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Tuesday, July 13, 2004 1:15 PM

HAKEN

Likes to mess with stuffs.


Check out some of the production artwork for Serenity by graphic designer Geoffrey Mandel.

Well, at the request of Alliance commanders, I can't show this no more. Sorry, guys.




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Tuesday, July 13, 2004 1:34 PM

KASUO


Fruity ooty bar.. I wonder if it's made from mice! And why does the writing look like it's Japanese?

A news broadcast with a character named Nadia Surapanpong? And are they showing several other languages in the ticker? I guess they still exist.. heh.

I wonder if that big red planet is suppose to be Londinium.. or Sihnon.. or some other core planet.

So there are 4 founding/core worlds of the Alliance?

Serenity looks mostly the same except for the bow, which looks a bit "sleeker", for lack of a better word.

Hmm.. I'm a bit confused by the last 2 pictures on the bottom. The one on the left (minimap) looks like it has multiple stars but the one on the right of the monetary bill looks like it has only one large system.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2004 1:48 PM

HAKEN

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Quote:

Originally posted by kasuo:
And why does the writing look like it's Japanese?



Because it is. I guess no one explained the difference.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2004 1:50 PM

THATWEIRDGIRL

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Tuesday, July 13, 2004 1:55 PM

STARPILOTGRAINGER


Yeah, so from this is looks like the Verse is a multiple-star-system setting, probably with slow FTL travel. (The single-system on the currency could be the first system they colonized, and the rest were expanded from there. At first I thought it might be the Earth system, but there didn't seem to be enough rings. ;))

I think the bat is 'fruity oaty bar', so it's probably some kind of oatmeal bar...

As to Japanese... well, their culture probably didn't get completely wiped out, maybe they have sections where it's still in use.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2004 1:57 PM

STARPILOTGRAINGER


Heh.. I just noticed... is that Mr. Sparkle, the Japanese product mascot that resembled Homer from that episode of the Simpsons? (What was it for, 'Super Lucky Clean Wash'?)

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Tuesday, July 13, 2004 2:20 PM

GORAMSHINY


any chance of getting a larger version of the 'planets of the alliance' one?

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Tuesday, July 13, 2004 2:46 PM

RAWDEAL


The Serenity model is the same old one, but I think that the new art-people dont know it's supposed to be chinese and not japanese

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Tuesday, July 13, 2004 3:32 PM

STATIC


If that's the case. . .we have a potential 'suck' factor.


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Tuesday, July 13, 2004 4:44 PM

EVILMIKE



Just to sync up with the other speculations on the art.

http://www.fireflyfans.net/thread.asp?b=2&t=6196

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Tuesday, July 13, 2004 4:49 PM

ZENCAT


Oh, man, that is shiny. When do we get all that pretty stuff on crap we can buy? 'Cause I will.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2004 5:20 PM

EVERYWORLDSPINNIN


I was really hoping to see something like this pop up. I have been a Trekkie since the 70's (ok, i think i just showed my age!), and the one thing that Trek and it's handlers did right is to create a Universe that was rich in depth, and intricacy (sp?). I'd love to be able to ask Joss to let his Browncoats out here in the `netaverse develop the backdrops to the worlds of the Firefly verse, provided canon has not already been determined. That would be too much fun! (ok, i think i just showed how big of a nerd i am! ;)

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Tuesday, July 13, 2004 5:28 PM

HAPLO721


I think the currency shown is a local one for the planet Lilac... If you look at the production photos in Dusty's second blog, you can see that the big "Welcome to Lilac" sign features the same design. Interesting that they seem to have a planet with a transverse orbit...

ETA: It looks like the Alliance consists of about 10-11 major systems and maybe a few smaller ones, based on the map.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2004 6:42 PM

SHINY


So will the press kits for Serenity include "Fruity Oaty Bars"?

