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BeastMaster: :  -- The sword and sorcery adventures of a wandering adventurer who has the ability to communicate with animals.


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9 October 1999 (USA) See more »
The sword and sorcery adventures of a wandering adventurer who has the ability to communicate with animals. Full summary »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 4 of 53)
Jackson Raine ... Tao (65 episodes, 1999-2002)

Daniel Goddard ... Dar (65 episodes, 1999-2002)

Steven Grives ... King Zad / ... (32 episodes, 1999-2002)

Monika Schnarre ... The Sorceress #1 (29 episodes, 1999-2002)

Series Directed by
Michael Offer (3 episodes, 1999)
Ian Gilmour (1 episode, 2000)

Peter Andrikidis (unknown episodes)
Brendan Maher (unknown episodes)
Catherine Millar (unknown episodes)
Raymond Quint (unknown episodes)
Series Writing credits
Andre Norton (66 episodes, 1999-2002)
Daniel Goddard (6 episodes, 2000-2002)
Dawn Ritchie (4 episodes, 1999-2000)
Steve Feke (3 episodes, 1999-2001)
Charles Lazer (3 episodes, 2001-2002)
Jim Henshaw (2 episodes, 2000-2001)
William Gray (2 episodes, 2001)

Sarah Dodd (unknown episodes)
Edwina Follows (unknown episodes)
Tracey Forbes (unknown episodes)
Damian Kindler (unknown episodes)
Scott Kraft (unknown episodes)
Larry Lalonde (unknown episodes)
Paul Pepperman (unknown episodes)
Steven Whitney (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Brett Popplewell .... producer (64 episodes, 1999-2002)
Charles Lazer .... executive producer / co-executive producer (22 episodes, 2001-2002)
Greg Coote .... executive producer (2 episodes, 1999)
Carey Hayes .... supervising producer (2 episodes, 1999)
Chad Hayes .... supervising producer (2 episodes, 1999)
Jeffrey L. Hayes .... executive producer (2 episodes, 1999)
Dawn Ritchie .... co-producer (2 episodes, 1999)
Sylvio Tabet .... executive producer (2 episodes, 1999)

Jim Henshaw .... supervising producer (unknown episodes, 2000-2001)
Connie Dolphin .... coordinating producer (unknown episodes)
Allan Eastman .... executive producer (unknown episodes)
Steve Feke .... executive producer (unknown episodes)
Jeffrey M. Hayes .... executive producer (unknown episodes)
Series Original Music by
Graeme Coleman (64 episodes, 1999-2002)
Series Cinematography by
Mark Wareham (2 episodes, 1999)
Series Film Editing by
Geoffrey Lamb (9 episodes, 2000-2001)
Craig Webster (5 episodes, 1999-2000)
Bruce Lange (2 episodes, 1999)

Dean Balser (unknown episodes)
Series Casting by
Eve Brandstein (unknown episodes)
Maura Fay (unknown episodes)
Series Production Design by
Stewart Burnside (2 episodes, 1999)
Series Art Direction by
Daryl Porter (unknown episodes)
Series Set Decoration by
Mandy Willaton (unknown episodes)
Series Makeup Department
Lisa Sheehan .... key hair stylist: second unit / key makeup artist: second unit / ... (43 episodes, 2000-2002)
Paige Badenoch .... additional makeup artist (7 episodes, 2002)

Rick Findlater .... makeup designer (unknown episodes)
Sue Laidlaw .... makeup supervisor (unknown episodes)
Series Production Management
John Kerns .... post-production supervisor (43 episodes, 1999-2001)
Paul Ackerley .... post-production supervisor (22 episodes, 2001-2002)

Darryl Sheen .... executive in charge of production (unknown episodes)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marc Ashton .... second assistant director (22 episodes, 2001-2002)
Timothy Wood .... third assistant director: second unit dailies (22 episodes, 2001-2002)
Wade Savage .... first assistant director (11 episodes, 1999-2000)
Andrew Power .... first assistant director: second unit (8 episodes, 2002)
Dean Mountford .... third assistant director (2 episodes, 1999-2000)

Liz Tan .... first assistant director: second unit (unknown episodes, 2002)
Liam Branagan .... second assistant director (unknown episodes)
Darwin Brooks .... third assistant director (unknown episodes)
Series Art Department
Daniel Birt .... set dresser (65 episodes, 1999-2002)
John Andersen .... stand-by props (44 episodes, 1999-2001)
Daniella Rigby .... art coordinator (22 episodes, 2000-2001)

