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LAX-Files: Behind the Scenes with the Los Angeles Cast and Crew Paperback – December 7, 2010
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Author Erica Fraga spent the better part of the past two years planning, organizing, interviewing, traveling, writing, editing, negotiating, restructuring, and publishing to create this book about the experiences of The X-Files cast and crew during their years filming in Los Angeles. She located and photographed many of the sites and sets that appear in seasons six through nine and the feature film Fight the Future.
Even more compelling for the show's deep viewers and the core of fans that keeps up with the work and goings on of the XF alumni are Erica's interviews with and about almost every leading (and many supporting) member of the XF production team, including Chris Carter, Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny, and Frank Spotnitz. These interviews go way beyond the usual interview fair of celebrity interviews, providing personal stories that make it clear that this is a group of people that worked unfathomably hard to create the best and most artistic story possible, and realized, either then or now, that what they were doing had meaning and purpose in the world and in the imaginations of viewers from many walks of life.
This book, too, has a special meaning and purpose beyond its popular content. The death of X-Files director Kim Manners in January 2009 and the personal and professional losses of those that knew and worked with him inspired Erica to assemble her idea for a fun, fan-oriented XF Southern California filming locations book with cast and crew discussions and memories of Kim and of working with him during the Los Angeles years as well as earlier years filming in Vancouver. Erica's LAX-FILES book is a tribute and an outlet for expression from Kim's colleagues and friends, and 100 % of the profits from the book's sales are going into fundraising for the American Cancer Society in memory of Kim Manners and in honor of his family.
I have to give recognition to Melanie Muller, graphic designer extraordinaire, who created the fantastic and thematically brilliant cover for this book. Glimpses of memorable filming locations blended into the transcendent, shining "X" over the dusty purple seascape/icescape so perfectly reflect timeless spiritual sensibilities evoked in the X-Files story. I could go on and on and on....
One last thing: Despite my very serious and profuse carrying on about this beautiful book, it is, in fact, a fun read. I laughed, chuckled, and knee-slapped many a time just perusing various anecdotes before engaging in my first serious read. Good times, people! Check it out.
This book is a labor of love dedicated to the memory of the late, great Kim Manners, a director without whom The X-Files probably wouldn't be as iconic as it is today. Erica Fraga has compiled a loving assortment of memories, related by cast, crew and fan alike, chronicling the Los Angeles era of the show. Sadly, 20th Century Fox nixed the use of many of the private photographs that had been donated to the project, so Kim Manners isn't featured as prominently as originally intended. Still, it's a great compilation and all proceeds from the book are going to The American Cancer Society at the request of the family of Kim Manners. I can't think of a better tribute.
What about the content, you ask? Everyone from David Duchovny to Prop Guy #2 gets a chance to wax nostalgic over the best TV show ever. The stories are alternatively touching, revealing and funny. Here's a fun excerpt from a fan working as an extra on the episode Hollywood A.D.:
"David came in dressed in a tux and looking fabulous," recalls Little Star. "He told us the plot of the episode and then showed us part of The Lazarus Bowl. It didn't have sound so David narrated it for us. David told us to react to the movie as if it's the greatest movie we'd ever seen. David was great as a director but someone should have told the Assistant Director (AD) that David is a very personal director. Before a scene, David addressed all the extras himself and told us exactly what to do. He then disappeared behind the monitors to watch the scene being filmed. The AD then came out and gave us the exact same instructions. While he was still talking to us, David stepped out from behind the monitors and watched the AD with a bemused smile. When the AD finished, David stepped forward again to address us and said, `So on this one...' everyone started laughing at the prospect of hearing the same thing for a third time."
This isn't only a memory book, though. If you've ever thought of taking an X-Files road trip, this is your guide. All of the filming locations that remain are documented with photos and/or addresses. Some locations have already gone the way of the Dodo and those get honorable mentions.
Bottom line? For those of us who never had the chance to visit the set of The X-Files, now we know what it was like.
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Awsome job Erica ! Thank you for this wonderful book !
Escencial y especial para fans de la serie con muchos datos curiosos y excelentes anecdotas.Read more