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…

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…

January 11, 2015: Sleepless in Toronto! Looking ahead! A brand new Dark Matter feature!

Between my 5:30 a.m. wake-ups, the nagging rib injury, and one elderly fitfully slumbering pug, sleep has been very hard to come by lately.  And it isn't going to get any easier anytime soon.  When the doctor said "It's going to feel worse before it gets better.", I just dismissed his words as a worst…

January 8, 2015: Last day of prep! There’s no turning back now!

Well, as a result of the injury I sustained yesterday (see last entry for all the gory details), I was unable to turn or put any pressure on my side and had to spend the entire night lying flat on my back.  I also can't twist, jump, run, or perform aerial gymnastics (the latter is…

January 6, 2014: Three days to the start of production!

We're three days out from the start of production on Dark Matter - and things seem to be moving along quite nicely.   I mean, it's still very early and I'm sure we'll encounter a few bumps along the way but, right now, everyone is feeling really good about where things stand and what lies ahead.…

January 4, 2015: Introducing…Director T.J. Scott!

One of the most important decisions we had to make early in process was the selection of our first director.  Whoever we chose would be shooting our first two episodes and, as such, would not only be responsible for setting the tone for the series, but would be charged with the task of "working out"…

December 20, 2014: The Dark Matter pre-holiday wrap-up! Alex Mallari Jr. in action! THE katana!

One of the last things we did before packing it in for the holidays was go on a walk-thru of our standing sets.  Of course, not all of them are quite yet standing (ie. the shuttle, parts of the space station) and those that are still have a ways to go, but our Art Department…

December 17, 2014: Akemi scrooged! Everything is coming up Dark Matter!

So much for the Christmas spirit.  Today, Akemi did something she rarely ever does.  She actually bought herself something.  The girl hardly ever spends on herself but, this afternoon, she made an exception when she came across a cup emblazoned with the letter A at a local shop.  Being a big tea drinker - and…

December 10, 2014: The shuttle!

We're heavy into prep on episodes #101-102 and, with the commencement of principal photography about a month away, sets are coming together nicely.  Our ship, The Raza, has come a long way in the past couple of weeks.  The corridors have been textured with faux-grate flooring, pipes, vents, and grills, its walls painted in metallic…

November 17, 2014: Welcome to the gun (sword and miscellaneous weapons) show!

My writing partner, Paul, got in yesterday for what should be a big week.  We've got budget meetings tomorrow, script meetings with Jay Tuesday and Wednesday, and a whirlwind trip to the SyFy offices in New York that will see us flying out early Friday morning and flying back later that night.  Today, we sat…