Well, I've never seen the show, but other folks at movieweb seem to enjoy it. As I sat down with one of my comrades to watch the Battlestar Galactica Soundtrack presentation, our team leader turned to me and said, "You ever watch this show? It's fucking awesome."
And then I breezed through an eight-minute montage of flying ships and Cylons set to a thunderous score created and shaped by Bear McCreary. He conducted the piece by simply turning down the sound on the edited section of film and just letting the music come to him. The sequence rendered without sound effects is quite moving. It would actually be pretty cool if you were the type to turbo-geek it out over such things, as our own Brain Balchak seemed to be doing in his seat. When the famous Mushy, of Mushy's Movie Minute leaned over to say something to Brain, our leader shushed him up, a stern face pointed towards the television nerd fest being shown on the big screen in front of us.
After the space battle was over, we were treated to silent scenes of characters wandering around out in the woods, looking through binoculars and holding their hearts. It was kind of weird and reminded me of Return of the Jedi a little bit. Wait, that's wrong. It actually reminded me of that old horror film with Leslie Nielson, Day of the Animals. Balchak got all choked up, wavering his chin on his knuckles. I guess, for someone who has seen the show, these images were quite touching. In fact, I think I almost saw a tear welling up in his eye..
There were lots of Cylon clips, and I thought those robots were pretty creepy. I had never seen them before, and decided there that I liked their new look. Next, we were introduced to Bear's band which consists of Johnny "Vatos" Hernandez on drums, Steve Bactek on guitar, Paul Cartwright on violin, and BT4 on vocals who sang, "It's cool working in Outer Space, eating freeze dried food. Working with Dan is awesome, because he gives me lots of money."
Then came another musical montage. I couldn't put the clips into context having never seen the show, but it seemed to be some guy huffing paint in a large futuristic office. I didn't know they huffed paint on Battlestar Galactica. The scene actually looked like a late night infomercial for a device that makes lines out of your mountain of cocaine. I guess there are drug smugglers in outer space. Bear followed this by saying, "For all the creepy stuff, you'd be amazed at what winds up in the score."
Then came more footage shown inside the music studio, mostly of the composers creating the score. For an audiophile like Balchak, this type of footage is priceless. We were treated to a lot of stock footage of light meters and people on the telephone. Awesome,
Can I just take a minute to mention how hot it was in this room? I was burning up. The sperm-like space footage of a million ships attacking all at once might have been a lot cooler had sweat not been pouring into my eyeballs. Sitting there, Balchak kept getting mad at me and Mush. Because he was really into this shit. Temperature be damned. His knuckles and fists were clinched. I looked over at the man, and he seemed to be having a million little dork orgasms in his brain as he stared at this glossy composition. I wish I could have felt the joy he was feeling, but stingy sweat was starting to seep into my open back wounds from where he had leather whipped me the night before. (No, it was nothing kinky. It's just that I, his slave, was not doing my movieweb work fast enough.)
I sure hope they put this forty-minute presentation on a DVD sometime in the future. It seems like a valuable piece of entertainment for Battlestar Galactica fans.
(I should mention that at this point in the show, Balchak, our Webmaster, punched me in the arm really hard.)
There were big explosions followed by thunderous drum music. Then the news came that Season 1 and 2, and the Mini-Series soundtrack were available on Amazon. And at a booth being manned by the original Richard Hatch. Bear followed up this information with a Bloopers reel and a bunch of wrecked scenes. This footage contained a sequence called The Many Faces of Cally and a Fart montage in Memoriam of Season Duex. It was pretty Gay.
About the score, Bear told us that the ideas for the music came from the original show. That he wanted to connect it to ancient Earth. Everything being heard is an old world instrument. The sounds suggest that we all come from the same place. He didn't want to go to Orchestrated music because he felt it had been done to death. There was nowhere else he could go with it. Plus, the show wouldn't be conducive to an orchestrated theme.
And that was the spoken presentation. Instead of answering questions from the audience, Richard Hatch decided to show a trailer from about 8 years ago. It was his attempt at resurrecting the series, and it looked pretty cheap. There were quite a few scenes of Hatch running away from fireballs. But I guess it's what they used as a template for the new series.
And that was all for this presentation.