February 11, 2017: My dogs are getting old :(

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It feels like not all that long ago I had four dogs.  Now to most, four dogs would seems like at least a couple dogs too many but for me at the time, it was the ideal number.  First there was Jelly – alpha, bossy, troublemaking Jelly – who used to run the corridors of the Stargate production offices back in the day and once ate actor Michael Shanks’ tuna fish sandwich when he left it unattended in her presence.  Then came Maximus – heavyset, laid-back, affable Max – who we got as a companion for Jelly.  You’d be hard pressed to find a more big-hearted dog, as great with cats as he was with kids.  After him, came Bubba – jumpy, anxiety-ridden Bubba – who we originally got as a present for my ex’s brother but I ended up keeping (and getting her brother a toaster oven instead).  And…

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February 10, 2017: Dark Matter Season 3 – Day 51 of 91!

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Here’s a sneak peek at the temp VFX for that “creeping advance”.  VFX Supervisor Lawren Bancroft-Wilson feels it needs a color adjustment to give it less of an ocean blue feel.


Set Designer Karl Crosby’s latest creation is this awesome set piece for the discerning off-world miner.  Pictured above is the color version of the close-to-final form.


Check out the level of detail.  Preliminary option 3.


Ready to roll design.


A peek behind the curtain.  A Work In Progress pic from the arm manufacturer.

While back on the home front…


Suji eyes her snack.


Bubba and Lulu ready to dig in.

Well, Bubba has an appointment next Friday for an ultrasound and possible CT scan.  What was supposed to be a simple check-up last night turned into a five hour ordeal that saw us close out the night at the local Veterinary Emergency center.  Both sets of x-rays taken yesterday…

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February 9, 2017: Dark Matter Season 3 – Day 50 of 91!

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7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.: On set for Episode 307.

9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: Location Scout for Episode 309

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Notes session

12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Lunch

1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Dealing with VISA who put a block on my credit card after Akemi tried to purchase something from an online shop in Japan.

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.: Cast read-thru for Episode 308.

2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Departmental approvals for Episodes 308-310.

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Production meeting for Episode 308

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Tone meeting for Episode 308.

5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.: Drive home.

5:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.: Have a routine appointment for Bubba turn into an extended visit with our local vet and a trip to the Animal Emergency Hospital that included: 2 physicals, 2 sets of x-rays, various prognoses ranging from congestive…

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February 8, 2017: Dark Matter Season 3 – Day 49 of 91!

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Give up the questions and nobody gets hurt!

As I mentioned in yesterday’s entry – in a bid to jam even more into Jodelle Ferland’s already jam-packed schedule, I’ve arranged for her to do a little fan Q&A on this blog.  So, if you have a question for Dark Matter’s FIVE, please post them in the comments section by Saturday…otherwise you’ll miss this great opportunity and have to wait until the next show I cast her in.


Today, we welcomed director Craig David Wallace (SlasherTodd and the Book of Pure Evil) to the Dark Matter whisky club.  And, while he was here, also asked him to direct Episode 310.  Talk about great timing!


The commendation presented to Lieutenant Kal Varrick as MVP of the Galactic Authority Softball Tournament.  Designed by 1st Assistant Art Director/Graphics Roxanne Borris.


Is this the end of The Raza?  Probably.  Plans are to…

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June 21, 2015: Dark Matter links! Comic book recommendations! And the need to de-stress!

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Whoa.  I seriously need to decompress.  I’ve been going at full throttle for almost a year now from the moment Jay called me up to tell me the show was a go.  I went from spinning story ideas to breaking them to writing scripts to prepping the show to producing the show to overseeing elements of post-production.  With my return to Vancouver, I assumed things would slow down a little. but it’s been quite the opposite.  In addition to weighing in on the music and soundscape, I’ve been all over this blog, twitter, and Facebook, trying to get the word out about the show. Not to mention the fact that, not wanting to be caught unprepared if/when the announcement comes, I’ve gone ahead and arced out season 2, come up with the 13 stories (in various stages of detail), and gone ahead and broken our opening two parter.

Back in…

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February 7, 2017: Dark Matter Season 3 – Day 48 of 91!

