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B5Scrolls has a new home.

Triple F

For those that already know about it, and downloaded a copy.

B5Scrolls has moved address, old bookmarks will throw back a 404. The new url is


When the site moved a few folk said they hadn’t realised it still gets updated. The current front page is dated 20th October 2013. If your copy doesn’t say that your missing a pile of production artwork, a new interview with the Emmy award winning Kevin Kutchaver – and possibly a fair bit more depending how old your copy is.

For those that don’t know what the buggery I’m talking about.

B5Scrolls was an exercise in learning to code a web page. More by accident than design it now holds a collection of sometimes very frank, revealing and occasionally funny interviews with 16 (mostly emmy award winning) FX artists, conceptualist and one producer who helped create the Babylon 5 television series.

It’s an ‘art of’ book in some respects, a technical manual and a behind the scenes peak into how some of the artists and technicians helped usher in the modern era of special effects (at least for television), and how B5 was almost like a proof of concept for a LOT of stuff that followed.

It covers a lot of technical and artistic ground and touches on other shows these guys have worked on – Firefly, the new BSG, ST:Voyager, etc.. Steve Burg, who designed the Prometheus for the Ridley Scott movie described what we talked about as the most in-depth examination of his methodology and approach to design ever carried out.

There’s too much to list here, but another large section is the previously unreleased production art which Steve Burg, Tim Earls, Luc Mayrand and a few others sent over. This image is (literally) a tiny selection of the hundreds of pieces on the site.


The whole thing is free to download and keep - no strings, costs, spyware or any other dipshit added, as anyone here who has already got a copy can confirm. Due to the range and type of information it ended up containing – I didn’t want all that to just disappear when the site inevitably goes black, hence the free download.

There’s also a facebook page to let folks find the site – I can only post on forums like this so much. ;) It covers a slightly wider range of topics as B5Scrolls focuses more on the FX, designs and CGI.


BTW. If you do decide to download a copy, and your on facebook, give the page a ‘like’ – you’d be doing others a favour, as it does increase the chances of people finding B5Scrolls when doing a google search.

It was, and I know this is a bit of a cliché, an overwhelming response by some of the fans…….. I was happy enough to let it go – with the 2 year server extension, it had a longer run than I’d expected……. Now I’m going to have to figure out what to do with 2 hours worth of previously unreleasd footage shot in the Optic Nerve studio. :)
Now I’m going to have to figure out what to do with 2 hours worth of previously unreleasd footage shot in the Optic Nerve studio. :)

Holy crap! Chop it up into two or three pieces and get it on YouTube. Exciting.
That’s probably what’s going to happen no matter what ends up on B5Scrolls. You’ve probably seen them already, but there’s two clips up on the facebook page. Everett dug out a whole pile of video covering a lot of projects he’s worked on, and amongst that was a couple of hours of B5 stuff. So he’s giving serious thought to putting some of it up on youtube……. The size of 2 hours worth of video is just too much to stick on the site (remembering it’s downloadable), so if I add anything it will probably be something like a half dozen choice bits.

Then again, thinking about it, B5Scrolls new home has unlimited bandwidth and a few gig of unused free space. Might need to check with who's hosting it now.
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Wow, F, that's awesome!

So are they scenes from particular episodes that didn't get used, or trimmed footage from either end of scenes we did see, or what?

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