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Ghostbusters PDF eBook Preservation Project - Starburst Magazine

PermalinkBy Paul Rudoff on Mar. 10, 2012 at 5:49 AM , Categories: Ghostbusters 1, Books
A nice vintage magazine has been preserved this time around. On the Ghostbusters Books page you can now find a PDF ebook containing all of the Ghostbusters articles from the December 1984 issue of Starburst magazine. All of the "Making of Ghostbusters" articles were written by Randy and Jean-Marc Lofficier. If those names sound familiar, that's because they would later write The Real Ghostbusters episodes "The Headless Motorcyclist" and "The Ghostbusters In Paris".

Mucho thanks to Lee Taylor for providing the scans from his magazine (it took me three years and four months, but I finally got it on the site) and, as always, Matthew Jordan for the clean-up and restoration of the scans. Oh, yeah, for those playing along at home... Richard Roy now has up to issue #11 (ELEVEN!) of NOW's The Real Ghostbusters comic books in the Ectocontainment's Comics section. So go check that out when you're done here.

Finally, there are four images from this issue of Starburst magazine that I thought were worth uploading separately from the magazine to the Spook Central Facebook page. Some of the old-timers will recognize some of these from when Bill Emkow had them on his site. Yes, that's adult film legend Ron Jeremy on the left in the second image. Yes, a pornstar appears in an official Ghostbusters production photo :-)

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Shot On Site - Taking The Scenic Route To The Museum

PermalinkBy Paul Rudoff on Mar. 9, 2012 at 11:30 PM , Categories: Ghostbusters 2, Filming Locations , Tags: shot-on-site
Well, how about that? Two Shot on Site articles in one year! It's about time I started picking up the pace. This was an easy one because the movie itself actual gives away half of the location!

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Interview With Jina Bacarr, Writer Of Unproduced Real Ghostbusters Script

PermalinkBy Paul Rudoff on Mar. 4, 2012 at 11:00 PM , Categories: Real Ghostbusters, Cast & Crew
Image Back in 2003 I was working on a project that involved writing to the cast and crew of the various Ghostbusters projects. While on the Writers Guild of America website I saw a listing for Jina Bacarr with The Real Ghostbusters listed as one of her credits. Now, I knew that her name never appeared on any of the episodes that aired, and a Real Ghostbusters credit doesn't appear in her Internet Movie Database filmography, so I e-mailed her to find out more. As it turns out, she wrote an episode of The Real Ghostbusters that was never produced, but was used for a more important cause. Here are excerpts from the e-mails I exchanged with Jina to explain more.

WHAT THE EPISODE WAS TITLED

I looked through my list of credits and I did find the title: "Funny You Should Scream".

WHAT THE EPISODE WAS ABOUT

If I remember correctly it was about a weird dude, a Dr. Teufel (meaning devil) who runs a carnival and traps kids in his Fun House a la Pied Piper.

WHY IT IS HISTORICALLY SIGNIFICANT

Unfortunately, my script was never produced. The story behind the story is that my edited script (my story editor was J. Michael (Joe) Straczynski) was donated to the "cause" when we (the Animation Writers) were fighting with the labor board for recognition to be admitted into the WGA. Joe had to prove to the board that story editing and writing co-existed in the world of animation as it does in episodic television writing (since the 1930s, animation writers were "required" to belong to the Cartoonists Guild). My Ghostbusters script helped to establish that precedent.

I am proud that I was able to contribute my Ghostbusters script to help our (Animation Writers) case, which resulted in animation writers finally being recognized by the WGA through the Animation Writers Caucus.

WHERE THE SCRIPT IS NOW

My original script with any editing done by Joe is sitting in a bank vault somewhere where all "legal evidence" spends eternity.

I probably have a copy somewhere, but truthfully, I'm working on a book right now and don't have the extra time to search for it through my own "vault." That script was written on an old computer and 5 inch floppy which "don't work no more."

BUT SHE *STILL* GOT PAID!

Yes, I did write one episode -- I rec'd a contract and the fee at that time for writing one episode ($3,000).

HER FEELINGS ON JMS!

Joe is one of my favorite people. One of the "good guys" in the biz.
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