This past weekend (Jan 28) was SciFi Expo held in Plano, TX. Having gone to last year’s, 2011′s is actually a few months earlier than 2010′s but I think it is because of the actor’s schedules maybe? Now who are we working around… oh yes… TRICIA HELFER, KATEE SACKHOFF, MORENA BACCARIN, ALAINA HUFFMAN, ERIN GRAY AND NICHELLE NICHOLS. The theme was “Women of SciFi”, but you guessed that already right?
JW (as Athena of BSG) and I (as a Vampire of Venice from DW) got there late, met up with Rebecca and Stacey (Vampire of Venice and Rose), hung out with Tim, and wandered the dealer room before heading to the Tricia and Katee panel.
It wasn’t as fun for myself as last year’s, mainly because I’m too broke from my Japan trip and not yet employed thus unable to purchase autographs.. yeah. Anyways, it was fun indeed hanging out with the girls and Tim though. Now if you’d been following my blog through the Japan trip, you’d know I have been searching for Danny Choo as the Dancing Storm Trooper in Shibuya but haven’t found him… so when Rebecca and I spotted a Storm Trooper at the con… well, I approached him and asked him to dance for me. :D
Following are some clips I took of Tricia’s and Katee’s panel. They are even more gorgeous in person than they are onscreen and that is saying A LOT! They were witty, humorous, and real. I’m so glad I got to see them and SO GLAD that they came down to lil ole Plano, Texas to visit fans and spend time here. Also very happy that the weather was gorgeous and they wouldn’t have to hate Texas, haha!
Here are some Q&A and other tidbits that I remember and paraphrased because my memory is not perfect. If I have something on here incorrectly and y’all know/remember, please let me know and I’ll fix it. Watch the videos for more questions/answers not listed here.
Q: What are some crazy/scary fan experiences you have had?
A: *Katee laughs* (Gonna not tell it in first person because I REALLY don’t remember the exact wording) Basically, she was at a con and a person in a full on Chewbacca suit came up to her and said “I love you.” She is taken aback and laughs nervously (?). Later she is in the restroom and there is that Chewbacca again and she just stares at that person, wondering if she has a psycho within arm’s distance (haha). She does’t know if it is a man or woman either… and the person says “I love you” yet again. HAHAHHAHA… it was a woman, she found out.
A: Tricia’s story is not scary per se but she was in Vancouver and they had just started/not yet (can’t remember, it was early on) filming BSG and she had on a BSG “crew” jacket on with the emblem and everything and was in the pet store when this man sees her and goes, “Oh, that’s a great show! Are you on the crew?” She answers yes, I’m an actor.. and then he peeks under her hat and freezes – then runs out of the store. She looks around and moves on to the next aisle, surprised of course, haha. He returned into the store, whispered “Sorry, didn’t mean to disturb you” and runs back out again. HAHAHAHHAHA…. wow. Yeah…
Q: During those resurrections, that goo that you are in the tub with, what was that like?
(Tricia) It was disgusting. Everytime she got out of it, people would have to run their hands up and down her to get the gunk out and by the end of filming, it’d be all over everybody. She told an interesting story of when they filmed the first resurrection scene – she and the director had an argument about it. The director wanted it to be peaceful and serene and she thought it should be loud and messy because aren’t all births like that, to which Katee interjects “Take that Scientology!” (or something to that effect). She also made the point that she first downloaded into her new body as she was protecting Baltar from the explosion and she was hit with glass, building pieces, etc and if your last memory was dying.. waking up from it the next instant wouldn’t be pretty. Sounds logical to me. And thye filmed it that way and it set the tone for future resurrections. Back to the goo - She had been resurrected a few times and the goo was all over – it is a heavy-ish consistency and ripped the $8,000 wig in half. (!!!) It was like a “tub of petroleum jelly she says… and Katee goes, “It’s like a aprty at Charlie Sheen’s!!” The crowd bursts into laughter and Katee mutters “My publicist is going to kill me…” HAHAH
Apparently Tricia has 10 cats and is a bit OCD with cleaning because Katee, who is allergic to cats, can’t even tell Tricia has ONE let alone TEN when she visits.
Tricia and Katee take shots and are on the phone with each other before they do live shows – awwww!
They both have done many voiceovers for video games.
They ride motorcycles – in fact, they had just participated in a cross country motorcycle tour?
There is a tall and a short hand-cameraman who follow the crew around and on some scenes, Katee would get onto her bunk and be “intimate” with Michael Trucco and she’d turn and there he is… one of the cameramen would be there right in bed with her. HAHAHA
The cast and crew are all like family.
And that is that! Time and JW took the majority of the photos so once they release them, I shall borrow and post up here. See y’all and thanks for reading! Toodles~
Oh my goodness.. what a long road it has been. D:
RECAP:I completed the dress a while back but filming was a nightmare. Ran into problems such as running out of memory on my camera, thus missing some parts (I apologize). It films in HD, thus taking up a LOT of storage. Then my computer kept crashing in the editing program because I didn’t have enough RAM (and the files were of course, ginormous) so I had to upgrade that. I wanted to wait until I got back from Japan to upgrade but.. this is pretty essential.. especially if I planned to film and edit video from my trip anyway!
THEN it was the learning curve to using the editing program… AND THEN the dang encoder didn’t export audio! Are you kidding me?! It worked on all the test vids I made but didn’t when it counted. Spent two days figuring that out (in between my day job of course) and finally, FINALLY this morning it encoded with audio, but with the avi extension. The 5 min clip was 1GB and the 15 min clip was 3GB. Uhm… yeah.. let’s try flv/f4v extension again. AND IT DID!!!! For part 2 anyway. Encoding part 1 as I am typing… so I tried 5 times encoding the real thing and it gave me no audio and… 6th time was avi and 7th time was the charm. *sweat*
Here is a snapshot of the video encoding while we wait…
After the video is uploaded and linked, I will find time to write up a text version of the tutorial. IF I find time. It is 11:20AM on October 29 atm and… I haven’t started on my Halloween costume for tomorrow night! Wow I am a Level 1 procrastinator! But I thrive under pressure…?