and Martine are the organisers of the French
City Con, which will take place in Paris, 29-30 November 2003, with Michael
Shanks, Amanda Tapping, Christopher Judge and JR Bourne as guests.
They recently visited Vancouver, during which they were invited onto the
Stargate SG-1 set. Our sincere gratitude to Fran and Martine for
sharing with Solutions their memories of this wonderful experience.
very early, each of us leaving from our home towns of Geneva and Toulouse,
to meet up and travel together from Amsterdam. We found each other
as planned, but we were already quite tired as neither Martine nor I could
sleep the night before in anticipation of our upcoming adventures. We were
soon chatting and laughing as we were together once again.
took off on time and the last but not the easiest part of our journey to
Vancouver could begin. Indeed, staying seated for more than eleven hours
without moving is a real feat. Sleep was out of the question, so we decided
to read some French fanfiction to pass the time, confronting our thoughts
on the characters, the scenarios and the credibility of the stories. The
other passengers could hear us laughing out loud during the whole flight.
our good mood, we were really happy when the captain finally announced
that we were going to land. Once we got through immigration and we
were able to get our luggage, we had finally arrived at our destination
the excitement of the previous day, once again we did not sleep very well.
This time it was to the time difference between Europe and Vancouver.
Our hostess had welcomed us in her little house located in one of the suburbs
of Vancouver. As we had arrived during mid-week, she had to leave for work.
a quick shower, we decided to go out and explore. Indeed, we already knew
some areas of Vancouver from our first stay during the Gatecon 2001 but
we still had a lot of things to discover.
to have breakfast near Richmond in order to find our bearings.
We devoted the whole day to visit the city, and it is a city that we love
was not easy to control and despite our efforts, our nights were still
disturbed. Nothing could change our good mood, and as usual we spent most
of the time laughing and joking.
our contact at the MGM studios to find out the details of our visit to
the set, as was planned before our departure, and we agreed on a time for
were beating really fast as one of our dreams was finally going to come
true in just a few days.
on with our exploration of Vancouver once again and visited one of the
biggest shopping malls of the city. Visiting this kind of mall is always
a special experience for we Europeans, as we don’t have anything like this
in our countries.
passed slowly and we were now feeling completely at home in this city.
With each day, we had our breakfast in a new area of Vancouver and then
planned what we would be going to do for the day.
Sunday morning we had the chance to see the Vancouver Marathon.
was not only visual but also culinary. We had forgotten the size of the
plates that they served to you in Vancouver and most of the time we had
trouble finishing our meals. It also appeared that Canadians did not have
a lot of vegetables except for the salads.
our travels, we passed by the front of the studios and we tried to imagine
how our visit on the set would go.
afternoon we went to the ocean, where we witnessed a magnificent sunset.
our night was relatively sleepless, but this time it was due to the excitement
of going to the studios and perhaps meeting some of the actors. I was praying
to see Michael and Martine wanted to see Amanda.
the day in a state of euphoria and in no time we were ready to go, even
though we still had many hours to wait. The only way to pass the time was
to laugh like two crazy people. We couldn’t stop joking and imagined the
most incredible adventures in order to keep us going. I don’t think we
had ever had such big smiles on our faces.
our things were in the car, cameras and presents for the actors, we left
for the studios. Our emotions were running high during the journey, and
couldn’t talk on our way, all our thoughts were directed to this moment.
How would it be to see the Stargate? Who would be there? Would
the sets be impressive? So many of our questions would finally be
answered, and in such a short time for us. We drew near to the MGM Studios,
and not a sound could be heard from inside the car.
at the gate, a charming person asked us who we were going to meet and he
let us enter once the formalities were completed.
scanning our surroundings to keep it all fixed in our minds. We checked
the names on the allotted parking places, and it was strange to see such
familiar names as Brad Wight, Peter DeLuise, Joe Mallozzi…
of the car, we were both impressed and a little apprehensive. We found
the entrance with the sign "MGM Stargate SG-1". We went upstairs
to look for our contact, but he wasn’t in his office. We met a few people
while waiting for him, completely impressed to be there. After a
few minutes, he returned and warmly welcomed us. As soon as we completed
the introductions, he took us onto one of the sets, but we had to leave
our cameras in his office.
