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Onwards to Saturday and only a few panels to write about as I was busy with photos and autos but the day started off with the Michael Shanks and Cliff Simon panel. Now at the very start Cliff Simon played his activist plus Ba'al short video - obviously his thing but I dont agree with activist propaganda like that. All I will say is do your own research on these groups and make your decision on supporting or not on your own opinion not just because a favourite actor supports it. Respect them for their opinions but make your own decisions. The panel was very entertaining with plenty of questions for both with plenty of responses in regard to the Daniel Jackson/Vala vs Ba'al/Vala and various other Stargate character questions. Next up was the Ben Browder panel in Stage 2 and yes he was immediately up on the table and started the panel with the usual high energy of the past. Questions ranged from both Stargate and Farscape - with some very entertaining stories of the filming of Farscape stunts including where he injured a leg and was sent off to the doctor and while explaining how it happened (dodging explosions and aliens) realised the doctor had no idea he was an actor on a tv show! Ben also spoke about more recent projects Bad Kids Go To Hell and the current project where he is not only on screen but is the director for Bad Kids Go Two Hell (the sequel). And then the sound came through from the Billy Boyd panel in stage 1 - this was brilliant where Ben went and opened up the door to the other stage and took a few moments before they worked out what was going on. Then came back and did the 'Hell Yeah' crowd cheer loud enough for them to hear and Billy Boyd's stage 1 group replied not long after! Repeated the open door near the end where we had Billy wander in stage 2 while Ben ducked just inside stage 1. Going to be interesting to see how it looked on Billy's side on the DVD/download! If you get the chance always go to a Ben Browder panel they are always brilliant and time goes so quickly. My final panel for the day was a little later with Dominic Keating and Marina Sirtis of Star Trek Enterprise and Star Trek Next Generation respectively. And wow now I hadnt had a chance to speak to Marina at the Friday night function but she is the actor that is the most different from their on screen persona that I've seen. Takes skill to do that but the best can play any character as required. Marina spoke about an upcoming role in NCIS and about working on the set of Star Trek Next Generation. She was also very straight to the point over soccer (a massive sports fan she said she's the one in the household with the sport on as her husband is off watching drama shows!) and over child actors. Now I really wish Australian fans would stop asking overseas actors how their kids should go about following an acting career. It was asked several times over the weekend in several panels and actors are brutally honest in saying dont do it study something else and have it on the side. Now in Australia if you look at most successful young actors that go overseas and go on they have come through either Home and Away or Neighbours the type of show neither the US or the UK has that seems to give some a chance overseas (Eric Bana the exception but he went through comedy shows that were around at the time they are not now). Marina also remembered the name of a very chuffed fan who asked a question from either the autograph tables or the meet and greet event. Dominic Keating took a bit of a back seat but did discuss his time on Enterprise and described the best prank the entire crew played on Scott Bakula after an appearance on the Rosie O'Donnell show where they unearthed a very old ad he had been in early in his career. To finish I had a few photos and a couple of autos left and unfortunately a couple of the guests not only ran late during the day but also disappeared mid session (as in when the sign indicated they would be there at the autograph tables). While others such as Sarah Hagan, Jonathon Young, Finn Jones, Michael Hurst even Marina Sirtis were quiet as well being late in the day but they were there either signing absentee pack photos or chatting to handlers or on their phones, etc. The staff to their credit did help out those who were still waiting but running out of time and not returning the next day by finding the missing guests but it is a shame when the guests have to be found and its not the organisers fault some guests just dont like hanging around regardless of expectations (many of us will remember the Corey Feldman 'non' appearance during most of a Melbourne convention a few years back with a different group - doubt he will be asked back). As for the photos this year the collection service was fantastic - all were displayed on a wall with plenty of space for those waiting and the staff were super quick in handing out the pics. Deb the photographer in Photo Booth 1 gets a special mention as just like in previous years the photos were fantastic - some of us arent the type that land the shot each time but Deb's shots as in past years came out looking brilliant. Myself and others were very happy with our photos - thank you Deb and OZCC.
And then it was on
to Sunday. I had done all my photos and autos on the Saturday (despite
never having issues with the big camera at OZCC decided this year I'd only
bring it on the Sunday) the second day was bascially back to back panels.
Starting off the day with the Hercules panel with Michael Hurst and Kevin
Sorbo. I only watch the show now and again when it turns up on tv but
the talk was very interesting as they spoke about working on the set and
with various other actors and directors and the injuries suffered as they
did a lot of stunts themselves. They also mentioned how they got the
roles with Kevin Sorbo mentioning how he had gone for the Superman/Clark
Kent role that Dean Cain ultimately won but being rejected from that role
resulted in gaining the role in Hercules a short time later which ultimately
ran for 3 seasons longer. Next up was Billy Boyd and the panel was
brilliant - anyone who was there and noticed that he referred to the camera
with the giant lens taking a pic of 'his eye' early on well the pics below
are from that camera. Subjects ranged from spotting a fan who had had
family members at the Saturday night dinner, to a lady who got Billy and
Dominic Monaghan mixed as she asked the question, to Scottish phrases etc.
He also had a story about missing out on a role that ultimately left him
available to win the role in Lord of the Rings suggesting as the earlier
panel had that while rejection is common sometimes the role you miss out on
leads to something better for you. He also spoke about his band and
about the songs for the Hobbit and visiting the Hobbiton set now tourist
attraction in New Zealand. A very entertaining hour that ended so
quickly. The next panel was Agam Darshi and Jonathon Young from
Sanctuary which was a lot more sedate than Billy Boyd but they spoke of
Jonathon's background in theatre, working on Sanctuary and the audition
process or otherwise that they went through to get the roles.
They ended with Agam describing her own fangirl moment with her favourite
music performer something which everyone could identify with.