Monday, 20 July 2009

Zach at Comic Con

Zachary will be in attendance at this year's Comic-Con in San Diego, which runs from July 22nd to 26th.


Zach will be on the Heroes panel at the Bayside Hilton, at 3.15pm on Saturday. The rom holds 2,000 people but it;s best to get there and queue as soon as you can. They generally don't clear the room after panels (best to check first) so to be sure of a seat, get in there very early and stay sitting!

Then there's a race across town back to the Convention Centre in rooms 5AB, on the first floor. Here Zach will be appearing with his Before The Door partners Neal Dodson and Cory Moosa to talk about a new project. The room holds roughly 200 people, so if you want to see this, get there as early as you can. You might not make the Heroes panel AND the Archaia one, so get ready to make Sophie's choice!

On Friday there's a Heroes All Access party at the House of Blues from 3-5pm. If you're a Heroes All Access Member you can get in for free and get a whole host of free goodies. If not, you can queue and pay on the door but again, get there early. Zach will not be at the event but if you're a Heroes fan this can't be missed. It costs $10 on the door and there is merchandise to buy inside. David H. Lawrence XVII (Eric Doyle) will be there to sign, as will Oliver Grigsby, who wrote the episode 'I Am Sylar', and Jason Badower, the graphic novel artist.

All weekend you can pop down to the Paramount booth(3535) and get your free Spock foam hand. There is no advertised Sylar merchandise from NBC this year, but hang around their booth(4029)because they may have Heroes related bags and other swag hanging around. Also, Archaia comics booth is number 2635, might be worth loitering after the announcements on Saturday in case they have anything Zach-related going on.

And if you see a girl in a white tshirt with I AM SYLAR in black letters, that's me! Come and say Hi!

Friday, 17 July 2009

Three versions of the Star Trek DVD

Details have been released for the US launch of the Star Trek DVD, on November 17th this year.

There will be three versions, a three-disc Blu-ray with digital copy, two-disc DVD with digital copy, and a single-disc DVD. Unfortunately it seems that there are no cast commentaries, and therefore no Zach thoughts on the movie.

JJ Abrams said; "I cannot wait for fans of Star Trek to check out the home entertainment release of the film. The behind-the-scenes features on the DVD -- and especially the Blu-ray -- give a wonderful look at the crazy hard work and incredible fun that went into making this movie. The cast and crew were truly extraordinary to work with -- watching these special features, you'll see why. And for people who didn't catch Star Trek in the theater, I hope they do now, as Paramount has done an exceptional job with this release; the picture and sound quality are both excellent."

List of special features

The STAR TREK two-disc DVD is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 televisions with Dolby Digital English 5.1 Surround, French 5.1 Surround and Spanish 5.1 Surround with English, French and Spanish subtitles.

Special features are as follows:
Disc 1:
• Commentary—By director J.J. Abrams, writers Robert Orci and Alex Kurtzman, producer Damon Lindelof and executive producer Bryan Burk.

• A New Vision— J.J. Abrams’ vision was not only to create a Star Trek that was a bigger, more action-packed spectacle, but also to make the spectacle feel real. Every aspect of production—from unique locations to the use of classic Hollywood camera tricks—was guided by this overall objective.

• Gag Reel—Bloopers featuring the entire principal cast.

Disc 2:
• Digital Copy
• Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary
o Spock Birth
o Klingons Take Over Narada
o Young Kirk, Johnny and Uncle Frank
o Amanda and Sarek Argue After Spock Fights
o Prison Interrogation and Breakout
o Sarek Gets Amanda
o Dorm Room and Kobayashi Maru (original version)
o Kirk Apologizes to the Green Girl
o Sarek Sees Spock

• To Boldly Go— Taking on the world’s most beloved science fiction franchise was no small mission. Director J.J. Abrams, writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, producer Damon Lindelof, and executive producer Bryan Burk talk about the many challenges they faced and their strategy for success.

• Casting— The producers knew their greatest task was finding the right cast to reprise these epic roles. The cast, for their part, talk about the experience of trying to capture the essence of these mythic characters. The piece concludes with a moving tribute to Leonard Nimoy.

• Aliens— Designers Neville Page and Joel Harlow talk about the hurdles they faced creating new alien species, recreating the Romulans and Vulcans, and designing the terrifying creatures on Delta Vega for the new Star Trek.

