June 4, 2016: Looking back on Stargate! Looking ahead to Dark Matter!

Ah, there are no better motivations than anger or a deadline and, in the case of this new pilot, I can draw on both.  A little over halfway done and it's coming along swimmingly.  Hoping to have it done soon so that I can get some feedback, do a rewrite, and then go out with…

August 2, 2015: #DarkMatter fandom roll call! The art of Jon Hrubesch!

While we're no closer to settling on a name for Dark Matter fandom, we've got some pretty terrific candidates for the individual character fan groups. Roll call! #FANDROIDS = Fans of The Raza's whimsically endearing Android. #SIXPACK/#6PACK = Fans of The Raza's principled shuttle pilot. #FIVEHIVE/#5HIVE = Fans of The Raza's quirky tech monkey. #FOURCLAN/#4CLAN = Fans…

April 12, 2015: Dark Matter – A 7+ year journey!

I was actually developing Dark Matter as far back as 2007.  That year comes to mind because, in 2007, we were producing Stargate: Atlantis's fourth season and I remember walking the corridors of the ship we constructed for episode #405, Travelers, and saying to Paul: "We've got to find a way to keep these sets. They'd be perfect for…

August 6, 2014: Closing in on that first draft! Beware food! Eat cardboard and live longer! (Wait. Now there’s a new study that says cardboard is bad for you too?)

Well, I'm exhausted.  Although I only wrote seven pages today, I also ended up rewriting another twenty.  By the time the dust settled on my laptop this evening, I'd hit the 50 page mark.  All I have to do now is finish off this conversation, completing Act V, then write the tag which will include…

July 30, 2014: Fade in…humor!

It NEVER gets any easier.  Inevitably, the jubilation of convening with your fellow writers and hashing out a terrific story is extinguished by the prospect of having to actually write the damn script.  You sit down, type FADE IN and then...What?  Oh, you know what the scene is going to be (You just broke it the other…

July 18, 2014: The Highs and Lows of the Writers’ Room!

The thing I miss most about my days on Stargate is the writers' room: the camaraderie, the laughs, the heated discussions and, every so often, the occasional creative accomplishments.  Don't get me wrong.  It was hard, sometimes frustrating work but, when all was said and done, they were productive sessions that generated some great television.…

Notes on those white board notes!

MFB writes: "Since I like this kind of stuff I thought I’d share some boards that I’ve collected from writers’ rooms of other shows and one movie. http://imgur.com/a/tD2bJ?#0 About the Breaking Bad boards: The stories were spun and broken to cards in the room. Then the cards were taken off of the board and photocopied…

November 26, 2013: Projects on deck!

That Super Secret Project: The best laid plans of mice and men often go astray.  Especially in the film & television industry.  Particularly when legal departments get involved.  Such is the case with this project that was humming along quite nicely until....  I was contacted, we had our initial discussions, I pitched out what Brad…

May 16, 2013: Jennifer Finnigan drops by! You sure you want me to read that?

Well, look who it is!  It's my good buddy and former co-worker: uber-talented/super-successful actress Jennifer Finnigan.  She's in town shooting a movie (with my other pal, Cas) and dropped by the other night to say hi, eat some rotisserie chicken and, of course, check out the Dark Matter comic book (soon to be television?) series.…

April 11, 2013: Sculpting the perfect script!

Someone, I don't remember who, once likened the writing process to the work of a sculpter.  In this view, the writer isn't so much creating as attempting to free their vision imprisoned within.  Somewhere in that hunk of stone, or deep inside the mind of the writer, exists the perfect version of what has been…

March 8, 2013: A word of advice! Campaganolo with Carl!

If there's a single word of advice I would offer anyone thinking of becoming a writer for film and/or television, it would be: "Don't".  Don't do it.  Spare yourself the aggravation.  The endless waiting.  The incessant disappointments.  The interminable meetings that never seem to reach a consensus, even when it appears as though consensus has…

September 26, 2012: Spinning our creative wheels! Dark Matters! Days of Stargate Atlantis past! Midway!

My writing partner, Paul, came over for Day #2 of our spinning session for the new pilot script we're working on.  Next to starting a script and, perhaps, passing a kidney stone, there's nothing more painful than outlining a story, especially in those first few days.  Ideas are pitched. They're shot down.  The story is…

June 22, 2012: Projects on Deck!

We handed in our second draft of the scifi miniseries the other day, paring it down from a robust 204 pages to a trim 194.  We went through four different titles (including the cryptic Cogito and, my personal favorite, The Apocalypse Engine) before finally settling on the one they're going with.  For now anyway.  The…