Tuesday, 15 May 2007

Seeking Sanctuary ....

Just a quick(ish) entry - I have so many things backed up to Blog about but noooooooo time to write Arrghh.

So - today was the day that the first episode of Sanctuary was due to hit the Web. This is a new concept in Web based entertainment being a full production episodic SciFic series based on the web. Starring Amanda Tapping of Stargate fame and with guest rolls by lots of other well known folks such as the popular *grin* and talented David Hewlett. Each webisode of Sanctuary follows the exploits of Dr. Helen Magnus (Amanda Tapping, Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis) as she seeks out all manner of terrifying and monstrous creatures. She is aided in her quest by her reluctant protégé Will Zimmerman (Robin Dunne, Dawson’s Creek, The Big Hit, Species 3) and her intrepid, if somewhat reckless, daughter Ashley (Emilie Ullerup, Battlestar Galactica). Together they are drawn into a frightening and mysterious world populated by beings that defy explanation. Sanctuary was created by veteran science fiction writer and producer Damian Kindler and directed by Martin Wood (Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis). Kindler, Tapping and Wood serve as executive producers along with N. John Smith (Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis).

Unfortunately the Sanctuary For All site promptly died under the weight of so many connections and as I write is currently down. However by the time you read this, gentle reader, they will probably have it all up and running again so by all means click the links and enter the world of Sanctuary. But prepare to become addicted and obsessed (don't say I didn't warn you).

Mindful of the fact that everyone was eagerly awaiting the very first episode, the directors (bless them) have posted it on YouTube. Obviously this is not the crisp HD version that you would be able to enjoy on the site but it is certainly better than nothing. Much, much better in fact - even in this format it is very, very atmospheric.


And in other news - the talented Mr Hewlett's movie 'A Dog's Breakfast' is to be shown at the Stratford-upon-Avon International Digital Film Festival which runs from May 23th to May 26th 2007. The movie is due to be screened at 11am on Thursday 24th and at 7pm on Saturday 26th. Tickets are free but on a first come first served basis on the day of the screening.

OK - thats all for now ....


Mel said...

Hurrah! I LOVED the episode!! (Not that I didn't think I would, I've been excited since I first found out about the series.) I liked the accent Tapping used. Not sure how accurate it is, as I myself don't know any of them too well. *Sigh* I just have an American accent.

Also, I found David's performance as a psycho quite convincing, actually. Which begs the question... Should we be concerned???

Anyhow, I see that you posted late, not that that surprises me, as you are a self-proclaimed insomniac. I hope you have a good rest, though.

Post again soon--you always have something so interesting to say!

amararti said...

Thanks Mel -- Yup I'm up late again (think I was born on the wrong continent *smile*).

Amanda Tapping's English accent is pretty convincing if a bit neutral, most people in the UK have some sort of regional accent - I don't but I can put most of them on! I believe Amanda was born in Essex in the UK so I guess one or born of her parents are English. She would therefore have grown up hearing English accents.

I will try to post more frequently - but busy, so, so busy.


amararti said...

Also - if you check back through DH's filmography he has played many roles with one personality disorder or another - seems to be his speciality - that and being killed horribly *yikes*. However - he also does comedy rather well too ...

And whilst all this Twittering from him is fun - I wish he would post on his blog more often too *sigh*


Mel said...

Yes. More blog posts would be good. Though, he's better about that than Nykl is... I want an accent! (and yes, I realize it's a matter of perspective, but) I need to spend some time in another country. Alas! I've no money to do so! Oh, well...