May 21, 2015: The Dark Matter wrap party!

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Check ’em out.  A day too late for the wrap party, but pretty awesome nevertheless – my custom-made Hieronymous Bosch Garden of Earthly Delights tie suit from The Knotty Tie Company (http://www.knottytie.com).  I think I may follow up with a round of Salvador Dali this summer.

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Yes, last night was the Dark Matter season one wrap party.  I live tweeted the event here (https://twitter.com/BaronDestructo) and uploaded pics here (https://instagram.com/joemallozzi/), but in case you missed it, here are the amazing people I responsible for bringing you what will no doubt become your new favorite scifi series…

Roxanne with her guest, David. Roxanne with her guest, David.

Melissa and Daniel Melissa and Daniel

Jesse Jesse

Alice Alice

Anna, Jessie, and Eric Anna, Jessie, and Eric

A Student Bodies reunion: Jamie Elman and me! A Student Bodies reunion: Jamie Elman and me!

Alex and Allie Alex and Allie

Mackenzie and Megan Mackenzie and Megan

Jamie, Stephany, and Robbie Jamie, Stephany, and Robbie

Craig and Rachelle Craig and Rachelle

Ivon, Lawren, Zoie, and Vanessa Ivon, Lawren, Zoie, and Vanessa

Frank and Alison Frank and Alison

Marc Marc

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Norman and Terry Norman and Terry

Jay and I Jay and…

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May 20, 2015: And that’s a wrap on Dark Matter’s first season!

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The Dark Matter gang.  I'm going to miss them! The Dark Matter gang. I’m going to miss them!

Annnnnnd we’re done!  More or less.  I’ve still got my producer cuts of episode #112 and #113 to complete, all the mixes to sit through, and visual effects to approve but, for all intents and purposes, production on Dark Matter’s first season is complete.  It’s hard to believe that this time last year, I honestly didn’t think the show was going to happen.  And yet here I now sit, with 13 episodes under my belt, putting together a game plan for season 2.

Photo(s) by Dennys Ilic (http://www.dennysilic.com) Photo(s) by Dennys Ilic (http://www.dennysilic.com)

I know, I know.  I should take some time off.  And I will.  Eventually.  I just want to be as prepared for season 2 as I was for season 1 – which allowed us to break all thirteen episodes inside of three weeks and have 12 of 13 scripts by the…

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May 18, 2015: Jelly…

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Thanks to everyone who took the time to offer well wishes and words of support for my gal Jelly.  She seems to be back to her old sleepy/hungry/cantankerous self. Sadly, however, this rebound will be short-lived.  According to her latest rest results, she’s suffering from an antibiotic resistant infection that has spread through her intestines and kidneys.  The doctors suggest we consider end of life before she develops septic shock.

Very disappointing news.

Capping this blog with some of the highlights from this past long weekend…

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Dinner with actor Roger Cross.

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Rum cake and ice cream from Don’t Call Me Cupcake!

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The gang working on their tans.

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Lulu, all laughs.

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A visit from cousin Clover.

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Thai fried chicken.

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Jodelle steals my Thai iced tea.

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A selection of SOMA Chocolates.

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Akemi out and about.

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Vancouver swag compliments of my foodie friend Nicole.

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Nicole gives Buca Restaurant the thumbs up.

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Preserved tomato…

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May 18, 2015: The Dark Matter rollout! Introducing Zoie Palmer as The Android!

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Photo by Dennys Ilic (http://www.dennysilic.com) Photo by Dennys Ilic (http://www.dennysilic.com)

“Zoie!!!” is the reaction the Android elicits from my girlfriend every time she pops up on my laptop.  I’ve screened 11 of 13 prod cuts for Akemi and, to date, she loves the show, loves all of the characters, but is especially fond of Zoie’s Android – which leads me to believe that #zobot is going to be BIG in Japan when the show airs on SyFyAsia in June!

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This was the breakdown that went out for the role when we started the casting process:

“CLOSER TO A WRY BUTLER THAN YOUR TYPICAL SCI-FI ANDROID/ROBOT. CONCISE, IMPASSIVE, YET SURPRISINGLY POSSESSED OF A SUBTLY WRY SENSE OF HUMOUR, he is an indispensable member of the crew since he can exercise control over all the ship’s systems. He’ll prove a loyal supporter of his fellow shipmates, risking destruction to secure their safety. IN TIME, HE WILL ASSUME A…

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May 16, 2015: The last days of production on Dark Matter’s first season!

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Here’s hoping that, five years from now, I’ll be looking back on these photos of how it all began…

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Dark Matter Executive Producer, President of Prodigy Pictures, and our show’s #1 fan Jay Firestone surprises the Dark Matter Whisky/ey Club with its most impressive bottle to date: a sublime Balvenie 21 year old PortWood Finish Whisky.  It doesn’t get much better than that.

