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…

Week #1 Complete!

Projects And Priorities!

That's a wrap on our first week of the writers' room for this new sci-fi series and I do love the way thing are coming along.  We've completed our world building discussions and characters arcs and can now look forward to four weeks of spinning and breaking.  I'm curious to see how quickly things move…

Dinner with the Writers!

Dinner With The Writers!

Last night, we took a break from the pitching and spinning and spitballing and hatching and devising and scheming and planning and plotting and complaining about lunch to go out for a nice dinner compliments of our hosts (and series Execs) Andrea and Ashley. I have to admit, I was a little... concerned going into…

The World’s Saddest Sandwich!

The World’s Saddest Sandwich!

Today was the second day of the UF Writer's Room and I'm pleased to report things are coming along nicely.  So far as the show's creative is concerned anyways.  Lunches, on the other hand, are a work in progress. While I appreciate the sentiment of catered lunches ("Ooooh, catered lunches!"), I am forced to point…

That New Show…

Well, that's it.  My extended vacation has come to an end because tomorrow, I start the writers' room on a new sci-fi series. I'll be showrunning but, unlike Dark Matter, this one is not my brainchild.  And the circumstances by which I became involved are rather...unusual. Several months ago, the Director's Guild of Canada hosted…

Headed to series on another show…

Headed To Series On Another Show…

Well, it's all systems go on this series I've been circling for a while. I've been in discussion with the show's creator for a couple of months now, brainstorming his vision and beating out a rough ten-episode first season narrative arc.  This Monday, the writers' room convenes for a 4-5 story breaking session.  Would love…

Dark Matter’s Android

Dark Matter’s Android

Some thoughts on Dark Matter's Android played by the lovely and talented Zoie Palmer... When I originally developed the idea for the series that would become Dark Matter, I envisioned Android a lot differently than the character who ended up on our screens.  For one, the character was envisioned as male.  In the comic books,…

What’s your story?

What’s Your Story?

So, here's my story... My name is Joe but I my online handle is BaronDestructo.  I'm a television writer/producer with about 400 hours television to my credit, most of it in sci-fi, some of it in animation.  Over the course of my career, I've created, developed, written, story-edited, and produced.  No plans to direct.  I…

The Suji Show!

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Quelle excitation!  A few days ago, Suji got the first-page feature in a Japanese dog magazine.  The Aiken No Tomo profile offered insight into her past (rescued a little over a year and a half ago), ailments (some rear leg weakness), likes (treats and walks), dislikes (vacuum cleaners and loud noises), and her Instagram page…

Projects and Priorities!

Projects And Priorities!

So let's take a look at my updated project slate: THAT NEAR-FUTURE PLANETARY EXPLORATION SERIESSeries bible and pilot script delivered to the broadcaster.  So what's next?  Well... And, yes, as much as I'd love to play Hungry Hungry Hippos instead, sadly, we don't have the choice.  Here's hoping I'm back in action with David, Erin,…

More from the Dark Matter vault!

A few more BTS photos from the archives... Behind the scenes on Episode 210, "Going Out Fighting" (and, evidently, singing and dancing as well).  We shot this episode at Brampton City Hall with its gorgeous floral wall art lobby.  My old friend and former Stargate cohort, Peter DeLuise, directed this story that, in its infancy…

Dark Matter Goodies! Check ’em out!

Dark Matter Goodies!  Check ’em Out!

Looking ahead... Long-term goal: Read 365 books on the year. Short-term goal: See that giant shark movie. These various projects I have on the go may throw a wrench into those plans.  But who knows?  Just gotta stay focused! Oh, hey!  Look at what I came across this morning.  Behind the scenes photos from Dark…

The Perfect Storm Approacheth!

Here.  We.  Gooooooooo! Looks like we'll convene the writers' room sometime in September.  Before then, the show's creator and I will map out the first season game plan covering all ten episodes, character and story arcs.  We're also aiming to have the pilot co-written by then.  After that, it'll be smoooooooth sailing!   All that…