April 16, 2017: Sunday musings!

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Daddy’s home!!!!

(Sorry.   Akemi took it portrait for instal-story.  Whatever that is.)

Exchanged emails with my prospective real estate agent in Vancouver.  Apparently, following a brief downturn, the market is picking back up.  Once again, we’re in for another round of “Should I or Shouldn’t I?”.  If we get that fourth season pick-up, it would make a whole lot of sense to just sell the house in Van, move to Toronto through, hopefully, the end of season 5, and then consider our options then.  The prospect of buying a condo in Japan becomes increasingly possible.  To be honest, the only thing holding me back are the dogs (having to take that cross-Pacific 10 hour journey).  That and the fact that my writing/producing opportunities may be somewhat…scanter there.  UNLESS I switch over to writing novels.  Maybe a tea cozy mystery series about a retired school teacher and her pet pug?…

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April 15, 2017: Dark Matter Dinner and Drinks!

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Dinner at Lee Restaurant: Akemi, Jodelle, Mackenzie, Melissa, Ivon, and Roger.

Lee’s signature 19 ingredient salad – minus the cilantro for Akemi, which puts it at 18.

Out for drinks with Mackenzie, Melissa, and Alex.

Alex’s science experiment cocktail.

My $45 cocktail was served under a glass cloche surrounded by smoking wood chips.

Inside, a hand-chipped ice ball.    I dunno.  I’m still more of a hot chocolate guy.

Jodelle looking inexplicably Irish as she samples someone’s drink.

Melissa in awe.

Awww.  Best of friends, on screen and off.

A rare picture of Akemi and I – photographed through the bottom of Alex’s water glass.

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April 14, 2017: Thai and Goodbyes!

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This evening, Jodelle joined Akemi and I for a traditional Thai Good Friday feast…

…if, say, we’d been in Thailand dining somewhere that didn’t really celebrate Easter.

By the time we were finished, Jodelle was ready for bed.

Yesterday was originally slated to be our last day of production on Dark Matter’s third season but, gosh darn it, we had three extra days’ worth of solid material we couldn’t bear to not shoot (especially because it would mean a 14 minute season finale), so we went ahead and scheduled three extra days.

BUT – some crew members had already made plans to leave us on Friday and so, yesterday, we said an early goodbye to some members of our Dark Matter family…

Goodbye to 3rd Assistant Director Tal Aulbrook.  Hey, Tal, what’s with the weird pose…

…Oh.  Never mind.

And goodbye to stand-in Alyssa Pawlak and A Camera Operator Joe Turner.


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April 13, 2017: Dark Matter Season 3 – Day 90 of of 93!

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Saw this in the breezeway between our two stages this morning.  Very on point for Dark Matter’s this season.

A crew gift from the cast – my very own Raza Crew backpack.  I just have to buy a suit to match.

Costume Designer Noreen Landry and Executive Producer Jay Firestone go way back to their Lost Girl days.

VFX Producer Kerrington Harper makes herself a small a target as possible during blocking.

Brad, Craig, and Josh – blocking in the Ishida palace.

Pizza Friday!  Pizza Friday!

And, oh yeah!  We have a new episode title.  And this one was close!  Your winner is…

Episode 311: The Dwarf Star Conspiracy

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April 12, 2017: Dark Matter Season 3 – Day 89 of 93!

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Hunh.  So after announcing a fan Q&A for Dark Matter Costume Designer Noreen Landry in yesterday’s blog entry, I saw Noreen on set this morning and gave her the heads up.  “You’ll be doing a Q&A on my blog,”I told her.

“I’ve been working on the questions,”she said.  “I’ll finally have time to finish them this weekend.”

“Wait,”I said.  “How can you be working on the questions if you haven’t received them yet?”

She threw me a look usually reserved for incoherent drunks.

I checked my email later today and, lo and behold, I DID send her a bunch of fan questions back in January.


Guys, I have an excuse.  I’m notoriously forgetful.  Growing up, my mother nicknamed me “The Absentminded Professor”.  But what’s your excuse???  Seriously, I’m counting on you all to take care of me in my old age and this does NOT bode well.

Okay.  Let’s…

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April 11, 2017: Dark Matter Season 3 – Day 88 of 93!

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I’d like to start off today’s entry with a thank you to Dark Matter Production Designer Ian Brock for an informative and entertaining Q&A.  If you haven’t read it, check out yesterday’s blog instalment.

