January 7, 2015: Read-thrus, Camera Tests, Cast Dinners, And Sound Medical Advice!

Today, we had our very first read-thru (episodes #101 and #102).  A great time was had by all – but especially Paul and I who had our expectations far surpassed. This cast is amazing!

January 7, 2015: Read-thrus, Camera Tests, Cast Dinners, And Sound Medical Advice!
Melissa gives the read-thru TWO thumbs up (one for each script).

The rest of the day was spent doing camera tests of the ship’s corridors and bridge. We tried different cameras, different looks, varied the lighting, and got into some very long and involved discussions about monitors and bridge windows.  We also got to see all seven of our cast members in costume, walking – and occasionally running – the halls.  It’s finally coming together!

January 7, 2015: Read-thrus, Camera Tests, Cast Dinners, And Sound Medical Advice!
Director T.J. Scott oversees the action.
January 7, 2015: Read-thrus, Camera Tests, Cast Dinners, And Sound Medical Advice!
Testing the MoVI

January 7, 2015: Read-thrus, Camera Tests, Cast Dinners, And Sound Medical Advice!

January 7, 2015: Read-thrus, Camera Tests, Cast Dinners, And Sound Medical Advice!
Executive Producer Vanessa Piazza greets me first thing in the morning.
January 7, 2015: Read-thrus, Camera Tests, Cast Dinners, And Sound Medical Advice!
Executive Producer Jay Firestone, all smiles. Always a good sign.

We snacked throughout the day – on everything from crudités to chicken kiev. Later in the afternoon, Cathy and Darlene, the Catering Servers, came by and introduced themselves.  Apparently, Cathy is a frequent reader of this blog.

January 7, 2015: Read-thrus, Camera Tests, Cast Dinners, And Sound Medical Advice!

And that earned her and Darlene a cameo.

We shot some inserts for the end of episode #101, then wrapped.  Actor Roger Cross gave me a hug so enthusiastic that I fear he cracked my rib or possibly ruptured my spleen.  Fortunately, at the cast dinner, Zoie Palmer offered me some sound medical advice.

“I didn’t know you were a doctor,”I told her.

“I’m not,”she said.  “I just played one for five years.”

Tomorrow, it’s the color test meeting and an all day rehearsal.  The last day of prep before we finally go to camera!

35 thoughts on “January 7, 2015: Read-thrus, camera tests, cast dinners, and sound medical advice!

  1. “I didn’t know you were a doctor,”I told her.

    “I’m not,”she said. “I just played one for five years.”

    so she can legitimately do that “i’ve not a doctor, but i play(ed) one on tv.” gag.

  2. O! M! Gosh! They all look so young and fresh. The already look like a team. I hope the cast is as excited to be there as we are to see them there! Dark Matter is a great opportunity for each of them.

    And pssst Joe, you don’t have to blur the post-it note sitting on the table in front of the guy sitting in the back of the room across the hall in the office next door with the lights out. We can’t see it!! 😉

    “We also got to see all seven of our cast members in costume, walking – and occasionally running – the halls. It’s finally coming together!”

    O! M! Gosh!! It is!!!

  3. excited doesn’t even begin to explain how I feel can’t wait till this summer your the best Joe thanks for bringing science fiction back to television.

    1. @shaneac1-“excited doesn’t even begin to explain how I feel can’t wait till this summer your the best Joe thanks for bringing science fiction back to television.”
      Dito and Amen! But I had to say ‘excited’ so as not to give away my craziness. There is a poor showing of Scifi on Syfy even after cutting through the wrestling fiction. I’m really freaking out of my mind with anticipation. 😛

  4. Cathy and Darlene would be my favorite people. Keep the caterers happy. Oh, do they know that Joe likes chocolate mints, chicken McNuggets, and fruit desserts? Just keep it coming!

    Good to see Mr. Firestone happy, TJ Scott studying, and Vanessa poking fun at you. All in a days work.

