March 27, 2015: Dark Matter goodies!

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Welcome to Vega 5!  Through the ship’s docking collar to customs and registration.

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Sub-level access corridor.

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The latest addition to our whisky/whiskey club, resident Dark Matter badass, THREE (Anthony Lemke)…

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Brings us the latest addition to our whisky/whiskey club: a local bourbon-style whiskey from Prince Edward County.

Came across this in the wardrobe department the other day…

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I was tempted but, ultimately, passed.  How fresh could those shoulder pads be?

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March 26, 2015: That SyFy Dark Matter first look promo trailer is almost here! Directors, directors, directors! The elusive Marc Bendavid! Another piece of the Android puzzle!

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Wow.  I repeat.  Wow!  SyFy sent us the rough cut of the early Dark Matter promo they’ve been working on and it is awesome.  We’re a long way from finished visual effects so you’ll have to wait for the NEXT trailer to see those, but THIS trailer is pretty amazing all the same.  I must have screened it a couple of dozen times for the cast and crew.  A big congrats and thanks to SyFy’s Bill Trojanowski and his team.  Can’t wait for you all to see it.

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The sharply-dressed Bruce McDonald completed work on episode #107 and now heads to editing for his director’s cut.  From what I hear, he’s got A LOT to work with.

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Director T.W. Peacocke, two days into episode #108, spends his lunch break prepping for a loooong afternoon in the quarters and corridor.

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Director Ron Murphy oversees the episode #109 production meeting.  He’s all smiles…

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March 25, 2015: A Dark Matter double second unit extravaganza!

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Today, I spent time on three different units.  Woke up at 6:00 a.m., took the loooong drive to Hamilton for 8:30 a.m. call on not one but TWO second unit shoots (Director Ron Murphy on those owing barn scenes from episode #106, and Director Bruce McDonald on those final few farm house scenes for episode #108). It was uncomfortably cold when I arrived but, after an hour or so, the weather warmed up.  Then it rained, and it got cold again.  I took the looooong drive back to Etobicoke and arrived in time for main unit lunch, then spent the rest of the late afternoon and evening on set, first watching Director T.W. Peacocke shoot scenes for episode #108, then watching Director John Stead shoot outstanding (in both senses of the word) scenes for episode #105.  What a day!  And the high point was a double dose of actress Jodelle…

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March 24, 2015: Zoie Palmer nails it! The Android roll-out continues! Introducing Post Production Producer Rachel Sutherland!

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Last up tonight was the extra scene I wrote for episode #107.  Whenever I write one of these, it invariably ends up being an Android scene because the character is so damn fun to write for – because Zoie Palmer is so damn good at playing her. This one was a particularly tricky corridor encounter and Zoie herself confided that, while she doesn’t usually get nervous before a scene, this one was a bit of an exception.  Not that it showed.  She NAILED it.  The crew had a hell of a time keeping it together during the four takes – but completely lost it, along with the equally terrific Marc Ben-David, during the rehearsal.  I’ve spent the past two hours walking around the apartment, shouting “TWOOOO DOZEN!” at the top of my lungs.  Mark it!  Episode #107, Scene 27A, Int. Ship – Corridor H: ONE and the Android.  I guarantee…

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March 23, 2015: Our weekly Walking Dead soiree! Eclairs and equally tasty tidbits and teasers from our production meeting!

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Last night, the gang convened for our second to last Walking Dead night of the season (Next up: Game of Thrones!).  In attendance: actor Roger Cross (SIX), actress Jodelle Ferland (FIVE), and VFX Supervisor Lawren Bancroft -Wilson.  We missed last week’s instalment so it was a double-header night.  We were all on the edge of our respective seats – or, in Jodelle’s case, the edge of the couch as she cuddled up all toasty warm with Lulu in her blanket.

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Roxanne Borris dropped by my office this afternoon with some delicious home made pastries.  As a result, I’ve now promoted her to 1st Assistant Art Director in Charge of Graphics AND Eclairs.

We had our production meeting today for episode #108.  For those wondering what such a meeting consists of, it essentially boils down to all of us getting together, going through the script, and making sure we’re on the same…

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March 22, 2015: Dark Chatter – The Aftershow! Behind the scenes on Dark Matter!

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Thanks for the plumbing advice.  I really should have consulted with you all from the start.  A half dozen frenzied jams of a handy plunger and the blockage was instantly dislodged, allowing the trapped water to finally run free – and right through the hole I put in the pipe with that coat hanger.

