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Millennium Movie Behind The Scenes

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Go behind the scenes on the 1989 Sci-Fi movie starring Cheryl Ladd, Kris Kristofferson, Daniel J. Travanti More Cast


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The movie was based on an excellent novel by futuristic writer John Varley, which was an expansion of his 1977 short story entitled "Air Raid." The novel is much better than the eventual movie. Some insight into the reasons for this were given by Varley in a 1992 interview with J. Stephen Bolhafner for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He said: "We had the first meeting on 'Millennium' in 1979. I ended up writing it six times. There were four different directors and each time a new director came in I went over the whole thing with him and rewrote it. Each new director had his own ideas and sometimes you'd gain something from that, but each time something's always lost in the process, so that by the time it went in front of the cameras, a lot of the vision was lost." The entire article can be found online here. Another interesting insight on his experiences of working in Hollywood can be found in Varley's introduction to the original short story in this anthology of his short stories that includes the original "Air Raid" short.
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The shimmering lightning effects of the Gate were created by spinning metal wheels covered in Mylar and aiming lights (possibly lasers) at them.

This distinctive technique was seen quite a few times in the early 80s and may have been pioneered by Douglas Trumbull where he used it in such movies as "Star trek: The Motion picture".
Editor Nick
Cranes and other heavy lifting equipment prominently displaying the name "Dwight Cranes" throughout the movie. Dwight's is a long established heavy plant hire company in Toronto, where Millennium was filmed and still in business today (2016).

What's the betting that they also supplied the large Gantry "prop" used to get people on and off the aircraft in the gate...?



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