I spent most of today out and about, checking out possible locations for our last few episodes.  We were on the lookout for: a high-tech facility, cool corridors and stairwells, operating theaters, a dining room, and a field emitter room…

April 13, 2015: A Final Dark Matter Location Scout!  And One More Thank You!

This chamber offers a great-looking entrance and exit – when it’s not being used to wash hospital gurneys.

April 13, 2015: A Final Dark Matter Location Scout!  And One More Thank You!

Line Producer Norman Denver and Production Designer Ian Brock kick back between autopsies.

April 13, 2015: A Final Dark Matter Location Scout!  And One More Thank You!

See if we can switch out that thing in the middle for a power saw.  We’ve got a tough nut to crack.

April 13, 2015: A Final Dark Matter Location Scout!  And One More Thank You!

1st A.D. Brandon Tataryn finds his light.

April 13, 2015: A Final Dark Matter Location Scout!  And One More Thank You!

Suitably creepy corridor.  Could you imagine it, just a little bit dimmer – with some unfathomable creature crawling toward you from the other end?  Yes?

April 13, 2015: A Final Dark Matter Location Scout!  And One More Thank You!

To be honest, I’d try my luck in the creepy corridor with the crawling creature before I’d brave this catwalk.

April 13, 2015: A Final Dark Matter Location Scout!  And One More Thank You!

“I’ve never seen a group so excited about a stairwell before.” – Guy who was giving us the tour of the place.

April 13, 2015: A Final Dark Matter Location Scout!  And One More Thank You!

Director Andy Mikita in prep.

April 13, 2015: A Final Dark Matter Location Scout!  And One More Thank You!

When the alarm that sounds like an air raid siren sounds, please put these one.

April 13, 2015: A Final Dark Matter Location Scout!  And One More Thank You!Interesting architecture.  Potential HQ of Dwarf Star Technologies?

April 13, 2015: A Final Dark Matter Location Scout!  And One More Thank You!

Ian invites you to share a seat with him on the hallucinogenic carpet.

Tomorrow, we follow up with a location photo look-see.  And then, I’ve got to write that Android(s) scene!

In yesterday’s blog entry, I thanked all of the people who helped make Dark Matter a reality.  BUT, I forgot one important supporter.  Thankfully, longtime blog reader Ponytail reminded me…

“Joe you forgot one person behind your success…the one who keeps the home fires burning, offering endless support, taking care of the kids, a culinary expert, flying companion and dog escort, a constant source of amusement and delight, beautiful partner, perfect distraction from job stresses, ideal Tokyo sidekick and personal translator, equally talented with endless energy, and beloved by all. Where would you be without Akemi.”

…and reduced Akemi to tears.

So, yes.  A special thanks to my awesome girlfriend who takes care of business on the home front while I’m away…

April 13, 2015: A Final Dark Matter Location Scout!  And One More Thank You!

…and also sends me off every morning with these awesome bento box lunches.

18 thoughts on “April 13, 2015: A final Dark Matter location scout! And one more Thank You!

  1. The corridor isn’t so creepy. It’s a connector between close buildings. There are always lots of stairs leading to the floors above, lots of escape routes. Lots of doors means Scooby Doo, hilarious corridor, not creepy corridor.

    What you need is the kind of corridor meant to be taken underground and between far apart buildings to keep people out of the rain and for easier wheelchair access than the landscape above. Look for college campuses known for wheelchair accessibility (they all have to legally be able to claim it, but some rock it better than others). I’ve also seen a suitably desolate and creepy corridor at a creepy corporation’s corporate headquarters in the woods of New York state, but access to that wouldn’t be so easy.

    You know what’s a creepy corridor? When I was 14 I was a “candy striper” volunteer at a hospital. Some comedic genius decided the carts we used to push pitchers of water to the rooms should be kept in the basement. It had the requisite creepy corridor pipes of various sizes just above head level. They didn’t use full lighting and most everything, even some of those pipes, was painted brown.

    I would numb my brain trying not to think how turning right at the first intersection was the way to the morgue. The next right was the way to the closet, but I had to look down another corridor and face the morgue’s double-swing doors head on to the push the cart out. Time would stand still in hoping this wouldn’t be the time a gurney would come through those doors. It never happened and may have been a worse experience for all the unbroken suspense. Would it be worse to ride up the elevator with the body or wait alone for the elevator to return without the body?

