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 hadnAâ€™t realised it still gets updated. The current front page is dated 20th October 2013. If your copy doesnAâ€™t say that your missing a pile of production artwork, a new interview with the Emmy award winning Kevin Kutchaver Aâ€“ and possibly a fair bit more from Ron Thornton and a few others depending how old your copy is.
For those that donAâ€™t know what the buggery IAâ€™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.
ItAâ€™s an Aâ€˜art ofAâ€™ 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 Aâ€“ 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.
ThereAâ€™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 dip**** added, as anyone here who has already got a copy can confirm. Due to the range and type of information it ended up containing Aâ€“ I didnAâ€™t want all that to just disappear when the site inevitably goes black, hence the free download.
ThereAâ€™s also a facebook page to let folks find the site Aâ€“ 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 Aâ€˜likeAâ€™ Aâ€“ youAâ€™d be doing others a favour, as it does increase the chances of people finding B5Scrolls when doing a google search.