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From director Carlos Atanes http://www.carlosatanes.com/ Proxima http://www.welcometoproxima.com brings us into a world where a science fiction fan can travel through space and time itself! Here’s we have a transcript between iscifitv and Carlos. This transcript is in text only as Carlos being a resident of Madrid http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madrid asked that we exchange ideas via email since American English is not his preferred language.

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Carlos is a great guy! He sent us a copy of Proxima on DVD , which is in Spanish, with English subtitles too. You should get this movie now!

Proxmia Awards

iSCIFI. tv:Being a fan of many type of science fiction on television

and in movies, we noticed you reference star wars and star trek, is there favorite

Carlos: Yes, I am a Trekkie. ?PROXIMA? is a SF movie about SF and SF lovers and, tastes aside, I think Star Trek is SF and Star Wars is not (it?s just fantasy). That?s what one of the characters is telling at video store sequence. I respect Star Wars liking, but me and my movie, as a pro-SF activists, tends to favor Star Trek, as you can see.

iSCIFI. tv: Proxima felt like a self discovery of ones orgin or creator. Did your religious beliefs influence you when creating the story.

Carlos: My religious culture more than my religious beliefs. When you see ?PROXIMA? you find a lot of religious references. It?s a premeditated exercise. Anyway the movie is about faith. Not about faith in God, but faith in something else. It is a simple question: is life meaningless or is there some kind of order in the universe? When we face faith is not possible to forget our religious influences, our cultural substrate. Apart from it, there are more matter in ?PROXIMA?, not strictly religious. ?Anthropological? questions are: what is our fate as species? Must we live on Earth for ever? Could this sedentarism be dangerous and anti-evolutionary? If we are not alone, what if ?they? find us before we find ?them??

iSCIFI. tv: You were both writer and director, do you prefer performing duel role in the creation of a film, or just behind the camera?

Carlos: Maybe I am basically a writer who makes movies. In fact I devote much more time writing than filming. But I I can’t get these two roles apart, I always write and direct my movies.

iSCIFI. tv: Manel Sol?s who played Felix, was very strong willed in this film akin to Obi Wan (star wars). How is such energy created ?

Carlos: It?s curious this comparison between ?Felix Cadecq? and ?Obi Wan?. I had not thought in it, but it seems a good simile. Anyway, ?Felix Cadecq? is directly inspired by famous SF writer Philip K. Dick (my favorite one together with Lem). The SF convention sequence is an imitation of the scandalous lecture K. Dick did in Metz in 1977. And his peculiar concept about reality/dream mixture spreads along the whole film.

iSCIFI. tv: Was Tony mad (lossing his mind), being brainwashed by Felix CDs?

Carlos: I think no, but the audience can do their own interpretation. Surely it depends on the realism level of each one. I have seen the most ?pragmatist? people interpret it as a progressive hallucination, because they are no willing to believe it can be real. On the other hand, the most ?dreamer? people (like me) prefer to believe. It is a choice. This film is a mirror: according to your interpretation you?ll find what sort of view of the world you have. But let me say I did this movie as a dreamer and thinking about dreamers and their capacity for realize their dreams. For me Tony was ill just before that ?brainwashing?, not after.

iSCIFI. tv: Natalia was not a very nice woman and wanted to control Tony and his way of life. Was Tony traveling in his mind to escape Natalia?

Carlos: Natalia symbolizes the littleness, the people who does not see beyond the tip of his nose, who has lose the capacity of dream. She represents the world of routine, current conventions, prejudices and prefabricated ideas. That?s real life wich devastates fantasy. That?s reality, but some people (?Tony?) thinks that there must be other realities. For him, ?real life? is death.

iSCIFI. tv: Will we on Earth ever seen Tony return from his Journey (without spoiling what may be next for your production team)

Carlos: It?s a warning: probably we will not. If we don?t take conquest of space seriously maybe our fate will be to die like a plant trapped in a flowerpot too small. Let?s ignore demagogic messages and don?t waste time. Shoulders to the wheel!, infinite Space is our natural destination.

iSCIFI. tv: I loved the musical score! Was the music written while filming or in post?

