Well, well, well. If it isn’t another Dark Matter guest star with a Stargate connection. Which of you diehard SG-1 fans recognizes Supreme High Council Per’sus of the tok’ra, who nearly lost his life at the hands of a za’tarc way back in the season four episode “Dive and Conquer”? Small galaxy, no?
Back when Stargate concluded its awesome t.v. run back in 2010, I knew that, when all was said and done and all the sets had been struck, the final episode delivered, and I took that closing walk from the production offices to my car for the last time, I knew in my heart that there was one thing I would miss more than anything.
But coming in a close second was the people I worked with, some of whom I’d spent the better part of twelve years of my life along, making three fantastic t.v. shows. I honestly thought I’d never be lucky enough to work with a group as talented, kind, and supportive as the cast and crew from Stargate. But four years later, here I am, in Toronto (of all places!), working with an equally talented, kind and supportive and supportive cast and crew. In many ways, they actually remind me of the old gang, and my experience working with them has been, at times, very reminiscent of the great days I spent on the Stargate franchise. This, of course, is a testament to the hard work and careful management by Prodigy Picture’s (and Dark Matter Executive Producers) Jay Firestone and Vanessa Piazza who assembled a great team for this project, made up of Lost Girl veterans and other familiar faces.
Anyway, they’re great people – who are all too often unsung heroes of the production process. So here are a few of the behind-the-scenes individuals who help make this show great…
2nd Assistant Art Director (and budding amateur taxidermist) Kelly Diamond. You’re already familiar with some of her work (the videos for Cosmic Tonic and Intergalactic Pet Shipping! to name a couple), but you’ll see her awesome grapahic/playback skills on full display once the series starts to air. That Android data stream in episode #103? That’s her!
If he isn’t juggling the front office action or overseeing supply runs, Production Assistant Kyle Dolphin can be found showing off his physical prowess during the weekly Friday Push-Up contest. Remind me to show you pics of that time he was drafted to model the space suit. It’s like he was born to perform an EVA!
I’ve only had the pleasure to work with editor Teresa Hannigan on a single episode so far, but rumor has it I’ll be fortunate enough to re-team with her soon.
On Set Carpenter Jesse Partin notable for, among many other things, riding the mechanical bull that time we shot the casino episode in Hamilton. Also, he’s our resident doorman – in charge of ensuring a smooth open and close on those sliding ship doors.
The title of “Craft Server” doesn’t do justice to the culinary wizard that is John Schieder. Mornings, if you’re looking for a breakfast burrito or omelet, he’ll make you one to order. Then, throughout the day, will ensure you’re well-fed, offering up a rotating assortment of impressive food items, from sausages and schnitzel to greek salads and the best damn clam chowder I’ve ever eaten.
And I’ll undoubtedly miss them all once the show ends.
Five years from now.