View Full Version : GTMF '05 - Trivia

03-18-2005, 11:35 AM

Continuing The Great Tierra de los Meurtos Fest '05, here I have a few little known facts about the classic Nightlight series.

http://x2.putfile.com/3/7610321688.jpgTierra de los Muertos was originally named 'Tales from the land of the Dead', and then 'Dia de los Muertos' (Day of the Dead).
http://x2.putfile.com/3/7610321688.jpgMost of the character's names have meanings in Spanish. 'Huesos' is 'bones', 'Red Encion' is 'redemption', while 'Valora DeCazador' is a crude form of 'Treasure Hunter'. 'La Parca' means Mr. Death.
http://x2.putfile.com/3/7610321688.jpgOne line which escaped all script rewrites was Number Two comparing Death's capabilities as a villain to that of his employer, Darth Vapour. Darth Vapour was the villain in a radio series titled Lost Cause which was written before Tierra de los Muertos, but was recorded later.
http://x2.putfile.com/3/7610321688.jpgWhile recording the charge for the two feet tall pygmy headhunters, if you listen carefully you can hear Stuart Moncrieff (Death) saying 'Head, head, gotta get some head. Want some head? Yep, want some head.' Being headhunters, he meant it literally.
http://x2.putfile.com/3/7610321688.jpgTwo lines obviously borrowed from elsewhere was the ever popular 'He's dead, where else is he going to go, Detroit?' from South Park, and part of the speech by the computer at the end from the Genie in Aladdin.
http://x2.putfile.com/3/7610321688.jpgTierra de los Muertos was actually recorded twice: once in September 2001, and a final recording in March 2002. The September recording wasn't used due to the over modulating in one of the actor's voice, and by the time the final recording took place all the characters had changed actor.
http://x2.putfile.com/3/7610321688.jpgThere are two references to Star Wars in this radio series. One is said by Number Two, a rather obvious 'galaxy far far away'. The other is a line by Miguel Huesos, which is much more subtle.
http://x2.putfile.com/3/7610321688.jpgThe last two parts of the series make constant references to a river so wide, which is too hard to cross. This is a reference to the Billy Joel song 'In the Middle of the Night', and the original script actually called for two of the characters to sing part of it. It's on a minidisc somewhere in my closet.
http://x2.putfile.com/3/7610321688.jpgAlthough it's never stated, the stargate that Number Two uses at the start of the radio series is indeed from the TV series 'Stargate'. Up until final editing, one of his lines consisted of 'Colonel O'Neill?! Where the heck did the tour group go!?'

P.S. These are the words of 8 of 12. I don't actually have the minidisc in my closet.
P.P.S. 8 of 12, if you would rather save these types of things for extras on the up and coming *fingers crossed* CD, I can stop using my 'sources' and save the surprises.

03-18-2005, 12:30 PM
Very nice work! Its like a timewarp :)
Lately Rabbit, you givin nightlight the right spot ;)
I appreciate your effort, if this even mean something to you.


03-18-2005, 01:35 PM
Thanks Sal. I'm just trying to give the first forum I ever posted on a new lease of life. And it's great for me remembering the good ol' days. Not that the future isn't bright.

03-18-2005, 02:32 PM
Great stuff. The bit about the second version being recorded is particularly interesting. What does "over modulating in one of the actor's voice" mean, though?

03-20-2005, 02:08 AM
Overmodulating means that the microphones were turned up too much, and you get that top end distortion effect when people talk too loudly or too close to a microphone. Technical term :)