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Babylon 5 at San Diego Comic Con

San Diego Comic Con International

San Diego Comic Con

Celebrating their 20 years of Sci-fi TV history, castmates Bruce Boxleitner (Sheridan), Claudia Christian (Ivanova), Mira Furlan (Delenn), Peter Jurasik (Londo), Bill Mumy (Lennier), Jerry Doyle (Garibaldi), Stephen Furst (Vir), Patricia Tallman (Lyta), Robin Atkin Downes (Byron), and some surprise guests from the Hugo award-winning series Babylon 5 talk about their time on the show and what’s happening now.

Saturday July 11, 2015 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Horton Grand Theatre

Map to Horton Grand Theatre

Map to Horton Grand Theatre

Babylon 5 Logo

Babble on with the Cast of Babylon 5 at SDCC

San Diego Comic Con International

San Diego Comic Con

Join the cast of the Hugo Award-winning science fiction television series, Babylon 5, for a rare panel discussion at SDCC, Saturday, July 11th at 2:00 p.m.

Cast scheduled to appear include: Bruce Boxleitner (Captain John Sheridan), Claudia Christian (Commander Susan Ivanova), Mira Furlan (Ambassador Delenn), Peter Jurasik (Ambassador Londo Mollari), Bill Mumy (Lennier), Jerry Doyle (Security Chief Garibaldi), Stephen Furst (Vir), Patricia Tallman (Lyta Alexander), Robin Atkin Downes (Byron), and other surprise guests as the group talks about their time on the show and what’s happening now.
The 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. panel will be held off-site and just a couple of blocks away from the main SDCC venue at the

the gorgeous Horton Grand Theatre (Fourth Avenue – 444 Fourth Avenue, between Island and J Streets in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter, just 5 blocks south of Horton Plaza in Downtown San Diego).
Then the group will return to the Convention Center in the Sails Pavilion for an autograph session between 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Below is a map for getting to and from the Horton Grand Theatre from SDCC.

Map to Horton Grand Theatre

Map to Horton Grand Theatre

Be there or be Babylon Squared!

Becoming a Working TV Actor Workshop with Claudia!

This event has been cancelled.

Claudia Christian: On Becoming a Working TV Actor

Under Claudia’s direction, participants will perform a couple of short scenes from a contemporary drama and a contemporary comedy in front of the camera. Claudia will then playback and use that footage to point out the importance of being there for the other actors even when you’re not on camera, being fully engaged at all times, knowing where your light is, and tips on hair/wardrobe for taped auditions.

Claudia Christian’s TV and film acting credits span the full range of comedy, drama, action, and animation voiceover. She is known to many for her long-running role in “Babylon 5” but she has also appeared on “Castle”, “Grimm”, “Nip/Tuck”, “NYPD Blue”, and Disney’s animated feature “Atlantis: The Lost Empire”. She is also a very successful video game voiceover talent, and can be heard in “Skyrim”, “Guild Wars 2”, “Halo”, and “Darksiders II”.

For more information and/or registration, please visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1307476.  And be sure to check out some other fantastic workshops being offered by Road’s End Films, including “The Business Side of Acting” with Patricia Tallman (April 18, 2015), “Advice for Actors from a Casting Director) with Mary Jo Slater (April 25, 2015), “How to Survive in TV and Film” with Mira Furlan (May 2, 2015), “Voiceover Seminar” with Robin Atkin Downs (May 9, 2015).  These activities are supported by the Oregon Media Production Association and the Alliance of Professional Performers NW.

Babylon 5: Season 3, Episode 1

A few years ago I decided to finally watch a TV series I had starred in called Babylon 5. This series became a cult hit, won Hugo awards and created a fan base for me that I am forever grateful for but the truth of the matter is… I had never watched it. So, I decided to watch it and write about it. I posted it on: http://www.claudiachristian.net.

I got through two seasons and then life got in the way and now years later I am back and starting with season 3 (which I hear is very exciting) episode one: “Matters of Honor”

My first impression is that Christopher Franke’s music still rocks and that the CGI looks slightly dated and a little cheesy but not as bad as some fans claim… then again what the hell do I know?

After watching the opening scene with a youthful looking Sheridan (Jeez he does look like he stepped out of an episode of Scarecrow and Mrs. King!) and a flashy-shiny fabric-disco curtain wearing Kosh; I finally “get” the line: “I have always been here”, that fans love to post on my Facebook fan page, ha! This is fun! I’m getting the joke now folks!

Babylon 5 Season 3 Episode 1 screen captureHey, Wait! I’m narrating the opening of the show! I forgot about that… my voice sounds lighter and less deep than it does now, I guess 20 years of living made a difference…

Babylon 5 Season 3 Episode 1 screen captureOkay, Tucker Smallwood is very familiar, I run into him at loads of cons and at coffee shops in Studio City, cool! He’s very good in this episode and so is the very creepy Ed Wasser as Morden or should I say the very handsome Ed Wasser as the very creepy Morden…? So Londo tries to end his secret pact with the shadows and we humans and “nice” aliens realize that the proverbial shyte is going to eventually hit the fan with these nasty Shadows so we form a covert little war council and they allow me to do those scenes with my hair down.

Now I see the scene where Londo is talking about seeing the shadows in his dream and I recall Robin Atkin Downes telling the audience in Galveston recently at a reunion con we did that that was the only scene we ever shot outside! It’s true! They shot that right in the back of the old hot tub factory that was our home. Peter Jurasik stood on a little pile of dirt and tried to look noble yet scared (he did very well at that) and they shot that with actual Sun Valley sky then added little Shadow ships with our ancient CGI techniques from WAY back then… sweet…

Babylon 5 Season 3 Episode 1 screen captureI also noticed the little scene with the alien juggling liquor bottles like Tom Cruise in cocktail, nice touch.

Now, I was pretty shocked to realize that this first episode of season 3 is the first time Ivanova meets Marcus… now you must understand that we (me and Jason) did not know that we would end up unrequited anything, much less lovers, so all of this kind of plays out in”real time” which is very cool…to me at least, not to you experts of B5 😉

Babylon 5 Season 3 Episode 1 screen captureGod we all look so young… look at my freckles!

The Year is 2260 and I am now sort of hooked on this show…

Stay tuned for “Convictions” next!

Photos from Babylon 5’s 20th Anniversary at Phoenix Comicon

Personal photos of Claudia and her fellow Babylon 5 colleagues at the Phoenix Comicon, May 2013.