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Can't Stop the Fangirl!

Bless me, Fandom, for I have Squeed....it has been one week since my last convention....

(okay. I'm proud of that...and it *has* been one week...I was at the 'differently-abled' FedConUSA in Dallas...some of you know what I mean by that vaguely insulting comment ;) )

So, this weekend is the main weekend for Can't Stop the Serenity, a great charity event that Joss "Firefly/Buffy/et al." Whedon supports. It's for Equality Now, a charity that is pro-women's-equality, just like it sounds, and entails for-charity screenings of the movie Serenity.
I had the opportunity to attend a pre-screening evening charity event at a local pub where there were some pretty good bands playing, and also Writer/ Producer Extraordinaire, Tim Minear, was in attendance for us to squee out over. Felt goofy and shy, DESPITE the fact he was there knowing we'd be swooning and whatnot (have you *SEEEEEEEEEN* the Firefly ep "Out of Gas"???? HOLY MANNA!), but though I'm not the "social lubrication" type, 3 pints of Guinness and a Chimay Red later, I got a pic with The Man. Note Big Damn Hero shirt. Serendipity, that.

I brought my own silver sharpie. Thankfully, no one had to know that dirty little secret as he was equipped with his own.

Funny and nice guy, and talked to me about the genesis of Out of Gas because I was likely literally drooling about it when I talked to him....I told him it was my favorite ep, and I had an lead-in because the guy before me was getting the OOG script printout signed. I actually had wanted to, and it's available for dL at his site, but for some reason the cover page, not the rest, just the cover, was coming out super teenie sized and I couldn't fix it in the couple minutes I'd alloted myself before I had to leave. So I gave up and made a hotness Fillion faceplant screencap that served.

Anyway, commented on how it was my fave, he likely got that all the time (he's written or co-written 4 of the FF shows, along with a couple TXF and a bunch of other things) and he said it seemed like it was everyone's favorite. I said that I really liked the character intro/ character development in that ep, and asked if it was just a story idea he had, or if it was planned all along to be the story of the crew. He said actually, it was Joss's idea that he was quite fascinated with the idea of the ship being out of gas and out in space, just really hung up on the concept. Hence the name, he said, though he wished they'd changed the title "because it had ended up being so much more". Anyway, Tim apparently originally responded to Joss, "and then what? Not much to hang your hat on. Is it supposed to be a disaster movie? or what? Not a lot of emotional involvement there." I said it was quite terrifying to imagine hanging stuck in space like that, though.

Then he said "yeah, and then Joss went off on these space pirates showing up. Was it totally a space pirate episode? Were they supposed to be holding him hostage or something?" he'd asked of Joss, trying to wrap his head around the direction. I said I really liked how they were different types of space pirates and he said he wanted to show that they had a totally different moral code than "our" space pirates. I told him I really liked how well that was shown in the last interplay they had with the other captain remarking Mal would have done the same thing if in their position, to which Mal replies, "We can already see I haven't." Tim said he'd been happy to have gotten the essence of that in there for Joss in such a succinct bit.

He then went on to say that they were at dinner one night and Joss innocently asked if they could open on Mal being gut shot, and Tim got a great hungry look on his face in the retelling of the story at this point and said, "YES! We could!" It seemed like that had been the hook of the story for him, because he said it is much easier to open a story on a dramatic event like that and work your way out from it, storytelling and audience-attention-wise. Then it was not a requirement or anything, like I had thought it might have been, to introduce the other characters, but he said he thought he'd use the framework to flesh out the core crew. "Except Book," he said, "because Serenity was more his story." Interesting! He gave me a tolerant look as I squeed about awaiting the Book history comics that are coming out later this year.

Couple other fun moments:
Someone asked, "If there was a second Serenity movie, what is the story you'd like to tell?" and he said "Ask Joss." Then he said, "I'm a writer; that's what I get paid for, is to come up with these things. So *pay* me, and I'll tell ya'...! "then he said, in a more serious tone, he'd really have to think about it. He'd really enjoy the opportunity, but it would take some serious thought. Another good one was when someone told him, "Seems like you're really into Firefly," to which he gave a mild, "are you drunk?" look, then replied, "Actually, it's kind of into me...it's kind of *in* me."

PS My memory is more of a "main idea" one than an "exact quotes" one, so may any in attendance forgive me if the words aren't exact. It's not my bag baby...


( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 22nd, 2008 02:01 pm (UTC)
Excellent! How wonderful that you got to talk with Tim Minear!

I live vicariously through your squee! *chuckles*
Jun. 23rd, 2008 12:59 am (UTC)
anytime! We Fangirls have to send the Squee when the opportunity arises! We can't be *everywhere*, unfortunately ('Leon can't *do* ev'rythang'). I am perfectly happy to weeze the juice anywhere I can get it, too.
Jun. 22nd, 2008 07:56 pm (UTC)
You go, fangirl, you go! So, about those pretties...
Jun. 23rd, 2008 01:01 am (UTC)
All in good time, my darling. All in good time. So...point of interest, I have a few little Preciouses...you want can haz now, or little at a time?
Jun. 23rd, 2008 02:18 am (UTC)
Oh, goodness...um...

Seeing as I get to see you next month (SQUEE!), you could bring them then...OR...a little at a time is always nice...little bits o' shiny to brighten days...

Captain puts it in the able hands of her pilot.
Jun. 23rd, 2008 01:09 pm (UTC)
Well played with that icon, girl. Well played.
Jun. 23rd, 2008 02:48 pm (UTC)
Glad you liked it, m'dear. I did think on it a bit...it's oh, so pretty, ain't it? Just about damn perfect...
Jun. 22nd, 2008 11:36 pm (UTC)
Wow, that sounds like fun. Obviously I am living in the wrong city because Ottawa never has nights like this. It makes me sad :(
Jun. 23rd, 2008 01:06 am (UTC)
Well, there are, it seems, a few straggling benefits to living in the soulless machine of a metroplex...there was a screening in Ottawa on the 21st...there will likely be one next year, as they do this around Joss Whedon's birthday every year now. We were kinda lucky here because it turns out the global organizer Beth Nelson is Chair of the Austin Browncoats and was our emcee. Few cities got a themed guest at all. But this is also a benefit (and curse) of multifandom; always more things going on that way. http://www.myspace.com/ottawabrowncoats
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