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"Fringe" Pilot (2008)

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Fringe: Season 1: Episode 1 -- In the series premiere, FBI Special Agent Olivia Dunham (ANNA TORV) investigates a fatal international flight, recruiting Dr. Walter Bishop (JOHN NOBLE) and his son (JOSHUA JACKSON) to help.


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9 September 2008 (Season 1, Episode 1)
When a commercial flight from Germany lands at Boston's Logan Airport without a single passenger or crew member on board alive... See more » | Full synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Anna Torv ... Olivia Dunham

Joshua Jackson ... Peter Bishop

Lance Reddick ... Phillip Broyles

Kirk Acevedo ... Charlie Francis

Blair Brown ... Nina Sharp

Jasika Nicole ... Astrid Farnsworth

Mark Valley ... John Scott

John Noble ... Dr. Walter Bishop

Jason Butler Harner ... Richard Steig

Peter Outerbridge ... Dr. Reyes
Bernadeta Wrobel ... Flight Attendant
Jill Harland ... German Woman
Peter Sawyer ... Denver Man

Max Topplin ... Angry 16 Year Old

Shaun Shetty ... Indian Man
Andreas Frank ... Pilot (as Andreas Franke)
Dennis Mockler ... Co-Pilot
Lee Gladman ... CDC Officer (as Lee Jay Gladman)
Andrew Hinkson ... Guard
Jim McGrath ... Old Man on Plane
Joan Barrett ... Old Woman on Plane
Jeff Topping ... Agent #1
Sean Clement ... Agent #2

Katerina Taxia ... Agent #3

Anousha Alamian ... Agent #4
Kelly King ... Nurse
Tauqir Shah ... Iraqi Businessman #1

Omar Habib ... Iraqi Businessman #2
Quinn Martin ... Orderly

Tre Smith ... Man with John's Gurney
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Michael Cerveris ... The Observer (uncredited)

Katherine Dickson ... Assistant (uncredited)

Dan MacDonald ... Man on Plane (uncredited)
Rick Parker ... Cow Delivery Man (uncredited)
Ralph A. Wilburn Jr. ... FBI Agent (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Alex Graves 
Writing credits
J.J. Abrams (created by) &
Alex Kurtzman (created by) &
Roberto Orci (created by)

J.J. Abrams (written by) &
Alex Kurtzman (written by) &
Roberto Orci (written by)

