Once a show wraps, the production usually holds an industry sale that allows them to recoup some costs and clear the stages.  In our case, I thought it would be nice to do something different.  A little something for fandom.  I suggested to Jay Firestone, President of Prodigy Pictures, that we hold an online auction and give Dark Matter fans a chance to purchase their very own Dark Matter memorabilia.

Prodigy Pictures President Jay Firestone has a better idea!

Well, I spoke to Jay today and he has decided to go one better.  He’s not interested in making money off this wind down.  He just wants to reward fandom.  So, rather than auction off these items, we’re going to give them away.  And if you want your very own Dark Matter something, all it’s going to cost you is a little time and a little effort.

We want you to write us a letter explaining what Dark Matter meant to you.  Make sure to include your name and address for a chance to win anything from a Dark Matter t-shirt or cap to a costume, prop, or a part of the set.

I wanted a name for this mass giveaway, a tag that perfectly summed up what it was all about – thanking fandom for their incredible support and rewarding them for putting in that extra effort.  And I thought about it and, finally, I came up with…

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#ItsARealFanThing (not be confused with dozens of other #fanthing brandings of dubious merit).

Fandom, you all made Dark Matter one of syfy’s most-watched shows and we’re giving you the best possible reward (next to a season 4 of course).  Yes!  #ItsARealFanThing!

Over the next week, the production will collect, photograph, and itemize everything.  I’ll post some of the items on this blog along with the Prodigy Pictures address and final contest details.  And then, let the letter-writing begin!

Artwork by @radiolaires

I gave you the first production draft of the Dark Matter pilot.  Then, I gave you the final shooting draft of “Isn’t That A Paradox?”.  Now, I’d like you to have the final shooting draft of “All The Time In The World”.  You remember?  THIS episode?

All you need to do is hit twitter and tell me your favorite episode using the #ItsARealFanThing hashtag to kick off this ultimate fan giveaway event.  I’m looking for 10k tweets!  Once I have my tweets, you’ll get your script!

And remember…#ItsARealFanThing

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gforce

I’ve got the word processor fired up already!

I don’t suppose that that Netflix announcement has any bearing on working things out? Or is it really too late now for that, if indeed it was even possible?

Chris Kell

Wow Joe ! You and everyone associated with Dark Matter group are a special wonderful group of people. You truly get the fans !

Tim
Tim

Wow! Would you thank Mr. Firestone for me? I’d love to allow him to make some money off me in the future. If it says Prodigy Pictures, I’m watching it.

James
James

Joe this is so nice of you and Jay
I’m sure you will make some fans very happy

Margaret Clayton

OMG! What a marvelous and thoughtful gift! So excellent! Thankyouthankyouthankyouthankyou.

Just practicing: #ItsARealFanThing

sylvia
sylvia

Majorly SWEET. Thanks Jay, Thanks Joe,

SI Alex Lopez-Baez (Feisty Grams)
SI Alex Lopez-Baez (Feisty Grams)

I love this! A part of my beloved show would be grand! Bravo! Your generosity is fabulous. I treasure the experience of watching with friends while tweeting with the cast, and the after show extra with Ms. Palmer as facilitator. This is thrilling! Win or not, so generous!!!

screwball
screwball

Joe and Jay–

I’m stunned by your generosity and thoughtfulness.

Still sorry that Dark Matter went the way it did, but also looking forward to what all of you go on to next. It’ll be crazy trying to keep track of so many insanely talented, wonderful people, but hey – #WeAreTheRaza – we can do this. The payoff will be more than worth it.

Time to stretch out those letter-writing muscles…

Trev Friesen
Trev Friesen

Hi Joe,

Can you tell us if you ever had any comms with Netflix? We all saw the $500M
news which is like seeing the finish line and yet some how we can’t get there . Like those dreams where you can’t run… need to but can’t. Anyways the Netflix question keeps us all in suspense……

Thanx Trev

AKA @KTKCAD

Carol G
Carol G

Sounds great. You guys outdo yourselves with your kindness to fandom.

TheOtherOne
TheOtherOne

Wow, this is really amazing!
Thank you 😁

Mel Smith

Can I have Android?

David Little
David Little

I did turn Season 1 Episode 1 into a Savage Worlds adventure. It went pretty well with playtesters.

Joseph Hensen
Joseph Hensen

You are amazing. Jay is amazing. This made a crappy day have a silver lining. You really are the best. Please keep working. Every thing you produce is gold to me.

Ronald E Pitts
Ronald E Pitts

Since not everyone Tweets … OOO wait a minute (adjusts self in rocking chair. DAMN these Depends® are scratchy today!) … is there an email@ to submit my tome? I DID look yon and hither. Thanks for this idea btw.

allisha87

This is a totally amazing idea!! Thank you for supporting the fans.

Don Fox
Don Fox

Can I call dibs on the Blink Drive? smile #ItsARealFanThing

Caseem Trammell

Wow. That’s an incredible gesture. Thank you both. Where do I send the letter?

Chad Riley

Still holding out hope Netflix swoops in and picks up Dark Matter. To many questions left unanswered. 2’s kid, did 6 survive and get thrown into the alternate dimension where the black ships came from, what race is piloting the black ships, and more. Don’t want a Firefly situation, where you have to sum everything up like they did in Serenity. There is clearly 2 or more seasons left to tie up this show. Stellar cast and story writing. I truly loathe SyFy as much as FOX now. They are notorious for tanking amazing shows, at the height of there run.

Ponytail
Ponytail

WOW!! Jay is awesome! You are awesome! ItsARealFanThing is epic!! Take that SyFyshit and shove it! Just as soon as I finish writing my very professional “I’m retiring” letter for work (I have to turn it in on Monday. I want to give a 3 month notice.) I will start on your special “why I deserve a cool piece of Dark Matter”. Hmmmmmmm, what do I want……..??

PS: I can’t wait to see some wearing official Dark Matter costumes at a future ComicCon.

jimfromjersey

Jay is AWESOME! And so are you, Joe. But we already know this.

Christopher Hicks
Christopher Hicks

This brought tears to my eyes…tears of joy. Joe, Jay…you you have touched the hearts of fandom, and are forever written into the story of our lives. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Brian McCullough
Brian McCullough

HI there here’s a thought pack every up ship it to Wellington New zealand see if Weta or Sir Peter Jackson could finish the series we do some pretty cool stuff here 😆.

Sparrow_hawk

That is just the sweetest thing. Thank you, Joe. And Jay. You guys are the best. And deserved better. (grumble, kvetch, snarl…) SYFY wouldn’t know a “fan thing” if they tripped over it.

luis811

I’m gonna miss #darkmatter like I missed the #stargate shows…..so sad