“Just because you’ve never done something doesn’t mean you can’t compete at a professional level.”

— Me to Akemi last night when she heard there was some archery competition going on this weekend.

Dark Matter mementos?  Maybe.

I have suggested to Prodigy Pictures that, if and when they decide to do away with the Dark Matter props, costumes, and set pieces, they do so by making them available for online auction instead of simply holding a private industry sale.  While it would require a little more planning, I think it would be a nice gesture to the fans who have supported the show these three years.

Will keep you posted on that front.

So, yesterday I posted pics of our final trek through our second stage at Evans. Today, I present you with our certainly not final visit to our primary stage where reside, amongst other things: Costumes! Props! The Raza! And, of course, my office with all that Dark Matter Whisky Club whisky!

The whiteboard in my office.  Melissa O’Neil compliments my brain babies. Development exec Natalie Cooper’s To-Do list.  VFX Supervisor Lawren Bancroft-Wilson tacks on that little item at the end.  Accompanying artwork by Akemi.

More impressive than the 39 episodes of television we produced was this collection of approximately 50 empty whisky bottles.

Executive Producer Ivon Bartok and I caught raiding the Raza infirmary’s meds supply.

We apprehend Dark Matter Playback Operator Greg Whiteside before forcefully removing him from the premises.  Everything must go!

Strategizing our next lunch move.

View of the mess hall.  Missing: triptych.  Also, everything else.

Other view of the mess hall.  Missing: the mess hall table and, um, the floor.

Ivon, Dark Matter Costume Designer Noreen Landry, and I.

The Dark Matter costume department.  All the wardrobe and equipment are gone now.  The only thing left behind are those amusing dog-themed pictures.

Ivon captioned this: Alex Mallari Jr.’s stunt double.  And I felt the need to point out that I had to go half speed when we sparred because I didn’t want him to get hurt

Fun time’s over.  Now let’s go quell a riot.

Guys, come on.  One more tour of The Raza set.

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of seeing 67% of your dream fully realized!

Come, join us on the bridge.

Ivon contemplates life after Dark Matter.

Come on.  Who could say no to this face?

Okay, syfy, yes.  But who else?

Ah, fuck it.  I aint going anywhere.

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Jackie Prentice
Jackie Prentice

Some shows have characters you like others people you fall in love with as their character grows. Thank you for the opportunity to fall in love with the crew of the Raza.

Trev Friesen
Trev Friesen

“Ah, fuck it. I aint going anywhere.” LETS HOPE NOT !!!

beachfitrob
beachfitrob

I believe the word is ‘strategery’. (“Strategizing our next lunch move.”)

sylvia
sylvia

ok and what does that mean?

stitchsloft
stitchsloft

Joe. more than happy to help with the prop and costume idea if you so choose to do something out of the box!

Cameron Golman
Cameron Golman

Good afternoon Joseph,

Are you still responding to comments? If so, I will submit my comment pending your reply. While it may seem like a poor strategy to wait for you to reply ‘Yes/No’ to then only submit my comment…but I didn’t think too much into it, so kindly please standby for my comment–it will be worth it.

TheOtherOne
TheOtherOne

ARCHERY
Now there’s a word I wasn’t expecting!
You both should have a go … It’s brilliant fun and a most gratifying way of relieving stress. I’ve been single handedly ‘taking down’ syfy execs all week with my trusty Welsh/English longbow 😁
You could always try out the more Zen form of Kyudo Archery …

ceresis64

Archery – yes!
Field archery and recurve bow is my weapon of choice 👍

TheOtherOne
TheOtherOne

Love Field Archery!
Have you tried Shooting the Marks? Very, very long field archery – similar to a Clout 🎯

Tammy Dixon
Tammy Dixon

I loved your pictures and their captions. Also, Akemi looks great in black!
Are any of the cast/crew being snatched up by other shows?

gforce

Those pictures are a real emotional roller coaster. Just fun times and now such.. not fun times. I remember that white board from when you posted a pic of it ages ago!

“Aw, fuck it. I ain’t going anywhere.” – that’s the spirit! Now we need to tell that to SYFY.