Produced by
J.J. Abrams .... executive producer
Bryan Burk .... executive producer
Alex Graves .... executive producer
Alex Kurtzman .... executive producer
Roberto Orci .... executive producer
Patrick Ward .... associate producer
Robert M. Williams Jr. .... producer
Original Music by
Michael Giacchino 
Cinematography by
Michael Bonvillain (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Russell Denove 
Casting by
April Webster 
Production Design by
Carol Spier 
Art Direction by
Elinor Rose Galbraith 
Set Decoration by
Peter P. Nicolakakos  (as Peter Nicolakakos)
Costume Design by
Joanne Hansen 
Makeup Department
Linda Dowds .... makeup department head
Cliona Furey .... head of hair department
Mandy Ketcheson .... contact lens technician
Ann McLaren .... special makeup effects artist
Gordon J. Smith .... makeup designer
Production Management
Dana J. Kuznetzkoff .... unit production manager: NY (as Dana Kuznetzkoff)
Brooke Murphy .... post-production supervisor
Devin Rich .... post-production supervisor
Michael Wray .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sarah Rae Garrett .... second assistant director: NY
Patrick Hagarty .... assistant director
David Hyman .... first assistant director
Nick Lopez .... trainee assistant director (as Nicolas Lopez)
Bob Warwick .... second assistant director
Art Department
Colin Adams .... set dresser
Kaem Coughlin .... camera scenic artist
J.P. Dame .... on-set dresser
Judy Gurr .... assistant set decorator
Kevin Haeberlin .... leadman
Lisa Kent .... Assistant Set Decorator
Jeff Mawle .... assistant property master
John F. McHugh .... carpenter
Brad Milburn .... set designer
Timothy Peel .... graphics
Chris Pellegrini .... property master
Matthew Rignanese .... art department
Robert Zorella .... art department coordinator
Amro Attia .... digital artist (uncredited)
Danielle Fleury .... assistant set decorator (uncredited)
Theresa Gonzalez .... scenic industrial (uncredited)
Sang Maier .... second props assistant (uncredited)
Tracey Strikwerda-Valeriote .... trainee assistant art director (uncredited)
Dan Wladyka .... set leadman (uncredited)
Sound Department
Kyle Billingsley .... foley mixer
Steffan Falesitch .... sound editor
Michael Ferdie .... sound editor
Michael Fowler .... adr recordist
Al Gomez .... supervising foley editor
Thomas A. Harris .... supervising sound editor
Dan Hiland .... re-recording mixer
Bruce M. Honda .... sound editor
Cynthia Merrill .... foley artist
Eric Moss .... assistant sound editor
Douglas Murray .... adr mixer
Nick Neutra .... foley supervisor
Walter Newman .... supervising sound editor
Jason Oliver .... sound recordist
Jan Petrov .... adr recordist
Bob Redpath .... supervising sound editor
Christopher B. Reeves .... dialogue editor
Gary D. Rogers .... re-recording mixer
Deron Street .... first assistant sound editor
John J. Thomson .... sound mixer (as John Thomson)
David Werntz .... sound effects editor
Special Effects by
Brad Larkin .... first technician
Marcus Rait .... special effects foreman
David Neil Trifunovich .... special effects on-set technician (as Neil Trifunovich)
Jason Detheridge .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Jon Anastasiades .... digital compositor
Johnathan R. Banta .... digital compositor
Johnathan R. Banta .... lead compositor
Kevin Blank .... visual effects supervisor
Jake Braver .... visual effects assistant
Tavia Charlton .... visual effects producer
Matthew Chitty .... visual effects artist
Chase Cooper .... visual effects
Scott Dewis .... CGI supervisor: Race Rocks Digital [ca]
Rodrigo Dorsch .... digital compositor: Zoic Studios
Gerald Feather .... visual effects
Barbara Genicoff .... visual effects producer
Steve Graves .... digital artist
William Higgins .... visual effects coordinator
O.T. Hight .... visual effects artist
David Hochstadter .... digital compositor: Zoic Studios
Ariel Joson .... digital effects artist
Megumi Kanazawa .... digital compositor
Thilo Kuther .... visual effects executive producer: Pixomondo
Jonathan Spencer Levy .... visual effects
Kevin Little .... visual effects supervisor
Bob Lloyd .... visual effects
Sallyanne Massimini .... visual effects artist
Ricardo Nadu .... rigger: Zoic Studios
Davy Nethercutt .... digital compositor
Andrew Orloff .... vfx supervisor: Zoic Studios
Marlon Perez .... digital artist
Kevin Quattro .... digital artist
Jesse Siglow .... compositor
Brian Smallwood .... compositor: Zoic Studios
Tefft Smith .... digital artist: Zoic Studios
Chris Wright .... visual effects producer
Dave Zeevalk .... digital effects artist
Charles Bunnag .... digital matte artist (uncredited)
Lee Gabel .... digital artist (uncredited)
Lee Gabel .... matchmove artist (uncredited)
Jason Hollefreund .... modeler (uncredited)
Bob White .... visual effects artist (Zoic Studios) (uncredited)
Roy Yang .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Dave Zeevalk .... digital artist: Zoic Studios (uncredited)
Shelley Cook .... aerial coordinator
Christopher Cordell .... stunt double: Jason Butler Harner
Dana Jones .... stunt performer
Jamie Jones .... stunt double
Ed McDermott II .... precision car driver
Darren McGuire .... stunt double
Paul Rutledge .... stunt coordinator
Joanne Leach .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Cesar Baptista .... dolly grip
Sean Bourdeau .... assistant key grip
Richard Emerson .... key grip
Lee Guenette .... best boy
Jason Hamilton .... electrician
Bill Hong .... camera car operator
Peter Kantor .... grip
Tim McAuliffe .... rigging gaffer
Nicholas McKenzie .... first assistant camera: second unit
Tim Merkel .... camera operator Steadicam
John Sztejnmiler .... generator operator
Mark Willis .... camera operator
Ian C. Harris .... rigging electrician: daily (uncredited)
Casting Department
Lonnie Hamerman .... casting associate
Sara Kay .... casting: Canada
Jenny Lewis .... casting: Canada
Erica L. Silverman .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Courtney Aura Freeman .... costume assistant (as Courtney Freeman)
Stephani Lewis .... costume coordinator
Editorial Department
Ross Cavanaugh .... post-production assistant
Tyson Hilgenberg .... post-production coordinator
George Manno .... colorist
Jim Rohrig .... assistant editor (as James Rohrig)
Jason Sax .... post-production coordinator
Heydar Adel .... on-line editor (uncredited)
Joshua Alan Baca .... online editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Paul Apelgren .... music editor
Stephen M. Davis .... music editor
Norman Ludwin .... musician (bass)
Bryan Pezzone .... musician: piano
Charles Scott IV .... music supervisor
Dan Wallin .... score engineer
Dave Wells .... music copyist
Frank Macchia .... music preparation (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Ron Hilts .... driver
Gabe Turiello .... camera car process trailer driver
Peter Singh .... unit driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Michael Corazza .... aviation advisor
Scotch James Diaz Crisostomo .... payroll accountant
Jillian Demmerle .... location coordinator
Shannon Dennard .... location scout
Rob Fournier .... armourer
Joshua A. Friedman .... production assistant
Rosa Garces .... second assistant accountant
Annie Jackson .... production staff
Harry Lapham .... production assistant
Mark Logan .... location manager
John Malakoff .... production travel consultant
Angela Mastronardi .... script supervisor
Yuell Newsome .... stock librarian
Stacia Peters .... assistant to director
Tristan Plant .... locations production assistant
Joe Proietto .... office production assistant
Vince Robinette .... production accountant
Ramón Rodríguez .... first assistant accountant
Paul Singh .... location scout
Warner Strauss .... assistant location manager
Alan Sutton .... fire safety/rescue
Dave Tommasini .... helicopter pilot
Jamie Vermilye .... location assistant
Konrad Damian Wieclawski .... production assistant (2009-2011)
Gregg Blake .... production assistant (uncredited)
Michael Buster .... dialect coach: Anna Torv (uncredited)
R. Emerson John .... script supervisor daily (uncredited)
Colby Knapp .... key second assistant accountant (uncredited)
Lindsay Somers .... key set medic (uncredited)
Mindy Stevenson .... accounting auditor (uncredited)

