Over the course of my three years show running Dark Matter, I’ve given shout-outs to the various individuals whose talent and commitment to their craft made it all possible. I’ve referenced the cast, the crew, and the post-production personnel who made coming to work every day such a delight. Chiefest among them was Vanessa Piazza – Executive Producer and all-around troubleshooter – who not only helped set up the series (I honestly don’t think we could have gotten that green light without her), but was an active force throughout the long, often challenging, ultimately rewarding process.
She was by my side throughout early prep (construction of our standing sets, costumes, props, casting), production (in all of the prep meetings for each episode, spearheading negotiations, supervising the on set action), and post-production (weighing in on music, visual effects), identifying and addressing the merest flicker of issues before they could become fires in need of putting out. It would be a disservice to refer to her as my lieutenant. She was my partner and I will be forever in awe of her skills as a producer and her business savvy, and forever grateful for everything she did for me, and for Dark Matter. I honestly don’t think I could have done without her.
As you can probably tell, I’m a big fan – so when the opportunity to partner with her presented itself again, I jumped at the chance. As of today, we’re collaborating on multiple projects (one already announced, the others to come) and I’m looking forward to our next show(s) together. And who knows? Maybe we’ll find a way to reunite with many of the other great people we worked with in our Dark Matter days.
I have a veerrrrry good feeling about this…