July 19, 2017: What lies ahead for Dark Matter’s third season!

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Things are about to get crazy…

Episode 308, “Hot Chocolate”: John Stead (who also doubles as our stunt coordinator) has directed my favorite episodes of the show to date (Episode 10 in which we first introduce Wexler and co., “We Were Family” in which we were introduced to Victor, his fellow androids, and THREE’s long lost “father”).  And he does so again in this outing that sees Ryo Ishida access the ship in surprising fashion.  And he’s brought friends.  It’s the TWO/Ryo Ishida showdown you’ve been waiting for…that took an entire day to shoot!

Episode 309, “Isn’t That A Paradox?”: It’s Back To The Future meets Stranger Things in this crazy time travel tale that sees our crew going undercover as a suburban family in 2017 Fort Falls, Wisconsin.  Directed by Craig David Wallace.

Episode 310, “Built, Not Born”: Directed by Melanie Orr, this one explores TWO and the Android’s…

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July 18, 2017: Dark Matter behind the scenes!

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Congratulations to everyone who correctly answered yesterday’s trivia question. And I do mean everyone.  You ALL guessed correctly.  Yes, Zoie Palmer (Android) and Ennis Esmer (Wexler) attended acting school together at York University!

Speaking of Zandroid, check her out discussing a scene from this Friday night’s episode (“Hot Chocolate”, 9 pm on Syfy and Space Channel).

Man down!  Roger Cross takes much-needed cat naps between scenes.

The Lady in Red, aka Natalie Brown, aka Sarah.

Melissa O’Neil, Anthony Lemke, and Roger Cross consult the owner’s manual in an attempt to get the Marauder started.

Have you told your friends about the show?  Spread the word on social media? Dark Matter needs its fans to get vocal!  Six more episodes remain in the show’s third season.  Help us finish strong!

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July 17, 2017: Dark Matter season 3 storyboards and concept art! And quiz time!

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Occasionally, more complicated sequences are storyboarded.  A director conveys his vision to the artist who creates a multi-panel breakdown of the shots that will comprise a given sequence.  For instance, here’s the initial Electus Corp flashforward sequence storyboard for Episode 304, “All The Time In The World” – directed by Ron Murphy, storyboard by Gergely Kapus:

And here’s some of the concept art for this scene, c/o of the amazing Karl Crosby –

As always, kudos to our hugely talented Production Designer, Ian Brock, for bringing it all to life.

Finally, a little quiz.  Which two Dark Matter performers attended acting school together:

a) Anthony Lemke (THREE) and Jessica Sipos (Tash)

b) Zoie Palmer (Android) and Ennis Esmer (Wexler)

c) Roger Cross (SIX) and Torri Higginson (Commander Truffault)

d) Melissa O’Neil (TWO) and Alex Mallari Jr. (FOUR/Ryo Ishida)

e) None of the above.  You’re just wasting our time.

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July 16, 2017: I like it spicy!

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“He ordered the souvlaki with hot sauce,”my friend informed me.  “His nose bled all night!”

“All night?”  I was dubious.

“All night!”she insisted.

I suppose it was intended as a cautionary tale but the first thought that entered my mind was: “I’ve got to try that hot sauce.”

I’ve always been a fan of spicy.  One of the first Japanese phrases I learned before going to Tokyo for the first time was “Karai no ryori wa dai suki desu” (“I love spicy food!”) lest they fear offending an overly sensitive gaikokujin palate.  When I go out for pad gra prow, I dismiss foreigner (farang) spicy in favor of Thai (phet mak mak) spicy.  Hell, I’ve even started making my own hot sauces.

But even though I like the heat, I am picky.  I’m not a huge fan of the tamer cayenne-based hot sauces only because I tend to find them…

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July 15, 2017: My Complainiest Post Yet!

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Okie doke.  The plan was to motor through this script by the end of July (so that I could dedicate August to script #2), but following several false starts, a couple of roadblocks, and one frustrating detour, I’ve decided to scrap this jalopy.  My focus now shifts to enjoying the rest of my summer and just reading.  Spending time with Akemi and the dogs, sure.  Packing and prepping for the big move, of course. And, oh yeah, rewatching old episodes of Seinfeld.