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
J.J. Abrams  created by
Alex Kurtzman  creator
Roberto Orci  creator

Makeup Department
Neil Morrill .... special makeup effects artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Adam Bocknek .... third assistant director
Patrick Murphy .... third assistant director
Visual Effects by
Kristen Branan .... head of production: Zoic Studios
Jon Dudkowski .... visual effects editor
Joseph Ngo .... systems administrator
Ricardo Quintero .... digital compositor
Jere Gillis .... stunt driver
Blair Johannes .... stunt double: Mark Valley
Danny Lima .... stunts
John MacDonald .... stunt performer
Ken Quinn .... stunt coordinator
Branko Racki .... stunt performer
Robert Racki .... utility stunts
Bryan Renfro .... stunt driver (2008)
Steve 'Shack' Shackleton .... stunt driver
Al Vrkljan .... stunt driver
Camera and Electrical Department
Darren Spriet .... camera loader
Dean Stinchcombe .... first assistant camera
Franco Tata .... gaffer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nadia 'Sunny' Sorge .... background costume supervisor: pilot episode
Transportation Department
Gord Bettles .... picture car mechanic
Other crew
Magali Boccaccio .... script coordinator
Amy Cuthbertson .... production coordinator
Stephanie Million .... production assistant (as Stephanie Holinski)
Andrea Voss .... assistant production coordinator
Casey Wallace .... production assistant
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Additional Details

82 min (pre-release version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

There are eight pictures that appear when a commercial breaks is coming or for promoting the show. They are:
  • APPLE: the seeds in the apple are human embryos.
  • BUTTERFLY: the wings are made up of bones.
  • FLOWER: some of its petals are dragonfly wings and the center shows a Fermat's spiral.
  • FROG: has a symbol on its back for PHI.
  • HAND: it has six fingers.
  • HORN: has the Fibonacci spiral and has the number of PHI inscribed on the horn.
  • LEAF: has the delta symbol in the middle of it.
  • SMOKE: for a woman's face.
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Revealing mistakes: The German spoken by the passengers and crew of the airplane in the beginning is sometimes grammatically incorrect, sometimes nonsensical, and often tinted with a heavy American accent.See more »
[first lines]
[open on plane flying through a storm]
Flight Attendant:[on P.A] Zeichen ist Angeschaltet. Befestigen sie bitten ihre Sicherheitsguertel. The Captain has turned on the "fasten seat belt" sign. Please make sure your seat belts are securely fastened.
German Woman:Ich moechte sehen, wie der film weiter geht.
Denver Man:I don't speak German. I'm from Denver.
German Woman:Dies ist mein erst flug.
Denver Man:I'm from Den...
[Thunder crashes, people gasp. A passenger is in some physical distress, breathing heavily, shuddering. He pulls out a case and from it takes a bag containing an insulin dosing pen which he injects into his belly]
Pilot:[on P.A] Wir durchfliegen jetzt starke Turbulenzen. Nehmen sie bitte ihre plaetze ein.
Indian Man:My friend, it is just an electrical storm.
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1 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Full with stereotypes and plot goofs = disappointing pilot, 27 March 2013
Author: axel-koch from Austria

I suspected this to be like a TV movie because of its overlong runningtime, but director Alex Graves managed to make this look like a longsome introduction to the characters and I thought that was good. I also really enjoy the whole look of the show, that is to say cinematography, score, editing or the way they show the locations of the particular scenes. This and the mystery style of the show are enough to keep me watching it, at least for the 1st season. We'll see if it gets better or worse (both is possible). So, I think the 3 leads are quite interesting and I'm curious how John Noble did not get a nomination for an Emmy as Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. I also enjoyed the beginning of this pilot very much and I had great interest in where the story would go. But after watching the whole thing, I think this show (or at least the pilot) is overrated. There were really a lot of goofs in the storyline and J. J. Abrams has never proved better that he adores to fill something that would otherwise be quite good with stereotypes. I mean, the love story? It seemed fake as hell and was totally unnecessary to the storyline. Furthermore, I really wanted to believe the supernatural parts of this, but it was just impossible regarding the illogicality and stupidity of some scenes. Despite all my criticism, I've got to give this pilot its due for entertaining me for the whole running time - I actually think it passed quickly. The mix of action, crime, sci-fi, mystery and drama (yes, it really are that much genres in one) worked rather good, but overall it just doesn't fulfil its premise. The writers focused on the false stuff because even with this long run-time, I still didn't really get to know the villains and the way they've done it. Usually I wouldn't rate an episode to which I've got that much to criticize about that good, but I like the style of the show very much and I'm just hoping that this was nothing more than a false start.

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