By The_GodfatherSJP in Media Update, NEWS
Merry Christmas everyone!
Yeah, I know, a few days late, but something tells me most of you wouldn’t have read this News update if it was on Christmas Day. This post is going to be a little different than usual; it’s going to be a bit of whimsical fun. Specifically, what I would buy each member of the Connor Family for Christmas.
First up, Sarah Connor. Now, I could do something silly and slightly mean, but in this case I think it’s time Sarah received something that addresses a serious deficiency in her skill set. She can take apart any weapon, she’s expertly trained in guerrilla warfare, but there’s one area which we know she’s absolutely no good: COOKING. Seems like all she can make effectively is pancakes. So, for Sarah’s gift, I’d get her a cooking class. And I don’t mean just one either, I mean a class which covers everything from basic knife skills to preparing a saute. Should take 6-7 weeks, 3 hours a week, gets her out of the house. I think she can make time for that.
Second up, John Connor. Here we have a teenager with seriously deficient social skills for the dating world, and a crush on a robot (okay, fine, Cybernetic Organism). How to remedy both issues at the same time? Reading material! John gets a collection of books to improve his love life, since I’m not such a cheapskate to only get him one. The first book is “Love and Sex with Robots” by David Levy. Yes, this book really exists! And, to cover all the bases, because I’m assuming like most typical teenage males John knows nothing about making a relationship last, he’s getting something more generic, “The Relationship Handbook” by George S. Pransky.
Third, Cameron. What do you get for a cybernetic organism designed to kill? I doubt she’d like a reprogramming job that removes such desires, but it’s Christmas so I can’t be too violence-oriented in my gift either. This is something of a poser. But… we do have an apparent interest in military history as revealed by Self Made Man. Just so happens Military History is something I know quite a bit about, and since this is also a cyborg attempting to learn more about “The Human Condition” I think I could come up with a few things. Not a book though, maybe books on tape (so she could listen to them while pursuing…other activities), because if there’s one thing Cameron is good at, it’s multi-tasking. So, I’d get her “Battle Cry of Freedom” by James McPherson, the definitive work about the American Civil War, and “John Adams” by David McCullough.
Finally we have Derek Reese, who ironically is the easiest person to “gift” for me. Derek’s a baseball fan if What He Beheld is any indication, and since he lives in LA, he’s therefore a Dodgers fan. Since I’m also a baseball fanatic, I know just the thing: a baseball autographed by every member of the 1988 World Series winning Dodgers team. In an airtight vacuum sealed giant case of glass, 1 foot thick, and lead lined. Because, you know, Judgment Day is coming. I’d want the thing to last. Otherwise what’s the point?
Feel free to send us your own gift ideas on Tumblr or Twitter. We’ll put them up!
And now, on to the News!
First, if you’ve been following our Tumblr blog, we’ve had a big staff change. The Crusading Knight has stepped down as our Head Writer, though he’s still voicing Sergeant Miller. I am now the Head Writer, in addition to Production Manager. We’ve had 3 new members join the project. First, Ross Cooper, an excellent writer (whom I’ve also mentioned in a previous Tumblr post) is now our number 2 writer on the staff. We’ve also had a couple of CGI “recruits,” Nathan Ferguson, who’s going to rig our finished character models for Blender (so we can use either Blender or Maya for animation), and Kenneth Fletcher, who’s doing a lot of modeling for us (he’s finishing up the HK VTOL and making scenery for us). As always, we can use any help with computer graphics or artwork, so if you think you can help us, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also Donate to help our project, which will allow us to purchase software and models for use in the project.
Second, we’ve got a Christmas Gift for everyone who follows us at this site, on Twitter, or on Tumblr: Sample Scenes! That’s right, everyone, we’ve prepared a list of scenes from finished scripts that you can download here or on the Media page and read for yourselves. I’m not going to say which scene is from which episode, there is some mixing and matching going on, but every one of them is a scene from a finished episode script and something you’re going to see in our episodes. Guaranteed. Like what you read? Then by all means tell us! Spread the word! Because we might just share some more scenes next Christmas…
Peace, love, and No Fate!