• Score— As a fan of the original series, composer Michael Giacchino embraced the challenge of creating new music for Star Trek while preserving the spirit of Alexander Courage’s celebrated theme.

• DVD-Rom:
o STAR TREK D-A-C Free Trial Game for XBOX 360
o Weblink to the STAR TREK D-A-C Free Trial Game for PC
o Weblink to the STAR TREK D-A-C Free Trial Game for PlayStation Network

The STAR TREK three-disc Blu-ray is presented in 1080p High Definition with English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD, French 5.1 Dolby Digital and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital with English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.

Special features are as follows:
Disc 1:

• Commentary—By director J.J. Abrams, writers Robert Orci and Alex Kurtzman, producer Damon Lindelof and executive producer Bryan Burk.

• NASA News— This BD-Live feature gives viewers access to the latest NASA news about real space exploration. Learn about new mission developments and check out featured imagery from around the universe.

Disc 2:
• To Boldly Go—See description above.
o Branching Pods:
+ The Shatner Conundrum
+ Red Shirt Guy
+ The Green Girl
+ Trekker Alert!

• Casting—See description above.

• A New Vision—See description above.
o Branching Pods:
+ Savage Pressure

• Starships—Abrams and production designer Scott Chambliss were careful to pay tribute to the design of the original Enterprise, but they also wanted to make it futuristic and cool for a modern audience. This chapter focuses on the unique stories behind the creation of the film’s starships.
o Branching Pods:
+ Warp Explained
+ Paint Job
+ Bridge Construction Accelerated
+ The Captain’s Chair
+ Button Acting 101
+ Shuttle Shuffle
+ Narada Construction Accelerated

• Aliens—See description above.
o Branching Pods:
+ The Alien Paradox
+ Big-Eyed Girl
+ Big Bro Quinto
+ Klingons
+ Drakoulias Anatomy 101

• Planets— From the frozen landscape of Delta Vega to the desert plains of Vulcan, Scott Chambliss and the art department had a number of radically different planets to create. Abrams’ desire to shoot on real locations whenever possible led the production team to a number of strange and surprising locations.
o Branching Pods:
+ Extra Business
+ Confidentiality

• Props and Costumes— Property master Russell Bobbitt had the unique challenge of designing props that were both true to the original series and pertinent to today’s technology. Likewise, costume designer Michael Kaplan talks about how he designed costumes that paid homage to what came before yet were relevant and timeless.
o Branching Pods:
+ Klingon Wardrobe

• Ben Burtt and the Sounds of Star Trek — When famed sound designer Ben Burtt was hired to create sounds for the first Star Wars film, he took his inspiration from the original “Star Trek” series. Burtt jumped at the opportunity to pay tribute to the sounds that sparked his career with the sounds he created for the new Star Trek.

• Score—See description above.

• Gene Roddenberry’s Vision— J.J. Abrams, Leonard Nimoy, previous Star Trek writers and producers, and scientific consultant Carolyn Porco describe and commend the optimistic and enduring vision of Gene Roddenberry.

• Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary—See details above.

• Starfleet Vessel Simulator—Explore extensive data on the U.S.S. Enterprise and the Romulan ship, the Narada. Submerse yourself in breathtaking 360° views and close-ups and review detailed tech information.

• Gag Reel—See description above.

Disc 3:
• Digital Copy
• STAR TREK D-A-C Free Trial Game for XBOX 360
• Weblink to the STAR TREK D-A-C Free Trial Game for PC
• Weblink to the STAR TREK D-A-C Free Trial Game for PlayStation Network

Saturday, 11 July 2009

Zachary at Comic-Con 09

Zach will have an increased presence at San Diego's Comic-Con this year, appearing on panels for Heroes and Archaia comics.

The Heroes panel will be off-site at the Bayside Hilton in the Indigo Room from 3.15pm to 4.15pm on Saturday, and the Archaia panel will be in room 5AB of the main convention centre.

Also on the Heroes panel will be creator Tim Kring and co-stars Masi Oka, Robert Knepper, Jack Coleman, Adrian Pasdar, Ray Park, Madeleine Zima and Dawn Olivieri.

We hope to have more info on the Archaia panel soon but it's thought that Zach will be joined by his production company buddies Neal and Corey.