May 9, 2015: Your Dark Matter primer! The crew! The designs! And the dogs!

Here's your crew.  And to find out a little about them, head on over to the SyFy UK homepage for the breakdown: http://www.syfy.co.uk/galleries/drifting-in-space-with-no-memory-of-who-they-are-or-their-names-meet-the-dark-matter-crew And, while you're there, check out some of the early concept designs for the show... http://www.syfy.co.uk/galleries/feast-your-eyes-on-this-dark-matter-concept-art-introduced-by-exec-producer-joe-mallozzi I was in at 8:30 this morning for our final Saturday production day! Meanwhile, back on the…

May 7, 2015: Space Cat! Oh, and the rest of the Dark Matter cast!

A sneak peek at the Dark Matter season finale.  In the final shot, the crew enters the bridge as this season's mysterious Big Bad swivels around in the command chair to reveal their true identity: Space Cat! See, this is the type of behind the scenes photos fans love.  Actor Anthony Lemke (Dark Matter's THREE) eats an egg…

April 14, 2015: My girl! And my show!

My sweetheart seems to be feeling under the weather tonight.  No, my OTHER sweetheart.  Well, technically, my first sweetheart.  At 16 years, Jelly is my longest relationship.  She's getting a bit fussy in her old age, more demanding, less inclined to suffer fools (mainly my other pug, Bubba), but I think that just makes her…

April 11, 2015: Our Stargate Family Reunion continues on Dark Matter!

Well, well, well.  Look who it is.  Director Martin Wood (Stargates SG-1 and Atlantis) hits the streets of Toronto - in his trademark shorts.  Yes, if there are two thing I remember about Martin Wood from our days on Stargate, it's: 1) His penchant for wearing shorts year round, and 2) His onscreen cameo character,…

April 10, 2015: Check out the Dark Matter teaser trailer!

It's here!  It's here!  The Dark Matter teaser trailer is finally out!  Share!  Share!  Share! Head on over to IGN.com for the write-up and links: http://www.ign.com/videos/2015/04/10/dark-matter-trailer When SyFy told us they wanted to produce a one minute teaser trailer for the show, my initial response was "Impossible!".  We only had two locked episodes with no finished visual…

April 7, 2015: Dark Matter Worldwide!

Dark Matter Goes International! http://variety.com/2015/tv/global/spaceship-drama-dark-matter-to-go-global-on-syfy-1201467374/ "LONDON — TV series “Dark Matter” is going global on Syfy following its U.S. premiere on the channel on June 12. It will air on Syfy in 86 countries, including the U.K., France, Germany, Spain and Australia. Regions where it plays on the channel include Asia, Central Europe and Latin…

April 6, 2015: Day #3 of our Four Days of Tabor Calchek feature! Enjoying the great outdoors on Dark Matter episode #109!

I admire people who dress like they just don't care - what other people think. Lady Gaga.  Don Cherry.  And, of course, Dark Matter's Tabor Calchek.  I knew the gang in wardrobe was going to have a lot of fun dressing him - maybe, I suspected, a little too much fun.  So it was with a certain…

March 25, 2015: A Dark Matter double second unit extravaganza!

Today, I spent time on three different units.  Woke up at 6:00 a.m., took the loooong drive to Hamilton for 8:30 a.m. call on not one but TWO second unit shoots (Director Ron Murphy on those owing barn scenes from episode #106, and Director Bruce McDonald on those final few farm house scenes for episode…

March 24, 2015: Zoie Palmer nails it! The Android roll-out continues! Introducing Post Production Producer Rachel Sutherland!

Last up tonight was the extra scene I wrote for episode #107.  Whenever I write one of these, it invariably ends up being an Android scene because the character is so damn fun to write for - because Zoie Palmer is so damn good at playing her. This one was a particularly tricky corridor encounter…

March 15, 2015: A trip to the post office! Mailbag! Stargate! Dark Matter! And Cloverblob!

"Girls who like Cinderella have nightmare marriage.  Statistics show.  It's data!" - Akemi today, on our walk back home from lunch. I guess it makes sense. Today also saw us visit the post office so that Akemi could sense her dad a chocolate shipment.  Apparently, his stock is running low. Of course no overseas shipment…

January 16, 2015: Dark Matter production! 6 down, 83 to go!

Today marked the conclusion of our first full week of production on Dark Matter - or, as the call sheet will tell you: "Day 6 of 89"!  Today saw some sword slinging, cosmic cat and mouse, big reveals, and an FTL jump.  In other words, just another day at the office. The ladies can't stop talking…

January 15, 2015: Dark Matter in production! Discoveries made! Secrets revealed! Burgers eaten!

Another awesome - and exhausting - day on set.  We were in the ship's underbelly, the corridors, and personal quarters as our crew dealt with the aftermath of some surprising events and shocking revelations.  Questions, questions and answers - which only beget more questions! Actor Alex Mallari Jr., Dark Matter's FOUR, is back with a…

January 14, 2015: Dark Matter in production! Zoie Palmer kicks ass!

Yes, Zoie Palmer kicked ass today.  For about eleven hours - punching, blocking, shoving, kicking, hurling, staring down, and choking out multiple opponents.  And that was just in the lineup to get lunch!  The extended action sequence we shot was intense, and Zoie looked like she'd been beating up guys all of her life (food…

January 13, 2015: Dark Matter – from cast to characters!

Today, we shot two of the most important scenes of this first season (if not the entire series), and every member of our cast - Marc Bendavid, Melissa O'Neil, Anthony Lemke, Alex Mallari Jr., Jodelle Ferland, Roger Cross, and Zoie Palmer - delivered BIGTIME.  Sitting at the monitors, watching them in their first scene together,…

January 12, 2015: Scotch, Swords, and Dance! Dark Matter Production Day #3!

Today kicked off our first full week on our standing sets before we shift to Hamilton/Waterloo.  Corridors and quarters were the order of the day and director T.J. Scott continues to deliver in a BIG way.  I received the latest set of dailies late last night and was downright giddy by the time I'd finished reviewing…