Carlos: In post, of course. I love the music too. A 75% was made by Xavier Tort, a great musician from Barcelona, and a 25% by TMK (Thee Maldoror Kollective), a stunning band from Turin. TMK has edited their soundtrack pieces recently in a CD, called ?Themes for Proxima?. Xavi and TMK are really different but also complementary, and musical score is one of the best things in the movie.

ISCIFI. tv: How long did it take to film the Proxima?

Carlos: Two months filming and six months editing, mixing and making visual effects. It is an ?indy blockbuster?.

iSCIFI. tv: What project are you working on?

Carlos: I have just finished a short film, ?Scream Queen?. You?ll can see it soon. It is not SciFi, just fantasy. But next year I want fo film an old project, my movie about British magician Aleister Crowley. I have been two years working on the screenplay, and I am finishing it now. It will be a very odd movie starred by Manuel Sol?s (?Felix Cadecq? in ?PROXIMA?).

iSCIFI. tv: Thank you so much for your time and we wish you more success.

Carlos: Thank you, it has been a pleasure. Hope someday see you in ?Proxima?.

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More about Carlos can be found at the following web links.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlos_Atanes

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlos_Atanes

Myspace

http://www.welcometoproxima.com/ (main)

http://www.welcometoproxima.com/eng_principal.html (ENGLISH)

IMDB : http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0970187/

May 252008
 

Conduit XVIII or Chronicles of Conduit was held at the Radisson Hotel in Salt Lake City Utah.

I met with some very cool people Friday night (23-May-2008).

L.E Modesitt http://www.lemodesittjr.com/

Theresa Mather http://www.rockfeatherscissors.com/

Beveraly Hale http://www.bevhale.com

and Eric James Stone http://www.ericjamesstone.com

I spent a few minutes with each of these wonderful people and I will be publishing their interviews shortly. Stay tuned. iSCIF.tv has been busy , ok so mr hnack has been in time-warp for a few days.

its 12:35am , watch for typos!

I also sat on a panel Friday afternoon talking about ‘How to podcast your work’. It was an hour long panel and time flew so fast. We had several questions on how to get started, what format and length works best. I had questions for Howard Tayler and Brandon Sanderson! They write, create full time and I felt a bit overwhelm being on a panel when we had experts in the audience as well!

Apr 272008
 

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Adam Baldwin, has been on the big screen since the age of 17 where he first played Linderman in My Bodyguard.

He has always been someone I wanted to meet, he has played great charaters like Jayne Cobb (“Firefly”), John Casey (“Chuck”), Capt. Wilkins in The Patriot with Mel Gibson. Meeting Adam was great, I was bit nervous and muddled my way through this segment. When adam walked into the room, his 6 foot 4 frame filled the doorway!, he stated with his sarcastic whit he has ‘ damn, is it hot enough in here..’ , we were crammed into a hotel suite in the corner and in the middle of the day it was a bit warm. My co-host Christine, was so jazzed to meet Adam it was like being in high school all over again, she has 100s of questions to ask but when Adam walked in she turned white like a ghost.

Enjoy this segment recorded while at StarFest in Denver Colorado.

[ Segment is available as audio only. ]

Apr 272008
 

We sat down with Anne Lockhart who played Sheba in Battlestar Galactica starred in numerous television shows including Happy Days, The Nancy Drew Mysteries, The Wonderful World of Disney, Lassie. She also has done voice work for several movies like Die Hard, Alien VS Predator, Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer. Anne has also been in Celebrity Riders, In 1983, Anne Lockhart combined her love of riding horses (she has was won championships in cutting, reining, team penning and barrel racing) and desire to help children as one of the co-founders of Ben Johnson’s Pro Celebrity Rodeos. They hold events in 4 U.S. cities every year, and have raised over 5 million dollars so far to support various charities.

Anne’s work has had a big impact on myself, as a fan of Battle Star Galactia (1978), and the numerous movies and television programs she has worked on. She is such a sweet lady to sit down with us while at StarFest and share with us her amazing career.

Official Anne Lockhart web site Information on Anne from IMDB

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