Have you seen our Stargate SG-1
coverage in these recent issues of TV Zone?
|Richard Dean Anderson interview
|Teryl Rothery (Dr Fraiser) interview
|Peter DeLuise (director) interview
|Don S. Davis
(Gen. Hammond) interview
|Christopher Judge (Teal'c) interview
|Season Two guide, six pages
|Amanda Tapping (Sam Carter) talks
(Daniel Jackson) interview
|Jonathan Glassner (Exec. Producer)
|Please note: links are to details of each issue. Features are not
Being one of the
executive producers of a hit television series such as Stargate SG-1 is
like being a quick-change artist. On any given day, Jonathan Glassner must wear
several different hats and juggle a number of tasks in order to send the SG-1
team through the Stargate and off on another mission.
Its a pretty
big job and it starts with the stories, he says. Brad Wright [fellow executive
producer] and I have story meetings just about every day with our staff
writers. We also get written and verbal pitches from writers here in Vancouver
[British Columbia, where the series is filmed] and Toronto as well as Los
Angeles. Then either me, Brad or another writer will go off and write an
outline and then the actual episode.
While one episode
is being shot were prepping for another... Well have a production
meeting where we sit around with the heads of every department and go through
the script line-by-line and figure out how were going to pull it all
Our longest and
most painful discussion is usually a five-hour visual effects
meeting. We have to go through every effect and say, This has never been
done before. Is this possible?' Usually we have at least one effect in every
story that nobodys ever attempted and we have to figure out the mechanics
of how to do it. Theres sometimes talk of chickening out, he
laughs, "but usually we try it and, although it may cost us lots of money,
its fun to see the final product.
All this is
interwoven with post-production, Glassner adds. I might be running
over to the editing room, or Im working with the composer and seeing
where the music cues go. Im also usually writing a script or rewriting
somebody elses. Brad, Robert Cooper [series co-producer] or I will run
every script through our computer. One of us has written or rewritten every
script and thats what gives the show its consistency.
Glassner had plenty of
training for this marathon schedule. Prior to Stargate SG-1 he served as
an executive producer, writer and director for MGMs and Showtimes
The Outer Limits. It is also where Glassner struck up his friendship and
professional association with Brad Wright.
Brad was originally
brought in to work on the show for Canadian content reasons and some of my
bosses didnt have a whole lot of faith in him because of this. They had
it in their minds that this was the only reason he was hired and they
couldnt see beyond that. When I read his first script I said, This
guy is really talented. Lets put him on staff. So thats what
we did and he became what I used to call our lean, mean writing
The executive producer
co-wrote its pilot episode Children of the Gods with Wright and has
penned a number of the shows episodes on his own. His favourite so far is
the third season story Forever in a Day in which Daniel Jackson is
reunited with his wife Share (Vaitare Bandera). Im proud of
this one because a lot of people are teary-eyed in it, he says.
Its a very emotional episode and not one of what we call our
run-and-jump episodes. Although its got the largest action sequence
weve ever done in its opening teaser its not so much an action
story as it is a good human drama.
a tough show to write for, continues Glassner. One of the reasons
for this is that we want to give something to all of our leads to do in every
episode and occasionally thats a challenge if the plot centres on just
one of them. We also have to try to keep things plausible. Its very easy
to wander off into fantasy land on a show like ours...
Brad Wright talks here >>>
Also in this interview: Jonathan Glassner on
casting the regulars, hiring production designer Richard Hudolin, directing two
episodes and more!