Between prep, production, and post, I hardly have time for anything else. Hell, I hardly have time for prep, production, and post. If I’m prepping an episode, I can’t be on set. If I’m on set, I can’t be in editing. And if I’m in editing, I can’t be in prep. So what’s an Executive Producer to do? Well, if you know someone with production experience (producing AND directing) and that someone shares your script sensibilities, then you hire them to set sit for you. Which is exactly what we did.
Introducing new Dark Matter consulting producer Ivon Bartok who will be overseeing production of episodes #106 through #109. His duties will include script consultations, shot surveillance, and the putting out of fires both literal and figurative. But especially literal.
First order of business after taking the grand tour of the sets and meeting the DM gang was Ivon’s induction into our whisky club. From left to right: Norman Denver, Trevor Finn, Jay Firestone (sipping tea instead), Ivon Bartok (breeching etiquette by foregoing the toast and getting right to it), Brandon Tataryn, and director Ron Murphy. Not pictured: me.
We were actually drinking 18 year old Bunnahabhain, but I’d love to try this 250 year old Glenmercury spaceside single malt.
Tone meeting today for episode #106 and parts of #109 with director Ron Murphy. Next week, Ivon acts as my representative to the tech survey heading to Kitchener early Monday morning. Then, on Tuesday, we’re going ATV’ing. No, seriously. The area we’ll be scouting for #109 is only accessible by ATV. Wish me luck!
It’s official. He got his parking pass. He’s one of us now!