First, let’s start off with a great podcast interview I did with The Nerd Party’s Lee Hutchison in which I cover everything from the challenges of breaking into the t.v. industry through Stargate and Dark Matter memories to what lies ahead. Worth a listen: https://www.thenerdparty.com/filibuster/126-joseph-mallozzi-interview
Second – thanks to everyone who weighed in on my “Which project will get the green light first?” poll. Here are the results…
Well, guess that’s that. Looking forward to all of them.
Tomorrow, I am off to Montreal for three days of family time and all-around eating. While there, I play to meet up with Kelli and Lance (of Dark Matter FTL campaign fame) for one of these –
Akemi is staying home with the kids, which means that we must split our Apple accessories. Fortunately, we have two laptop chargers. Unfortunately, she has the only good phone charger, so I’m going to have…
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The other day, I did a rundown of the top ten episodes I had the most fun writing. Today, I switch gears to focus on My Top 10 Toughest Episodes. Why were they tough? Well, the the issues varied, ranging from script challenges to productions issues, scheduling headaches to post-production problems.
A few may surprise you…
Built, Not Born (Dark Matter)
Notwithstanding the fact that this episode turned out to be a fan favorite – and I ultimately ended up very pleased with the results – this one was a tough script to write and, at times, an even tougher episode to produce. Plenty of twinning also meant long days that turned into nights, and one memorable Fraturday.
Prodigy (Stargate: SG-1)
The issues with this one were rooted in a fundamental disagreement in pre-production regarding the character of Cadet Jennifer Hailey. In the end…
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So, yesterday, I offered a rundown of My Top 10 Funnest Episodes, simply put – the ten episodes (out of the 100 or so episodes of television I’m credited on as a writer) I had the most fun scripting. I decided to offer up the flip side and give you My Top 10 Toughest Episodes and have narrowed the list down to 13. Some interesting candidates made the cut and I look forward to hearing what you think once I post the rundown in the coming days.
In the meantime, my various hobbies (aka side projects) continue apace:
This afternoon, I spent a few hours with the creator of a sci-fi show I may or may not be showrunning, breaking down the series engine and first season arc across those initial ten episodes. For the first time, it’s really crystalizing for me in terms of creative direction and I’m…
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These were my favorites…
Descender #32 (cover art by Dustin Nguyen)
Marvel-Two-In-One #8 (cover art by Jay Anacleto)
Multiple Man #2 (cover art by Marcos Martin)
Saga #54 (cover art by Fiona Staples)
Punisher #228 (cover art by Clayton Crain)
Wonder Woman #51 (cover art by Stanley “Artgerm” Liu)
What do you think – and what did I miss?
You have questions? I have answers!
Unending One writes: “Any rumblings on the stargate front? I saw at the Comic Con panel they said the “wheels are turning”.”
Answer: Oh, I’m sure the wheels are turning and there are definitive plans to bring Stargate back for a fourth series. What form said series will take remains to be seen. Alas, I’m on the outside looking in on this one. I get the sense that MGM has no plans to collaborate with the former writer-producers of the television franchise.
Jenny Blood writes: “Say you’re with a channel and your show gets renewed for another year. Since many times it’s just year to year, do you ever write an alternative ending for the season finale in the event the show doesn’t get picked up for an additional season?”
Answer: I suppose it depends on the show. Dark Matter was very much…
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Hey who is that throwing another shrimp on the barbie?
Why, it’s former Dark Matter line producer Norman Denver, host of the (soon to be) Annual Norman Denver Invitational Barbecue and Booze Fest. On the menu today: shrimp, steak, sausages, Chicken Adobo, corn, broccolini, assorted Italian pastries, and an 18 year old scotch I didn’t get around to sampling. The table’s highbrow conversation covered everything from the arts to wine to that time our Stargate costume designer washed Jason Momoa’s jeans, much to his chagrin.
Gimme some sugar, baby.
Well, rainy day today – which allowed me to complete my polish of that sci-fi script, delineate the issues that need to be tackled on that horror script, and consider the story and character arcs for that OTHER sci-fi script. Oh, also recorded the second installment of Baron’s Book Blog Blab Vlog, finished up on Handmaid’s Tale season 2, and read…
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Well well well. Look at who Akemi and I ran into on our way to lunch today. None other than celebrated auteur, director, producer, writer, amateur boxer, and avid cyclist Cowboy Bruce McDonald! He’s jetting off to Luxembourg for a week to finish post-production on his latest movie, then returns to Toronto for more work – and lunch with yours truly. As most of you blog regulars know, I am a huge fan. He is immensely talented, a true professional, and a genuinely nice and thoughtful guy. Why, just check out these perfect pencils he sent me on the heels of Dark Matter‘s third season wrap –
Truer words have never been spoken – or printed on the body of a writing instrument. He knows me sooooooooooo well.
Running into him was a bit of a coincidence as I happened to come across his name plate during yesterday pre-pre-PRE-production…
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