Character moments.  Character arcs.  Set ups and payoffs.  They’re the heart of Dark Matter.  Each and every one is carefully planned, scripted, and filmed.  And, at the end of the day, non-negotiable.  I’m not precious about “my words”, always open to input that will improve the series, but I will not sacrifice those all-important character beats.  When I write a script, I do have a plan.  That seemingly inconsequential line of dialogue from the Android, for instance, may seem like a throwaway but, considered in the grand scheme of things, it’s a crucial step in her character’s development, growth in her personality, and progression in her standing as a crew member.  The same applies for every character on the show.  As I’ve said from day one, I’ve plotted out this series, these character backstories, their respective journeys, and the day I start giving up on them is the day I pack up my laptop and finally take that long-awaited year long Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives road trip through the southern U.S.
March 24, 2016: Dark Matter Production Day 69 Of 101!

Fists of Curry was closed…

March 24, 2016: Dark Matter Production Day 69 Of 101!

So we took out from House of Frying Daggers instead.

March 24, 2016: Dark Matter Production Day 69 Of 101!

Why would you even think about it?

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Producer perks.

March 24, 2016: Dark Matter Production Day 69 Of 101!

Rocket maaaan!  I think it’s gonna be a long long time.  But hopefully not past 7:30 p.m.

March 24, 2016: Dark Matter Production Day 69 Of 101!

The house we’re shooting in house with metal shutters.  Perfect for the zombie apocalypse.

March 24, 2016: Dark Matter Production Day 69 Of 101!

The Art Department is getting more inspired in their subtle bong placements.

March 24, 2016: Dark Matter Production Day 69 Of 101!

Director Peter DeLuise makes use of his handy Artemis app.

Cat Shirt Thursday!

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27 thoughts on “March 24, 2016: Dark Matter production day 69 of 101!

  1. @Perfect for the zombie apocalypse.

    Kinda agree, the first thing one would need to do in such a situation is survive the collapse of civillization. That would clearly involve having a safe place and plenty of supplies. Could you imagine a zombie outbreak in a big city? Chaos.. lol

  2. Gosh Joe, sorry you’re so p*##’d off. Hope it all gets sorted… We love the characters you’ve created.

    Just as well the local ‘ chip shop ‘Salt and Battered’ wasn’t open!

    Can I ask what are the origins of Cat Shirt Thursday? Who started it and why?

  3. Really cool to hear about your overall plan for the Dark Matter story & series. Peter seems like quite the nut. Cat shirt day could easily get a bit creepy, I’ve seen some bizarre Vids on the youtubes!

  4. As I’ve said from day one, I’ve plotted out this series, these character backstories, their respective journeys, and the day I start giving up on them is the day I pack up my laptop and finally take that long-awaited year long Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives road trip through the southern U.S.

    I’m of the hope that once Dark Matter has come to a satisfying close (and not an episode sooner) is when you’ll be able to hang up that laptop for a spell and take that road trip. I have a feeling that even then you wouldn’t be hanging up that laptop for too long; you’re too driven to tell great stories…

    By the way, did you know you can get a Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives app for your iPhone that shows you all the restaurants nearby you that were featured on the show? See:

    It might be useful when you finally take that road trip. 😀

  5. YES!!! Cat shirt Thursday!. I don’t know why but those shirts just make me smile.

  6. Not sure what’s going on, my friend, but never, ever lower your standards. We’ll be behind you all the way.

    Those restaurant names are brilliant!

    Poor Ivon looks exhausted!

  7. Read the opening paragraph a couple of times, trying to detect the proper tone and message behind it. I’ve come to the conclusion I don’t know how you meant it. I hope it’s nothing bad and that if it’s something frustrating that it comes to a speedy conclusion!

  8. Oh oh, sounds like Big Trouble in Little Toronto. Last time I heard word of unpointed displeasure was from a previous not to be mentioned production. But glad to see you are defending Android. She/it is very vulnerable in non technical matters but her cpu in in the right place. (What was Peter arguing about his cameo in the eps.?)

