On the heels of his What does a producer do? blog entry, I’d like to start off today’s instalment by saying Thank You to Dark Matter Co-Executive Producer Ivon Bartok who, for better or worse, in sickness and in health, despite shitty weather and atmospheric stages, oversees on-set action when I can’t be there. Like tomorrow, in the forests of Hamilton for 7:00 a.m. crew call (meaning he’ll have to wake up at 4:30 a.m. to get there in time) facing the prospect of rain, while I’m back in the office, putting out a new draft of Episode 31 and hammering out the story for our season finale. As always, creatively, I know where I want to go. It’s just a matter of figuring out a way to get there. And we have to do it in a way that tops the shocking, surprise-filled Episode 312. A tall order indeed.
Tomorrow, we’re in the forest and Tuesday we’re Hespler for a little walk around town. Then, on Wednesday, the focus shifts back to our standing sets (the infirmary to be precise) as we wrap production on Episode 309 (Back to the Future meets Stranger Things) and start prep on Episode 310 (The episode in which the Android gets a name. But will she keep it?). Second unit will be finishing up Episode 307 (The episode in which a certain character makes a surprising discovery about their past). On Thursday, second unit will be in the underbelly where director John Stead will be overseeing an all-day throw down between two of The Raza’s fiercest warriors (The episode in which “old friends” are reunited).
A new week also brings a new Dark Matter episode title poll. 6 down, 13 to go!
Also, a return visit to the oncologist for Bubba to see if any of his myriad treatments (Palladia, Prednisone, super mushrooms, Chinese herbs, turmeric and black pepper, goat’s milk) have had any effect on his tumors.
Lulu, at the dog park, showing that stick who’s boss.
And looking crazed alongside her friends at the recent frenchie meet-up. At 9, she is by far the oldest french bulldog in the neighborhood.