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Behind the scenes of Space: Above and Beyond

When does Space: Above and Beyond air?
That all depends on you TV service. Since the show is ended, Fox no longer carries it. Some "specialty channels" have started to replay the series' 24 episodes. This includes the Sci-Fi Network in the United States and Space: The Imagination Station in Canada. Check your local listings for other possible stations.

Why can't I find new episodes of Space: Above and Beyond?
The series was cancelled in 1996 after only 24 episodes. Why? See Below.

Why was Space: Above and Beyond cancelled?
This was never clear. Since there are a lot of factors that go into a show, there are a lot of things that can make or break it. Most fans point to the poor original time slot, Sunday at 7pm, and bad marketing. In the end they didn't get the fan base needed to keep the show alive.

Are there plans for a second season of Space: Above and Beyond? Or a movie?
None at the present momment. When asked why they didn't make SPACE into a movie when the series was cancelled, Morgan and Wong pointed out that STARSHIP TROOPERS was just about to come out in theaters and would have been too similar.

Is Space: Above and Beyond a spin-off of the X-Files?
No, but there are three connections between S:AaB and the X-Files. First, they are both Fox shows. Second, they have both been co-produced by Morgan and Wong (thus, it can be expected that both shows are excellent, and this proves to be true). And lastly David Duchovny stared in both shows (he made a guest appears in S:AaB episode #20 - R&R).

Who are the producers of Space: Above and Beyond?
The show was created by James Wong and Glen Morgan, best known for their work on the Fox television show The X Files. Wong and Morgan have known each other since high school in San Diego, and have been writing partners since their days at Loyola Marymount University. After an "apprenticeship" at Sandy Howard Productions and writing their first feature "The Boys Next Door", they became writers on the short-lived series Knight Watch, thus beginning their television writing careers. Following Knight Watch's demise, they went to work for Stephen J. Cannell, working for Fox Broadcasting's first "hit" series 21 Jump Street, and it's spinoff Booker. Their additional television credits include co-creators and executive producers of the short-lived NBC series The 100 Lives of Black Jack Savage, and as supervising producers on Wiseguy and The Commish. They moved back to Fox to be co-executive producers of The X Files.

Who is on the production team?
Stephen Zito is the co-executive producer. He has previously worked on: McKenna, The Escape Artist, and MacGyver.
Tom Towler is the supervising producer.
Howard Grigsby is producer.
Tim McHugh is the visual effects producer, and a member of Area 51. He has helped set up Amblin Entertainment's special effects department, and served as SFX director for the SeaQuest DSV pilot.
Glenn Campbell is the visual effect supervisor, and a member of Area 51.
Bernard Hides is the production designer, and has worked on Brian de Palma's Casualties of War.
Tony Palmieri is the director of photography.

Who are the writers for the show?
Glen Morgan and James Wong
Howard Grigsby
Matt Kiene and Joe Reinkemeyer, who were staff writers for L.A. Law and story editors for Law and Order.
Marilyn Osborn, who contributed to The X Files.
Jule Selbo
Tom Towler
Richard Whitley
Steven Zito

Who produces the music/sound for the show?
Shirley Walker is the music director, whose previous credits include Batman: The Animated Series. Dave West Sound in L.A. is responsible for the sound effects mixing.

Who produces the special effects for the show?
The special effects are done by a company called Area 51, who handles all the computer generated scenes (which, frankly, are spectacular).

Hardware/Software (from Area 51):
We use DEC alpha PC's, running at 275 mhz, along with Pentium 133's. Our primary rendering engine is Newtek's Lightwave, which we use to generate most of our images. We also use Photoshop to produce our custom texture maps, Elastic Reality, WinImages fx, and Fractal Painter. We preview our animations on a Perception board, and lay the final animation off to Exabyte tape for transfer to DCT tape for final editing. Most of our compositing is handled by Lightwave, but we find it faster and easier to comp our bluescreen cockpit shots at Varitel Video.

Click here for an interview with Glenn Campbell of Area 51.

How much does each episode cost to make?
I have been quoted from a reliable source that each episode costs roughly 1.5 to 2 million US dollars to produce (that's the budget, anyway).

Are there any books dealing with Space: Above and Beyond?
There were no non-fiction books about the show published, but there are two novels, four youth novels, and five comic books. See our merchandise section for further description.

What is SPACE: 2063?
Space: 2063 is the same as Space: Above and Beyond. My understanding is that it was the original name for the series. Why 2063? That was the year when the war began in the show. However the show carried over into 2064 by the time it was cancelled.

Why is the first SPACE episode call "Pilot"?
It is refered to as "Pilot" or "The Pilot" because this is what the first episode in a series (or the series premier) is called. It doesn't actually have anything to do with flying.

What is the real name for the first episode?
The only time it was official refered to by any other name was for the youth novel when it was called "The Aliens Approach" but if there was another name used by the crew it is unknown to me.

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