Designer John Iacovelli brings steam punk, starry skies to play about female astronomer.
Nothing frees up the imagination more than evocative words combined with the opportunity to realize them in multiple dimensions, and J. Michael Straczynski, the series originator, knew how to write evocative words. Words on the page are the seeds for the imagination of every designer for film and television, and Babylon 5 was filled with words that lit up the outer reaches of my mind.
It’s one thing to do groundbreaking VFX work on a show like Battlestar Galactica, which dramatically reinvented the look of the original 1970s TV series for a contemporary audience. But it’s quite another to start working on an upgrade of a not-so-long-in-the-tooth program like Babylon 5
by RENEE TAWA | Los Angeles Times | Oct 5, 1998 Scientists have teamed up with manufacturers to produce toy replicas of the probes, rovers and other craft NASA sends into space. The miniatures are exact, down to a malfunctioning antenna And to those who signed on the dotted line, they promised that JPL scientists [...]
“Confessions of a Narn Icon” by Joe Nazzaro (TV Zone Special #30, August 1998)
“Babylon’s Brothers” by Melissa J. Perenson (Sci-Fi Universe Vol 4 No 5, August 1998)
Master And Slave Of ‘Babylon 5′ The Hardest-Working Man In Outer Space Newsweek | Culture | Jun 9, 1997 IN THE LAST FOUR YEARS, J. MICHAEL Straczynski’s full head of brown hair has gone to thinning gray. Before he bought an ergonomic keyboard about a year ago, he had to stop typing every 20 minutes [...]
Epic Story of Babylon 5 Takes On the ‘Big Questions’ by Kurt Lancaster, Special to The Christian Science Monitor | The Christian Science Monitor | FEATURES, TV, Page 13 | June 5, 1997 NEW YORK — “As a culture, we have come adrift and are searching for guideposts to the next five years, the next [...]
Starlog #234, January 1997 | Copyright Starlog 1997
Ambassador of Shadows Ed Wasser steps out from the dark to shed some light on the mysteries of Babylon 5‘s Morden. By Joe Nazzaro Starlog #232, November 1996 | Copyright Starlog 1996 A lone figure crosses one of Babylon 5‘s deserted docking bays and make his way to the station’s customs area. A security guard [...]
Fight Fan Mail With E-mail: Creators and Consumers On-line by Jason Snell On-line Triple Threat: Babylon 5′s Straczynski In a world where the line between creator and consumer has always been clear, especially when it comes to such items as newspapers, magazines, books, and television shows, perhaps the way that electronic publications like InterText handle [...]
`BABYLON 5′ PRODUCERS SAY THEY GET MORE BANG FOR THEIR BUCKS WITH DESKTOP TECHNOLOGY by Susan King | Los Angeles Times | Jan 23, 1994 Most of the action in the one-hour adventure show, set in the year 2258, is on a vast United Nations-like space station, Babylon 5, which serves as neutral territory for [...]
TV REVIEWS: In Space, No One Can Hear You Snore by Chris Willman | Los Angeles Times | Feb 25, 1993 “Babylon 5″ isn’t nearly as silly as the late and unlamented “Space Rangers”; mostly, it’s just flat. So what is there to look forward to in this future? Nice special-effects makeup by John Criswell. [...]