    Can’t really see in the vases, but are you certain they didn’t come from a personal collection?

    When I was a kid, the local Chinese was the House of Mo. Service was not alway the best but the food had a little snap to it and occasionally you could get your face right into it.

    @JeffW like the app tip.

  9. @Perfect for the zombie apocalypse.

    Way back in the ’80’s my husband and I were stationed in Germany with the Canadian Armed Forces. Those shutters were common on the homes where we lived. I loved them. They completely darkened a room and made me feel very secure. The one thing those houses didn’t have were bug screens. On a warm day, all the flies in the neighborhood would join us for supper.

  10. Love hearing little writing tidbits. So for you is writing all about character?

  11. I’ve found the past few years people have been too impatient with TV. They expect to know everything immediately. Many won’t wait for the payoffs. My letter to those watching Dark Matter:

    If you’re watching Dark Matter know that Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie have a vision for the show. They have plans for character arcs and plots so far ahead of what they are filming or what we’re viewing. They plant seeds in early episodes that will pay off later on. Trust them. By all means, try to guess what’s going on. That’s one of the fun parts. But the journey will be so much more rewarding if you sit back and enjoy it all unfold.

    Cheers, Chev

  12. Does Ivon have Narcolepsy or is he just very trusting? Poor Ivon. What are the booties for? Is he moonlighting as a surgeon?

    Cheers, Chev

  13. It’s good to see Peter DeLuise. What do you enjoy most about his directing style? Is it likely he might direct Dark Matter again?

    Cheers, Chev

  14. Methinks you’ve had a run-in with someone of differing opinion about an all-important character beat. I agree with gforce to never give up or lower your standards for Dark Matter. Stand firm.

    Indeed we ARE all behind you Joe because we all want the continuance of a wonderfully envisioned, highly creative, thought-provoking show that is Dark Matter.

    To whomever is giving you grief, I wish they mind their own business. YOU know what’s best for these characters and we all know it.

    Happy Friday.

    P.S. I kinda like those newest “bongs” (vases), very nice metallic luster.

  15. Re: Ivon’s booties – I know my dentist’s office has those available for people to use as they don’t want them to walk about the office in their snowy/muddy boots when they haven’t brought separate shoes. Perhaps they have them there for the same reason?

  16. I’ll add my voice to the chorus, We’re behind you! Sorry you have to deal with the crap though. It helps me to focus on the good stuff.

    Are you planning another Japan trip? You can’t get much “gooder” than that.

  17. As someone who is a huge fan of the stories you tell there are definitely times when I think you are much too stubborn for your own good, Times I know, beyond question, you’ve gotten much to caught up on a particular track of thought which could stifle the potential growth of the bigger picture.

    “This” is one of those times

    when quite the opposite applies.

    There are some of us out here who are aware of and can truly appreciate the many years and much hard work it has taken to bring Dark Matter to the screen. You are a man of details who is keen to the intricacies, Joseph Mallozzi.

    It is what I personally have always admired most about you as a writer.

    As with anything that requires long hard commitment there are bound to be disagreements between those that fund you and the carefully planned details of that vision. While it is important to remember and appreciate they are only trying to protect their investment and that you are now part of a “team” and must be open to some change and progression in the envisioned path,
    It is equally important that -> ‘they’ remember, it is precisely because of ‘your’ vision and your keen attention paid to the details that they chose to invest in you and for them to have real faith in you and their own initial instincts that made them want to jump up and shout YES! lets do this! when you brought the project to them:-)

    Do your best to remind them, without anger, what your vision is. Why ‘this’ or ‘that’ needs to happen in this way or that for the character and over all story to get from point A to point B. Genuinely listen to and ‘yes’ be open to their alternatives. Albeit at the end of the day always remember this is “Your” baby. You are its parent and how it turns out reflects directly on you.

