Back on March 18-20th, Geek Hard got the chance to attend the Toronto ComiCon at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. It was a weekend full of fun with celebs, comic creators and convention goers. The great thing about the show is the variety in the guests and events. If you’re a fan of classic genre films and television, they got you covered. If you’re a fan of current genre t.v. like Dark Matter and Killjoys, they’ve got you covered. If you love comics, there’s a chance to meet the artists and writers from your childhood as well as the the creators of today all in one place. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be releasing videos from our time at the event, showcasing some of the best of what Toronto ComiCon had to offer.
This week, we bring you the extended cut of Mr. Green’s interview with Jonathan Frakes. Jonathan was a delight to chat with as he reminisced about his time on Star Trek: TNG and gave his insight into the differences of directing a sci-fi show now compared to the way it was done in the past. Here’s a quick bio on Jonathan:
Jonathan Frakes played roguish Commander William T. Riker in the TV and film versions of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-94). Frakes started his acting career on the New York stage, but in the late 1970s re-located to southern California to work in television. After a string of guest spots on top prime time programs, he landed the role of Riker, the impetuous Starfleet loverboy second in command to Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart). As the series went on, Frakes found his way behind the camera to direct several episodes, and after the series ended he directed the feature films Star Trek: First Contact (1996, with James Cromwell) and Star Trek: Insurrection (1998). He continues to act and do voice work, but in recent years has worked mostly as a director of television and film. He directed several episodes of TV’s Roswell (1999-2002) and the feature films Clockstoppers (2002) and Thunderbirds (2004, with Vanessa Anne Hudgens). In 2006 he taught film direction at Rockport College in Maine.
Check out Mr. Green’s interview with Jonathan Frakes below.
Be sure to keep checking in with us in the coming weeks for more great video adventures from the Toronto ComiCon, including interviews with The Cast of Killjoys, comic creators Jim Shooter and Michael Walsh and even extended interviews with some of the folks you just saw. You won’t want to miss any of it! Subscribe to our Youtube Channel to ensure you don’t miss an update!
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