SHANNARA On MTV: Terry Earns His Elf Ears & More

Dear Readers,

Quite a day today, Tuesday. Headed out for the base camp around 10 am where I was to meet with an MTV stringer crew to film an interview for the networks publicity purposes about my involvement with the TV show. Went up country, into the hills, where it proceeded to pour down buckets. Waited it out, and then I did my hour long Q & A about the show. Had to go to make-up first, of course. Not quite beautiful enough otherwise. But it all went well, and I had lots of good things to say about how I got to this place and how excited I was about the show (I am, of course) and how I have such high hopes for Season One and after.

Returned in time to have lunch and then have Elf Ears slapped on me by make-up so that I could have pictures taken of me looking like a wise old Elf. Okay, an old Elf, anyway. Everyone is going to do this, I believe, for another promotion. I looked stupid, I imagine, but Judine kissed me so that was encouraging.

After that, we went down to the shooting site, this time on a beach, and sat with Poppy and Austin and their stunt doubles for a time talking about what they were about to do. Their physical fitness trainer was there, too, and others crowded around to hear what was being said and to take pictures. Afterwards, we moved over to the shooting site and watched a number of shots involving violence and a very cool drone camera. The day was sunny and beautiful, and I keep meeting new crew members and finding out what everyone does. Talked a few minutes with Director Jonathan Liebsman, and stayed until it was nearing 6 and we had to get back.

Still amazed at the scope of this effort and the size of the cast and crew. Whatever I was thinking, it was never this grand. Saw some more clips from the filming, and I do think this is going to be pretty special. Of course, I am severely prejudiced.

Last day tomorrow. Should end things on a high note.

Best to all, Terry

Terry and director Jonathan Liebesman
Terry and director Jonathan Liebesman

12 responses to “SHANNARA On MTV: Terry Earns His Elf Ears & More”

  1. I am soooo excited for a Shannara tv show, I’m a huge fan of the books and I’ve been saying for years they should do a show. Do it justice MTV.

  2. With everything I’m seeing so far, I’m stoked. I know this is a little premature, but where can I pre-order the 1st season on Blu-Ray with all the sweet behind-the-scenes extras that they better include??? (ok, a LOT premature).

  3. So good to hear your experience with TV is turning out better than poor Mrs. McDougal’s. (What a shock THAT was. Rick Selvage, you SCUMBAG!)

  4. Hope you guys will be airing the episodes on MTV website. I’m going back over your books with audible. It inspires me to get back to work on my own fantasy draft. In the next 5 years, maybe I’ll be participating at my own book signing at a Comic Con and I can meet you as a fellow author.

    I first read The Sword of Shannara in 1987 when I was in 7th grade. That hooked me on the fantasy genre.

  5. Looks like you guys are having an amazing time. I cannot wait to see your creation come to life. I can’t imagine anything being better than actually reading your book and becoming so entranced that you somehow become part of the adventure and they become your friends family and enemies. Each book, each adventure becomes new/old memories that have taken over a part of you and you can never forget it nor would you want to. Congratulations to you and living out your dream and I wish you all the luck in the world, I know it will be successful.
    Q-Do you ever mentor new fantasy writers? Or read their work and give feedback? Maybe you could do that for me one day. If you need a stand in on your show even if it is a character that dies quickly, I am your girl. Now that would be a dream come true. Good luck. The anticipation is killing me.

  6. Hi shawn soo excited for al lthe pics and updates cant wait t osee a teaser trailer??? also with these two new characters cast esp catania as amberles fries in the castle, does allanon still find her in havenstead like in the book i really hope so?? and cant wait to see who they cast for stee jans,and the witcch sisters thanks shawn

    • Trailers will come much later once filming is complete. Many months away, I would think.

      As for Havenstead, if you read between the lines at Terry’s last few letters on the website, you can see that part of the filming that occurred was likely Wil, Amberle, and Artaq jumping — and vanishing into light. 🙂 So yes, I would think that means Havenstead.