November 19, 2014: Introducing Dark Matter Art Director Kim Zaharko!

One of the most notoriously elusive member of the Dark Matter production team is Kim Zaharko.  For days, rumors abounded of a supremely talented Art Director frequenting the lower offices, coordinating the design and construction of our awesome sets.  There had been sightings but no visual confirmations.  Intrigued, I set out to get photographic proof of her existence.  After numerous failed attempts, I was finally able to snap the above pic during an Art Department meeting which I attended, disguised as an innocuous photocopier.  Note the discerning eyes for detail, the tell-tale look of seasoned professionalism, the the keen sense of fashion!

Now note her exceptional handiwork…

November 19, 2014: Introducing Dark Matter Art Director Kim Zaharko!

November 19, 2014: Introducing Dark Matter Art Director Kim Zaharko!

November 19, 2014: Introducing Dark Matter Art Director Kim Zaharko!

November 19, 2014: Introducing Dark Matter Art Director Kim Zaharko!

November 19, 2014: Introducing Dark Matter Art Director Kim Zaharko!

Coming along nicely, no?

Tomorrow, I’m New York-bound for the day.  Out at 6:00 a.m.; back at 11:00 p.m! I’m tired already.

23 thoughts on “November 19, 2014: Introducing Dark Matter Art Director Kim Zaharko!

  1. Hey Kim – that’s some great work! Also, those sets are really coming together and looking great.

    Have a great (if quick) trip to NY, Joe. I’m heading on Saturday through Las Vegas to do some hiking (and photography) in Zion and Bryce Canyon NP in southern Utah for the week. Mostly just going for a nice break.

  2. Have you seen the snow storms in New York? Safe travels, big time!

    Great progress on the sets! You have a bunch of talented people working behind the scenes.

  3. I bet it is exciting for Kim too, to see her drawings come to life. The construction is amazing. Have a good trip to New York. Day trips aren’t too bad, just like you say, tiring.

  4. I’ll assume that the proper flooring is still coming with those hallway sets.
    I’ll comment when the finished sets are shown/revealed.

    Also….it’s supposed to be a “ship of space”.
    IMO there should be proper or at least some form of lighting on all four of the
    flatter surface levels. (…floor?…ceiling?..two walls?)
    *Unless* there is some purpose relating to the story where there
    shouldn’t/wouldn’t be a need for such (necessary) lighting.
    …or maybe the lighting look becomes a factor involved with
    the shooting of the show…but I am sure that adjustments could be made.

    The detailed type and “color” of the lighting is also something worth
    mentioning….but I’ll shut up now and I’ll slowly crawl back into my dark
    and unlit hole.

  5. She is awesome! That’s my dream job situation, to run around making awesome contributions, but not have to play office politics to get recognition for it. I thought such was just a myth.

  6. Pourquoi New-York ? Déjà en vacances !!!
    Très intéressant de voir surgir peu à peu des décors !
    Merci beaucoup

  7. Patience, patience…

    Who’s Patience? Certainly not anyone from around here…

    😉

    das

  8. When you first showed us the initial construction of the corridors, I said, “Wow. Those are Some WIDE corridors for the confined space of a spacecraft.” Now I see why that was necessary. I’m learning so much. 🙂 Thank you.

  9. I love how the plans are color coded for which type of structure/bulkhead goes where. Very efficient!

    I just did a quick iMDb search for Kim and saw that she worked on Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. One of my absolutely favorite movies of all time. That’s saying a lot for me since I only have like five or six movies that I feel that way about. I have a lot of movies I like, but very few hit so well on all cylinders to be classified as an all time favorite. Give her a big “Thank You” for me!

    -Mike A.

  10. Joe, Kim seems to be a most accomplished art director and aficionado in expressions. I see how she can easily duplicate and meld with the picture behind her. In fact I would suspect she is an expert in color and perhaps well versed in camouflage and concealment that with properly applied body paint she could blend into the surroundings without detection.

  11. Hey Joe, today at work a teammate mentioned he was traveling this evening up to Toronto to visit family. As soon he said this, I thought of you and Dark Matters ;-). (But I really don’t think he’ll be dropping by your production offices).He said he would be sure to bring his toque. This caused a follow-up question from me, “what the heck is a toque?” As he pronounced it “touk”.

    Ah-ha! A tightly worn woolen or acrylic hat, with or without ear flaps or with or without a brim. And apparently this is a Canadian innovation. Congratulations!

    Bring and wear your toque Joe! New York is c-c-cold!

    2cats

  12. The set looks awesome. And god speed on the there and back again travel to New York. I have done a few of those trips for work, I am tired already for you as well.

  13. @I’ll assume that the proper flooring is still coming with those hallway sets.

    Nah, the crew of the Raza will be flying around on a ship made of wood! LOL. Joking aside, you have to remember its early days on the set building, I’m sure the completed sets will be quite special.

  14. @Have you seen the snow storms in New York?

    Tams right there, it’s crazy the amount of snow that fell on NY recently.

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