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Ever wondered what Jodelle Ferland eats for breakfast?  What comic books she’s reading?  What is her favorite episode of Dark Matter?  Well, wonder no more because now YOU have a chance to ask her!

Starting today, the comments section of this blog is the place to post your burning questions for Dark Matter’s FIVE.  You have until this weekend before I bundle them up and send them to The Raza via a compressed subspace data burst.  So what are you waiting for???

Meanwhile, on the production front…


The Galactic Authority seal of honor.  A Roxanne Borris-design.


Director Ron Murphy and Co-Executive Producer Robbie David scheme.


On set with the Android, Zoie Palmer. img_6411I’m…not sure.


Director Paul Day sets up his shot with an assist from Director of Photography Craig Wright.

Bookending this blog entry with adorableness…


Winter-ready Suji.

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February 6, 2017: Dark Matter season 3 – Day 47 of 91!

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Guys, you’ve got to help me.  I think I may have sort of, uh, inadvertently torn a hole in the fabric of spacetime.  It was an accident! Honest.  Yesterday, I took a quick trip to the future in order to pre-screen the Superbowl and then, after watching the Falcons demolish the Patriots, returned home.  Or so I thought. Instead, I seem to have crossed over into some bizarro reality where Stargate: SG-1 didn’t produce its Apple iTunes exclusive 11th season, Stargate: Atlantis didn’t get its sixth and final season, Stargate: Universe was cancelled after two years instead of running its full five, and the New England Patriots won the Super Bowl (although, as this AU’s Robert Cooper pointed out: “At least Atlanta won best comedy at the Golden Globes”).  In other words, I’ve somehow ended up in some dark alternate timeline.

Until I can figure out a way to return to…

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February 5, 2017: Hello from the future! A reading recommendation! And dueling directors!

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I jumped ahead in time to watch today’s Superbowl, then jumped back in time to write this blog entry so that I can watch the actual game with friends without having to worry about it.  And so, if you’re planning to watch, please ignore the above newspaper article from the future as the headline and article as it contains spoilers.


My last great read was the latest release from my favorite horror writer, Nick Cutter (aka award-winning author Craig Davidson) whose works in the genre include the equally terrific The Troop and The Deep.

Here’s the thing – his horror fiction is unnerving, at times deeply unsettling, but always thoroughly engrossing because it’s so damn well written.  I recall The Troop a couple of years ago and, some thirty pages in, remarking: “This book has no business being this good.  Who IS this guy?”.  His stuff is the Yamazaki 18 year…

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February 3, 2017: Dark Matter season 3 – Day 46 of 91!

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Holy crap!  We’re over the halfway mark of the season 3 production schedule!  Do you know what this means?!

DO YOU?!!!

Uh, yes.  That’s correct.  It means we’re a little over halfway done shooting Dark Matter’s third season!

I await director J.B. Sugar’s cut of Episode 305 while director Gail Harvey heads into editing to work on her Episode 306 while director Paul Day oversees the action on Episode 307 while director John Stead preps Episode 308 while Paul and I scramble to get the script for Episode 309 written.

Tomorrow, YOU all get to vote on an new episode title!  Tentatively titled Episode 302, you’ll have the chance to select an official episode title from three glorious choices (and actual lines of dialogue from the episode in question).  This is going to be a tough one – for me as I have six pretty memorable lines that I’ll have…

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February 4, 2017: Vote for a new Dark Matter episode title!

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I’ve always hated coming up with episode titles, but this little exercise in fan democracy has turned out to be all sorts of fun.  Once again, you’ll have the opportunity to choose from among three possible candidates.  So far, this season, we have –

“Episode 27: Being Better Is So Much Harder”

What’s next?  You decide…

As promised, the answer to last episode’s Who Said It?

“Welcome Back” – The Android

“The Costs Are Always Personal” – Commander Truffault

“Being Better Is So Much Harder” – TWO


So this blast-from-the-past pic adorned the triptych of The Raza mess the other morning, compliments of playback operator Greg Whiteside.  Ah, this takes me back.  There were rumors a few years ago of a planned a reimagining, tentatively titled Space 2099, but I haven’t heard anything since.  Hey, ITV Studios America, get in touch!

Hey, someone asked me about that military SF series…

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