"I left my heart in Serenity Valley"

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Tuesday, July 13, 2004 6:58 PM

DRALIONSOLEIL


About the Japanese label, designers aren't that dumb, they do have to do a little research. Perhaps the Japanese is intentional do you think? Joss has said that he's a fan of Japanese culture, so maybe this is part of him trying to include it into the 'verse.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2004 8:59 PM

PURPLEBELLY


Japan presents a large marketing opportunity. Universal didn't take Serenity because it's Art.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2004 9:39 PM

KERNELM


Jesus, how dumb do you think they are? Japanese is not the only non-English/Chinese language represented there, not to mention there is a ton more stuff in Chinese than Japanese. Just because English and Chinese are the 'versal languages of choice does not mean that some places won't still have a preferred local language. Heck, English has pretty much reached hegemony in our world, but the other languages haven't disappeared.

Besides which, we have no idea if these are the final designs. Note that there's only Japanese in the top two images.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2004 10:34 PM

HAKEN

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You all know what this means, right? It means Otaku rules the future as well. Heck, maybe they founded the Blue Sun Corp. It would explain the packaging.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2004 10:51 PM

SOUPCATCHER


Maybe Lilac was historically settled by emigrants from Japan. Joss has already done some of this with Badger's home world/moon and places like Londinium and Sihnon. I'm guessing that some of these created artifacts are specific to the moon/planet where the story is taking place rather than meant to represent the 'verse as a whole.

I shaved off my beard for you, devil woman!

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Wednesday, July 14, 2004 1:11 AM

ARCBEATLE


wow, this art makes a really awesome PC walpaper...

Hey could any one tell me how I could make that fruity oaty bar pic into an avitar or buddy icon?

If people only beleive wahts in a movie, their damn well sure beleiving Serenity.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2004 4:28 AM

SAINT JAYNE


Quote:

Originally posted by StarPilotGrainger:
Heh.. I just noticed... is that Mr. Sparkle, the Japanese product mascot that resembled Homer from that episode of the Simpsons? (What was it for, 'Super Lucky Clean Wash'?)


Hahaha! You're right, that looks like Homer Simpson under the reaver attack title.

So from what I can see there is Japanese, Chinese (looks simplified but I'm not expert), Arabic and English. Shiny!

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Wednesday, July 14, 2004 5:11 AM

LEXIBLOCK


Quote:

Originally posted by PurpleBelly:
Japan presents a large marketing opportunity. Universal didn't take Serenity because it's Art.


Nobody is going to see a film because it contains 30 seconds of writing in your own langauge.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2004 6:47 AM

MRGREEN


Looking at this and reading the blogs from the Browncoat extras, does it seem like Serenity is going to be more on the Sci-Fi end of the spectrum, as opposed to the Western side, like the TV show was, imho?

Rob

If you can't run, you crawl, and if you can't crawl, well, if you can't do that, you find someone to carry you.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2004 7:17 AM

SIMONF


Does anyone know why it has disappeared from his site?

http://www.geoffreymandel.com/

I'm guessing Universal told him to take it down?

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Wednesday, July 14, 2004 10:28 AM

MER


*laughs* Maybe, but it's still getting around. Like Nathan's and Gina's pic taken by Adam.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2004 6:53 PM

INFRA172


Maybe Joss decided that Japan, instead of China, and the United States were the two superpowers to survive. If you think about it, it makes a whole lot more sense because the government is a corporation.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2004 11:48 PM

KERNELM


Quote:

Originally posted by infra172:
Maybe Joss decided that Japan, instead of China, and the United States were the two superpowers to survive. If you think about it, it makes a whole lot more sense because the government is a corporation.


1) There is far more Chinese in those designs than Japanese.
2) There is another language represented which is possibly Arabic.

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Thursday, July 15, 2004 12:12 AM

INFRA172


This has to be a fake. There's a Homer Simpson head in it. And the Homer Simpson head is the one from the episode where his picture appeared in Japanese advertisements.

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Thursday, July 15, 2004 4:45 AM

RADHIL


Quote:

Originally posted by mrgreen:
Looking at this and reading the blogs from the Browncoat extras, does it seem like Serenity is going to be more on the Sci-Fi end of the spectrum, as opposed to the Western side, like the TV show was, imho?