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Our proud accomplishments: one for every episode in Dark Matter’s first season.  And, hey, we even got a jump start on season 2!

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Dark Matter Executive Producer Vanessa Piazza and Dark Matter Consulting Producer Ivon Bartok – best of buds.

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Fellow Dark Matter EP Paul Mullie and I pose for a pic with one of our favorite guest stars: Boxy!  We’ve already contacted his rep and started negotiations to bring him back for season 2.

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Watching the blocking!

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Akemi bakes up a final batch of bourbon-brown butter…

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May 17, 2015: Jelly

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I was on set Tuesday night when I received a text from Akemi:  “Jelly’s very very sick.”

That was one “very” too many.  I jumped in the car and rushed home, bundled Jelly up and delivered her to the emergency 24 hour animal hospital.  There she remained, overnight, while they ran a battery of tests.  The following morning came the bad news.  Jelly was suffering from a host of maladies: extreme arthritis, internal bleeding, antibiotic-resistant infection,dehydration, and kidney failure.  She was not going to get better. Euthanasia was recommended.

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Akemi and I went into visit her that night after work.  She was atypically quiet. Her appetite was non-existent.  A second doctor who also examined her informed us that she wasn’t going to get any better and that we should consider euthanasia as the humane option.

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We visited her the next night and she was still unresponsive, lethargic, and not at…

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Who Do You Love The Most?

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Do you think people are born good and at heart, everyone wants to be good? Or do you think that people are born selfish and evil, and make a conscious decision to set aside their self-interested behavior in order to live in a civil society? What about the idea that people are born as a blank slate and become shaped by their environment and circumstance?  Do the ends justify the means? Does absolute power corrupt absolutely?

These are weighty topics. There are no definitive answers, only opinions. As with many questions that have no answers, art explores different facets of these questions and their consequences. Lost Girl has explored all of them.

Are people born selfish?

Let’s consider episode 4.09, “Destiny’s Child.” Trick goes to Dao-Ming, a Luduan who can force humans and Fae to tell the truth, in order to seek her help to recover a memory that he…

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May 15, 2015: And, that’s a wrap! Almost! Production on Dark Matter’s first season nears an end!

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I can’t believe it.  After ten years developing it, several years trying to set it up, over ten months of prep and four months of production, we are finally done.  Today was our last main unit day on Dark Matter’s first season.  We’re off for the long weekend, come back to shoot a final day of second unit, then cap it all off with our wrap party Wednesday night.  I deliver my final prod cut at the end of May and then head back to Vancouver where I’ll weigh in on the mixes, color corrects, and visual effects.  Oh, and start work on Dark Matter’s second season.  Yes, I’m that confident.  Because the show is THAT good.

But you all get to be the judges when we premiere in a little less than a month!

So who’s who on the Dark Matter crew?  Follow this link to find out:

http://www.syfy.com/darkmatter/cast/1

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May 14, 2015: The Dark Matter rollout continues! Introducing Alex Mallari Jr. as FOUR!

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As the Dark Matter premiere draws ever closer, allow me to introduce you to our cast – and the characters they’ll be playing.  Today, let’s talk about Alex Mallari Jr., Dark Matter’s FOUR.

This was part of the original breakdown that went out for casting:

“Possessed of a quiet strength and dignity that belies an exacting ruthlessness. The part is written as male but could be female.  Written as Asian but can be open to all ethnicities.”

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This character pays tribute to the many inspirations that helped shape the creation and development of the series: comics, t.v., film, and directly, in this case, anime.  The latter was a particularly big influence, specifically, a show called CowBoy Bebop that offered a wonderful mix of humor and scifi in it’s all too brief 26 episode run.  The sword-wielding character of FOUR is a tip of the hat to SF-themed anime, from classics…

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May 13, 2015: The Dark Matter rollout continues! Introducing Jodelle Ferland as FIVE!

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Continuing our Dark Matter rollout – today, we turn the spotlight to actress Jodelle Ferland and her character, FIVE.

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This was part of the casting breakdown that went out for the role:

“AKA The Kid. THE SHIP’S PIXIE-ISH MASCOT WITH MYSTERIOUS ABILITIES – SHE’S THE KID WITH ALL THE SECRETS. And a propensity for getting into trouble. EASILY BORED, QUICK TO MOUTH OFF, she is nevertheless innocent among her unsavoury company.”

In the comic book, the character is a tomboy and a lot younger (I originally envisioned her as about 12) but production considerations made the casting of a minor very difficult. We would have had to provide schooling in the form of a tutor and limited her hours on set. I suggested we circumvent the problem by hiring a high school dropout, but that brilliant idea was roundly refused. And so, we decided to cast older to play younger.

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