The series is shot using a RED One digital camera which Louis C.K. owns.
C.K. edits every episode using a MacBook Pro.
Louis CK has said that continuity is not hugely important to his series, with each episode having its own “end goal”. Louie’s immediate family has been a major example of this. In Season 1, two different versions of his mother appeared (one a miserable, selfish old woman, and the other a kind and likable middle-aged woman) and he had a loser brother named Robert; in Season 2, his mom doesn’t appear, and Robert no longer exists, having been replaced by two sisters (one a likable, tough, pregnant woman, the other a mentally disturbed mother of a sullen teenager). Different actresses have also been used to play his daughters without any explanation.
In the opening credits, when Louie is in the pizzeria, a passerby can be seen extending his middle finger at the camera. This was not planned. According to C.K., he saw this as good sign that the show would get picked up and he decided to leave the finger in the opening.
Louis C.K.’s production deal with FX involved him taking on a small per-episode budget (starting at $200,000 and being raised to $250,000 for Season 2) in exchange for total creative freedom. FX does not submit script notes or other production suggestions, and the cable network does not see the episodes until CK brings them finished copies.
The pizzeria that Louie goes to in the opening credits is Ben’s Pizzeria in Greenwich Village, Manhattan in New York City. In real life, Louis C.K. frequents the pizzeria.
The clubs that Louie is usually shown performing in are Comedy Cellar and Carolines.
The theme song, “Brother Louie”, was a #1 US hit by Stories in 1973. Stories’ lead singer, Ian Lloyd, sings the theme. The word “cry” was changed to “die” in the second repetition of the chorus at C.K.’s request. It was produced by Reggie Watts. Watts recorded a version but C.K. rejected it. It costs $5,000 per episode for the publishing.
The series only shoots for three days per week. Louis C.K. has custody of his children for the rest of the week and refuses to shoot on those days. On those days, he edits the episodes while his children are at school. According to C.K., the crew dislikes the schedule but has to accept it.
Chinese phrases are often inserted into the English dialogue, sometimes to get around censors. Some ship signs are in Chinese.
The entire interior of Serenity, and some of the exterior, was built full-scale and almost completely contiguous. It was split across two sound stages: one for the upper deck and one for the lower deck, shuttle docks, and hold.
Between shots, the cast preferred to wait in ship’s lounge instead of a green room.
The character ‘Captain Malcolm “Mal” Reynolds’ was ranked #18 in TV Guide’s list of the “25 Greatest Sci-Fi Legends” (1 August 2004 issue).
The Alliance’s full title is the “Anglo-Sino Alliance.” Joss Whedon intended for it to be the merger of the USA and China, the last of the world’s superpowers. That’s why many characters sometimes speak Chinese. The Alliance flag, seen in the original pilot, is a blending of the US and Chinese flags.
Joss Whedon originally thought up the premise of the show with his friend Tyler Lovelly, who was not interested in pitching the show, so only Whedon was involved in production.
Many of the names of off-camera and minor characters are drawn from the ranks of science fiction writers. Notably, Bester (Alfred Bester) as the original mechanic of Serenity and Brennert (Alan Brennert) and Ellison (Harlan Ellison).
The cast had a running gag where they would yell Summer Glau’s name whenever they flubbed a line or messed up. It began after she forgot her line at the end of a particularly difficult scene. The gag continued through the filming of Serenity.
The Alliance officer and soldier uniforms are leftovers from Starship Troopers.
Some of the weapons used in the series were contemporary with the time of production and chosen based on their somewhat futuristic look. No modifications were made by the prop department to either disguise them or make them look more futuristic. Alliance soldiers are seen carrying British SA80 rifles and Heckler & Koch MP5s, both in variant models. The Browncoats are seen using Heckler & Koch G36 rifles.
In several episodes (for example Firefly: The Train Job, Jayne wears a German police jacket, from the state of Rhineland-Palatinate (German: Rheinland-Pfalz). The badge on the right sleeve has the word “Polizei” (German for police) on the top and the emblem of Rhineland-Palatinate underneath.
Every scene in space is shot without sound effects of the ship moving, precisely as it would be in real life; no air, no sound. Of course, that doesn’t cover the background music played during those scenes.
Morena Baccarin’s character Inara is named for a goddess worshiped by the Hittite (Hurrian) Empire of what is now Turkey, circa 1800-1200 BC. Inara was the goddess of the wild animals of the steppe and daughter of the Storm-god Teshub/Tarhunt. She is analogous to the Greek Artemis and the Roman Diana.
Five of the main cast members have appeared in other Joss Whedon shows as villains.Nathan Fillion appeared in the seventh season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer as Caleb. Gina Torres appeared in the fourth season of Angel as Jasmine. Adam Baldwin also appeared in “Angel” (1999), but in the fifth season as Marcus Hamilton. After “Firefly” (2003), Alan Tudyk and Summer Glau appeared in Dollhouse as Alpha and Bennett Halverson respectively.
Serenity’s engine room includes the center console from a Boeing 737, complete with throttles, fuel cutoffs, spoiler and flap levers, and pitch trim wheels. It’s frequently seen standing on the floor between the cot and the engine.
The sawed off shotgun that Mal Reynolds (Nathan Fillion) carries is the same prop that Lord Bowler (Julius Carry) carried in The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.
THE THING TRIVIA:
-The film was originally banned when released in Finland.
-The original movie, The Thing from Another World, took place at the North Pole. This version takes place at the South Pole.
-At the beginning of the film the Norwegian with the rifle is the second unit director and associate producer as well as Kurt Russell’s (then) brother-in-law, Larry J. Franco. According to John Carpenter, on the commentary track, Franco is not speaking Norwegian but making up the dialog. “Schmergsdorf” as Carpenter puts it. The subtitles, however, give the impression he is speaking Norwegian. The words spoken are actually understandable for Norwegians. Albeit broken Norwegian, the line goes: “Se til helvete og kom dere vekk. Det er ikke en bikkje, det er en slags ting! Det imiterer en bikkje, det er ikke virkelig! KOM DERE VEKK IDIOTER!!” This translates to: “Get the hell outta there. That’s not a dog, it’s some sort of thing! It’s imitating a dog, it isn’t real! GET AWAY YOU IDIOTS!!”
-Based on the classic short story “Who Goes There?” by pioneering science fiction editorJohn W. Campbell Jr., he is not credited in the DVD version until the end credits.
-This film is considered a benchmark in the field of special makeup effects. These effects were created by Rob Bottin, who was only 22 when he started the project.
-According to John Carpenter in an interview, that he takes all of his failure movies pretty hard. However, he said that out of all those movies, this movie he took the hardest. Not only because the movie was a failure upon release but because both critics and the audience (to Carpenter’s shock) panned the movie for its gory violence and bleak content.
-John Carpenter has stated that of all his films, this is his personal favorite.
-When the dog - actually the Thing in disguise - wanders down a hallway and pauses outside a door, we see a shadow of one of the men, beckoning it in. John Carpenterwanted it to be mysterious which character was involved so didn’t use any of his actors to cast the shadow.
-There are 52 gunshots fired in the movie.
-Keith David wears gloves throughout most of the film. This is because he had broken one of his hands in a car accident and needed to cover up his cast.
-The final confrontation with the Thing required the assistance of 50 technicians.
I’m about to drop some truth bombs!
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