September 13, 2019: The Stargate: Atlantis Greatest Episode Tournament is underway! Alex Mallari Jr. eye candy!

And Rising takes the season 1 crown, securing its spot in the playoffs. A respectable showing from Siege Part 2, but will it be enough to grab one of the three available wildcard spots?  We'll find out soon enough. In the meantime, cast your vote for the best episode of Stargate: Atlantis's second season... https://twitter.com/BaronDestructo/status/1172631941818081280…

July 4, 2019: Super Secret Projects Revealed!

Finally. Over the course of the past few months, I've been making vague references to a total of SEVEN different projects I'm currently work on, all in varying stages of development.  There's that comic book adaptation and that horror novel adaptation and my (formerly) Untitled Awesome Project and that small-town horror and that BIG comic…

June 13, 2019: Dark Matter Storyboard – The Android Trench Walk!

Occasionally, when faced with a more complicated series of shots, a director may work with an artist to storyboard the sequence. Going through my old files, I happened to come across this storyboard for the Android space-walk from Dark Matter's third episode... It's like a Dark Matter comic book!

Holy Rankings! The Top 10 Villains from the 60’s Batman Series!

Atomic batteries to power.  Turbines to speed. T.V. shows from the 60's hold a special place in my heart, and none more than the '66-'68 Batman series with its gloriously colorful, over-the-top villains. Apparently, doing a guest spot on the show was such a blast that producers had big name actors lining up for a…

January 10, 2019: Back in my old stomping grounds!

A bittersweet trip back to the site of my previous series, Dark Matter, today as we start early prep on this new show.  I have, to the best of my ability, sought to reassemble the same behind-the-scenes team that made DM such a great experience.  If all goes as planned, I'll be moving back into…

14 Ridiculous Plot Twists That Hurt Syfy Shows – Or Were They?

I came across this interesting Screen Rant article today by Toby Symonds which offers up his take on what he felt were ridiculous plot twists (and a few that weren't) on shows that aired on syfy.  Among the culprits was the decision NOT to kill of Ronon Dex in the Atlantis finale and the decision…

November 17, 2018: The Projects, Poll, and Fried Chicken Update!

Well, this past Thursday afternoon, we pitched Untitled Awesome Project to a broadcaster.  As you may (or may not) know, I'm especially excited about this one as it's a notion that (like Dark Matter) was many years in the making.  And by "many years in the making" I mean that, like Dark Matter, I came…

November 12, 2018: Distant Dark Matter Rumblings

When Dark Matter was cancelled a little over a year ago, I was left somewhat frustrated, kind of annoyed, a more than a little pissed.  For various reasons.  I was frustrated because I wouldn't be able to complete the story I'd mapped out, annoyed by what I felt was a petty and vindictive decision, and…

October 12, 2018: And that’s a writers’ room wrap! PLUS the season finale verdicts!

Yep.  That's a wrap.  Now, we all go our separate ways to pursue other assignments.  For Courtney and I, it's writing the pilot and episode 2.  For Nicole, it's Hollywood-bound to pitch her original new series.  For Alejandro, Andrew and Natalia, it's off to parts unknown to help stage a military coup with their fellow…

The New Show Update! Presenting R.T. Thorne!

The second week of the writers' room has drawn to a close and not only have we made great progress, but we're picking up steam.  Following a week of world building, we started talking stories and managed to get the first three episodes broken.  I'm trying to complete all three outlines for Monday (two revisions…

Inside the U.F. Writers’ Room – Part 2!

Can you feel the magic? R.T. is adamant.  NO telekinetic chipmunks! Ivon focuses on that third act twist.  That or his fantasy football team. Everyone pretending to get along. Sam with the kugel assist. Birthday gal Courtney gets some donut love from Natalia. Alex under pressure to come up with some good ideas. And now…

A Sneak Peak Inside the U.F. Writers’ Room – Part 1!

Story Architects At Work! R.T. has the floor.  And table. Lakna, not paying attention to the crucial fourth act discussion. Ivon and Andrew offer insights on characters journeys, story arcs, and fantasy football. Natalia seems be having fun.  Let's revisit her in three weeks, shall we? A concerned Sam checks his notes.  It's not looking…

Writers’ Rooms!

Writers’ Rooms!

Over the course of my almost 12 years of blogging, I've often made references to "the writers' room" as it's a crucial part of the production process.  But what, you may ask, is the purpose of "the writers' room"?  What goes on in this storied chamber? Well, simply put, "the writers' room" is a gathering…