Tales From the Fringe at MSN

My visit to the set of Fringe is now featured on MSN’s “Parallel Universe,” a section dedicated to genre movie and TV.

Nina Sharp's office - this cool set is actually a very cold set

They may look warm and solid on TV, but walking through the sets of “Fringe” as the production wraps the final eight episodes of the season, all I can think is how cold it is. It’s winter in Vancouver and all the sets are in big, unheated warehouses. One complex houses Massive Dynamics, a maze of hallways and offices and laboratories that look they’ve been suddenly evacuated in the midst of activity. There’s no shooting here today so me and a small group of TV journalists are ushered through a quick tour. Quietly, because the sturdy walls of America’s most successful research and development firm are little more than plywood, canvas and paint and there’s a scene underway in the next set over. In between takes I get a chance to talk with a few cast members who have the day off.

Nina Sharp’s office is the showcase room of this set, a cavernous space of acute angles with a lone desk in the corner and a huge picture window carved pitched diagonally in the opposite wall with a view of the New York skyline, which turns out to be a giant photo blow-up. Appropriately enough, that’s where I sit down with Blair Brown, who plays the show’s corporate uber-villain. “Is she a villain? I don’t know. I think she has her moments.” Fair enough. We’ve seen some different sides to the powerful Ms. Sharp this season, including still-unexplored histories with Olivia and Peter and even Agent Broyles. And Brown clearly relishes the role a woman who likes to be “the smartest person in the room.” In this company, that’s no mean feat.

Read the complete feature here.

My complete interview with John Noble is on Parallax View here.

Author: seanax

I write the weekly newspaper column Stream On Demand and the companion website (www.streamondemandathome.com). I’m a contributing writer for Turner Classic Movies Online, Keyframe, Independent Lens, and Cinephiled, and the editor of Parallax View (www.parallax-view.org).. I’ve written for The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, The Seattle Weekly, GreenCine.com, Senses of Cinema, Asian Cult Cinema, and Psychotronic Video, among other publications, and I am a contributing editor to Parallax View.

I currently live and work in Seattle, Washington, with my two cats, Hammet and Chandler.

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