I knew of Jason Priestley through his extensive work in front of the camera but, over the past year, I’ve been hearing more and more about his work behind the camera as well. And then, back in October, when we were putting together our directors’ schedule for Dark Matter’s second season, his name came up again. And again. According to people in the know, Jason is a pretty damn fine director.
So, I did my due diligence, asked around, and learned that not only is he a good director, but he is, apparently, a great guy to work with. Win-win!
Jason started prep on Episode #207 last week. On his first day, he was fairly quiet. In hindsight, he was clearly getting the lay of the land, familiarizing himself with the production, its personnel. And then, on day 2, he was ON – breaking down the script, its scenes and shots; fielding any burgeoning issues in cool, collected fashion. Every episode will have its challenges and the mark of a great director is how he/she deals with them. Jason has been great at quickly identifying potential problems (ie. the ghost stunner, the escape beat, the Nyx time cut) and then coming up with possible solutions.
Over the course of this past week,he’s been prepared, professional, upbeat, and ever-positive.
Also, he likes bourbon. In the words of a late great Dark Matter villain: “That’s a win-win…win!”.
Production on Episode #207 begins Friday (as equally fab director, Andy Mikita, flies in to begin prep on Episode #208) and I look forward to seeing Jason on set and in action.
Also, at the next meeting of the Dark Matter Whisky/ey Club.