December 5, 2014: Introducing Locations Manager Zachary Beckwith!  And Our First Official Dark Matter Locations Scout!

Remember that guy back in the day?  The one with all the connections?  The one who could get you and your friends in anywhere, no matter how popular or exclusive the place?  Well, that guy now works on Dark Matter.  His name is Zachary Beckwith and he is our Locations Manager.  If you’re looking for somewhere to shoot that alley gun battle or forest sword fight or palace betrayal, he can get you in!

December 5, 2014: Introducing Locations Manager Zachary Beckwith!  And Our First Official Dark Matter Locations Scout!

We had our first official Dark Matter locations scout the other day, lead by Zach who scheduled a grand tour of not one, not two, but three locations (plus a fourth the following day) in addition to arranging transport and snacks!  Pictured above, Exec Producer’s Bodyguard Alison Hepburn and Assistant Production Manager Robbie David prepare for departure.

December 5, 2014: Introducing Locations Manager Zachary Beckwith!  And Our First Official Dark Matter Locations Scout!

One of the most important attributes of a successful writer-producer is flexibility.  Sometimes, that wild west town you scripted for your original comic book is unfeasible – or simply way too expensive for single, even double episode use – so you have to start considering alternate settings.  If you were shooting, say, in Vancouver, you could go with a tent village or quonset huts – but if you’re shooting in the Toronto area, it’s far smarter to take advantage of what the area has to offer.  In this case, a stones throw from T.O. (assuming Superman threw the stone) is Hamilton, home to a plethora of industrial settings.

December 5, 2014: Introducing Locations Manager Zachary Beckwith!  And Our First Official Dark Matter Locations Scout!

With the right builds and set dec, an area like this can be transformed into a part of a mining community or even a space station.

December 5, 2014: Introducing Locations Manager Zachary Beckwith!  And Our First Official Dark Matter Locations Scout!

Animal prints suggest a local wildlife that will add character to any futuristic set.  Space raccoons?

December 5, 2014: Introducing Locations Manager Zachary Beckwith!  And Our First Official Dark Matter Locations Scout!

These walk-thrus also offer much in the way of potential props.  I could see things thingamajig sitting in our cargo hold.

December 5, 2014: Introducing Locations Manager Zachary Beckwith!  And Our First Official Dark Matter Locations Scout!

Love the look of this place with its catwalks and ladders, offering great multi-level scope for shootouts.

December 5, 2014: Introducing Locations Manager Zachary Beckwith!  And Our First Official Dark Matter Locations Scout!

A bit of a fixer-upper.  Would take a while to clear.

December 5, 2014: Introducing Locations Manager Zachary Beckwith!  And Our First Official Dark Matter Locations Scout!

I quite like this look for the final battleground.

December 5, 2014: Introducing Locations Manager Zachary Beckwith!  And Our First Official Dark Matter Locations Scout!

Heading outside to check out the exteriors.

December 5, 2014: Introducing Locations Manager Zachary Beckwith!  And Our First Official Dark Matter Locations Scout!

It would look quite different once we were done with it, but this alleyway offers a great look for our crew’s encounter with Captain Salehi and co.

December 5, 2014: Introducing Locations Manager Zachary Beckwith!  And Our First Official Dark Matter Locations Scout!

A lot of these places offer tons of character in the way of unfathomable equipment.

December 5, 2014: Introducing Locations Manager Zachary Beckwith!  And Our First Official Dark Matter Locations Scout!

Another great look.

December 5, 2014: Introducing Locations Manager Zachary Beckwith!  And Our First Official Dark Matter Locations Scout!

Thinking ahead to the salvage op on the abandoned freighter in episode #105.  Looking for low ceilings, cramped corridors – and this place has it in spades.

December 5, 2014: Introducing Locations Manager Zachary Beckwith!  And Our First Official Dark Matter Locations Scout!

Again, loving the multi-level gun stations.  A possible reactor room?

Decisions, decisions…

17 thoughts on “December 5, 2014: Introducing Locations Manager Zachary Beckwith! And our first official Dark Matter locations scout!

  1. Hey Zach! And great work already, by the way – those locations really have the look of a distressed mining town on the edge of oblivion. Not to say that Hamilton… oh, never mind.

  2. Hey Joe

    Hi Zach. You didn’t happen to work on Lost Girl did you. Some of those locations looked familiar.

    Elminster

  3. Duuude. Clearly Rocket Raccoon has been lurking around your prospective sites. Careful…he’s pretty badass with a gun…in fact, he’d make a great addition to your crew. ‘Cept, of course, for the whole copyright thing, and all. 😛

    das

  4. Welcome Zach! Joe you are just having way too much fun.. space racoons and some horseshoe prints, not sure what that all could be,hmmm. And snacks,, what a day.

  5. It looks spooky there. It takes a lot of vision to imagine working in a place like that. Too bad that hospital Natalie was born at isn’t still standing… if you’re looking for old abandoned buildings. Now that would have been haunted!

  6. I really like those locations. I think they are going to work well for DM.

    @das: I agree. Rocket Raccoon would be an excellent additiona to the team. . 😀

  7. I suppose you could do anything really, a moon base, a mining facility on an asteroid(shielded), anything. Space is such a big place that I’m sure some aliens would build anywhere that could be of benefit. Perhaps even a planet that doesn’t support life but they’re living underground because of ‘reason here’.

  8. @A bit of a fixer-upper. Would take a while to clear.

    Or you could just say whoever owns the place is just lazy and doesn’t care enough to clear.

  9. Das: 😆 Guardians is coming out in DVD soon. I pre-ordered my copy.

    Hi to Zach!

    I had no idea that so many people were involved in the making of a TV series. Fascinating and Thanks for sharing! I’m looking forward to “Dark Matter’s” premiere.

    Christmas plans this year?

  10. that “thingy” – it’s a portable pipe threader. really? y’all didn’t recognize that? PS: Thank you for all your work, especially Stargate Universe – it’s a sadly under appreciated effort that i found awesome.

  11. of course, Zach, you took Joe to Ontario Place? Those miles of suspended glassed in walkways? With cool stairs and all?

  12. Great sites. Just remember an engine room of a brewery has already been done. Some of the long big rooms remind me of some SG episodes.

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