Hello everyone, thanks for coming, you are here with Doug Aarniokoski
DAARNIOKOSKI> hi everyone!
TANSYHL> Hi! Were you a HL fan prior to the movie?
DAARNIOKOSKI> Only the first film. I hadn't seen 2 or 3 until I signed
GEMMA_MAC> Congratulations on you new deal with Dimension Films for
more movies. I can't wait to see endgame. What is it about the Highlander
story that intrigued you the most and how did it inspire your work on the
DAARNIOKOSKI> Immortality! I love the fact that in our day and age we
can make a movie about living forever. The fact that Lambert and Paul
coming together for the 1st time was huge for me.
PROZNDOLL> Hi Doug, where do you hail from, and was hl a tough movie to
make, location wise?
DAARNIOKOSKI> Hi. I'm from Northern California, Walnut Creek to be
exact. Tough as hell to make. We shot in Romania and the weather was a big
problem as was the language barrier.
If the opportunity presented itself, would you direct another Highlander
DAARNIOKOSKI> Hi underdog. For me "there can be only one" :)
I loved the story and working with the actor. I'm sure there will be a
pt.5 I've currently finished a screenplay that will be my next film and
I'm working on a 2nd one for right after. That's 2 yrs. and the fan
shouldn't have to wait that long for pt5
DAARNIOKOSKI> Dunknluvr--what's with the name? Something you want to
share with the group.
DUNKNLUVR> Hi! Doug. Have you seen the final version of the film? If so
are you pleased with it.
DAARNIOKOSKI> The film is going through one final "timing"
print before it's done, done, done.
DAARNIOKOSKI> hi Amandahl!
Amandahl > If you have the opportunity to work with any of the actor
again, who would it be and why?
DAARNIOKOSKI> I've written a part for Lambert in my current screenplay.
A killer villain.
CONREPJAN> Oh, that sounds fun!
LOVIEMACFRU> Hi Doug. Thanks for being with us this evening. What can
you share in respect to the difficulties of filming an action movie such
DAARNIOKOSKI> Hello Lovie--We really wanted the fight scenes to
ROCK! So we did extensive choreography and training. We just
wanted to take the fights to another level, and when you see the film I
think you'll be pleased. The Donny Yen fight is sweet!
DAARNIOKOSKI> No points taken away for spelling -- I'm typing as fast
as I can. I went to a public school. :)
CONREPJAN> that's ok, Doug....we won't tell your teachers.
Hi Doug, I'm Harmony. Let me begin by thanking you on behalf of Highlander
fans everywhere for playing such an integral part in bringing us this
movie. Given he difficulties you faced working in Romania, would you
consider filming there again?
DAARNIOKOSKI> NO WAY NO HOW...............In a word............NO! Life
is too short. The people are wonderful, but it's like trying to ice skate
up hill in terms of film making.
No question, just thanks for taking your time to be with us :)
DAARNIOKOSKI> Tell me where you all are from when you sign write in.
ANGELEYES53> Hi Doug I'm the Pubic Relations Person for Highlander Fan
Central *g* Central IL So did you discover a new favorite food in Romania?
KFP--The P had to be for Pigeon, it couldn't be Chicken. :) The Indian
food is great.
JOHNNY1015> Hi, Doug! John from Indiana here. Kell's apostles create
big potential for action. How do all those crazy new weapons work in the
DAARNIOKOSKI> We designed each weapon for the individual character.
They all have a martial arts background, except for the Bat with Nails.
That's my Road Warrior at Dodger Stadium touch. They certainly aren't you
parents old swords like your use to for the last 10 + yrs.
DAARNIOKOSKI> Johnny, the Kell dinning room sword sits on my desk--my
Shredded wheat has a new meaning in the Aarniokoski household. :)
Indeed it does.
LYRIAW> NO doubt
SBO > Hi Doug! Welcome to this corner of HL fandom! With this first big
directorial job behind you did you learn anything new that you did not
DAARNIOKOSKI> Yes the pollitical two step. Film making is a
passion--but it's a business first.
DUNCANSLADY> Can you tell us the running time for Endgame?
DAARNIOKOSKI> As I said we are still fine tuning, but it's under 90
minutes. It's a fast paced ride it'll feel like 30 minutes.
MERRIEGAIL> Merrie Gail from Seattle, evening, Mr. A.
MERRIEGAIL> The costumes in the flashbacks look very good. Were they
made in Romania?
DAARNIOKOSKI> Yes. All the costumes where designed and constructed in
Romania. They had about 50 people working fast and beautifully under the
supervision of Wendy Partridge. She also designed Texas Rangers. She's
LYRIAW> Doug can you tell us a little more on this new project you are
working on that has Christophe as the evil villain?
