As I told Paul yesterday: “Between the scriptwriting, notes, rewrites, prep, onset production, post, and seemingly interminable email and dropbox approvals, I’m dangerously close to hitting critical mass” – which is why the weekends are so important. They give me a chance to set Dark Matter aside, however so briefly, and decompress. Granted, with scripts and cut notes still looming, the prospect of a totally Dark Matter-less weekend is unlikely for about another month an half, but I’ll take what I can get.
In the case of this particular weekend, it was quality time with Akemi and the dogs –
A little local shopping –
A little online shopping –
A nice Saturday dinner at Parcae –
A lot of walking –
And dim sum with VFX Supervisor Lawren Bancroft-Wilson and director Jason Priestley who offered a very spirited argument for why I should keep my house in Vancouver despite the prospect that I may spend a good chunk of the next three years here in Toronto, shooting Dark Matter.
Tonight, it’s Walking Dead night with Roger Cross, Jodelle Ferland, and a whack o’ eclairs at which point the respite will be over and I’ll be back at it.
Looking ahead to this week:
Director Jason Priestley’s final day of main unit on Episode 207 concludes with some infiltration, a discovery, and a rooftop render-vous.
Our last day of prep on Episode 208 with director Andy Mikita. While John Stead oversees the stunt rehearsal with some surprising guest stars, I’ll be in morning meetings (a timeline review, a tone meeting, the 208 production meeting), and taking a walk-thru the newly built “systems control room”, before sitting down to the cast read-thru.
In the afternoon, once the dust has settled, I’ll make my way over to post where I’ll review the recently completed Android scenes for Episode 205, and the Episode 206 “producer’s cut in progress”.
Notes meeting on the script for Episode 209!
Script work continues on Episode 212!
And, if I remember, I’ll post the poll for our next Episode Title Vote, this one for Episode 206!
Prep begins on Episode 209 (written by the lovely Ivon Bartok) with fab director Peter DeLuise! Location scout. Set walk-thru. And another Stargate alum who we haven’t seen since – oh – Episode 14: Kill Them All makes a triumphant return to Toronto.
Production begins on Episode 208 with director Andy Mikita at the helm. Things get downright messy on the bridge of The Raza.
And I’ll still be working my way through the script for Episode 212.
Prep continues on Episode 209. Concept meeting. Stunts/Special FX meeting. VFX meeting. I suspect I’ll also be putting out new script pages to reflect anymore necessary changes.
Production continues on Episode 208 and we’re back on the bridge for some desperate diplomacy before shifting over to the as-yet-unseen Systems Control Room. Meanwhile…
Jason Priestley returns to direct second unit for his episode, a little bit bar scene and some Marauder in-flight action.
Episode 212? That script aint gonna write itself.
The Episode 209 Art Department meeting will be followed by the Props meeting before we move on to the Costumes meeting and conclude the day’s festivities with the Graphics/Playback meeting.
Day 3 of production on Episode 208 continues on our standing sets while the final day of second unit photography on Episode 207 takes place over at Tabor’s swanky bachelor pad.
I’m hoping to be well into the third act of Episode 212 by this point.
Off the top of my head, I’m not sure – but I suspect it’ll be Dark Matter-related.
Haven’t been keeping up on the blog? Pressed for time? Well check out Tom Gardiner’s Dark Matter digest for the rundown:
Finally, the weekend wasn’t all fun. We learned today that the little pug Akemi had her heart set on adopting (she’d wanted to name her Konatsu), passed away last night. So, today’s blog entry is dedicated to little Konatsu’s (aka Rodgie’s) memory: