Gravity staring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock releases today! The trailers for the film. are absolutely thrilling – in a terrifying sort of way. Perhaps more terrifying is the fact that the accident depicted in the trailer is set during present day (slightly in the past as the Space Shuttle is still in operation) complete with an exploding International Space Station.
We were fortunate enough to catch up with Dr. Kevin Grazier who served as Scientific Advisor for Gravity. Kevin specialized in planetary sciences and worked on NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory Cassini/Huygens project. (You can thank Kevin as part of the team that brings you AWESOME photos of Saturn like this) Kevin has also worked as advisor for some of our favorite shows like Battlestar Galactica – So Say We All!
Quick update. Tomorrow is Vancouver’s first ever FanExpo. Typically FanExpo is centered in Toronto. The convention marks one of my favorite times of the year. As someone keen on community building, it is harder to find a more diverse, welcoming, passionate and engaging community than at the Toronto FanExpo. Having now become a permanent Vancouver resident, I was disappointed I couldn’t attend the Toronto convention last August as the dates fell during one of the busiest times of the year here at Simon Fraser University. However, word came that FanExpo would be reaching out West and coinciding with the annual Canadian Video Game Awards. Furthermore, Victor Lucas, founder of Electric Playground and Reviews on the Run under Greedy Productions, will be at the show. I had been a fan of Elec Play for a number of years but really gained respect for Victor following his insightful and creative speech at TEDx Vancouver where he discusses his new role as a father. I’m looking forward to meet him in person.
One of my favorite pieces of memorabilia made it across the country in time for FanExpo. A close friend of mine and member of the Esther’s Echo Board of Directors, Micaela Roughton, found a Battlestar Galactica promotional package for the sci-fi epic’s entry into the Emmy awards. The package, featuring glossy photos of the cast and 3 episodes prior to completed post-production, was limited to cast/crew and judging panels but some found their way online for sale and Micaela snatched one for me. Over the years I have been securing autographs for the book. My brother and his fiance were holding onto the Emmy package for me and mailed it from Toronto just in time. Michael Hogan was slated to be at FanExpo tomorrow (Saturday the 21st), but it seems now he may have cancelled. I will truck it out none-the-less.
I’ll have shots from the event up soon. I also have a final update from the Race to Space in the next blog! Thanks so much again to everybody who supported me by voting!
You can find the link for FanExpo Vancouver at http://www.fanexpovancouver.com/ and, if you’re going to be at the event, tweet me! @chasingatlantis