we followed him, and after passing through the first door, we found ourselves
in front of the Goa'uld mothership of Anubis and the exterior of what was
the space ship for the episode called “Space Race” which Major Carter will
fly. We walked through the Anubis space ship, trying to imagine how it
would appear on screen, and then walked onto the small space ship. The
first thing we saw was a big engine, or what will be passing for an engine,
and a lot of people were making preparations for the shooting of a scene.
this set and after passing through another new door we found ourselves
in the SGC; the grey hallways and the lines on the floor were a dead give-away.
Suddenly, we saw the Stargate and our hearts jumped into our throats. We
couldn’t say a word as they were shooting right above us, but we were really
impressed by the Stargate. You cannot imagine the impression that you get
when you stand in front of it: it’s huge!!!!
we couldn’t stay there for long and had to follow our guide onwards, only
to arrive in the control room, but we could still see the Stargate from
there. We were going to take the stairs from the control room to go up
to the briefing room, but had to stop as they were shooting a scene with
Sam, Hammond, Daniel and an alien. It was really impressive! A big camera
was in front of the briefing table filming the actors that were sitting
there. Around the table there were a lot of people who did not move at
all. It was really curious to see just how many people are involved for
filming a scene, and to think that you will only see three or four people
on the TV screen. We tried to visualise all the details in order to keep
them in mind, for when we would see the episode on TV.
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then took us to the General’s office. After one or two minutes, Michael
Shanks then appeared in front of us, a little surprised to meet us and
he seemed a little shy. OH MY GOD!!!!! I think that my jaw must have hit
the floor at this moment, because I am sure that I was standing there open-mouthed
and eyes bulging. (Thinking back, I must have looked completely stupid!!)
He was dressed with his green fatigues and a black t-shirt. He did not
have his glasses! His bewitching smile left us with dry mouths. We were
also joined by Don S. Davis, who came to say hello and who also began to
give some advice to Michael so that he could enjoy his upcoming stay in
came with a big smile to shake our hands. (Martine’s turn to have a stupid
smile on her face!) Amanda was dressed in leather pants and jacket, which
suited her, we can assure you. Unfortunately we soon had to leave as they
were going to shoot more scenes.
ourselves outside in the parking lot amongst all the caravans. We met up
with the person who works in the costume department. She showed us the
costumes for the main cast and we could also see the costumes for Richard,
Amanda, Michael, Don and Christopher. We have seen all the different fatigues
and other clothes, as well as the hats and shoes. Christopher’s shoes were
just so BIG! The person who showed us everything has to keep all the costumes
in good shape for the next episode. We also had the possibility to see
the costumes for the extras and met one or two extras who were bringing
back their costumes.
took us to where the Jaffa’s costumes are kept. Each costume weighed around
20 to 30 kilos, so you can imagine how hard and tiring it is to wear them.
After that we went to the department where the costumes are made and we
could admire all the hats that were worn by the Goa’ulds, and they were
making a belt during our visit there.
great regret, our set visit was over and we had to leave. We were allowed
to come back two days later when they were filming outside, but we already
knew that we were not going to see any more actors during our time.
a lunch in front of the Bridge Studios, we went to search for some books
in Chapters, drinking iced coffee. We talked about our memorable visit
to the set and how all the people we met there were so nice to us.
to go to Horseshoe Bay and visit the area. It was really tempting for us
to catch a ferry and go to Nanaimo, but we thought it was best to wait
for our next visit.
a nice meal in front of the bay and a phone call to our families, we took
the car and went to Deep Cove. It was quite a long trip (more than one
hour) but so much worth it.
a small town that we discovered two years ago, that looks so much like
the town of Blue Cove in “Murder she wrote”. It is really peaceful and
we enjoyed staying there for most of the afternoon.
found us once again in front of the studios for our second visit. Once
through the entry gate, we noticed, as expected, that most of the caravans
was waiting for us with a few items for our Charity Auction, for which
we thank the MGM. Then our visit could begin.
ourselves back on Anubis' mothership and you will immediately notice on
screen that the walls are all black. We had the surprise of meeting with
Peter DeLuise, who, after greeting us, explained a few things about the
Goa'uld vessel and how it worked when they were filming (the fans coming
to the French City Convention will have a surprise). He also showed us
a trap from which Daniel Jackson will jump during one of the episodes.