    I think it’d be a real shame to let Dark Matter go after all the years and hard work you have put in to it and honestly, It really DOESN’T, regardless of any current frustrations, need to come to that extreme any time soon.

    You’ve always been an amazingly generous, patient, soul Joe and I, for one, for whatever it is worth, have faith you will see the bigger picture and do the right thing for all.

    I Believe DARK MATTER is worth every commitment and whatever angst you are momentarily experiencing.

    Albeit The only question and opinion that matters right now is

    -Do You?

    Sending warmest hugs & smiles your way today. Will be here to support ya, no matter what. xo

    PS: Ya know, come to think of it ….On set chocolate parties are known to be an amazing way to relieve stress and boost morale! And they are even better when you let your fans join ya via periscope so they can party too and ask live questions of multiple cast n crew in one session, eh! <3

  18. I love those little moments that foreshadow twists to come. Tom Stoppard rewrote some amazing crucial small moments into the Last Crusade:

    Is that ice packed under the noodles; so cold noodles? What are those coily sticks that look like churros? The presentation is awesome, it’s almost too pretty to eat. I’m very curious what director DeLuise is brewing up in that House of Shiny Bongs, who lives there and where did they get such cool chairs?

  19. Agree with KathyC & Bambamfans…not sure what’s going on, there are naysayers & doubters out there. Stay true to your vision! (I’m trying real hard not to pull out a movie quote right now).

    Thanks JeffW for the app suggestion.

    The House of Frying Daggers? Are you messing with me? My local Chinese restaurants are so boring…China Lee (on Lee street), China Garden, Imperial Garden, China Dragon….very disappointed that there is neither a Garden or Dragon.

    Glad to see that Ivon got his nap in. Love the shutters! Triple bong play – who knew the future could be so fun? Sad to say I don’t own a cat shirt though I do have a Big Dog pullover. Happy Friday!!

  20. On a much happier note about things going the right way for a change,

    Your most watched periscope to date has received well over 400 new views in the last week since its re-posting here and at google plus. And I have received notes and calls from well over 150 of our users in the last week letting me know they will check out Dark Matter on netflix and dvd. 🙂

    So is Dark Matter worth it?

    Well, Your fans seem to think the answer is yes! <3

  21. Not sure if the post is vague posting about an issue, or if you were just musing… but I wonder if anyone who knows you would think you would compromise? Hopefully not. It’s why were’re here.

  22. I’m back. You probably didn’t miss me, but I missed you terribly! The other day, (this day the 24th) suddenly Windows 10 started loading on my computer. About 2 hours later when it was done, I still had all my favorites EXCEPT your blog. I could not pull up your site. The reason for living. The only entertainment I truly enjoy and look forward to every day. The only place I sort of “belong” to. That was unacceptable. So, blaming Windows 10, I immediately restored my old Windows 8. But I still could not access this site any more. Something about Firewalls, Connections, WordPress not connecting, Leprechauns… who knows. How could I tell you? I didn’t want to just disappear. So each day, I got my computer illiterate self on here and tried all kinds of help tools. Then finally today, WA-LA!, you’re back! I’m back! The world is good again.

    Having problems with a backseat driver? Turn around and smack ’em if you have to. This post reminds me I have to re-watch season 1 before 2 starts. That’s so I can go “aaaaahhhh” when I see something in season 2 that was a precursor in season 1. Did I say that right?

  23. There are things you have to compromise on, and the things where you stand your ground. I have found that when you do it will either work, or it won’t, but when they don’t, you can still hold your head high in fighting for what you believe in your core being. Then, when it backfires in the face of the people who disagreed with you, you get some measure of satisfaction. From that point forward they will never doubt you again or fight you on any issue.

    I hope it gets resolved soon.

    Ivon’s booties match my hair color.

    @Ponytail –Welcome back. I hate updates like that. I really don’t have time to load up Windows 10, so until it is forced upon me, Windows 8.1 Pro is my operating system.

    There needs to be a dog shirt day. Just sayin’

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