Last year Syfy took a brief return trip to the world of its deep-space (and deep-thinking) epic Battlestar Galactica with the prequel Blood and Chrome. Originally conceived as a two-hour pilot, Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome was ultimately released as an online series of ten 12-minute acts. Now the whole two-hour movie is set for an unrated, uncut edition on Blu-ray and DVD, which will be released this Tuesday.
Blood and Chrome takes place during the First Cylon War and features an origin story for BSG’s Admiral William Adama. In this prequel, young Adama, recently graduated from the Academy, is assigned to the newest battlestar in the Colonial fleet – none other than Galactica itself. The eager young lieutenant soon finds himself at odds with his co-pilot, battle-weary Coker Fasjovik (Ben Cotton), who is eight weeks away from the end of his tour of duty.
Visual effects for Blood and Chrome were pulled off with digital reconstructions of Galactica, using scans made of the original sets before they were dismantled. Check out an EW exclusive featurette on the project’s effects below. Then read on for our chat with Cotton about how he crafted his character, his experience with Blood and Chrome’s visual effects and what advice he has for BSG actress Katee Sackoff as she enters the Chronicles of Riddick franchise, which he starred in eight years ago.
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