Production resumed today on Dark Matter’s third season, Episode 303, with director Steve DiMarco at the helm. Steve directed one of my favorite episodes last season, “I’ve Seen The Other Side Of You” (aka The one where TWO, THREE, and FOUR get their memories back and chase FIVE through The Raza), a taut, suspenseful, ship-centered outing with a compelling character-driven core. We’re very different – me in my three piece suit, tie, and colorful socks, him in his leather, rings, and tats – but we share an appreciation for Ministry and Japanese whisky, and an intolerance for bullshit. I’m a big fan of his work, and him as a person, and look forward to collaborating with him this season on not just one but two glorious episodes.
This morning, we kicked things off in the mess with “the reveal” that saw a certain cast member NOT take part in the rehearsal for a performance-related reason – a first! Unusual, outside the box, and brilliant. Typical DiMarco.
Playback Operator Greg Whiteside will occasionally surprise us with various SF-themed backdrops for the triptych in The Raza mess. We’ve seen Star Trek, Family Guy, and then today…this. “What movie is that still from?”I asked script coordinator Alison Hepburn. “Rogue One,”she informed me. Ah. I haven’t seen a Star Wars movie since halfway through Return of the Jedi. I don’t count Attack of the Clones because I was tricked into going. I do hear great things about this latest one though.
I took a break from production to join line producer Norman Denver, location manager Zach Beckwith, 1st assistant director Chris Binney, and Episode 305 director J.B. Sugar for a rainy stroll through an ice-covered forest in Hamilton. Can’t wait to see what the weather looks like in a couple of weeks when we actually come back to shoot here!
Apparently, someone in the art department had a touch of food poisoning over the holidays so 1st assistant art director Roxanne Borris commemorated the experience with this gorgeous artwork. I think I may commission a portrait of me wiping out and injuring my knee.
That shipyard is coming along nicely (concept artist Henry Fong).
People ask me how I can read so many books every year. The simple answer is that I make the time to read by ignoring film and television. Yesterday, however, I set my books aside to actually take in a movie I’ve been meaning to check out for quite a while: Train To Busan. In a nutshell, it’s a South Korean zombies-on-a-train horror film – and it’s a frenetic filmic masterpiece. Great characters, stunning visuals, and some of the scariest undead ever to grace the screen. As Akemi put it: “These are more scary, active zombies – not like laid back zombies of Walking Dead.”
Illiterates and people too lazy to read subtitles rejoice! I hear an English language remake is already in the works!
Check out the trailer: