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May 2008
May 2008
Ralph McQuarrie Concept Sketches

After finishing the first Star Wars movie, Ralph McQuarrie was asked to do the concept art for the Battlestar Galactica 1978 series. Ralph McQuarrie worked on the designs of the battlestar Galactica, the Viper, the Cylon Raider and Basestar and even did some preliminary artwork on the costumes of the Cylons, the Imperious Leader and the Ovions. Also his work on the Battlestar Galactica logo and poster is shown. This gallery shows a collection of these concept sketches.

Ralph McQuarrie Concept Paintings

Next to doing concept sketches for the designs of the ships and aliens on Battlestar Galactica 1978, Ralph McQuarrie was also asked to paint 24 color images to be used on the first script of the pilot "Saga of a Star World". This script (of which only 50 were printed) was written to convince the studios to pick up this costly project and the illustrations helped to explain and visualize the story. This gallery shows, for the first time, a complete set of those 24 color images.

Who Created the Imperious Leader?

For years there was a rumor that Carlo Rambaldi had created the Imperious Leader for the Battlestar Galactica 1978 pilot "Saga of a Star World". Marcel Damen, a long time Battlestar Galactica fan and fan of the work of Carlo Rambaldi investigated the story. He caught up with Carlo Rambaldi on the opening day of his traveling exhibition to get the full story of the multiple Oscar winner himself.

Peter Berkos GALACTICA.TV interview

Dale Long got in touch with Peter Berkos, the sound effects editor on the Battlestar Galactica 1978 series. In 2004 Peter Berkos was awarded lifetime achievement Oscar for his outstanding career in sound editing. For Battlestar Galactica he was responsible for the sound effects of the laser guns, the barking of Muffit and of course the distinctive voice of the Cylons. We talk to him about his career and how the sounds on Battlestar Galactica were created.

Jim Peck GALACTICA.TV interview

Some time ago Mike Egnor caught up with Jim Peck, better known to Battlestar Galactica 1978 fans for his part as the Commentator on Caprica, reporting the Cylon attack on the Colonies. Though this was his only movie role, which he got through his friend, director Richard Colla, Jim Peck is well known as a game show host in the 70s-80s. We talk about his career, his part on Saga of a Star world and what he's up to these days.

Richard Colla GALACTICA.TV interview

Mike Egnor caught up with Battlestar Galactica 1978 pilot director Richard Colla. In the major exclusive for the first time he openly discusses his work on "Saga of a Star World" and talks in great detail about the sets, actors, producers, problems with the budget, why the pilot was released theatrically, use of the word "frack", and much more. He also gives his personal no holds barred opinion of Glen Larson, including the reasoning why he got fired from the pilot.


Inspired by "Battlestar Galactica"? Inspired by "Battlestar Galactica"?

Greg Chin pointed us to "The Usborne Book of the Future -- A Trip in Time to the Year 2000 and Beyond" where some of the art and texts are inspired on the Battlestar Galactica 1978 series, in particular even the art that Ralph McQuarrie made for the series. This book was published in 1979, only a year after the Battlestar Galactica series aired.

Schematics of the Nova-Class Battlestar "Galactica" Schematics of the Nova-Class Battlestar "Galactica"

Over ten years ago Battlestar Galactica fan Jim Stevenson started drawing the 6-view schematics of the battlestar Galactica of the original 1978 series. Last year he saw that his schematics were used on the CIC of the new series and it hit him how inaccurate they actually were. With new knowledge and input he now finalized the schematics and shares his story on how they came about.

GALACTICRUISE - The 30th Anniversary "Battlestar Galactica" Cruise GALACTICRUISE - The 30th Anniversary "Battlestar Galactica" Cruise

With the 30th anniversary of the 1978 Battlestar Galactica series on September 17, 2008, the Battlestar Fan Club and Carnival are pleased to present GALACTICRUISE, the Official Thirtieth Anniversary Celebration. Set sail with your favorite Battlestar Galactica stars, cast, and crew on a four day cruise from LA to Mexico and back from September 15 to September 19, 2008 in this unique event, where convention meets cruise on the high-seas.