If this incident has taught me anything (besides “Try a plunger first before attempting to use a coat hanger to dislodge a blockage”), it’s that I don’t give you guys enough to credit.  If I’d asked for your opinions sooner, that red bucket wouldn’t be a permanent fixture under my sink now.  Now I regret writing all those Dark Matter scripts without your input!

Hey, guess who I ran into yesterday?  No, but close!  I crossed paths with Julie Benz, Defiance‘s Mayor Amanda Rosewater, and we ended up talking about our respective shows, our upcoming premieres, and…

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March 20, 2015: Less than two months to go before the Dark Matter season one wrap party!

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Today, I treated the crew to some food truck action.  Minus the food truck because it’s too early.  Instead, Fidel Gastro’s (http://www.fidelgastros.com) set up shop in the lunch room and served up a surprise dinner.

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Sandwiches:

SGT Slather: bbq pulled pork, guacamole, house made corn chips
Diablo’s Right Wing: spicy shredded chicken with carrot aioli Shakshuka: spicy tomato stewed eggplant, zucchini and onions with creamy goats cheese

Sides:
Pad Thai Fries Mixed Green Salad

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“Do you want to leave a message for the cast and crew?”asked Exec Producer’s assistant Alison Hepburn.

At first, I thought I’d pass and then, upon further consideration, decided to go with…

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For dessert, we had cupcakes and cake as our special guest star celebrated her birthday today Dark Matter style: in the ship’s underbelly!

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Another special guest star of sorts visited set today as writer Michael Simpson dropped by to do some interviews…

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March 19, 2015: Introducing Dark Matter Set P.A. Mackenzie Lawrence! Help support her webisode pilot, Press Pause! Dark Matter teaser pics!

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Her name is Mackenzie Lawrence but I just call her Happy because, well, she always is.  Smiling.  Singing.  Dancing.  Even after her recent bout with that flu-like bug that was going around, she was back on set, greeting me with her trademark cheer.  She is, without a doubt, one of the most upbeat, exuberant, positive people I know – forever looking on the bright side of life.  Either that or I’m working with a crazy person.

Anyway, Mackenzie need our support!  She has produced, directed and stars in an online pilot called Press Pause.  What’s it about?  Well…

“Nora and Rose are entering the final year of their Undergraduate Degree when Nora is diagnosed with Early Onset Parkinson’s Disease. While their friendship and convictions are tested they girls find hope in humor.”

Check it out and help support Mackenzie by voting for her pilot.  The top two vote getters…

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March 17, 2015: Introducing Dark Matter Costume Designer Noreen Landry and the Dark Matter Costume Department!

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Another whirlwind day!  Wrote three new scenes, rewrote another, attended a few prep meetings for episode #108 with director T.W. Peacocke, and dropped by set to watch our awesome special guest star kick ass – and look absolutely stunning doing it.  Tomorrow, we hit the bridge for more fiery antics.

P.S. I have no doubt that, after the show premieres, you’ll be scouring these past blog entries for clues and teasers.

Hey!  You know who I’ve yet to introduce?  The fun, hardworking, inspired and colorful, hat-loving ladies of the Dark Matter costume department led by Costume Designer Noreen Landry.  They’ve been creating some marvelous outfits for the show (like the stylish yet practical number worn by Wendy, Zoie’s space suit, and team handler Tabor Calchek’s comfy outfits) and I’m sure there’s plenty more to come (Callie in #108, Vons and Tash in #110-111, and Alexander Rook in #112 to name…

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March 18, 2015: We’ve passed the halfway mark of production on Dark Matter’s first season! Introducing A Camera Operator Dino Laurenza!

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A meeting of minds this morning as Director Ron Murphy shot as scene for episode #106, then handed off the bridge to Director Bruce McDonald for episode #107. The shipboard action got heated today in a frantic race against time – while our special guest star reached an understanding with our Android (Zoie Palmer).

Tomorrow, we hit the airlock, corridors and quarters.  Oh, and we finally sit down to

Preeesenting…Dark Matter A Camera Operator Dino Laurenza!  Check him out in action…

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The guy is poetry in motion!

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Always focused.

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Showing off his strength, dexterity – and lovely singing voice.

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The guy is so good at what he does, I suspect he’s a cyborg – half human, half camera.

Hey!  Finally received some audio samples in advance of our big music meeting. Really like what I’ve heard so far.  Tomorrow, we discuss!

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What’s in the weird box?  Find out this…

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