Damian Kindler

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Damian Kindler

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Melbourne, Australia

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Damien Kindler
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Damian Kindler was born in Melbourne, Australia and immigrated to Toronto, Canada when he was very young. He is most noted for his contributions to the Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis television series as well as creating the series Sanctuary.

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    • Damian Kindler: The idea for Sanctuary as a series was born about six years ago, while I was living in LA working as a freelance TV writer. My agent at the time asked me to write a script that would (it was hoped) showcase my "voice" as a writer. Basically write a pilot for a TV series I would create, given the chance. So I wrote the first hour of Sanctuary back in 2001 and then it basically sat in my Hard Drive after I went to work on the Stargate TV franchise in 2002 until recently. Last year I started a new venture with friends from the gaming, software and internet communities here in Vancouver. We wanted to prove that the internet could turn people with the ability to develop and create high end content into their own studio and network, as it were. And the more we looked into it, the more we realized that sci fi fans were amongst the most passionate and sophisticated early adopters on the web. We were also looking for ways to rethink the way we made TV series-like content -- using innovative green screen techniques and real time 3D computer model tracking. All this came together in January 2007 when the Stargate crew and the newly hired VFX team here at Stage 3 Media combined to shoot the two hour pilot of Sanctuary. We had an absolute blast and can't wait to go back into production in the Fall.

    • Damian Kindler: (On which Stargate story that he wrote felt is the most realized)Well, it's a good question. First of all, on Stargate, because people are so good at their jobs and there's actually a very healthy budget, a lot of what you write gets realized in a very, very nice way. They don't cheap out. They're going to do a space battle, they're going to do it right. You're going to do a fight, you're going to do it right. They're going to do a scene in some amazing location, they'll find it. Or they'll build it. So that's always really nice. I remember the very first one, "The Other Guys" that Martin Wood directed, just coming together brilliantly and going "Wow." This is my first Stargate experience at that level. Just going "Wow." I've never had a script that was produced at a feature-film-level of quality.

    • Damian Kindler: Without publicly kissing ass and blowing smoke, I've always liked the way Rob Cooper writes. He's got a great eye for plot, and for character, and detail. And Brad Wright writes really good sci-fi. He writes sci-fi where you're left kind of wondering about the fate of our lives. He writes dark, and I really admire that in him. He can go to the dark places. I mean, he wrote 'Unnatural Selection'. Wonderful. His 'Outer Limits' are just awesome. For such a sunny happy guy, he's got a very dark way of writing sometimes! But I love that. I'm very admiring.

    • Damian Kindler: Sci-fi is where I have been for most of my career, but I love writing 'drama' drama. It's funny, I really love to watch dramas that aren't Sci-fi. It's not like I absorb Sci-fi. I don't watch other Sci-fi shows all the time. I keep up with it. I watch things like "Buffy" and "Firefly", and I do see "Andromeda". I keep up with it out of professional interest, but it's more professional interest than if I had my druthers. I'm much more a kind of a reader. And I watch the odd DVD collection. I guess I just don't draw the lines. I mean, I like Sci-fi a lot. It's sort of where my childhood resides. I was so into sci-fi as a kid, "Star Trek", "Star Wars", "Batman", "Space 1999", "Dr. Who". The world of the fantastic was always very big for me as a child. So I'm still living the childhood dream of doing this. But I think that I find anything that has human value in the drama very attractive. So I can't say there's one type of writing that I'm attracted to more than any other. This is just where I am right now. Who knows where I'll end up?

    • Damian Kindler: (About episodic television on the internet) It's funny that its become such a revolution of what is going online because when we started this back just before Google bought YouTube, and everybody was like saying, "You're crazy there's nothing out there. It's Mentos and Diet Coke bottles, and who cares, you'll lose your shirts." And suddenly Google bought YouTube suddenly episodes of network shows are being thrown up there. Suddenly Battlestar Galactica is going to get a move on . Wow we really caught the wave as it was hitting the beach. The Good thing is that we didn't just say, "Let's just make a show, do the best we can and throw it up there. We kind of took the same innovative philosophy to the actual approach of making the show. The initial inspiration was "Look, if you are trying to compete with television, there's no way you can just make television. You have to make something that people don't get to see on television and entertainment ways that television doesn't entertain. And so that was when we really began to discuss making a sci-fi show that is extensively green screen shot. To my knowledge there isn't a green screen heavy or completely green screen shot television series being produced. And we started doing very innovative like not just creating 3D virtual sets to film against but also shooting directly to a digital hard drive and not using HDH for anything but a back up. And using real time 3D computer modelling on set so actors standing on the green screen can follow what the 3D computer set looks like on a monitor while they're acting. So there's a lot of innovation that went into this not just going on the net. Everything's going on the net. It's how it goes on the net and what is it? There was a lot of innovation and that continues to be our watch word as we build on what we're doing.

    • Damian Kindler: I admit, I gravitate towards the offbeat, The more straight ahead investigations, the investigation-style stories, I find, are harder for me to get completely into. Yes, they can be written, I mean, look at 'Cure.' It's a very scientific based investigation into a culture and what they're offering, and peels back layers of the onion. I'd say I'm more character driven than plot driven. I definitely gravitate towards characters who react to seeing what the group does for the first time, whether it's Felger, or whether it's a guy named Pete [Shanahan]. I'm always curious about what the outside world thinks when they get a glimpse of what the team does. I love that. That's exciting to me, because it's very real. My love of 'Stargate' is based on the fact that it's all set here and now. We're not on some ship 500 years in the future. We're here and now.

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  • Difficult person to rate

    7.5
    This was a difficult person for me to figure out how to rate. On the one hand, he apparently wrote such wonderful Stargate eps (can't speak for the non-SG eps in the credits list, btw) as (in no particular order) Ethon, The Fourth Horseman, Reckoning (generally rated the best ep of all time, and it's in my personal top ten), Fragile Balance, and Avatar (the only decent character development ep in all of Season 8).



    OTOH, he apparently also wrote such abysmal eps as The Other Guys, Sight Unseen, Space Race, Grace, Chimera, and PU.



    And of course, there are some normal-quality eps, like Icon, Citizen Joe, Cure, Memento...



    But a rather surprising number of the SG eps in the credits list are either very, very good, or very, very bad.moreless