Finally made it to one of Seattle’s iconic tourist attractions, the Science Fiction Museum.  The prompt for the family was the final day of the Jim Henson exhibit (okay, so there’s sorta sci-fi stuff there…), but it was definitely fun to see some of the costumes & props from all sorts of classic sci-fi, from Bladerunner to Barberella to Battlestar (the original series only, I think.  Did you know it was a chimp in a suit playing the cybernetic ewok kinda character?), and get to learn a little more about them along the way.  Also plenty of literary sci-fi, including manuscripts from local author Neal Stephenson (who incidentally also is a sword afficiando and student of martial arts).

Shame they haven’t updated to include much that’s come out since their inception.  SciFi seems to be coming back big.  Nobody really expected the success of Firefly a while back (and Nathan Fillion had his own little Twitter rant about the Seattle Science Fiction Museum when he visited), but nowadays, SciFi is riding high on the coattails of the new Battlestar Gallactica, Terminator Salvation (and the Sarah Connor Chronicles), Star Trek, and most recently the big success of District 9.  Coming up we’ve got more big names like James Cameron’s Avatar , Bruce Willis in Surrogates, and of course TRON.  Okay, so half are remakes or sequels, but still…  add in the rumored Aliens prequel, the upcoming V remake, and one wonders if folks are going to burn out on SciFi at the same rate they seem to have done with Pirates.

From a props and fight choreography standpoint (as well as many others) Sci-Fi as a genre allows for a great deal of creativity in design and execution.  How would an alien move, interact with tools, fight?  What about a robot?

Locally our biggest low-budget (completely volunteer) independent production is Star Trek: Phoenix.  It’s becoming sort of Seattle’s equivalent of Law & Order: almost every actor or crew person you know has either worked on it or is only one step removed from folks who have.  Except Law & Order put bread on the table for many an actor or actress, and I have to wonder what the payoff might hopefully be for the Seattle Film scene at even a wildly successful fanflick.  Hopefully it won’t just mean that half those people get recognition… and move to L.A.

Here’s wishing us all luck with our projects;  may the future be full of rewarding creative challenges, be it in making things more realistic, or more fantastical.


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