My first Dark Matter (the t.v. series!) interview is in the books.  Head on over to WatchPlayRead.com for my chat with Ryan Thomason in which I discuss casting challenges, the various StargateDark Matter connections, and the prospect of pug cameos: http://watchplayread.com/wpr-talks-joseph-mallozzi-creator-syfys-new-series-dark-matter/

“I’ve always found it difficult to draw side by side comparisons between shows. If anything, I’d say our series is reminiscent of a mixture of various SF shows of the past (Blake’s 7, Farscape, Firefly, and, of course, Stargate) and a couple of non-SF sources (The Dirty Dozen, The Magnificent Seven, The Thunderbolts comic book seris). But if I HAD to pick one show I’d draw the closest parallels to in terms of world and tone, it would be an animated series called Cowboy Bebop. Check it out if you haven’t already seen it. It’s awesome.”

November  6, 2014: Talking Dark Matter With Watchplayread!  Construction Continues Apace!

November  6, 2014: Talking Dark Matter With Watchplayread!  Construction Continues Apace!

Wow.  It’s unbelievable how quickly these sets are going up.  Hell, the gang in construction is so fast that they’ve taken to hanging around the Art Department in anticipation of the latest floor plans.

November  6, 2014: Talking Dark Matter With Watchplayread!  Construction Continues Apace!

As the bridge goes up, so do the corridors.

November  6, 2014: Talking Dark Matter With Watchplayread!  Construction Continues Apace!

November  6, 2014: Talking Dark Matter With Watchplayread!  Construction Continues Apace!

November  6, 2014: Talking Dark Matter With Watchplayread!  Construction Continues Apace!

Trevor considers the work-to-date.  Fortunately, he liked what he saw – which meant we didn’t have to tear it all down and start over again.

At this rate, we’ll have our sets up well before our target date – meaning construction will have plenty of time to build me that soap box racer!

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19 thoughts on “November 6, 2014: Talking Dark Matter with WatchPlayRead! Construction continues apace!

  1. Looking at all those fresh new sets being built, my first thought was, ‘it must smell wonderful in there’. I love the smell of fresh cut wood.

  2. Good interview. You answered a question I had (about space aliens). Dark Matter is going to be so exciting. Have you got a cool, memorable logo/trademark for your production yet to end each episode? Like a pug typing furiously on a typewriter or something?

    Trevor looks like he is trying to decide where to put the sectional couch and big screen TV. You better go tell him it ain’t the studio’s rec room.

    @ arcticgoddess – I was thinking the exact same thing. I bet it smells so good and look how clean it is.

  3. Hello Mr. Mallozzi!

    Wow, it’s been such a pleasure reading your blog. I have been meaning to write my own and you have inspired some ideas for me 🙂

    Ryan Robbins and I were discussing our excitement for your up coming project! I hope you enjoyed my tape and I look forward to meeting you and the crew one day.
    Xox All the best 😀 and thanks for sharing!

  4. Also, Cowboy Bebop is ultra-Rad!!
    Faye Valentine is one of my future cosplays 😀
    (I have already cosplayed as Felicia/The Black Cat and Felicia from Darkstalkers The video game) hehe ^_^

  5. Wow that is fast, that said as long as it looks great in the end, that’s all that matters.

    Somewhat offtopic but South Park recently was so funny. It also had the long overdue return of the devil too. I thought the scene between possessed Stan(By the Devil) vs the Canadian Devil was pretty funny. Anyway this scene which introduces the Canadian devil was pretty decent.

  6. Nice wide corridors – I like that in a spacecraft.

    Trevor kind of looks like someone who got lost and is trying figure their way back!

  7. I would love to see how they paint the set. All the techniques to make it look like a metal space ship would be fascinating!

  8. The Raza Bridge sign/ bulletin board/ equipment cart/ drawing table/ jig that continuously tests new construction for the accessibility of heavy, rolling equipment is high art to the practical-minded. If there’re a carpenter’s vice and peg board on there somewhere I’ll squee.

  9. Cool interview Joe!

    I really like the smooth lines of the Raza corridors. Reminiscent of the Enterprise D corridors.

    Seeing the fantastic sci-fi sets that have been made on some of my favorite series over the years, I have to keep reminding myself that they’re not real. Big props to all of the construction teams.

  10. @ponytail!
    I like the typing pug idea!
    Fast building rate. Two more weeks and we can see a ship with face and eyes.

  11. Just looked over the set pictures. First thing I thought was, ‘there was a library in the story?’

    😛

    das

  12. “Our former Stargate Production Designer, James Robbins, has been doing some design work on our space station and shuttle, The Marauder, while former Stargate VFX Supervisor Mark Savela and former Script Coordinator Lawren Bancroft-Wilson will be spearheading the visual effects on Dark Matter.”

    WOO HOO! MARK SAVELA IS BACK!!!! THANK YOU, JOE!! <3

  13. I don’t care if it’s got wheels or not, that bridge is never going to cut it for believability. 😉

    -Mike A.

  14. Cowboy Bebop is good. Actually it’s great! Even if I wasn’t completely behind this project before, any show with that vibe has great promise.

    @das: Nice jammies! And I can see the library in that 4th picture now that I look back at it. maybe there IS a library in the Raza…

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