Sunday, 21 October 2012

Tony Curran: 'Defiance' news, updates, and interviews

‘Defiance’ set tour: exploring the new world with the cast and filmmakers
SyFy’s new series Defiance débuts on television next April, but it’s starting to feel much closer after I had a chance to do a set visit earlier this week, which revealed a lot about the show and how executive producer Kevin Murphy and his team are making this alien world come alive on Earth. 

The series, which is set in the not-too-distant future, follows life in the town of Defiance, formerly known as St. Louis, a number of years after a war with aliens races, collectively known as Votans, has left our planet partially terraformed into something not quite Earth-like, and not hospitable to the aliens either. 

Forced to come here after their own solar system was destroyed, the aliens have no other option but to find a way to live with the humans now, and humanity finds itself on a planet that barely looks like home, with new troubles facing them in all directions. 

Now, normally, when you’re invited onto any set, the word of the day is “discretion”. Media can’t tweet spoilers, we can’t post photos or videos ahead of the show’s release, and we’re told that we can’t just shoot everything we see on set. 

Thanks to the great people of SyFy though, the plan for the press tour was to open the doors of Defiance and show off what’s coming from this killer-looking series, which is also being prepared simultaneously as a massive multiplayer game. 

On set, the press cohort was treated to breakfast before we were broken into groups to tour the space. My group was lucky enough to be led by Murphy himself, who explained the sets and spaces, and answered just about every question we could think to ask.

The cast on set for our visit included Grant Bowler (playing Jeb Nolan), Tony Curran (Datak Tarr), Graham Greene (Rafe McCawley), Julie Benz (Amanda Rosewater), Mia Kirshner (Kenya), Jaime Murray (Stahma Tarr), and Stephanie Leonidas (Irisa), who all discussed what it was like filming this unique series and the challenges adapting to the languages, and preparing for the roles.

Read more at The Gate (includes extensive photo gallery) 

The cast of Defiance discuss their roles, alien languages, and answer questions
Published on Oct 16, 2012 by scifistorm
Featuring (from left to right) Graham Greene, Tony Curran, Mia Kirshner, Jaime Murray, Stephanie Leonidas, Julie Benz, and Grant Bowler. Mostly offscreen to the right are Syfy's Mark Stern and producer and showrunner Kevin Murphy.

Defiance - Part 1 of cast discussion

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Defiance - Part 2 of cast discussion

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Teaser clip

A day on the set of Defiance 

A very detailed set report, with photos and videos, by Doc at Sci-Fi Storm
Read it here at Sci-Fi Storm 

Making of Defiance Chapter 3: Writing, Cinematography & Music 
It takes a village to make Defiance. An exclusive look at the team who are bringing Defiance from imagination to reality. 
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See Syfy's Defiance being born in revealing new preview video 
April 2013 can't come soon enough, because that's when Defiance will launch as both a dramatic TV series from Syfy and an immersive MMO designed by Trion Worlds. And to what Defiance has in store for us, check out a new behind-the-scenes video focused on how the writing, cinematography and music will come together to create a new sci-fi universe. 

From the mind of Farscape creator Rockne S. O'Bannon, and with a cast that includes Mia Kirshner (24), Jaime Murray (Dexter), Tony Curran (The Pillars of the Earth), Stephanie Leonidas (MirrorMask), Julie Benz (Angel) and Grant Bowler (True Blood), Defiance will chronicle the world-changing events on Earth as seven alien races begin to move in on the planet ... and the war that ensues when negotiations don't go so well. 

But because Defiance is an interactive experience, viewers will be able to go inside the universe to make their own choices, blending videogame action with dramatic television. Check out the new video for an insider's look at the world of Defiance
Source: Blastr

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