DAARNIOKOSKI> Can't give away too much. It's a thriller that is very
much in the vain of the Fugitive.
LYRIAW> sounds great!
CONREPJAN> Doug, I have an 8-year old son, well versed in all things
Highlander. This film carries an "R" rating. could he see it in
DAARNIOKOSKI> Cover his eyes or take him to the bathroom during the
love scenes. The are verrrrrry HOT. Other wise with parental guidance, I'd
say sure. Language isn't a problem, we were very aware of the bad words
and didn't use any.
thanks! He's very mature! LOL
JOHNNY1015> Doug, I interviewed Adrian Paul on Friday and he was afraid
the Kata didn't make the final cut, or if so only as "a sliver."
How much of it made it in?
DAARNIOKOSKI> There is a nice chunk--I'm hoping that on the DVD we'll
be able to show it in it's truest form.
LYRIAW> excellent, glad to hear it Doug
JOHNNY1015> ROCK ON! Thanks, Doug.
DAARNIOKOSKI> Johnny--that'll be in the mail as of tommorow pal--enjoy.
HIGHLANDMG> Wow, I just got here . thanks for coming here!
HIGHLANDMG> how was it filming in Romania?
DAARNIOKOSKI> MG what's up. and welcome. You must live in
LYRIAW> No Doubt
HIGHLANDMG> No, in Boston.
HIGHLANDMG> I could not find my way in
Romania was Haardddddddddddd. Wouldn't wish it apon anyone. Sorry.
JOHNNY1015> Have you been approached to do a DVD commentary for
"Endgame," Doug? And if not, who do I have to bribe at Miramax
to make it happen?
CONREPJAN> good question, Johnny! I'll sign that petition!
JOHNNY1015> I want this DVD so bad I can't see straight and I've not
even seen the movie yet. :)
DAARNIOKOSKI> No bribe needed. They are excited to due the commentary
and the Directors cut all in good time. I dig DVD's with comm. that's what
makes them so great
APROTTWEILER> Sorry, I just got in here then got a phone call. I'm
honored by your presence Mr. Director *g* Would you ever consider coming
to a Highlander Convention? I can assure you fans LOVE the "behind
the scenes people" almost as much as the stars. :) Well *almost *
DAARNIOKOSKI> The final result? You mean who ....... wins?
CONREPJAN> We don't want to know who wins, do we?? Just how the product
looks as a whole, perhaps?
DAARNIOKOSKI> Convention....you guys have those? No........:) kidding.
I was going to go to Denver but I was in London posting and it didn't work
out. so Yeah the next one.
LYRIAW> Thanks a lot Doug for your time, I think everyone here enjoyed
it. We will be logging your answers on this weeks updates. Anything else
you want to tell everyone?
DAARNIOKOSKI> The product looks amazing. I spent the day with Adrian
and the DP Doug Milsome and we all agree that it's going to be a kick ass
ride. So hold on.
Just one last thing Doug...
LYRIAW> I just wanted to tell you that when I talked to Adrian Friday
he had lots of really nice things to say about you.
DAARNIOKOSKI> Well the feeling are mutual. As we walked on the beach
with my wife and son we both reflected on how we really wanted to bring
something that the true fans will love. I hope we've done you all well.
CONREPJAN> and we will be there with *bells* on come Friday!
LYRIAW> Thanks again Doug and best wishes to your wife and son, We'll
be there in force on Friday.
DAARNIOKOSKI> We made this for you. Not us not the big company YOU.
CONREPJAN> Thanks, again, Doug!
APROTTWEILER> We certainly hope it is great because my group is
planning on seeing it 8 times the first two days *g*
LYRIAW> Thanks Doug, we hope you'll stop in again sometime
DAARNIOKOSKI> Goodbye to all. See you Friday night.
CONREPJAN> Peace be with you!
LYRIAW> See ya
ANGELEYES53> Night Doug! Til Friday!
JOHNNY1015> Thanks, Doug! Your dedication to Highlander and its fans
will no doubt shine as brightly as your talent on Friday night! Peace.
LYRIAW> thanks Doug, for everything!
LYRIAW> We'll be here with bells on
DAARNIOKOSKI> Thanks Johnny 1015
Thanks for doing this for us!
JOHNNY1015> Thanks to everyone for coming ... this movie will ROCK!
"Highlander: Endgame," a Doug Aarniokoski film starring Adrian
Paul and Christopher Lambert, in a theater near YOU on Friday!