I had the afterburners on today, casting, getting a new scene out, prepping episodes #112 and #1113, discussing the upcoming VFX show and tell, organizing the concept sketches for the visual roll-out, providing notes on the preliminary ship sounds.  A dinner break with my friend Tara Yelland (Follow her here – https://twitter.com/t_yelland – but be warned: she’s sassy!), then it’s on to a review of the director’s cut of episode #109.

Today…

April 21, 2015: I’m So Busy, I Don’t Have Time To Title This Blog Entry!

She wheels, she deals, she produces…and sews.  Dark Matter Executive Producer Vanessa Piazza does it all!

April 21, 2015: I’m So Busy, I Don’t Have Time To Title This Blog Entry!

But maybe she should just stick to wheeling, dealing, and producing.

April 21, 2015: I’m So Busy, I Don’t Have Time To Title This Blog Entry!

This afternoon, I perused hideous medical saw-induced flesh wounds with the lovely Lynda McCormack.  Who happens to preside over the Dark Matter make-up department.

April 21, 2015: I’m So Busy, I Don’t Have Time To Title This Blog Entry!

Dark Matter Story Editor Trevor Finn models the new uniforms.

April 21, 2015: I’m So Busy, I Don’t Have Time To Title This Blog Entry!

What the heck is the Dark Matter construction up to?

April 21, 2015: I’m So Busy, I Don’t Have Time To Title This Blog Entry!

Your guess is as good as mine.

Finally, came across this today.  It’s a short action film producer by Dark Matter Executive Producer (and President of Prodigy Pictures) Jay Firestone for his then ten 12 year old son, Ross, starring…12 year old son Ross.  With a special cameo by Jay Firestone himself (in the role of Dad).  And guest starring Victoria Pratt and Victor Webster (Mutant X fans)!  Fast-forward to 2015 and Ross will be turning 25 in May!  As far as memorable presents go, this one ranks up there!

18 thoughts on “April 21, 2015: I’m so busy, I don’t have time to title this blog entry!

  1. Wow, that short film is awesome! Must of been so cool for Ross to have a movie Producer dad. I bet his friends were so jealous! And Ross is so cute!

  2. “I had the afterburners on today, casting, getting a new scene out, prepping episodes #112 and #1113…”

    Joe this is your problem. Slow down! You don’t have to prepare for 10 years into the future. Concentrate on this year first… 😉

  3. Yea Mutant X was such a great Canadian sci fi show. Shalimar Fox (Victoria Pratt) was my favorite character on that show. The sanctuary with the floating stairs & the dojo was a pretty cool set too.

  4. That video was fantastic! They must have had a blast doing it.

    Good grief, I can’t imagine how hard it is to keep track of all the elements of each episode you have to deal with. On the other hand, it must be exciting to be able to mold the show in the way you have envisioned it, including the ship sounds. So cool!

    Thank you so much for yesterday’s mailbag! Lots of great information, except for, “If…”!?! That man is ratings gold! Don’t snuff him.

    Sleeeeeep.

  5. Following on from @Keith’s comment from yesterday:

    I agree 100% with you about the “Previously on Dark Matter” intros spoiling what is going to be happening in that episode. Game Of Thrones doesn’t need it and you don’t get much more serialised than that. Babylon 5 rarely used it and it practically invented serialised storytelling for sci-fi on TV.

    In this day and age of binge viewing, DVR, timeshifting and VOD I think that “Previously on” intros are totally redundant. It’s so easy to catch up on what you’ve missed before watching the latest episode.

  6. The frenetic pace of production on a series must be exhausting for cast and crew. I’m sure once this season is wrapped up many of them will have other projects to move onto. For those who don’t what do they do to decompress once production winds down? I’d love to hear from some of the folks you’ve introduced us to about what happens when they’re not busy making scifi magic. When the pick-up comes for the second season when will the band be getting back together? When you eventually move to Japan will we all have to learn another language to keep up with your blog?

  7. If you’re like me, you have so many Kentuckians on your Facebook feed that you can’t help but know the infamous Pappy Van Winkle heist case has been cracked. I don’t know why they have to destroy the barrels, though. Just label it Heist batch and it should sell. Who’s going to alter Pappy? Maybe they’d dilute it a bit, but that’s part of the fun of buying from the Heist batch.

  8. Blog titles:

    A stitch in tim…#$%^!

    It’s only a flesh wound…

    Firestone Radicals

    Fashion Finnesse

    See how easy that is?

    😉

    das

  9. You know what, having spent lots of time on Facebook, I kind of miss not being able to “like” comments here on Joe’s blog. If there was a like button, I’d be liking a lot of your comments a lot of the time. So, consider yourselves “liked”.

  10. I don’t think “sassy” even begins to describe Tara. 😉

    I think DM construction is building an exterior model of Jupiter 2 to be used as an easter egg in a future episode. (Please, please, please say I’m right!)

    That sewing machine looks a bit more serious than even the ones I’m used to. Maybe Vanessa should just stick to the home user models. 😀 I’ve made plenty of stuff with mine: guitar case bags, gun harnesses(SG1 P90 style), costumes, clothing fixes and patches, accessories/modifications for costuming, wrench bags…..all without serious injury. I’m quite handy with my old Singer!

    I’m sure Ross’s favorite memory of that video was the kiss from Victoria. I’m also sure he remembers it quite well to this day. I know I would!

    -Mike A.

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