March 21, 2017: Dark Matter Season 3 – Day 72 of 91!

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Adorning the triptych on this day: Classic Battlestar!

Director Melanie Orr calls the shots on Janah-12.  Hmmm.  Jana-12.   That rings a bell…

Relaxing between set-ups.

Executive Producer Jay Firestone, keeping things light.  And kinda kooky.

Handicap International Charity winner (and blog regular!) Alisa Scott visits the set.  She got to hang with Anthony Lemke, took the full tour, AND, no doubt the highlight of her trip, had to field 101 questions from yours truly over lunch.  Welcome to Dark Matter, Alisa!

Well, I have John Stead’s director’s cut of Episode 308 downloaded and ready to watch.  I’m really looking forward to this one!

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March 20, 2017: Dark Matter Season 3 – Day 71 of 91!

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Jodelle Ferland does Goth Chick chic.

Line Producer Norman Denver and Roger Cross strategize over the big screen.

The Ferrous Corp guns are red.  The Mikkei guards are blue.  So who have the green guns?

Blocking on the bridge with director Melanie Orr.

Dr. Shaw’s secret lab.

Wait.  Who’s Dr. Shaw?

What (or who?) resides within this storage unit.  The answer will surprise!

Only four weeks to go before wrap!  This week, Melanie Orr finishes up on Episode 310 while Steve DiMarco helms Episode 311 and Bruce McDonald preps Episode 312.  I’ll be receiving John Stead’s director’s cut of Episode 308 on Tuesday night, then Craig David Wallace’s director’s cut of 309 on Thursday.  Wrote an additional scene for Episode 311 today and received some as-always-wonderful input from Zoie Palmer, did a pass on the Episode 312 script, AND started putting together the game plan for season 4.  Ideally, I’d…

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March 19, 2017: Mailbag!

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It’s been a while.  Let’s hit the mailbag:

Jessica writes: “Your day-to-day schedule is filled to the brim with tasks, work, activities, etc galore. How do you maintain such a strict schedule of managing your time to accomplish everything, including writing this blog?”

Answer: I get asked this question a lot and the honest answer is: “I just find the time to make it work.”  It’s quite amazing how adaptable human beings can be.  It’s hard to believe that, back in the day, Brad, Robert, Carl, Martin, Paul, Alan and I wrote and produced 40 episodes of television (SG1 and SGA) a year for two years.  And yet we managed to get it done.  It’s no different with Dark Matter.  I have a lot on my plate but the reality is that NOT getting it done isn’t an option.  Also, I’ve yet to miss a day of blogging…

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March 18, 2017: Thank you’s!

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(illustration by Juanita Nakamura)

Thanks to everyone who took the time to reach out via posts, texts, emails, phone, and personally to offer condolences on Bubba’s passing.  Akemi and I are truly touched by the kind words and gestures of friends, co-workers, and strangers alike. It’s been an exhausting week and it has meant a lot – to hear from you all and then, to get home late last night to find a lovely bouquet awaiting us compliments of Dark Matter Executive Producer Jay Firestone.

Akemi has been surprisingly strong – sad but strengthened by the fact his condition has deteriorated so much that we’d had little choice in the end.  She was telling me that her favorite memories of Bubba included the time he first learned to “shake” (She taught him when he was 10.  The next day, his arm was so sore he could barely lift it).  And…

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March 8, 2017: Dark Matter Season 3 – Day 64 of 91!

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Happy Birthday to my friend and Dark Matter Co-Executive Producer Ivon Bartok who celebrates today in the best way possible!  On location.

In Hamilton.

Outdoors with a bunch of extras.

Most of them kids.

Also Happy Birthday to 1st Assistant Director Chris Binney.

Who celebrated by presiding over the Episode 311 concept meeting.

ALSO Happy Birthday to our locations manager, Zachary Beckwith!

Who celebrated by sitting in on the Episode 311 concept meeting.

AND – not so fast! – ALSO Happy International Women’s Day!

Also, Happy Registered Dietitian Day!  If you’re celebrating, swing by the kitchen and pick yourself up an apple!