And now, I’d like to open the floor to yet another Q&A, this one with Dark Matter Costume Designer Noreen Landry.  Noreen and her team can be credited with all of the fabulous outfits you’ve seen on the show to date – and plenty more you WILL see in season 3 (including a Ryo Ishida outfit that I’m going to steal from wardrobe once the series wraps).  So, if you have questions for Noreen, post them in the comments section!

Inside the Ferrous Corp shipyard facility.  This baby got LIT UP today!

Oh damn.  Anyone recognize this Dark Matter celeb sporting a new look on set?

The camera team gears up for the derbiest sparkerific sequence since…

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April 10, 2017: Dark Matter Production Designer Ian Brock Answers Your Questions!

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Back in 2014 when we first started putting together our team for the show’s first season, Ian Brock’s name came up.  A LOT.  And always, whenever it did, it would be accompanied by the phrase: “He’s a genius”.  From different people at different points in the pre-pre-production process it was “Ian Brock” and “genius”.  Well, I’ve encountered very few geniuses over the course of my 20+ years in television so I was fairly skeptical.

In the next eight weeks or so, I watched Ian oversee the creation and construction of our standing sets – The Raza bridge, corridors, underbelly, quarters, infirmary, mess, and Marauder.  Then, in the ensuing months, it was space stations and spaceship interiors, mining colonies and palaces, builds big and small.  He  was spirited, smart, incredibly creative.  And, yeah, I finally realized – a genius.

He’s someone who can break down a script into its constituent locations and…

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April 9, 2017: Toronto Dessert Tour 2017 – Part 2!

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It was an even better turnout for Part 2 of our Toronto Dessert Tour that saw thirteen of us hit five different sweet, sweet spots…


MOMOFUKU MILK BAR: cereal ice cream, cookies, crack pie.

190 University Avenue – noodlebar-toronto.momofuku.com

Sampling: cereal soft serve, crack pie soft serve, crack pie, corn cookies, compost cookies, double chocolate cookies, cornflake chocolate chip marshmallow cookies.

Sisters Kerrington (aka Snackington) and Breanne dig in.

The soft serve crack pie with cereal sprinkles was the clear favorite.  We had to have security escort director Ron Murphy from the building to stop him from eating their entire supply.

On the move to our next location.


UNCLE TETSU’S ANGEL CAFE: Japanese cheesecake

191 Dundas Street West – www.angelcafetoronto.com

Settling in for Round #2.

Mean Jean Brophey checks out the maid cafe hall of fame!

Three different types of cheesecake.  Surprisingly, there was…

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April 8, 2017: My 5 Favorite Recent Reads!

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In a previous blog entry, I ranted about the shit book recommendations put forth by numerous reputable websites.  It would seem that, in many cases, the quality of the work is of much less importance than the connections of the author.  Well, someone recently directed me to BBC.com’s “books” section which offers up a monthly list of suggested titles.  They’re a varied lot and some may not be to your taste, but take a chance (like I did) and you’ll be pleasantly surprised (like I was).

Or, you can check out any of the following books – “My Favorite 5 Recent Reads”:

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti (General Fiction)

After years spent living on the run, Samuel Hawley moves with his teenage daughter, Loo, to Olympus, Massachusetts. There, in his late wife’s hometown, Hawley finds work as a fisherman, while Loo struggles to fit in at school…

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April 7, 2017: Dark Matter Season 3 Premiere Date! New Episode Title! Behind the scenes pics!

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We have an official premiere date!  Dark Matter returns Friday June 9th with a double episode premiere starting at 8:00 p.m.!  Then, the show moves to its NEW TIME at 9:00 p.m. the following week.

Friday, June 9th –

8:00 p.m. = “Episode 301: Being Better Is So Much Harder”

9:00 p.m. = “Episode 302: It Doesn’t Have To Be Like This”

Friday, June 16th –

9:00 p.m. = “Episode 303: Welcome To The Revolution”

Love the move from 10:00 p.m. as it now sandwiches us between two great shows – Killjoys and Wynonna Earp –  as part of a Syfy Friday triple header!

On the triptych in The Raza mess this morning.  Another little surprise from our playback operator, Greg Whiteside.

We have another episode title!  This one was close in the early goings but our winner pulled away late to take the prize.

Thanks to everyone who…

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