Martin Wood


Martin Wood Trivia


  • Trivia

    • Martin has appeared as an extra in many of the episodes of Stargate SG-1 that he has directed. Normally appearing with Dan Shea (Sgt. Siller) and an oversized crescent wrench.

    • Martin shot his first frame of film when he was 13 years old, he did it while hanging out of a helicopter.

    • In 2005 Martin was nominated for a Leo Award for Dramatic Series: Best Dramatic Series
      for Stargate: Atlantis. He shares the award with Brad Wright, Robert C. Cooper, N. John Smith, Michael Greenburg, Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie.

    • Martin has two daughters.

    • Martin co-wrote, with Mark Miller, the Canadian Documentary "1800 Seconds: Chasing Canada's Snowbird".

    • In 2004 Martin was nominated for a Gemini Award for Best Direction in a Children's or Youth Program or Series for "The Impossible Elephant".

    • He had previously worked with Robin Dunne in the movie "Teenage Space Vampires", which lead to Martin suggesting Dunne for the role of Dr. Will Zimmerman on Sanctuary.

    • Martin was the production manager and an associate producer of George Miller's Australian Documentary "40,000 Years of Dreaming".

    • Martin was nominated for a 2002 DGC (Directors Guild of Canada) Award for Outstanding Achievement in a Television Movie/Mini-Series - Children's for "The Impossible Elephant".

    • Martin was the director and a producer of the Canadian TV specials "SIDS: A Special Report" and "Listen U!".

    • Martin's father was the producer and host of a Canadian TV show.

    • In 2001 Martin won an Audience Award at the Toronto Sprockets International Film Festival for Children for Best Feature Film for "The Impossible Elephant".

    • He was the post-production supervisor for the 2006 film 'Happy Feet'.

  • Quotes

    • Martin Wood: (on directing before a green screen) It's something we do all the time when we read books. What I do on a television set is what most people do when they read a story. I just translate mine into something that everybody can see.

    • Martin Wood: (in answer to "What will you do when Stargate finishes?") Rest for a very long time. Play with my little girl more, walk her to school, spend some time at home not blocking scenes, and move on to the next epic series. Oh yeah and do a couple of Stargate movies.

    • Martin Wood: One of the cool things about green screen is that the physical limitations of filming are no longer there.

    • Martin Wood: The Sanctuary web pilot that we made was an experiment to see how quickly and how well we could get something on the Internet in a very limited amount of time and with limited resources. With it, we made any mistakes that we needed to make and learned from them.

    • Martin Wood: ( on the perfect length of time of a TV episode) 70 minutes- I spent some time thinking about this one. 44 minutes and 19 seconds (Standard Stargate issue) is too short to actually arc an A and B story, offer up any kind of character development, and to resolve a crisis. 90 minutes means you are putting in too much exposition and have started to bore the audience. I like a show that picks you up, thrashes you about a bit and then puts you back down at the end with a kind of tired satisfied feeling- not exhausted and not too hungry for more.

    • Martin Wood: As far as advances in the film medium, cameras etc: it tends to be all good- the panavision Millenniums that we shoot the show on are soooooo much nicer than the stone knives and bear skins that we used to use to make our 44 minutes of Television.

    • Martin Wood: Exterior shots are great if the weather cooperates - they will always look better, have more depth and multi-textured contrast, Lighting by God is always going to be way cooler than anything we mortals can come up with.

    • Martin Wood: You don't see a lot of monsters in the daytime and they don't look as cool when they are fully lit anyway. They just don't look as scary.

    • Martin Wood: (about directing sci-fi) It sort of happened accidentally, but I have been a huge sci-fi fan my entire life so it was a natural fit for me. And I'm really very interested in it, as well. The ability to think beyond what exists today. And it's a very cool way to be creative. I mean, really good story and really good drama is the core of all the stuff that what we try and do. You get some really cartoony moments, but still it's still pretty cool when you can do it and when you can meld the two of them together.

    • Martin Wood: (about his favorite part of Stargate Continuum to shoot) The Arctic. The Arctic was absolutely my favorite because it was the time of my life. I have never been in a place that has given me so much fun to shoot in and as many challenges. In fact, I'm sitting at my computer right now at my desk in Sanctuary and there's a big picture of Ben Browder walking through a snow storm at me in his costume, and there's this big huge whiteout with this little tiny man walking toward me.