From now on, whenever someone requests a photo of me to accompany an interview or some newspaper article (“Local Producer Unwittingly Consumes Ornamental Headdress”) THIS is the one they’re getting. Akemi snapped it during today’s EPK (Electronic Press Kit) Day. Director T.J. Scott, his photographer, and the gang from SyFy were on hand to photograph and interview the actors, the sets, and Jay Firestone and me in the ramp up to the Dark Matter summer season premiere!
Overseeing the action on the day was Executive Producer Vanessa Piazza who drew assists from VFX Supervisor Lawren Bancroft-Wilson (drafted for monitor duty on the gallery shoot) and Consulting Producer Ivon Bartok (who helped with both the Q and A portions of the Q&A sessions).
Joining me on this rare Saturday foray into work was Akemi who – finally! – got to see the sets in person. And she loved them, snapping innumerable pics for her instagram…to be uploaded at a later date.
Backstage, on my way to my interview.
Snapping the cast.
Jay Firestone and I discuss the interview questions beforehand. But not really. Sure, we could’ve actually prepared, but that would’ve meant losing the improvisational aspect of being interviewed, something we don’t do so well….
Executive Producer Jay Firestone and I prepare to talk Dark Matter.
We had a pretty good time. Eventually. We got off to a rocky start (I’ll admit I do some of my better work BEHIND the camera) and, about ten minutes into the interview, were informed we would have to start over. As it turned out, it couldn’t have worked out better. Second time around we were focused, more relaxed and we even made sense!
Akemi hangs with Bubba.
After we were done, Jay escorted Akemi over to wardrobe and had her make a few selections. Pictured below, two of the three new gorgeous leather jackets she added to her closet. She was extremely grateful to Jay-san and is already preparing the next batch of Thank You cookies.
Very exciting stuff. We follow the EPK and gallery shoot with a conference call later this week to discuss marketing strategy. As I’ve already made clear, I don’t want to wait until AFTER we air to start showing you some of the show’s amazing visuals. Once we’ve all signed off, I’d like to start rolling out photos of the cast, the sets, and especially all of the amazing concept art and design work that’s been produced to date: ships, shuttles, wacky tech and weaponry! All coming your way soon – along with that long overdue guest casting announcement!