Michael Rymer

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Overview

Full Names: Michael Rymer

D.O.B: 1963, Melbourne, Australia

Spouse: ?

Children: ?

Position: Director

BSG Credits: Mini-Series, 33, Kobol's Last Gleaming, Part I, Kobol's Last Gleaming, Part II

Biographical Notes

Michael Rymer was born in Melbourne, Australia. but completed his studies in film at the University of Southern California, where his abilities in writing, producing and directing short films earned him the Warner Communications Scholarship for Directing in 1987. Following this, he wrote two plays, Darkness at Noon and Ensenada before he returned to Australia to work on a number of films, initially as a production co-ordinator and as a writer. He made his directorial debut in 1995's "Angel Baby", which premiered at Robert Redford's Sundance Film Festival, and won a total of seven Australian Film Institute Awards including Best Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay. Rymer also won the Australian Film Critics Circle Award for Best Director, and the Writers' Guilde of America award for Best Original Screenplay.

In 1997, he returned to the United States, where he wrote and directed "Allie and Me", following it up with two directorial stints with In Too Deep (1999) and the less-than-stellar "Purfume" (2001), described as an improvisational film.

In 2002 he helmed "Queen of the Damned", the sequel to 1994's "Interview with the Vampire" before taking the director's chair for the pilot episode of UPN's television series, "Haunted". From here he moved onto the new Battlestar Galactica production.

Rymer and BSG

A self-confessed science-fiction fan, Rymer was not given to wtaching the original series, and didn't make a point of viewing it when he took the assignment, noting:

"The thing that pulled me in was the script. I had just had a very intense year working on my first big - budget studio film, which was Queen of the Damned, and after that I told my agent and manager, 'I just want to do a character piece, with people talking in rooms. I don't want to do anything with special effects or big set - pieces.' So the next script I get is Battlestar Galactica, and I just said to them, 'What are you thinking?' But they told me to read it, I agreed and I just couldn't put the script down. I loved the characters and the realism of the piece, and I just said, 'OK, once more unto the breach!'"

Such was his enthusiasm for the new series that he worked closely with writer / producer [[Moore, Ronald D.|Ronald D. Moore] and Emile Smith of Zoic Studies on pre-visualisation for the Mini-Series, setting out much of what has become the show's visual and vital style.

Given his intimate involvment with the mini, Rymer was a natural choice to helm the opening episode of the first season, 33, and to handle both parts of the season's climactic episode, "Kobol's Last Gleamng" Part I and Part II.

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