January 4, 2015: Introducing…director T.j. Scott!

One of the most important decisions we had to make early in process was the selection of our first director.  Whoever we chose would be shooting our first two episodes and, as such, would not only be responsible for setting the tone for the series, but would be charged with the task of “working out” any early issues that happened to present themselves (and, for a new production, a few do inevitably crop out). We needed someone with a sharp narrative sense and a great visual style, a visionary capable of delivering a dynamic story, nuanced character moments, and kick-ass action sequences – on budget and on schedule.  We needed the ultimate pro – and we got him in director T.J. Scott.

January 4, 2015: Introducing…director T.j. Scott!
T.J. oversees the concept meeting for episodes #101 and #102.

Some of you are probably familiar with his work even if you may not immediately realize it.  Xena: Warrior Princess, La Femme Nikita, Spartacus: War of the Damned, Orphan Black and Gotham are just a few of the shows on his extensive resume.

January 4, 2015: Introducing…director T.j. Scott!
T.J. on a location scout, considering a possible #102 reactor room.

And there’s also this: https://www.flickr.com/photos/tj_scott/sets/72157625670731438/, a massive coffee table book comprised of gorgeous celebrity photographs, all shot by the man himself.  Over 150 “models” from film, fashion, music and television,  stripped down for this project – and a good cause.  100% of the profits from the sales of these books are donated to Breast Cancer Research.  You can order your own copy here: http://www.amazon.ca/In-Tub-TJ-Scott/dp/0988738503

January 4, 2015: Introducing…director T.j. Scott!
Stunt Coordinator John Stead and Director T.J. Scott plan the “last stand” sequence.

It’s been amazing seeing him work.  He’s been all over prep, pitching ideas, overseeing all meetings, leading the creative charge as we accelerate toward production.

January 4, 2015: Introducing…director T.j. Scott!

Smart, inventive, cool under pressure – and a hell of a nice guy.  I instantly knew I’d like him when, for our very first meeting, he insisted we discuss the show over oysters and beer.

These next few weeks are going to be a blast!


23 thoughts on “January 4, 2015: Introducing…Director T.J. Scott!

  1. He’s a great director, his work speaks for itself. I’m sure he’ll do well with Dark Matter.

  2. Correct me if I’m wrong, but that stairway T.J. is standing on is in David Hewitt’s “Debug” is it not?

  3. Looks like a very capable director. Great eye. Beautiful pictures. I can sorta see the look the show will have now. First class all the way.

  4. I got distracted by his amazing photography work! I don’t recall seeing any television work he has done but based on his photography work alone he is an amazing talent! Can’t wait to see the first 2 episodes.

  5. That’s quite a résumé. And that bodes very well for the initial episodes. Nice job, Joe!

    And welcome, T.J. Good to have you aboard!

  6. A very belated Happy New Year to you and Akemi, and all the folks here.

    And whoa! It’s looks like you’re off to a great start with T.J. Scott, and all of the production crew and cast!

    I can’t wait to see what the finished sets look like. And honestly, I’m so excited for you. Dark Matter is truly your baby. And I know it’ll be fantastic!

  7. I was a big fan of spartacus very eager to see him translate his experience over to the sci-fi realm also still holding out hope to see Peter deluise in the directors chair love the space station teaser on the wall.

  8. That’s an impressive list of projects! I can’t wait until the show airs!!!!

    Randomness: It might be luck but I’ve never had the flu after I’ve gotten the shot. Fingers crossed!

    I finished “The Martian” and now I’m starting on “Thirteen Hours”. I have a lot of work in front of me today and a root canal scheduled for later. 🙁

  9. I remember hearing about his “In the Tub” series of shots last year and upon perusing through them, I noticed your arch nemesis, Tara Yelland, was among his subjects. Smoldering is the word that fits best….

    -Mike A.

  10. Loving this and getting super excited now! All those shows are faves, from kick ass Xena to kick ass Orphan Black. Happy new year everybody, celebrate with a cool weird song that popped up my radio today:


  11. Your family is growing. Looks like you have a great team going for you. Looking forward to the show.

  12. @Tam Dixon

    That’s great, and I hope you continue to be flu free. I generally don’t have colds/flu for long when I do get anyway. I don’t have much idea about virus stuff but I think there tends to be lots of different strains and new ones that pop up each year.

  13. Joe how does it feel to see yours and Paul’s ideals, hard work, and vision become reality? So much support from very talented people to make it all come together. You must thrilled.

  14. I’ve become quite fond of his work, can’t think of a better way to start off a new series! Please tell Akemi that we greatly appreciate her sacrifice of your together time to requirements of your new show. 😀

  15. I recognize Black Sails (which I watch) and Longmire, of course. I have Gotham in my DVR but I’ve been a very bad Fox-VIP-er for not watching it yet. Jeff wanted to watch with me and he’s always on his new gaming computer playing games. I have seen the one episode of TTS he did. Flash Gordon. And I plan to see 12 Monkeys and Dark Matter. Heard Dark Matter was going to be awesome.

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