Day #1 of Melanie Orr’s Dark Matter directorial debut.  She’s off to a roaring start and, while I did take some set pics, they’re all spoilery so, instead, I’ll just post this shot of Mel taken in the transport van on our way to yesterday’s read-thru (and from…

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March 17, 2017: Bubba

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He was supposed to be a present for my ex’s brother but, after having him for two weeks, I decided to keep him and got  her brother a toaster oven instead. 

He was unlike my other two pugs at the time.  Whereas Jelly was a bossy bitch and Maximus a laid back lover, Bubba was a furry ball of anxiety, easily spooked by cyclists and skateboards, wary of strangers, parking entrances, and animatronic Christmas decorations.  He was, quite simply, a goof.

And yet, despite his adorable stiff-legged gait and furrowed brow that seemed to hint at some perpetual deep-seeded worries, he was never the one people were drawn to when they met the pack.  It was either Jelly or Maximus or, later, Lulu who would get all the attention while Bubba would warily hang back, hesitant to commit, his tail doing a slow noncommittal wag as he surveyed the situation.

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March 16, 2017: Dark Matter Season 3 – Day 70 of 91!

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Today, I ate lunch at 6:30 p.m., but that’s what happens when crew call is at 12:30 p.m.  And it looks like we’re only halfway there.  Rumour has it we’ll be wrapping at 2:30 a.m. tonight which means we’ll probably be kicking things off at about 2:30 p.m. tomorrow.  With a few more production days under our belts, I feel we can push all the way back to our original starting time of 7:30 a.m. and come full circle!

On set shooting Episode 310 with director Melanie Orr.

While taking a break to head back to the production offices and complete prep on Episode 311 with director Steve DiMarco…

Finalizing the pods.

Mr. DiMarco.

On the home front, my poor boy’s condition appears to be worsening.  He coughed through most of the night, barely sleeping at all, and this morning didn’t have an appetite for his breakfast.

According to Akemi…

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March 15, 2017: Dark Matter Season 3 – Day 69 of 91!

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The people have spoken and we have a brand new episode title.  Aint democracy wonderful?  Your winner…

“Episode 33: Wish I Could Believe You”

Thanks to everyone who made Operation Name-Another-Episode a great success. But special thanks goes to YOU.  Yes, YOU!

Today was Bring Your Daughter To Work (And Leave Her With Key Hair Expert Renee Chan While You Go Watch Blocking) Day!  Suji was a hit on set.  Thanks to Renee for dog-sitting her while I was taking in the action in the core room.

Speaking of which – here is director Melanie Orr’s – uh – blueprint for today’s first blocking.  Note the details including camera placement and pod.

Director Melanie Orr all smiles with Director of Photography Craig Wright and 1st Assistant Director Josh Gray.  The calm before the storm.

One big-ass charger.

Just sitting in the underbelly gathering dust.

Or are they…?

Bubba appreciates the…

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March 14, 2017: Choose a new Dark Matter episode title!

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Another week means another opportunity to make a contribution to television history.  I mean, what other show gives you the opportunity to help choose episode titles?

Today, it’s Episode 307 on deck.  And your episode title choices are:

While Co-Executive Producer Ivon Bartok and the crew were burning the midnight (well, 9 p.m.) oil on set, I was back home watching director Paul Day’s cut of Episode 307 (script compliments of Ivon Bartok).  This one is a real head spinner. Akemi actually jumped up off the couch in disbelief several times during the first screening.  Then, I went through it for notes.  Meticulous notes.  Started at 6:00 and finished at 9:30.

Tomorrow, it’s the Episode 311 cast read-thru – which means we’re a day away from the Episode 311 production meeting – which means we’re only two days away from the start of production on Episode 311 AND the start…

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March 13, 2017: Dark Matter Season 3 – Day 67 of 91!

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Guys!  Help me approve a few visual effect shots for Dark Matter’s upcoming third season…

Needle in a cosmic haystack.

Intruder alert.

We’ve got company.

Alas, only low-rez screen shots but they’re just a taste of what’s in store for Dark Matter fans this summer.

VFX Supervising Producer Lawren Bancroft-Wilson has got some awesome eye candy in store.  And just wait until  we get to the season finale.  It’s gonna be sheer madness!

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