Assembling the directors’ roster for Dark Matter’s second season was challenging for several reasons: scheduling, availability, and a desire to include some capable candidates we didn’t get a chance to work with our first time out.  In the end, we didn’t get everyone we wanted due to the limited slots (a mere 13 episodes!), but I’m looking forward to working with some new (to me!) talent – and excited to be reuniting with some familiar faces.

Falling into the latter category…

October 24, 2015: Behind The Camera On Dark Matter’s Second Season!

Amanda Tapping: She directed Episode 104 for us last season, delivering a fun and fast-paced episode chock full o’ twinning and humor.  The cast and crew LOVED her, so it’s clear I’m not the only one who’ll be looking forward to her return this season.

October 24, 2015: Behind The Camera On Dark Matter’s Second Season!

Bruce McDonald: He directed fan fave Episode 107 (guest-starring Ruby Rose as Wendy the Android) last season and he returns for another kick-ass episode in season 2.  I always have a blast working Bruce.

October 24, 2015: Behind The Camera On Dark Matter’s Second Season!

Robert C. Cooper: While on Stargate, Rob directed some of the franchise’s greatest episodes: SG-1’s Heroes, Unending, SGA’s Vegas, SGU’s Malice and Time. Can’t wait to see him work his magic on Dark Matter.

October 24, 2015: Behind The Camera On Dark Matter’s Second Season!

Ron Murphy: One of Toronto’s busiest directors, I’m pleased to announce Ron will be back on board for the show’s second season.  He can always be counted on for great on-set energy, inspired visuals, and a fantastic final product.  For proof, check out Episodes 106 and 109!

October 24, 2015: Behind The Camera On Dark Matter’s Second Season!

Peter DeLuise: “BIGGER!” was his buzzword on Stargate: SG-1’s Wormhole X-Treme and I’m expecting BIG things from my old Stargate cohort, the brilliant and brilliantly funny Peter DeLuise.  This one’s a reunion five years in the making!

October 24, 2015: Behind The Camera On Dark Matter’s Second Season!

Mairzee Almas: Last year, we were two ships passing in the night.  This year, we finally connected and Mairzee (12 Monkeys, Shadowhunters, The 100, Lost Girl, Defiance, Beauty and the Beast, Ascension, iZombie, Haven, Being Human, Alphas, Smallville, Sanctuary – phew!) will be behind the camera on Dark Matter‘s second season.

October 24, 2015: Behind The Camera On Dark Matter’s Second Season!

Will Waring: Some of my fondest memories of Stargate were from the days I spent on set with Will Waring, so when Dark Matter got the green light, he was one of the first people I contacted.  Alas, not quickly enough because he was fully booked through the show’s first season – but I’m pleased to report he WILL be joining us this year!

But wait, there’s more!  A couple more familiar faces will be making their return – while some new directors will be sitting in the director’s chair this upcoming season as well.  More on them in the coming days!

23 thoughts on “October 24, 2015: Behind the camera on Dark Matter’s second season!

  1. Glad to see that Mr. Pineapple is back. I think that Directors don’t often get the credit (from viewers) that they are due, translating work on the printed page into visual and engaging stories.

    I hope you can bring back some more Stargate alumni in this second season, like Peter Williams and Cliff Simon. Those two are pretty cool working together, btw. If you have an episode with two baddies, these guys would kill it. Just a thought.

  2. Sounds Great to see those familiar names! I remember listening to the commentaries With Peter, you two seemed to be a bit of odds humor wise, but he did quality work from what I could tell. WW, can’t wait to find out where he puts his signature piece. Great skills as DoP also. Will Director Mr. Cooper be able to take directions? Sounds like a bit of role reversal, Just kidding. He is a creative genius.

  3. Fantastic selection of directors so far!! Will Robert C Cooper be writing and directing his episode? Don’t forget his awesomely blue Sateda on SGA too. A personal favorite. Love to see cowboy hat wearing Bruce McDonald back! I love his style and attitude. And finally you got the ever so handsome Will Waring to direct for you. Good to see him again. Lots of pictures, please Joe, of all the directors!

  4. Joe please save this for the next mailbag I’m not sure if anyone has ever asked but why so many directors I don’t know much about what goes on behind the scenes but it seems better to have one director because him or her will have a better rythem with the cast and crew amongst other attributes I would think.

  5. Why is it that science fiction series (and series in general) have been cut down to such short seasons? I have been rewatching Star Trek DS9 and the one thing that strikes me is how many episodes each season had… Is it strictly a budgetary issue?

  6. “why so many directors… it seems better to have one director because him or her will have a better rythem with the cast and crew amongst other attributes I would think.”

    @ Shaneac1 – I can answer that question!! *hand waving franticly* I have wondered the exact same thing and asked it before…. Joe said (in so many words) Having multiple directors saves time, which saves money. They can have one director working on an episode and another director doing prep work for the next episode at the same time. They can have one director finishing up filming at an offsite location while another director is filming at the studio. The Creators, Producers, Writers, crew, cast, will keep each director and each other working toward the same goal and vision, so one director can’t go all renegade on them. Plus I think he said these directors stay very busy, so it is easier to get them for an episode or two than an entire season. Right Joe?

  7. Yay! So happy Amanda Tapping & Bruce McDonald are on board for a second season and such a treat to have Mairzee Almas!

    Is it Season 2 yet!? Cant Wait!! xo

  8. Such an awesome group of directors!, Looking forward to the new season. I know you have more surprises up your sleeve. Keep it comin’ ~~ Thanks.~~

  9. Woohoo so many awesome announcements… great to see so many Stargate names. I’ll always have my fingers crossed for Ivon, although he’ll probably be busy with Producer duties… But a gurl can hope. 😊

    Great to see Bruce & Ron back… Looking forward to getting to know Mairzee. I don’t think I’ve seen her work.

    Speaking of directors, a heads-up that the Arrow episode BamBam directed (Brotherhood) will air on the 18th November. It would be awesome if the Stargate fans tuned in.

    Cheers, Chev

    ps gooooo Eagles Defence… I need Cam Newton reduced to mid 20s.

  10. @ponytail thank you for clearing that up for me actually makes a lot of sense to do it that way.

  11. Yay for all these wonderful director names: Amanda, Bruce, Robert, Ron, Peter, Will. I didn’t recognize Mairzee’s name but when I saw her credits listed above, she has been part of many of my favorite shows — 12 Monkeys, The 100, Defiance, Alphas and Sanctuary. I hope TJ Scott’s name will show up. I just caught an episode of Gotham from this season he directed and it was pretty amazing.

  12. I hope to watch Dark Matter this second season, & I would really really be so very happy if Amanda Tapping would take part in acting in a few if not all the episodes. I love to watch Amanda in action since Stargate SG1, Stargate Atlantis & Sanctuary.Amanda is an extraordinary director & I know she love to direct, but I don’t get to watch her when she behind the camera!

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