Rob



They do have a spaceship, I hear. The design stuff and extras sound like they're for a particular planet stop. Or hopefully some of it's for fleshing out the Serenity dashboard a bit, cortex functions and such. Also keep in mind that any more Western themed shot would more than likely require many less extras and much less computer design. And that they've done the outdoors shooting already (correct me if wrong?).

Even with that, it might be fair to say we'll see more sci-fi. *shrug* We'll see.

Radhil Trebors
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Thursday, July 15, 2004 5:05 AM

MRGREEN


Quote:

Originally posted by Radhil:
They do have a spaceship, I hear. The design stuff and extras sound like they're for a particular planet stop. Or hopefully some of it's for fleshing out the Serenity dashboard a bit, cortex functions and such. Also keep in mind that any more Western themed shot would more than likely require many less extras and much less computer design. And that they've done the outdoors shooting already (correct me if wrong?).

Even with that, it might be fair to say we'll see more sci-fi. *shrug* We'll see.

Radhil Trebors
Persona Under Construction



That is true. Alot of the 'westerny' shots would have been out doors, so would likely be finished already (though it only took them a couple weeks!) Anyways, I hope they keep the same blend of horses and spaceships, and all the other shiny FF western goodness than made the show so visually unique!

Rob

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Thursday, July 15, 2004 5:12 AM

PURPLEBELLY


And the Western demotic music, too. Serenity to the sound of french horns would seem bizarre

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Thursday, July 15, 2004 7:59 AM

SIKKUKUT


Yeah, I love the music of Firefly. Would love a soundtrack, actually, so I hope the music in the movie is close enough that that soundtrack satisfies.

Unfortunately, a few of the guys I'm showing it to have decided that a few of the chords sound exactly like the theme from the World Series of Poker. So we'll be watching, and then suddenly--

"CHRIS MONEYMAKER! TEXAS HOLD 'EM! ANYONE CAN WIN! IT'S THE WORLD SERIES OF POKER, 2004!"

Hi-larious.

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Thursday, July 15, 2004 12:03 PM

INFRA172


Does Universal own the rights to the Simpsons or something? If this is authentic, somebody's getting sued.

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Thursday, July 15, 2004 2:59 PM

HAPLO721


Only if it actually makes it into the BDM. I imagine it'll be covered up or something.

Early: You ever been raped, Kaylee?
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Thursday, July 15, 2004 4:43 PM

CONFEDERATE


The writing looks like Kanji, I thought it was used for both Japanese and some Chinese. Or that's what I gathered from watching "The Iron Chef".


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Thursday, July 15, 2004 4:52 PM

HAKEN

Likes to mess with stuffs.


Sorry guys, had to take down the Serenity production artwork image at the request of the Alliance.

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Thursday, July 15, 2004 10:09 PM

FREMDFIRMA


It's all cool, we completely understand.. spoiler value and alla that...

We could try to wrangle that into an "ok, so what CAN you share with us" conversation where we drag more goodies out of em tho ?

Hey, it's a thought.

-frem
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Friday, July 16, 2004 12:04 AM

PURPLEBELLY


Is it in the Memory Hole yet?

http://www.thememoryhole.org/index.htm

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Friday, July 16, 2004 7:58 AM

LEXIBLOCK


Quote:

Originally posted by Haken:
Sorry guys, had to take down the Serenity production artwork image at the request of the Alliance.



Why can't you tell us who asked?

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Friday, July 16, 2004 8:33 AM

HAKEN

Likes to mess with stuffs.


Quote:

Originally posted by LexiBlock:
Why can't you tell us who asked?



More fun this way? Through a third party, TPTB has requested that info of this type should not be released until we're closer to the release date, which is a fair.

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Sunday, July 18, 2004 2:48 AM

LEXIBLOCK


Fun? Not so much.

I'd just like to know if it was a laywer (screw em) or if it was Joss (oh well great leader :)

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Friday, October 14, 2005 7:09 PM

SAMWIBATT


Quote:

Originally posted by Haken:
Quote:

Originally posted by LexiBlock:
Why can't you tell us who asked?



More fun this way? Through a third party, TPTB has requested that info of this type should not be released until we're closer to the release date, which is a fair.



Is it now close enough to the release date? Or has this stuff shown up elsewhere?

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