  5. Wow really excited for this new venture!!!

    And #DrLewis giving medical advice is just awesome..excited to see Zoie Palmer playing the #Android!!! #AndroidZoie to the rescue

  6. LOVE all of the Dark Matter BTS goodness!!
    PLEASE continue with more more more!
    There’s never enough.

  7. Be extra nice to Zoie we love her and we’ll follow her to space and further #ItMatters #DarkMatter

  8. Thanks for the update. 🙂
    Could you tell what cameras you are using for Dark Matter and with what resolution you are shooting?

  9. I’m so excited for you all. And of course for myself too. Have fun, break legs and please do kiss and tell. I am so enjoying all your sharing.

  10. Exciting! I can feel the enthusiasm in their expressions. When can we see them in their costumes? Or is that super super secret stuff?

    As for medical advice, I had a bit of my own today as I developed a full body rash and had to go to urgent care. It was diagnosed as Contact Dermatitis and I was given a steroid shot (a real pain in the ass…literally), antihistamines, hydroxyzine, and hydrocortisone cream.

    The doctor’s opinion (due to the pattern), was that an overdose of fabric softener on the hotel sheets had caused it. She said that she sees occasional cases of this and since I had never had such a reaction before, it was most likely caused by a bunched up or poorly drained commercial washer that accidentally dosed my sheets with much higher than normal levels of softener. I had the hotel change out the sheets as a precaution, so hopefully tomorrow will be better. So, @Sparrow_hawk, does that count as overworking myself?

    @Tam Dixon and Ponytail:

    It looks like I won’t be able to make it over to the CES show floor; we just have too many customers booked for our private booth tomorrow and then I fly back home at 6 am on Friday. I’ll try to get some pictures of the fitness products our parts are in and post them to the blog in the next couple of weeks. I have seen the new 4K TV (4 times the resolution of HD), and they do look nice, but unfortunately I forgot to get pictures. More updates later…

    1. Line Noise wrote:
      “Wow! This is getting exciting!
      I just saw this today: Kawoosh!”

      hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha, its great, I love it, but I can’t stop laughing.

  11. How long does it take from filming episodes to airing? I’m trying to be patient……

    Pomytail: Sounds ominous… One of my karate friend’s visits his in laws in China frequently. He says, since anesthesia is extra, a lot of citizens there go through the whole root canal without ANY pain relief! 😳

    Wishing everyone blue skies and warm nights! “Baby it’s cold outside”

  12. So exciting! And those ship interior corridor (?) panels look fantastic! If they look that good in an iPhone shot, I can’t wait to see them in the TV version.

    Also, it looks like the Stargate tradition of awesome craft services is continuing. Hi Cathy & Darlene!

    @JeffW: I feel itchy just reading that.

  13. @It’s finally coming together!

    Hurray. The Raza also looks great, from humble beginnings with the wood look to an amazing looking spaceship now 🙂

  14. *sigh* (happy sigh) It’s great to see Dark Matter finally coming together.

    @JeffW: Yikes! I hope you are better today. And less itchy. That part isn’t overwork, but it sounds like the rest is. Have a safe flight home and have someone meet you carrying a parka and a balaclava when you get back here.

  15. @JeffW, ouch! hope you feel better. You are making me itch,,never thought about the hotel sheets for that. Well if you didnt get away from your own booth, that is good for business right?!? Some of the things I have seen on cnet from the show are amazing, versa ball-beer pong!
    ~Yippee for Joe and the team, looks like sailing is good!

