have found ways to make
their masks more lifelike, easier to apply, and faster to apply, than
the norm; so you tend to get more bang for your buck. We've had as
many as 40 or more complete aliens -- full prosthetics and costumes --
not just in one episode, but often in one SCENE, which would kill you
in any other kind of show...unless you came up with some smarter ways
of doing things.

That's one of the important things about B5...we don't tend to
do things the way they've always been done because they've always been
done that way. We tend to ride the wave of technology in whichever
area we're doing, and take whatever's newest, fastest, best.

That was ultimately the reason we went with CGI, more than any
fiscal savings. We can *do more* with CGI, get closer, have more
ships, bigger scenes, make the B5 universe come alive.

(BTW, a lot of folks still compare the models used on ST with
the CGI on B5, not aware that a fair amount of ST EFX now are done with
CGI; some of them have even been done by Foundation, our CGI
providers...the solar sail recently, for example.)

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Universes: ST vs. B5
      To: CIS  
    Date: 3/28/1996 1:19:00 PM  

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{original post had no questions}

Thanks, and you're quite correct, it comes down to personal
taste for the most part. Didn't think your message was harsh at all.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Universes: ST vs. B5
      To: CIS  
    Date: 3/30/1996 9:00:00 AM  

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{original post unavailable}

The tones are his real voice.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Universes: ST vs. B5
      To: CIS  
    Date: 4/2/1996 4:05:00 AM  

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{original post unavailable}

A talking na'ka'leen feeder can ask a question like this...?

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Universes: ST vs. B5
      To: CIS  
    Date: 4/6/1996 6:01:00 AM  

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Rob Edin <102623.2165@compuserve.com> asks:
> 5 stations, hmmm?

Clarifications: B1-B3 were never finished, but sabotaged very
early in construction, so the cost impact wasn't that high. Only B4
was completed. When it vanished, the project was almost abandoned, but
then the Minbari and Centauri agreed to help finance the project, and
the EA went ahead with a scaled-down version, their last shot at it.
Hence, B5.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Universes: ST vs. B5
      To: CIS  
    Date: 4/7/1996 2:49:00 PM  

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{original post unavailable}

We shot the last scene with the cane *before* we shot the scene
in which Jerry broke his arm. It costs way too much to go back and
reshoot. At the time we shot the later scene, he hadn't yet broken his
arm.

And G'Kar isn't all the way in yet; he wants to be, but so far
he's still being held at arm's length a bit...he may make an issue of
this.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Universes: ST vs. B5
      To: CIS  
    Date: 4/8/1996 11:53:00 AM  

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Tom Knudsen <72347.1626@compuserve.com> asks:
> Is this something we can expect MAY happen by the end of this
> group of 8 episodes?

Could be....

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Universes: ST vs. B5
      To: CIS  
    Date: 4/8/1996 11:53:00 AM  

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{original post unavailable}

Actually, though, because he *did* have his hand in his pocket,
it let me handle the break in the next episode without stretching
credulity too far. It was...well...I guess you'd call that part of it a
lucky break.

jms
    From: J. Michael Straczynski <71016.1644@compuserve.com>
 Subject: Universes: ST vs. B5
      To: CIS  
    Date: 4/9/1996 5:20:00 PM  

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Carol Naylor <100645.2613@compuserve.com> asks:
> That was _lucky_ ?

"...the way your mind works can be *really* scary."

Why, thank you...that's the nicest thing anyone's said about me
in days.

jms

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