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March 2010
March 2010
ARTICLES
PHIL TIPPETT
Phil Tippett GALACTICA.TV interview

Recently Marcel Damen caught up with Phil Tippett, better known for his creature designs on the Battlestar Galactica 1978 series. Phil talked about how he got in the business his work on Star Wars, his design work on the Ovion on Battlestar Galactica, his extensive career and what he's currently up to.


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PAULA CRIST
Paula Crist GALACTICA.TV interview

Paula Crist-Pickett was kind enough to answer some question by email about her work on the Battlestar Galactica 1978 series. Paula helped with the costume fittings of the Ovion creature and also played one in Battlestar Galactica's pilot "Saga of a Star World". Next to that she did some additional stunt work on the series.


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RICHARD EDLUND
Richard Edlund GALACTICA.TV interview

Marcel Damen caught up with special effects guru Richard Edlund. He talked to him about how he got into the business, how motion control came about, his special effects work and the filming of the miniatures on both Star Wars and Battlestar Galactica, signature shots in his long career and what he's currently up to.


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JOHN SHOURT
John Shourt GALACTICA.TV interview

Marcel Damen and Mike Egnor caught up with John Shourt, better known for his concept art and model building work on the Battlestar Galactica 1978 series. We talked about how he got into the business, visiting his brothers James and Bill Shourt on the Star Wars set, his work on Battlestar Galactica and what he currently does.


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LES KATZ
Les Katz Battlestar Galactica Magazine Art

Upon finding this Battlestar Galactica illustration Marcel Damen had a quick chat with maker Les Katz. He said it wasn't his best piece, but the likenesses were passable. Inspired by Jack Kirby, for the background he used a marbleization technique to convey swirling things (like the cosmos). He had done some early science fiction pieces for book jackets and the bubble bearing tree thing was a favorite of his in those too.


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MOEBIUS
Concept art for the ragtag ship Moebius aka Flattop Ship

In 2009 Marcel Damen bought this blueprint of concept art of the ragtag ship Moebius aka Flattop Ship for the Battlestar Galactica 1978 series. The art isn't signed and stylewise this could be either Joe Johnston or Martin Kline. On the bottom part more sketches of this ship and something that looks like Battlestar Galactica's shuttle were added.


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NEWS
JACK GAUGHAN
Jack Gaughan Battlestar Galactica Art Jack Gaughan Battlestar Galactica Art

Jay Tamminga wrote in to let us know that the art on the Canadian Battlestar Galactica movie poster and novel, wasn't done by Ralph McQuarrie, but is a carefully repainted image by Jack Gaughan, with brighter colors and more details added. Jack Gaughan was a well known scifi book cover painter (he did the covers and hand-lettered title pages of The Lord of the Rings books). Why it was repainted and Ralph McQuarrie's original image wasn't used, is not known.