  16. p.s.love the MoVI, wish I had one!! Looking forward to the finished product, and thanks for sharing all the behind the scenes,fun stuff and people..Yeah to catering,hello to Cathy and Darlene, thanks for all the yummy stuff, is there chocolate on that tray?, Joe needs chocolate…

  17. hypochondria
    n 1: chronic and abnormal anxiety about imaginary symptoms and
    ailments [syn: hypochondria, hypochondriasis]

    Hypochondria \Hy`po*chon”dri*a\, n. [NL.] (Med.)
    An excessive concern about one’s own health, particularly a
    morbid worry about illnesses which a person imagines are
    affecting him, often focusing on specific symptoms

    hypochondriac
    adj 1: suffering from hypochondria [syn: hypochondriac,
    hypochondriacal]
    n 1: a patient with imaginary symptoms and ailments [syn: Joseph Mallozzi]

    😉

    das

  18. As Purple- Ultra SG Fan and Sci fi nut wrote:

    I’m so excited for you all. And of course for myself too. Have fun, break legs and please do kiss and tell. I am so enjoying all your sharing.

  19. The MoVI reminds me of the Jet Pack on Gilligan’s Island or the machine Sigourney Weaver wore in Alien. Is this a replacement to the heavy mobile rig camera you are using in previous shows?

    As mentioned above I too am getting exited about the first production day and primer day. Best wishing all around and to ALL staff. Coo does for Darlene and Cathy!

  20. Wow! It’s really happening! So excited to see everything coming together!

    I meant to comment the other day about how you said that you really loved this new crew of folks and how it reminded you of the old SG days. You realize that if things KEEP going so well and the show gets great ratings that you could be in for going back and forth to Toronto for upwards of 10 years?

    I suppose that would be a good problem to have, to a certain extent. 😉

    -Mike A.

  21. Cathy and Darlene, that platter looks tasty; olives and is that cheese? You guys rock, this will be a well fed cast and crew for surse.
    Ah, at last the cast! So happy to see familar faces from my fave shows represented, getting even more excited!
    I don’t think that fellow is using the MoVi correctly. He’s supposed to relax and let the MoVi take over swiveling his hips to the music; the MoVi is great at helping beginners learn how to mambo, tango or pachanga.

  22. @you could be in for going back and forth to Toronto for upwards of 10 years?

    I would love to see Joe get 10 seasons with Dark Matter but realistically I think 5-6 seasons is more likely. I thought Jay Firestone and co did well to get 5 seasons out of Lost Girl, it wasn’t my kind of show, but they clearly have the ability to get a show to go the distance.

  23. Betcha Mama Mallozzi and Sis would love the 10 year hitch as well. Keeps Joe in the neighborhood for easy visits….YES!

  24. Feel better, @JeffW.

    So, didja get the hug from Roger because you told him all about me? That would be because you had NUTHIN else to do all day, right?

    I so want to be a fly on the wall as this production gets closer to reality. I am, however, somewhat disappointed that the first season is only 13 episodes.

  25. Loving all the smiles. Wonder if they will still look like that in season 10. That’s cool that Cathy reads on the blog.

    @Line Noise Love that picture!

    And with this post I’m flying out the door to care for my puggle client. And WoW! I’m caught up.

    For those who didn’t know, my Boomer had tested positive for heartworm back in October. He got infected before he was rescued (apparently takes 5-6 months for it to actually show up on a test). So we did the quick-kill method. Keeping this 80-pound dog quiet has been a challenge. He had his first shot the Monday before Thanksgiving. He just got injections 2 and 3 of Monday and Tuesday of this week. He was a hurting baby. He’s better today. We have to keep him quiet for 30 more days (because as the adult heartworms die, they can get clogged in the pulmonary system and he could die) and then retest him in 6 months. Talk about EXPENSIVE. It wasn’t so much the injections as it was the underlying conditions from possibly the heartworms or not (they weren’t sure). Lots of expensive medications. It was scary though. I couldn’t imagine losing another dog so soon.

    I had knee surgery in December. They did two procedures while in there they didn’t plan originally to do. Christmas was horrid having to work with the pain. Looks like I’ll be in physical therapy until February. Still on two crutches when I’m out in public, but I’ve graduated from use of crutches at home. So between pet sitting, surgery, Boomer, that’s been why I’ve been absent from the blog so long. Have missed you guys.

  26. @ JeffW – With your rash, my first thought was “oh he is stressed out!”. I hope changing the sheets helped. Hang in there!

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