Manuel Castillo .... set dresser (unknown episodes)
Stuart Polkinghorne .... stand-by props (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
Vic Kaspar .... adr mixer (66 episodes, 1999-2002)
Steven Eberhard .... assistant dialogue editor (16 episodes, 1999-2000)
Kristian Abell .... assistant sound editor (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
John Elliot .... foley artist (8 episodes, 2000)
Dallas Johnson .... adr recordist (5 episodes, 2000-2002)

Eric Apps .... sound re-recording mixer (unknown episodes)
Matt Connolly .... adr recordist (unknown episodes)
Christian T. Cooke .... sound re-recording mixer (unknown episodes)
Jane Crawford .... assistant audio editor (unknown episodes)
Erik Culp .... sound re-recording mixer (unknown episodes)
Tony Currie .... sound editor (unknown episodes)
Joseph Doane .... assistant dialogue editor (unknown episodes)
David Evans .... sound effects editor (unknown episodes)
Paul Germann .... sound effects editor (unknown episodes)
Jack Heeren .... sound re-recording mixer (unknown episodes)
Stefan Kluka .... adr recordist (unknown episodes)
Martin Lee .... sound re-recording mixer (unknown episodes)
Kirk Lynds .... foley recordist (unknown episodes)
Brent Pickett .... first assistant sound effects editor (unknown episodes)
Dino Pigat .... sound re-recording mixer (unknown episodes)
David Rose .... sound re-recording mixer (unknown episodes)
Randy Wilson .... adr mixer / foley recordist (unknown episodes)
Series Special Effects by
Gulliver Page .... special effects technician (22 episodes, 1999-2000)

Matt Sloan .... lead animatronic technician (unknown episodes)
Series Visual Effects by
Mark Palowich .... cg animator (22 episodes, 1999-2000)
Che Spencer .... vfx: line producer (22 episodes, 1999-2000)

Randy Vellacott .... visual effects supervisor (unknown episodes, 1999-2000)
Larry Adlon .... digital compositor (unknown episodes)
Mark Chong .... digital artist (unknown episodes)
Graham Cunningham .... animator / digital artist: Calibre Digital Pictures (unknown episodes)
Peter Denomme .... visual effects producer (unknown episodes)
Simon Dye .... compositor (unknown episodes)
Michael Halley .... senior animator (unknown episodes)
Gudrun Heinze .... digital compositor (unknown episodes)
Ariel Joson .... visual effects (unknown episodes)
Lon Molnar .... senior animator (unknown episodes)
Brent Pate .... digital compositor (unknown episodes)
Mike Pieczonka .... senior animator / texture painter (unknown episodes)
Matt Schofield .... matte painter (unknown episodes)
Rainy Venne .... Flame artist (unknown episodes)
Steve Wittmann .... 3D animator (unknown episodes)
Series Stunts
Jeff Prewett .... stunt double: Lead (44 episodes, 1999-2001)
Craig Dunn .... stunt performer (22 episodes, 1999-2000)
Kyle Gardiner .... stunt double: Daniel Goddard (22 episodes, 2001-2002)
Haydn Dalton .... stunt performer (14 episodes, 1999-2002)
Ric Anderson .... stunts (13 episodes, 1999-2001)
Ryctor .... stunt double: Lead (13 episodes, 1999-2001)
Keir Beck .... stunt performer (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
Leon Stripp .... stunt performer (3 episodes, 1999-2000)
Steve Harman .... stunts (3 episodes, 2002)
Nick McKinless .... stunts (2 episodes, 1999-2000)
Brit Sooby .... stunts (2 episodes, 2000-2001)

Danny Baldwin .... stunt coordinator (unknown episodes)
Sue Baldwin .... stunt department coordinator (unknown episodes)
Simon Burnett .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Alex Kuzelicki .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Angela Moore .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Sheree Swords .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Dan Maxwell .... first assistant camera (22 episodes, 1999-2000)
Alan Willis .... lighting technician (22 episodes, 1999-2000)
Ricky Schamburg .... first assistant camera: second unit (22 episodes, 2000-2001)
Daniel Clark .... first assistant camera (22 episodes, 2001-2002)
Phil Cross .... director of photography: second unit (18 episodes, 1999-2000)
Rodrigo Vidal-Dawson .... first assistant camera (2 episodes, 2002)

Sean Aston .... key grip: second unit (unknown episodes)
Stuart Christie .... clapper loader: additional second unit (unknown episodes)
Tony Politis .... director of photography: second unit (unknown episodes)
Dick Tummel .... director of photography: second unit (unknown episodes)
Series Casting Department
Tom McSweeney .... casting: Australia (unknown episodes, 1999-2002)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Chintamani Lila .... stand-by costume (22 episodes, 2001-2002)
Amanda Enders .... set costumer (16 episodes, 2001-2002)

