“Come on, Alex. What would Bruce Lee do? Make it awesome!” – Actor Alex Mallari Jr., all mic’d up in preparation for another big training room sequence. Dark Matter Episode #107, Day 2.
More often than not, whenever we seek out Alex’s character, FOUR, we usually find him training. Originally, I envisioned him working with swords but, after a couple of rehearsal sessions with stunt coordinator John Stead, it became clear that we didn’t have to limit ourselves. Sure, Alex is dedicated and skillful enough to pull off an astounding double sword sequence in the opener – but his (character’s) expertise extends to other weapons as well. So far, I believe, we’ve showcased his (character’s) proficiency with four different weapons. And counting.
“So, not so irie?”
– VFX Supervisor Lawren Bancroft-Wilson today after Ivon and I complained that the pre-lunch Jamaican patties gave us indigestion.
Oh, it could’ve been worse. Much worse. Four members of the crew were felled by this bug that’s been going around, dropping a cast member and another half dozen crew members last week alone! Fortunately, I had the foresight to hire Consulting Producer Ivon Bartok for situations such as this.
From the hermetically sealed environs of my office, I can just give him orders or receive text message updates like: “Finished blocking scene #35” or “PB&J sandwiches at the craft table!” or “Anthony Lemke ate the last PB&J sandwich. Again.”
“I think something’s coming down with me.”
– Akemi, this morning, letting me know that her sore throat was the harbinger of a full-blown cold.
It’s gotten so bad that, unable to speak, she’s had me do a guest intro for her recent Avocado Melt video recipe!
Sock of the Day! Sock of the Day!
Had our concept meeting for episode #108 today, and spent much of the day on set. BIG fight sequence tomorrow with our special guest star who’ll be putting the beatdown on one of the boys. Note: Dark Matter‘s first season will boast the most ass-kicking women this side of, well…
Finally, everyone seemed to love the new Android scene I wrote yesterday. I was inspired by the unique talents Zoie Palmer displayed in her callback audition. She is one diversely talented actress!