Seriously Mike

Hmh. Just my crappy luck of being an inch taller than Alex and an inch shorter than Anthony.

martaeonian

A bitter sweet collection of photos that are also mesmerizing, at the same time.
Again, big thanks for sharing, Joe smile

Danine Dolphin
Danine Dolphin

Following you through the deconstruction process is really helping me cope with the news. It’s letting me slowly digest the loss instead of ripping the whole world out from the roots in my imagination. It’s a good feeling to see creative ideas made flesh. You deserved more than 67%, but still magnificent. The genuine smiles, whiteboard commentary, and dog memes reflect the quality of environment you had on this team. Not all such production spots have that warmth, I’m sure it made hard work fun work. I’m grateful that you take the time to write this blog. I hope when the time comes Prodigy is thoughtful to your fan auction suggestions. Part of me also hopes a private auction retains enough core product to make a future reserection easier and provides Prodigy with capital to let them know there was real value in this adventure. You are keeping me from crying so much as I work on acceptance that some things just end even when you’re not ready for them.
P.S. Yeah only heartless bastards so no to Ivan.

Ponytail
Ponytail

Noreeeeeeen!!!!!!

ur…, um…, I mean…, Ms.Noreen Landry!

TheOtherOne
TheOtherOne

So, this 26th September thing …
I woke up early morning September 26th (UK time) and opened your ‘gift’ of a Dark Matter script. Thank you! (It was my Birthday after all 😊).
Then that same evening, I read your blog dated 26th September referring to the deconstruction of the Dark Matter second stage sets with sadness. I thought how ironic is was as the year before (September 26th!) was the Season 2 cliffhanger finale (in the UK) but all was fine and dandy, as Dark Matter had already got the green light for Season 3.
So today I come across your 26th Sept blog entry and the ‘not final visit’ to the primary stage.
… Isn’t this all a paradox?

John
John

I hope you get a birthday present of a season 4 on Sep. 26th 2018! Afterall we have a Cornish Android on our side!!

TheOtherOne
TheOtherOne

😁

Su Wood
Su Wood

So, my evil little mind came up with an idea after Joe said fuck it, that he ain’t going anywhere. Okay, maybe a bit far fetched and late now, but us Toronto and surrounding area folks, why didn’t we do a friendly sit-in outside of the studios to show the physical side of Dark Matter fan/friends. As usual, I’m two steps behind the ball with these ideas. I’m sorry Joe, this whole cancellation wreaks of corporate greed. Big hugs🤗

Susan Worts
Susan Worts

I was somewhat disturbed by those 50 empty bottles of whiskey I passed every time I visited the accountants, mainly because I was never offered a drop ( I’m over it now :-). All the best Joe for your future endeavors/hit shows, what a great group from producers to the crew.

Cudaker
Cudaker

Ok next project ..How its working ?I guest you have to submit a sketch to networks and if they say a cool you have a go ..then you start sets and filming..What if you submit a new one Call the RaZa than included unfinished story telling in it…like right in heart of the aliens invasion and so on ..your thoughts?

Cudaker
Cudaker

And ask for a 3 seasons

Margaret Clayton

>Ah, fuck it. I aint going anywhere.

There ya go.

Natasha
Natasha

Brilliant

Sam Neill
Sam Neill

Thanks for the pics joe. So sad to see it coming down though.havent even looked at syfy tv guide never mind turn it on since the news. Syfuckers.

John
John

“Now let’s go quell a riot.”
You will be wearing that protective gear when you go to the archery range, won’t you?

That grey hair didn’t develop over the last three weeks I hope?

All the best!

000weasel000

Thanks so much for sharing all of this Joe…. I can only imagine what you and everyone else involved with producing the show (well… everyone EXCEPT any SyFy execs…. to use some of your words…. Fuck em!!) must be going through. Loved the pic of all the empty Whiskey bottles! Didn’t see my favourite sadly… in case you haven’t tried it, give it a shot – Canadian Club Small Batch… real smooth!!! But wow… more empty bottles than shows…. does that explain all the creativity??? Lol!

I wish the Raza set could stay up forever…. would be nice to tour it in person…but alas… tis not to be I guess…. sigh…

Paula Zimmerman
Paula Zimmerman

You are all great and thank you for bringing us this quality show!! I will be part of any further fan campaigns for Dark Matter!!

Randomness
Randomness

I can’t imagine anyone with a soul walking through whats left of the sets and not feeling sad. No one likes it when the end comes.

KathyC
KathyC

Auction is a great idea!!!!