I admire people who dress like they just don’t care – what other people think. Lady Gaga. Don Cherry. And, of course, Dark Matter‘s Tabor Calchek. I knew the gang in wardrobe was going to have a lot of fun dressing him – maybe, I suspected, a little too much fun. So it was with a certain amount of trepidation that I made my way down to the costume department last month for a sneak peek at Tabor’s outfits. I was treated to a lot of comfy wear (see previous blog instalments) and then a bit of flash in the form of the type of shirt usually reserved for disco enthusiasts or East European gangsters. I loved it, but had only one small request. Instead of just having him in his underwear, lets give Tabor pants. Pleather pants!
And, voila! He’s ready for business. Or a night out on the town!
I was up at 4:30 this morning so that I could prepare my breakfast, see to the dogs, and then take the hour long drive to Hamilton for today’s 7:00 a.m. main unit call. It was still dark by the time I rolled into the crew park.
Hell, it was so early, it was late!
Shooting in the woods today. And I mean that in two senses of the word.
Also, occasional slashing and stabbing.
“A” 2nd Assistant Camera, Michael Purdon, color codes sticks for blocking.
Okay, what I mean is, when the actors come to set, the director will “block” a scene with them, deciding who moves where and when. Once that has been decided, “marks” are placed on the floor (usually tape, color coded for each performer, but, in today’s case, sticks) so that everyone knows exactly where they should be standing and/or moving to in order to “hit their mark”.
It was, thankfully, our final location day for episode #109. I suppose it could’ve been worse. It could’ve been raining. On the other hand, it could’ve been just slightly better with the addition of snow. Ah, I suppose I can just get Lawren, our VFX Supervisor, to add some in post. How hard can it be?
Consulting Producer Ivon Bartok and actress Melissa O’Neil (TWO) try to stay warm. Hey! It’s winter again!
21 thoughts on “April 6, 2015: Day #3 of our Four Days of Tabor Calchek feature! Enjoying the great outdoors on Dark Matter episode #109!”
Wow, early post today! I hadn’t even got a chance to comment on last night’s. Great looking dinner, by the way! Ivon and family really put on a spread. So nice of them.
That forest looks cool, but I kind of miss that certain “Pacific rainforest” look. 🙂
David’s shirt looks pretty awesome! I can’t wait to see his take on the character.
I look at this and think “that is so cool!”
Hmm, looks like you might need to digitally add in some more chest hair for DH to look even more sleazy. Sorry DH, love ya! 😀
I thought that’s what might’ve been going on with the sticks due to the colors of the tape being used, but I wasn’t certain. Each color is for each specific actor, right? That’d make sense to me.
I saw a picture on someone’s twitter feed that showed them wearing a DM jacket. Is it safe to assume that those are crew only, or are they samples of upcoming DM swag? 😉 😉
(BTW, I watched SG-1’s “Inauguration” last night. THAT is how a clip show is done! Great work my friend.)
Hewlett rocking the “Larry the Lounge Lizard” look there..
Eastern European gangster. Yep, that’s the vibe I’m getting from those outfits. Especially the open, loud-patterned shirt, “leather” pants and stubble. Niiiiice.
Your dinner yesterday looked fabulous!. You certainly have a lot of nice friends and co-workers. And they feed you well.
Hell, it was so early, it was late!
That makes no sense, I’ll be trying to figure that statement out for days, Thanks a lot.
I immediately thought of Don Johnson in Miami Vice when I saw that picture of David in the blue shirt. Tabor is one cool dude.
David Hewlett certainly looks like he’s “in the role”. My excitement is growing for this series.
Also on the return docket for me is “Falling Skies” on TNT June 28th, “The Last Ship” on TNT June 21st, “Defiance” on SyFy at some unknown date.
If SyFy really is bringing back sci-fi Fridays, I’m ready!
Yay — Dark Matter!
Hewletts costume looks great, it certainly matches the description of the character you gave. I also really like the forest pictures, especially the 3rd and 4th one.
Looks like good spring fun.
Dudes who wear multiple rings always have aunts who buy them white gold chains for their necks (is that how I avoid calling it a necklace?). Why is Tabor mad at his aunt?
it was so early, it was late!
Do you mean it was so early in the morning, it was like it was late at night??
and not morning…
I was worried I’d never see Hewlett as anything other than as McKay. But with THAT look, McKay has been completely flushed from my brain.
Hey Mr. M
The camp really look like my fun time with the Canadian Army reserves at CFB Valcartier & Camp Farnham. Was it cool and wet in the morning? Heh Heh,
A word of advice about staying warm. You have to get out of the elements. Once your cloths gets damp from exertion, you will shiver. Best to be in a heated tent when not require to work outside.
Oh my fun time was doing military exercises in similar terrain & weather for a week at a time. You never forget the smell of cordite and oil fumes at night.
FYI…I ran across this short (three year old) blog posting that
talks about something mentioned in Dark Matter.
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Nice sword, love it.
That shirt … I once had a boyfriend who may or may not have had one much like it.
A SciFi character that I can dress up as, without having to buy a new outfit 😀
That Tabor looks familiar. Pretty sure I saw him hawking fake ecstasy in Ibiza. The forest location is lovely with the silver trees. I like Mr. Purdon’s cap, it looks very toasty.
Sorry I missed a few days. I was down with a nasty stomach flu.
It’s GREAT to see that David Hewlett is the guest star we’ve been waiting for! And I never tire of being right. Can’t wait to see him knock it out of the park this summer.
And it’s fantastic in general to see so many Stargate alums on the production.
Ever thought aboot a nice RV?
I’m so bored. There’s nothing on!
Ivon! They said they were looking for a “sylvan glade”, not “silver blade”!! 🙂
That outfit definitely ups the ante on the sleaze factor and I love it. It is almost just two months away now (since it is now April 11th). It will just FLY by. June is going to be a great month with the return of so many of my favorites and new favorites.
I got some experience with blocking when I did two commercials and was on TV for a few months (once a week) for our local station.