Asked & Answered: J. Michael Straczynski Answers 5,296 Questions About Babylon 5 & Beyond. Part 4

Note same ISBN as volume 2 0979539382 9780979539381 It s true The creator of Babylon 5 answers 5,296 fan questions covering every aspect of the show in over 100 categories in this new Babylon 5 book series.J Michael Straczynski answered these questions as they surfaced over a period of 18 years as part of an online experiment he started in 1991 and continues to thisNote same ISBN as volume 2 0979539382 9780979539381 It s true The creator of Babylon 5 answers 5,296 fan questions covering every aspect of the show in over 100 categories in this new Babylon 5 book series.J Michael Straczynski answered these questions as they surfaced over a period of 18 years as part of an online experiment he started in 1991 and continues to this day.This makes Asked Answered something that has never been done before with a television show an oral history IN REAL TIME No revisionism Nothing forgotten No detail spared.Because this dialogue with fans starts in 1991, it pre dates the production of the Babylon 5 pilot, so you ll discover JMS complete vision for the series, many aspects of which never made it to the screen.Even better, these questions and answers include interactions on AOL Bulletin Boards, GEnie Forums, the moderated usenet group, CIS Discussion threads and Chat Transcripts, some of which are not available in archives anywhere.In addition to Babylon 5, Asked Answered includes JMS responses to personal questions about his life, politics, love, religion, writing and These responses are grouped with a related B5 topic showing fans for the first time the provenance of the Babylon 5 philosophy and culture All that plus JMS real life stories behind the stories.To make this the ultimate source, it took 2 years and a crew of four B5 experts in addition to J Michael Straczynski to compile, categorize and edit COMPLETE DETAILS ABOUT PART 4Asked and Answered Part 4 is J Michael Straczynski s real time history of the beginnings of Babylon 5 from before the pilot including the online announcement of the series and through Season 1.Part 4 is loaded with details that never made it to the screen as well as the origins of what did eventually air.As you move through the following topics, you ll relive what it was like to be part of Babylon 5 s launch Announcing Babylon 5 Creating Babylon 5 Babylon 5 Backstory Pre production Filming the Pilot Approaching Airdate Fan Reactions After Airing Behind the Scenes Immediately Before After Airing Deleted Scenes from the Pilot Changes from Pilot to SeriesThis section also includes JMS s first archived post about the show and it s so early in the process that he even hyphenate s the show s nickname as B 5 Here s just a small sampling of the details he discusses in this section The designing of prosthetics to prevent actors from being typecast The moment JMS changed Jackarr to G Kar and why the switch was made The reasoning behind the design of PPGs The process of hiring a composer including his interactions with pilot composer Stewart Copeland of The Police The development of Babylon 5 s production design including the design of the Garden, the video displays throughout the station, CGI for the Vorlon ship, early uniforms along with concepts that were scrapped like the Being Mover An early description of the chrysalis device Delenn would eventually construct across Season 1 The announcement of each cast member along with the insider scoop on the auditions What happened when the cast read the script aloud for the first time Clues JMS told viewers to watch for in the pilot that would pay off down the line The unused opening narration for the pilot The reasons for the long delay between the pilot and the series Walter Koenig s reaction to seeing the pilot Negative feedback from industry insiders after a private screening The link between the pilot s airing and Oprah The actor in the end credits of the original pilot edit who was not in the show and why The scenes cut from the original edit of the pilot A step by step account of how JMS re configured the pilot for the TNT Special Edition The whys behind the cast changes from pilot to series Why JMS chose to shoot Season 1 in secret for a month before announcing that filming had begun.Following the pilot section, Asked and Answered Part 4 moves into fan questions about the particulars of Season 1 with entire sections dedicated to the following episodes Midnight on the Firing Line Soul Hunter Born to the Purple Infection The Parliament of Dreams Mind War The War Prayer And the Sky, Full of Stars Deathwalker Believers Survivors By Any Means Necessary Signs and Portents TKO Grail Eyes Legacies A Voice in the Wilderness Part 1 A Voice in the Wilderness Part 2 Babylon Squared The Quality of Mercy ChrysalisAnd if all that wasn t enough, Asked and Answered Part 4 begins with detailed insights about J Michael Straczynski s career as a writer a compelling look behind the scenes at the life of Babylon 5 s creator.This section s topics include how to become a professional writer, tips on good writing, what life is like for the average TV scribe, why he doesn t put his name on freelance scripts he re wrote, how much of himself goes into his characters and which ones , what issues are worth writing about, the irony of copyright law as established by the Berne Convention, the essential ingredient for all drama, what he would do if he could no longer write scripts, his exercise in song writing for Walkabout , G kar s impact on a terminally ill patient, what a showrunner thinks when he s watching other people s shows and what compels him to write.Given the depth of content inventoried here, it s no surprise that Part 4 contains 1,073 missives packed into 414 pages the biggest book so far of the Asked Answered series.
Asked Answered J Michael Straczynski Answers Questions About Babylon Beyond Part Note same ISBN as volume It s true The creator of Babylon answers fan questions covering every aspect of the show in over categories in this new Babylon book s

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    J. Michael Straczynski

    Joseph Michael Straczynski born July 17, 1954 , known professionally as J Michael Straczynski and informally as Joe Straczynski or JMS, is an American writer and television producer He works in films, television series, novels, short stories, comic books, and radio dramas He is a playwright, a former journalist, and author of The Complete Book of Scriptwriting He was the creator and showrunner for the science fiction TV series Babylon 5 From 2001 to 2007, he was the writer for the long running Marvel comic book series The Amazing Spider Man.

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