Whoosh! Issue 54 - March 2001
Editor's Page

From the Graphics Editor:
The Night Of The Past Production

From the Graphics Editor:

March is a month in New Zealand where summer is still in full flower. It can be quite warm and, more often than not, the weather can be relied upon for bright sunny skies. It is definitely a month one should not forget to apply one's sunblock.

But there is a cloud on the horizon this March in New Zealand. This is the final month, by and large, of production for XENA. Come May, when the last of the new episodes air, XENA will join the ranks of HERCULES, YOUNG HERCULES, JACK OF ALL TRADES, and CLEOPATRA 2525 as a show that has, at long last, run its course.

During the past several years, Pacific Renaissance Pictures has employed a small (and at times not so small) army of personnel to make these shows. These are the people who organise all aspects of production, who make sure all the departments function correctly, who make sure the cast and crew get to where they need to go and have what they need when they get there. These are the people who design and manufacture the wondrous sets and the colourful, signature, and sometimes fanciful costumes. These are the people who apply makeup for all occasions and time periods, who seek out the right actor for the right role, who scout out the scenic vistas that take our breath away, who make all the props and accouterments and items of detail, and those who use 21st century technology to full advantage to make us think what we see is real, even when it isn't.

None of what we see would be possible without any one of the production staff. Each is a specialist, an artist, a perfectionist. Each has skills, qualities, and talents that add to and enhance the final product. Each has a work ethic and sense of dedication that would be the envy of any employer.

For all their hard work and dedication, the only way we normally know these people exist is by the legacy we see on screen if we care to think about it, and the names we almost never get to read because of the current fashion most television stations have for "credit scrunching" or elimination of credits altogether.

So it is with great pleasure that WHOOSH! dedicates this issue in tribute to all those people who have worked so very hard, many of them right from Day One. For every person you read about in this issue there are at least 10 not mentioned who work every bit as hard and whose contribution is every bit as important.

For everyone who works on the show, thank you one and all for contributing to a world phenomenon and creating something in all Pacific Renaissance productions that will stay with many people the world over for a very long time. All of us who merely watch can only say we appreciate your efforts.

And last, but certainly by no means least, a very special thank you to Rob Tapert, whose generosity of time and access made the accompanying articles possible.

Bret Rudnick
Graphics Editor
Executive Committee
Hermosa Beach, California
14 February 2001

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