Caprica – Trivia

Caprica Trivia

Caprica Trivia

Esai Morales plays the father of Edward James Olmos’s character from Battlestar Galactica. They had worked together on My Family and The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit (1998).

The role of “Cyrus”, Daniel Greystone’s right hand man, was originally written for a ‘hot twenty something’, but Eric Stoltz saw Hiro Kanagawa’s audition tape (for another role) and asked that he be cast instead.

A key plot component of this series is Daniel Graystone’s search for the soul of his murdered daughter Zoe. Graystone is portrayed by Eric Stoltz, who also appeared in Killing Zoe.

The paper computers used regularly in the series are created by using a version of the same motion-capture technology used to base CGI characters on the movements of real actors. In this case, a sheet of paper covered with a grid of dots is used by the actors. CGI is then able the superimpose the “computer” image onto the paper, even allowing the image to bend and move like real paper when touched, because a real piece of paper was the basis for the model. This is particularly effective in the pilot, when agent Durham gives a *folded* paper screen to Amanda.

Projection of computerized data onto real objects, and having the data interact with (e.g. “stay glued on”) physical objects, is under development in real life. For example, Pranav Mistry demonstrated this type of technology in TED in 2009, under the name “The Sixth Sense”.

The Tauronese language is actually ancient Greek.

A practical animatronic Cylon U-87 robot prop was built for this series, at a cost of over $100,000. This was used in many of the scenes where the actors physically interact the robot while it is standing still or relatively motionless.

CAMEO(Ronald D. Moore): The series co-creator, writer, producer has a cameo as the “pavaratti”-esque man singing the Caprican National Anthem before the fateful game.

The super thick trifocal glasses Minister Chamber wears are identical to those worn by Dr. Tyrell in Blade Runner. The Galactica franchise which led to Caprica has often paid homage to this film.

The V-club was set in the same Vancouver theater that served as the hallucinated opera house in Battlestar Galactica.

The University of British Columbia served as the exterior of the Athenian Academy.

Defense Minister Chambers’ office was in the law school of Simon Fraser University.

The paper computer was something Naren Shankar, who’d been Ronald D. Moore’s college roommate and coworker on Star Trek: The Next Generation, had posited in college.

SPOILER: Near the end of the episode, Joseph “Adams” speaks to his son, William, about their Tauron heritage, and their real surname, Adama. As the two hug, the incidental music plays “Wander My Friends”, which was introduced in “Battlestar Galactica” (2004) {The Hand of God (#1.10)}, and became a recurring leitmotif used to highlight pivotal moments for Lee “Apollo” Adama (William’s future son) in Battlestar Galactica.

The only Colonies that are mentioned are Caprica (where action takes place), Tauron and Gemenon. Sagittaron is mentioned by Sister Clarice Willows in a deleted scene, where she also states there are Twelve Colonies (as we know from Battlestar Galactica).

Hecate, the goddess of Underworld, is mentioned by Lacy. Unlike other Greek gods, Hecate has never been mentioned before in Battlestar Galactica.

When Daniel and Joseph are sitting in the diner, across the street there is an establishment called Yagger’s. Yagger’s is an actually restaurant and sports bar located in Vancouver, Bristish Columbia; where Caprica and Battlestar Galactica are filmed. The original logo and style of the letters on the awning are kept.

Human beings have apparently received a major upgrade between the original DVD release of the pilot episode and it’s subsequent broadcast on SyFy. Originally, the contents of the human mind were stated to be only approximately 300 megabytes of data. In the newer version, this has been changed to 100 terabytes via the magic of a cutaway to cover footage in which Zoe is seen from behind.

When Daniel Graystone is working in his home lab, a computer screen to his left has a touch-screen keyboard showing the letters “ETAOIN SHRDLU” in upper case, then again in lower case underneath. These twelve letters are, in order, the most commonly used letters in the English language.

Although the original DVD release is an extended version of the film, containing several scenes edited from the SyFy broadcast version, the broadcast version is different in its own way: between the DVD release and the TV broadcast, some scenes were enhanced or replaced digitally. The broadcast version contains several “cut” scenes (footage to make a transition or “cut” between scenes) showing an aerial view of Caprica City. Most significantly, the broadcast version shows the exterior of Atlas stadium to have an open roof; the scene where Graystone and the Adamas are viewing the game was re-edited and digitally altered to incorporate this.

In an interview on SiFi Talk, Alessandra Torresani stated that Paula Malcomson was so reluctant to do the angry scene that required her to slap Alessandra, that both she and the director had to talk her into it. When the scene was filmed, Paula was so angry, she accidentally tore out a chunk of Alessandra’s hair extensions and slapped her so hard she had a hand print on her face for the rest of the day.

The black police van is a Mitsubishi L300 Delica. These are grey-market vehicles in Canada.

According to the official Caprica podcast, the bedroom scene between Daniel and Amanda Graystone is actually a composite of two separate scenes. If you look closely, Amanda’s wardrobe changes between some shots.

As of this episode, Ronald D. Moore and Remi Aubuchon are no longer listed as “developers” but as “creators”.

On the dashboard of Sam’s car is a toy bull. Sam is from Tauron, which is based on the zodiac sign of taurus — the bull.

When Philomon is choosing music (just before he dances with the Zoe cylon), a brief moment of the “Colonial Anthem” (the theme from Battlestar Galactica (1978)) is heard.

SPOILER: At the beginning of act 2, Heracles and Tamara are back in the hotel. They watch her v-wound heal, and he demonstrates how he can use Big Kid’s stolen avatar. The identity switch was done using an old-fashioned technique: the camera simply looks away for a moment, and the actors swap places (a sound effect helps fill in the gaps). The healing wound, however, was very high-tech: Genevieve Buechner had a grid of dots placed on her chest, to allow the computer to perform proper motion tracking. During post-production, not only was the wound added, but all of the dots had to be digitally “erased”. This was made even more complicated by the fact that the scene was filmed as a single uncut tracking shot, meaning that the erasure had to be done for roughly 3000 more frames after the wound effect was complete.

The opening teaser for this episode shows a scene on Tauron — the first time that colony has been seen in the Galactica universe, and only the third colony actually visited (along with Caprica, Picon was seen in The Plan (2009/I) (V)).

The design of the fighter planes that Zoe and Philomon fly in the simulator is a modified version of the Vipers from Battlestar Galactica. Inside the cockpit, the flight control stick is exactly the same.



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