So now that it’s official, I can finally talk about my new show, Dark Matter, and my plans for the series and this blog in the lead-up to season premiere (sometime in 2015). As most of you know, while I was working on Stargate this blog offered fans a peak at the inner workings of the production, with posts of everything from concept art to behind the scene videos and, of course, Q&A’s with the many talented individuals who helped produce it. Well, I’d like to offer fans and prospective viewers the same opportunity with Dark Matter – with the added bonus that we’ll all be on this journey together. From prep through production to finished episode, this blog will offer you spoiler-free insights into the evolution of the production, something usually reserved for after-the-fact special features. I want you all invested in the series from the very beginning and involved in its progression and completion so that, ultimately, hopefully, you’ll consider it YOUR show as much as I consider it mine.
Saturday, I leave rainy Vancouver for the frosty environs of Toronto where I’ll spend the next seven months – at least. Next week, I’ll be talking to Jay Firestone (http://www.jayfirestone.com) and his team, lead by Vanessa Piazza (https://twitter.com/Vanessa_Piazza_), about coordinating these behind-the-scenes entries. In the meantime…
Delivered scripts for episodes #7 and #8. The script for episode #9 will come out next week. As I mentioned in a previous entry, my writing partner, Paul, and I are approaching this first year as a maxi-series, each episode a chapter in our season-long story. By the time we go to camera in January, we should have all 13 scripts done.
As for now, we’ve got six crew members and an android to cast and are deep into it. We’ve cast a fairly wide net, opening the roles to all ethnicities and, in a couple of cases, both genders. In the end, I think two of our linchpin female crew members, defacto leader TWO and the mysterious kid FIVE are going to be the toughest to cast. Having that, however, we’ve got A LOT of very interesting candidates.
Thanks for all the birthday well-wishes. I celebrated today by getting my haircut and doing a pass on the aforementioned scripts. We went out for sushi dinner and, tonight, I cap off my birthday festivities by taking in another 30 auditions.
One final full day in Vancouver and then we’re Toronto-bound. And, just when I was beginning to feel a little more comfortable about flying with the dogs, Lulu, my french bulldog has come down with diarrhea. Let’s hope it clears up before we board our Saturday morning flight. 🙁