We said goodbye to Peter and went to the new space ship, built for the
episode “Space Race” .
wanted to fly the vessel and immediately jumped on the seat in front of
the instrument panel. We laughed a lot, seeing that our friendly guide
was trying to clean the windows during our flight. We left the vessel
regretfully and went to admire more decors : a black panel with hieroglyphs
from Anubis’ vessel, a gold one from another vessel, the M.A.L.P., the
engine from the new vessel. Our guide kindly explained to us some of the
having left this set, we went to the main one and found ourselves once
again in front of the Stargate. Martine and I could go through the Gate
but unfortunately it must have malfunctioned has we never left Earth and
Martine was badly injured. I had to reanimate her with an electro shock.
She hardly survived the adventure as I mistakenly shocked her ears :)
then showed us how to activate the door closing the Gate Room, but I wasn’t
very good at it when I tried to do it…
to the control room and could play with the control panel. We were worse
than kids. Then up the stairs to the Briefing Room where once again
Martine jumped on Carter’s seat (do you see a pattern here?). We could
take some photos here and then we moved to General Hammond’s office.
have the time to blink my eyes before Martine was seated at the general's
desk, red phone in hand, calling a briefing with SG-1 and in the meantime
we checked the next missions for our heroes.
admiring the glass panel with the planets on it and I could imagine the
scene in the episode “Solitudes” when Daniel finally found out where Jack
and Sam could be. Martine and I did not agree on the destination for the
a few more decors such as the infirmary, which counts only two beds, Daniel’s
office with just a desk and some books, and Sam’s lab with an electrical
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was finished too soon for us as we could have stayed there the whole day.
It was so funny and we want to thank once again our guide who made this
visit so lively.
the visit, we wanted to drink something at O’Malleys but unfortunately
there must have been a problem with the gate as we found ourselves in Upgrades
fighting the Goa’uld's. We had to leave in a hurry and decided to go to
Tollana to try to locate the last survivors and maybe find Narim amongst
them. Unfortunately, we didn’t find any Tollan and after a last glance
on the bench where Sam and Narim talked together in “Between two Fires”,
destination was Kheb to see Oma Desala and Shifu and maybe have a little
chat with them. We passed some time at the monastery, enjoying the peace
that seems to reign here, but we had some difficulties to see a likeness
from what we remembered. Oma Desala and Shifu had already left the place
so we continued our journey.
that we must have misdialled because suddenly we were fighting against
the BIG HONKIN' BUGS from Bane.
to run for our life and found refuge in the building where Sam, Teal’c
and Daniel received their medals during “2010”.
must have taken the Stargate because we could not find it. We tried
to find the rings but instead of going back home, we found ourselves in
front of the observatory in “1969”. We had to fight for our lives
the biggest Replicator we had ever seen before being able to reach our
so many adventures, we finally fell asleep completely exhausted.
that day to do some more shopping and went to MetroTown. We spent most
of our afternoon there before returning home for a calm evening watching
some episodes from Stargate in front of the fire.
after a quiet morning, we got stuck on the Game Keeper’s planet and after
having evaded his machines, we could admire the beautiful gardens that
surround the Dome.
we took a long walk along the ocean discussing about our future projects,
the convention and of Vancouver. We promised ourselves to come back soon.
really sad to leave Vancouver and our nice hostess. We had to catch our
flight back. With a heavy heart we said our goodbyes to our hostess and
left for Amsterdam.
not laugh as much during our flight back, but we were also anxious to arrive
home in order to continue our preparations for the convention.
to meet many of you in Paris.
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