Longtime franchise director and creative consultant Martin Wood sat down with GateWorld to discuss two of his favorite scenes from the film. Contrary to many of his interviews, his standout moments for this feature boil down to the characters.
“In Continuum there are two scenes which I knew were going to be good, but when I actually read them I flipped past them,” Wood told GateWorld earlier this year. “One of them is a scene in a hangar with Michael, Amanda, Ben and Beau … It was one of those scenes where I’m whipping through the pages, and I’m thinking ‘When’s the next explosion going to happen?’ I’m reading it and thinking ‘This is going to be good, so I’m going to cover it like this.’
“As I watched the scene rehearsed I looked at Brad [Wright, Continuum writer] and said, ‘I need another camera.’ He goes ‘Why?’ I said, ‘I don’t want to miss this. I don’t want to miss what’s going on. I’ll order up another camera right now.’ We brought another camera in that day and I shot more film on that scene than I did for half the movie. Because I really wanted to cover it in a certain way. I wanted to cover it so in the edit suite we would be able to put together the scene I had seen rehearsed.”
Mitchell, Carter and Jackson become stranded in an alternate reality.
In our interview, Wood explains that when he first reads a script he visualizes each scene, but when it comes time to shoot the actors add their own depth that he did not necessarily envision. “It was magic,” he said.
This particular scene in Continuum deals with SG-1, trapped in an alternate timeline, attempting to plead their case to General Hank Landry. One of Earth’s greatest threats has altered history to suit his goals — this cannot be a good thing. But this Landry is quite happy with the way his timeline is going … so far.
“Then there’s a montage that happens just before that,” said Wood regarding his other favorite scene. “It was Brad Wright’s idea to do what he does, which is a sort of floating motion. So we’ve got all three characters on the screen at the same time, all of them talking at the same time. They’re all giving a primer on what the S.G.C. is all about to anybody that doesn’t know that. But they’re all talking at the same time.
“If you listen to each individual one you’ll want to go back and play them again and again and again, because you want to hear what each of them is saying.”
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