Carol Anne Wegner .... stand-by wardrobe (unknown episodes)
Series Editorial Department
Mandy Jacobs .... assistant editor (43 episodes, 2000-2002)
Peta Ross .... post-production coordinator (43 episodes, 2000-2002)
Kent Pritchett .... colorist (2 episodes, 2001-2002)

Paul Booth .... assembly editor (unknown episodes)
Andrew Coutts .... assistant editor (unknown episodes)
Chris Mayo .... video conform editor (unknown episodes)
Cheryl Potter .... assistant editor (unknown episodes)
Series Other crew
Angelique Badenoch .... assistant accountant / production secretary (66 episodes, 1999-2002)
Luke Kelly .... production runner (23 episodes, 2000-2002)
Eve Spence .... second script supervisor: second unit (22 episodes, 1999-2000)
Rowena Zande .... assistant to producer / post production coordinator (22 episodes, 1999-2000)
Donald Munro .... production coordinator / script coordinator (22 episodes, 2001-2002)
Gareth Price .... location manager (22 episodes, 2001-2002)
Scott Stewart .... assistant location manager (22 episodes, 2001-2002)
Christen Hill .... script coordinator (6 episodes, 2000)

Tara Aucoin .... assistant: Mr. Popplewell (unknown episodes)
Barrett J. Leigh .... assistant to producer (unknown episodes)
Sheila Lind .... second unit coordinator (unknown episodes)
Sally Mann .... script supervisor (unknown episodes)
Karen Mansfield .... script supervisor (unknown episodes)
M. Rutledge McCall .... assistant to head writer (unknown episodes)
Holly Smith .... script coordinator (unknown episodes)

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45 min (66 episodes)
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Did You Know?

Revealing mistakes: In plenty of scenes throughout the series, a lot of times in a single episode, Ruh is clearly played by different tigers.See more »
Dar:He means no harm.
Tao:But neither does a snake hidden in the grass until you step on it.
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5 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
A highly visual, refined and unique presentation, 18 December 2004
Author: andros12

After having watched the show in re-runs for a couple of years, I recently purchased "Season One." This series possesses many wonderful qualities that appear to set it apart from Hercules and Zena and similar epics. Some of the uniqueness lies in the very ethereal quality present in the beautiful rain forest settings that play a very prominent role in almost every episode. This feature is sometimes juxtaposed against the human characters in very original and highly effective visual presentations. A wonderful example being the opening sequence to the episode "A simple truth" wherein a wolf is being pursued by a hunter who in turn is being pursued by Dar. There is a multitude of mini-shots of the three characters moving in unison toward a common destination in the heart of the rain forest setting. The combined effect of the photographic sequencing provides a stunning pictogram depicting the the show's essential theme of one man's struggle against another to save the animal kingdom.

The story lines encapsulate a wide variety of mythologies and legends from around the world; nymphs, minotaurs, chameleons, amazons, elves and unicorns are but a few examples of the characters used to illustrate the individual productions. These characters often come to life through a remarkable collection of highly entertaining, exotic personages. A prime example is Grace Jones' portrayal as a solo animal hunter in "The Umpatra." Displaying an innate sense of cunning and ferocious fighting spirit, both humans and immortals are on guard as she finally begins hand to hand combat with Dar. The eventual revelation of the Umpatra's erroneous perception and subsequent disclosure of the "truth" culminates with her own self imposed demise. This is a common lesson throughout the series as many of the "unenlightened" eventually gain a greater understanding and respect for the inherent balance between man and nature.

Another unusual quality is the slow, deliberate phrasing evident in the many heart to heart philosophical discussions, especially between Dar and those closest to him and also the Sorceress and the astute Ancient One. The unique phrasing combined with the slow and deliberate eye contact adds a sensual and highly effective edge to the communication between the characters who lived long ago in "an age when nature and magic ruled the world."

In every episode the viewer is presented with another example of Dar's untiring devotion and loyalty to the animals and their welfare. A devotion that is very effectively portrayed. Daniel Goddard plays the character as a somewhat more serious, intense Beastmaster than Marc Singer did in the original feature film and this new persona seems very effective and well suited for the television version. The actors' various styles are at times interestingly comparable because of Marc Singer's occasional guest appearances as Dartanus, Dar's spirit guide.

The show's simple but poignant message of good-will to earth's creatures, philosophical story lines and stunning photography make it a beautiful and uplifting television series.

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