March 12, 2017: Things I’ve enjoyed of late!

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Today, the whole family headed over to Off Leash Studio where photographer Kevin Sarasom spent the better part of an hour snapping singles and group shots of our muttly crew.  Lulu and Suji were naturals, sitting pretty, preening, and occasionally mugging for the camera while Bubba required a little more work to bring out his natural derpishness.  But we got there.  Eventually.

Kevin was terrific with the the gang, directing them with care, confidence – and treats.  The dogs loved him.  And it seemed the feeling was mutual.  By session’s end, as I was packing up, I glanced over and noticed he’d abandoned his camera to better shower  Lulu with belly rubs.

I’ve been on a reading tear of late, blazing through 28 books to date in 2017.  At this pace, I should easily surpass by annual 100 title goal and maybe even challenge my 2014 reading record of 180+ books…

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March 11, 2017: The Bubba Update

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Sadly, it isn’t good news for our boy.  A follow-up with our oncologist revealed that the tumors in his lungs have grown since our last visit one month ago.  As a result, she suggested we discontinue the Palladia treatment and focus on making the most of the time he has left.

We’ll continue administering the Prednisone which will, hopefully, make him more comfortable.  Otherwise, we’ll be going homeopathic – mushrooms, Chinese herbs, turmeric, and goat’s milk – in the longshot hope that something may help.

We’ll also continue with his acupuncture sessions – although I’m dubious about their efficacy.  I didn’t really notice a change in him after the first two appointments but am willing to demonstrate a little patience, only because we DID see some surprising results with Jelly years ago.

Some days he’s down – sleeping mostly, eating reluctantly, disinterested in engaging.  Other days, it’s almost as if…

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March 10, 2017: Dark Matter Season 3 – Day 66 of 91!

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We have a brand new episode title!

Last night, before turning in for the night, approximately 300 votes had been cast and “I’ve Already Killed You Once” was running away with it.  When I woke up this morning, the tables had turned.  A new contender had taken the lead.  With a little under 8oo total votes cast, your winner…

“Episode 32: One More Card To Play”

Director John Stead shoots one of Dark Matter’s most epic throwdowns, coming your way in season 3.

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March 9, 2017: Dark Matter Season 3 – Day 65 of 91!

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Ah, there we go.  A totally natural candid shot of Director Melanie Orr in action.  Pictured above: discussing shots with Director of Photography Craig Wright.

On the Raza mess triptych: the ladies.

And the guys.

Keep that fan mail coming!

Hey, as promised, it’s time to vote for a new Dark Matter episode title.  YOU get a say so that I don’t have to wrack my brain to come up with one.

The Episode 306 contenders are…

Polls close in 24 hours.  Cast your ballot and then tell your friends!

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March 7, 2017: Dark Matter Season 3 – Day 63 of 91!

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This Saturday is the BIG Dark Matter gallery shoot day!  The entire day will be dedicated to taking awesome photos of our awesome cast on our awesome sets to help market the show’s awesome third season!

Also, as in previous years, photos will be taken for the official series poster that will be talked about at great length but never followed through on.

Kudos to last year’s photographer, Norman Wong, who snapped the photos that adorn today’s blog entry.  Beautiful, very dynamic work.

This year, it’ll be a different photographer, but I have no doubt the shoot will be equally amazing because Executive Producer Jay Firestone will be on hand this time, overseeing the action, calling the shots, and directing the day.

Jay has a great eye for character and onscreen relationships.  Combine that with some of the terrific ideas he has in mind, and I think this gallery shoot…

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March 6, 2017: Dark Matter Season 3 – Day 62 of 91!

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Whoa!  Is that right?  Day 62 of 91?  We’re over two-thirds of the way through production on Dark Matter’s third season.  To quote Akemi: “How possible?”

On-set action from a, uh, future episode.  Teku Fonsei (Andrew Moodie) calls the shots on the Ishida Cruiser.  Photo c/o D.G. Hagey

A few screenshots from our season 3 premiere (“Being Better Is So Much Harder”) c/0 VFX Supervisor Lawren Bancroft-Wilson.

Hey, to those of you wondering about our premiere date…join the club!  I’ve yet to hear official word but, if I were a betting man, I’d tell you to clear your June schedule.

Another awesome concept design from the mind of Set Designer Karl Crosby. What’s (or who is) in the pod?

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March 5, 2017: The crazy week ahead!

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On the heels of his What does a producer do? blog entry, I’d like to start off today’s instalment by saying Thank You to Dark Matter Co-Executive Producer Ivon Bartok who, for better or worse, in sickness and in health, despite shitty weather and atmospheric stages, oversees on-set action when I can’t be there.  Like tomorrow, in the forests of Hamilton for 7:00 a.m. crew call (meaning he’ll have to wake up at 4:30 a.m. to get there in time) facing the prospect of rain, while I’m back in the office, putting out a new draft of Episode 31 and hammering out the story for our season finale.  As always, creatively, I know where I want to go.  It’s just a matter of figuring out a way to get there.  And we have to do it in a way that tops the shocking, surprise-filled Episode 312.  A tall order indeed.

Tomorrow…

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March 4, 2017: Finally, the weekend!

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Akemi says that her single big regret about adopting Suji is not getting her earlier in her life.

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Bubba’s condition hasn’t really changed much.  His cough is unchanged and he has his good and bad days.  So, no discernible improvement but, on the other hand, no marked decline either.

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Lulu, meanwhile, continues to sport her cone of shame as her paw heals.

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She is miserable – and not at all shy about letting me know it.  Poor old gal.

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Whew!  I am exhausted today and feeling old.  I actually napped this afternoon like some retired senior – or my longtime writing/producing partner Paul Mullie.  A late night in Hamilton last night saw us wrap a little before 11 p.m.  We are now officially over halfway through (my plan for) our series!  Six weeks left in the shooting schedule for season 3 and then…who knows what the future holds?  (Photo courtesy…

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March 3, 2017: What does a producer do?

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What does a producer do?

I get this question a lot and the truth is: it really depends.  A producer’s duties can range from almost everything to absolutely nothing.  The title can be a distinction that accurately reflects an individual’s contribution to a particular production, or it can be little more than a vanity credit offered to placate shiftless idiots.

Producer titles come in various shapes and sizes.  There are Producers and Associate Producers and Assistant Producers and Supervising Producers and Line Producers and Co-Executive Producers and Executive Producers.  And, perhaps some day, we’ll also see Accomplice Producers and Appendage Producers and Almighty Pansophical Omniscient Producers.

I can dedicate an entire blog entry to these various producers titles, but let’s keep it personal.  My name is Joseph Mallozzi.  I am an Executive Producer on Dark Matter as well as being the show’s creator and its Showrunner.  THIS is what I…

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March 2, 2017: Dark Matter Season 3 – Day 60 of 91!

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Adorable, no?

While the action continued and blueberry pie came into play in Fort Falls, Wisconsin, I was back at the office prepping Episode 310 with director Melanie Orr who has been a delight to work with.  Just ask Co-Executive Producer Robbie David –

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Pictured during today’s props meeting, Melanie makes a very good point.

Oh, hey!  We’ve got another episode title!  The votes have been tabulated and the winner is…

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“Episode 31: Give It Up, Princess”

5 episode titles down, 8 to go!

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From the mind of Set Designer Karl Crosby.

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