  2. I miss the bento box creations, they were soooo cute, thanks to Akemi for all that she does, I enjoy the Akemiisms, and yummy recipes, thanks for sharing. so kawaii! (did I get that right?)

  3. So wonderful to have such supportive people at work and on the home front! You’re a lucky guy. Very much looking forward to June!

  4. I agree – that stairwell is awesome! The purple shag carpet would be just right for Tabor. And you can’t go wrong with stainless steel.

    I just wanted to mention that you and Akemi and bento breakfasts inspired me to make chilled steel-cut oatmeal and they are now a staple in my kitchen!

  5. That “creepy corridor” reminds me of that movie The Grudge, when that black form comes out of one of those side doors, down the hallway toward the camera. It disappears under the camera then slowly comes up until it’s looking at you. Yikes!

    Is Ian sitting on shag carpet? Akemi’s bento box lunches are so cute but I really want to see what is inside. She is so sweet to make those for you.

    I bet you are loving having Andy Mikita around. Like old times…

  6. That corridor shot reminds me of a place where I once worked, oh, 10+ years ago, AT&T Bell Labs in Holmdel, NJ. It’s still standing, but be re-purposed by the town that bought it. The top 4-5 floors were lovely with tall windows all around facing onto a large, multi-acre lawn-scape. But this building had at least 5 sub-levels with corridors all looking like your photo, all painted the same bleak, gray-green, no windows and various canisters stored about with, as I was told, was some kind of gas – yuck.
    http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=AT%26T+Bell+Lbas+Holmdel%2c+NJ&view=detailv2&&&id=25A81E5C7A17228DF8BE71082BA019D4E70801B9&selectedIndex=2&ccid=l7EPfAtz&simid=608010513133604750&thid=JN.eWXhJy%2btpAho%2fc4342q4ow&ajaxhist=0

    2cats

  7. @I’d try my luck in the creepy corridor with the crawling creature before I’d brave this catwalk.

    That seems like something you’d have to walk across if you really needed too. I wouldn’t go on that personally. Nothing to do with heights just with stuff like that, and that it looks old, I’d be worried about falling through lol

    @The corridor isn’t so creepy

    I think Joe does have a point though, under the right lighting conditions and depending on the time of day. I’d definitely say nope to walking down it.

  8. I used to work in an old playhouse as a techie. The lighting grid was questionable at best. The first couple of days you have to test a board to see if it will hold your weight. Then memorize the ones that seem to give a little. I also am a life long supply warehouseman – lots of mezzanines. That catwalk looks perfectly sturdy, safe and even NICE compared to what I’m used to.

  9. I love that stairwell, too. Is that a paper wall? That certainly limits the parkour potential, but you could make one of those walls anywhere and make it look like the same building and block off boring stuff at the same time.

  10. Yay Akemi! She deseves kudos upon kudos for being so cool! How cool would it be to have an Akemi cameo on DM? Ivon can walk her through how to own that one liner.

    I love that stairwell, it’s austere and the design is so detailed, and the windows are awesome. Are you sure it doesn’t lead to the Tyrell Corps Optic Division? The outdoor purple carpet is delightful. Racoons, cats, deer and dogs must be lining up to wee on it.

    Yesterdays super fast dinner was a tilapia fillet baked with spices, olive oil, minced red onio, navy beans and corn cut off the cob. Managed to singe it but it was still good.

  11. So where can I get purple outdoor shag carpet? Just in case I ever need that type of information…for something. I haven’t figured out the use part yet, any suggestions?

  12. @2cats Actually that picture reminds me of a scene in the Mass Effect 3 video game.

    Beautiful sentiment. Now marry that woman (match made in heaven I think). After Dark Matter Season 1 is complete, of course. Of course it is also none of my business.

    All those scenes are great. I like that this show is being shot in Toronto now. We’ve seen so much of Vancouver in so many series. Being filmed in a different place will give a fresh spin on things. And yes, these locations are pretty creepy. I would, however, like the purple rug for my office to match my Easter egg purple walls and black trim with muted chrome and glass office furniture.

  13. Does this building have a name? Where is it? The same building was also used for interiors of the RAC spaceship in “Killjoys”. (Which also has an infuriatingly mumbled theme song where the only halfway intelligible line is the last one “Go and get your gun!”)

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