Okay. I may not love where I’m presently living and I may hate the weather and the Toronto traffic but, boy, am I looking forward to production on Dark Matter‘s first season. Yes, of course I’m thrilled that I’m about to start prep on my very own show, but experience has taught me that, at the end of the day, it all comes down to the people you work with. And I’ve got a very good feeling about the people I’ll be working with in the months ahead. They’re relaxed, friendly, supportive, upbeat, and incredibly talented. It’s a great vibe and highly reminiscent of the positive tone I experienced on Stargate. Can’t wait to introduce you to the gang in the coming weeks.
This morning, I settled into my new office, had my green smoothie, and talked t.v. and books with Alison and Caitlin (who promised to recommend me some Scandinavian reads) before getting on the phone with our Casting Director, Lisa Parasyn, who has done a phenomenal job of bringing in an incredible array of acting talent for these auditions. To be honest, with seven varied roles to cast, I was a little nervous going in but about a week into the process, I’m positively excited by some of the talent. We have 2-3 solid candidates for each part – and still have more people to see! With Vancouver and L.A. sessions upcoming, Lisa and I reviewed exactly what we need from each of these characters. One of the key aspects I emphasized was humor. I’ve always felt that a sense of humor goes a long way toward humanizing a character and facilitating a viewer connection. I’m not necessarily talking about laugh-out-loud funny but even a subtle humor is great. When I think back to Stargate, characters like McKay and O’Neill are the obvious examples, but I’d argue that Daniel, Teal’c, Woolsey, Ronon (and many more) were also funny in their own way. And the viewers loved them for it. Well, that’s what I’m looking for in these auditions. Humor – in addition to depth, range, and an utterly brilliant performance. And, so far, a surprising number have delivered.
This afternoon, I walked the stages that will soon hold our sets…
This is where we’ll be building the ship’s infirmary and isolation chamber.
Future home of The Raza’s bridge.
Potential home of our shuttle, the Phantom Class Marauder.
I know it doesn’t look like much now but just you wait.