Look, I’m sure there are worse airlines in the world.  Maybe those outfits flying dangerous cargo out of war-torn countries for example.  But, really, Air Canada is just…not good.  My flight out of Vancouver was delayed an hour and half.  My flight back to Vancouver was delayed almost two.  The last time I flew Air Canada, the flight was outright cancelled for reasons never fully revealed.  A mechanical…

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July 14, 2017: New Episode of Dark Matter – tonight at 8 pm!

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Some behind the scenes pics of tonight’s episode, “Wish I Could Believe You” (written by Ivon Bartok, directed by Paul Day):

The Mr. Congeniality Award for kindness in the performance of his duties as an officer in the Galactic Authority goes to…

The rare Spaghetti Saturday dinner tray POV shot.

Director Paul Day doing his thing.

The Helm.

Hazmat team on set to deal with our hazardous camera operator, Joe Turner.

Zoie Palmer hits her mark.

Director Paul Day casually blocks the infirmary scene.

A sneak preview of tonight’s episode c/o TVGoodness.com

And what lies ahead for the crew of The Raza as we sail into the back half of season 3?  Well –

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July 12, 2017: Dark Matter Season 3 – Behind the Scenes!

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The Art Department keeping Ash busy.

Lovable Zoie Palmer as our lovable Android.

Okay, let’s review this ridiculous dialogue one more time.

The gang kicking back in the Marauder.

Scene run-thru, Episode 305 “Give It Up, Princess”, with director J.B. Sugar.

Accept no substitute!

Well now, THIS looks familiar.

Today’s blog entry is dedicated to Birthday Gal Melissa O’Neil!

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July 14, 2017: MORE Dark Matter season 3 BTS pics!

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Who wants a sip of Zoie’s coffee?

Torri Higginson cops some Truffault attitude.

Jessica Sipos, the OTHER Raza’s Tash.

 Lisa Amaral Wright shows off her latest creation: “The Helm”.

Roger Cross – master of the weird blade.

A close shave for Elliot.

Director/Stunt Coordinator John Stead shows us how it’s done.

A meeting of minds: Ennis Esmer and Jessica Sipos.

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July 11, 2017: Dark Matter news!

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On SYFY, the Revolution of Leading Ladies Is Already Being Televised – by Alexis Gunderson at Paste Magazine.

” From Wynonna, Waverly and Officer Haught on Wynonna Earp to Dutch, Pawter and Clara on Killjoys to Two, Five, Android, Nyx, Misaki, Sarah and Solara on Dark Matter, Syfy has spent the last several summers demonstrating week after sweltering week that by transforming femininity into narrative power, and then placing that narrative power squarely in the hands of multiple, wildly different leading ladies, a whole metric ton of compelling stories can be told—stories in which boobs (begging zero pardon for this pun, as Wynonna would never forgive me if I did) are just the tips of a complexly feminine iceberg.”

Mishka Thebaud discusses Adrian’s Bright Future with Kelly Townsend of The TVJunkies

” I remember getting the script and thinking, “Is this right? Is this a typo? Why is my…

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July 10, 2017: Behind the scenes of a Suji photo shoot!

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Suji, our twelve year old special needs senior pug, is inching towards 10k followers on instagram .  Her surprising popularity is a testament to both the little lady herself AND my girlfriend Akemi who is constantly posing and photographing her anywhere and everywhere in search of the just the perfect pic.  Like –

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But the truth is there are unsung heroes who work behind the scenes of these photo shoots, sacrificing time and comfort to help secure that one-of-a-kind picture. Not to make this all about me, but I’m referring to me.  I’m usually the guy walking her toward camera or in the background trying to get Suji’s attention so she can face the proper direction or footing the bill for those cappuccinos so she can wear the lid like a hat.

Or locking my elbows so that I can holding her straight up in the…

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