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Prep continues on Dark Matter!  The other day, we had our follow-up gun meeting as we move toward arming our kick-ass crew.  It’s a dangerous galaxy out there!

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The base model for the weapon of choice the Ferrous Corp soldiers (corporate guards) will be carrying.  Each corporation (Ferrous Corp, The Mikkei Combine, Traugott, Volkov-Rusi) will have a different color scheme – basic black with color elements and corporate emblems – reflected in their gear and guns.

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Suggested changes – in addition to the aforementioned color schemes – including a build on the stalk and chunking out and squaring of the barrel for more heft.

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The base model for One and Four’s sidearms.  Something simple for both as One is not a gun enthusiast while Four’s weapon of choice is the katana.  Comes with a detachable light source.

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The base model for Two’s gun.  I wanted something sleek and easy to handle. Alterations to this one will include losing the top.

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And refashioning the barrel to something along these lines; maybe a curved snout.  She would sport two, one in each hip holster, for balance.

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The model for Three’s big-ass gun (Bubba).  Pretty damn big!  He’ll lug this one around – in emergency cases – but will otherwise rely on his sidearm (Lulu).

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And the base model for Six’s weapon of choice  = the sawed-off shotgun which will fit snugly in the holster strapped to his back.  All he’ll have to do is reach up over his shoulder for a quick unslinging and he’ll be ready to rock.

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And presenting the man behind the firepower, our resident arms dealer and gun aficionado: Jason Ehl.

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Executive Producer Jay Firestone has had it up to HERE with us.

Executive Producer Jay Firestone has had it up to HERE with us.

Today, Paul and I sat down with fellow Dark Matter Executive Producer (and President of Prodigy Pictures) Jay Firestone for a marathon notes session.  Well, it was only three scripts, so not so much a marathon as it was, say, a 5k sustained jog through episodes #101 through #103.  And, I’m pleased to report, a good time was had by all.  Oh, sure, there were a few disagreements.  A couple of impassioned arguments.  And, at one point, (apparently) I almost jumped out of my seat.  But, in the end, it was a productive meeting and I have no doubt that all three scripts will be the better for it.  Jay flagged some murky moments in need of clarification, had some great suggestions related to character motivations, relationships, and arcs, and even offered up some pretty good dialogue tweaks.  No absurd requests or annoyingly illogical proposals or demands for reams of exposition to ensure that even a trained chimp can follow the story.

If all of our future notes sessions go this smoothly, I may actually look forward to attending them – instead of hiding under my desk and hoping people will simply lose interest and move on to more pressing matters.

Tomorrow = round #2 (eposes #104 to #106)!

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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 down with (well, actually, we all stood but you know what I mean) the Art Department, Costumes, and Props.  In the case of the latter, it was all about the guns, guns, guns!  And some swords and miscellaneous weaponry…

A veritable smorgasbord of firepower!

A veritable smorgasbord of firepower!

So we’re looking to use replicas of established guns as the base models for the futuristic sidearms and ordnance our crew – and everyone from Galactic Authority officers to Corporate Guards – will be packing.  Both Three and Six will wield big-ass guns and carry chunky holstered handgun variants (something along the lines of what you see bottom left).  One, Two and Four will go with sleeker shooters.  Holster options range from hip and leg to shoulder and back.

Yo, Slashy McStabberson!

Yo, Slashy McStabberson!

Apparently the longer swords are your go-to blades if you’re looking to decapitate someone – but you already knew that.  Four, our resident swordsman, would be adept with all four sheathed varieties – so we’ll keep all four in his quarters so that he can always have a choice.

And this lovely medieval pruning knife can be yours...if the price is right!

And this lovely medieval pruning knife can be yours…if the price is right!

The ship’s training room will house a variety of weapons, from simple training staffs to more exotic blades.  Here, Property Master Victoria Klein shows off a little something from her personal collection.

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Trevor gets mouthy with Alison.  She responds in kind.

1Our Props Buyer’s (Susan Woorts) shopping list will include: milk, eggs, cheese, and a half dozen fresh Berettas.

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Testing Alison’s reflexes.  Her rubber training sword is no match for my steel!

And you thought today was fun!  I can’t wait for tomorrow’s two hour script note session!

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Two down, one to go.  The Toronto and Vancouver second round casting sessions are in the books and only the L.A. session remains.  Be Vanessa and I won’t be able to attend, we’re going to live stream it to the production offices.  Theoretically anyway.  I imagine it’ll be sort of like those interactive video conferences that look so cool in the movies but never quite work out the way you want them to in real life, with participants dropping out, losing audio, losing video, the whole punctuated by the background caterwaul of children or dogs in desperate need of feeding.  Still, we’re going to give it the ole college try (let’s say more Devry than Harvard).  Festivities get underway at noon PST, which means we’ll be watching well into the twilight hours.  Guess we’ll be ordering pizza!

The plan is to have our selects, Top 3 for each of the seven roles, by early next week.  And that’s when the decision-making will get REALLY tough…

Paul delivered his first draft of episode #10, the first part of our late season two-parter.  He promises to have #11 to us before his weekend arrival – which means I’ll be able to do my pass on #12 (already written) have that out by early next week.  Leaving us with…only the grand (season one) finale to write.  Or, rather, finish since I’m already 15 pages in.

Meanwhile, no rest for our awesome construction crew who have been working their little tool belts off -

Right this way, step right up...

Right this way, step right up…

On our way to the bridge.

On our way to the bridge.

The crew of The Raza = Alison Hepburn and Trevor Finn

The crew of The Raza = Alison Hepburn and Trevor Finn. 

The bridge in its infancy.

The bridge in its infancy.

Corridor going one way.

Corridor going one way.

And the other.

And the other.

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And facebook: https://www.facebook.com/darkmatterseries

And twitter:  https://twitter.com/dark_matterTV

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My first Dark Matter (the t.v. series!) interview is in the books.  Head on over to WatchPlayRead.com for my chat with Ryan Thomason in which I discuss casting challenges, the various Stargate-Dark Matter connections, and the prospect of pug cameos: http://watchplayread.com/wpr-talks-joseph-mallozzi-creator-syfys-new-series-dark-matter/

“I’ve always found it difficult to draw side by side comparisons between shows. If anything, I’d say our series is reminiscent of a mixture of various SF shows of the past (Blake’s 7, Farscape, Firefly, and, of course, Stargate) and a couple of non-SF sources (The Dirty Dozen, The Magnificent Seven, The Thunderbolts comic book seris). But if I HAD to pick one show I’d draw the closest parallels to in terms of world and tone, it would be an animated series called Cowboy Bebop. Check it out if you haven’t already seen it. It’s awesome.”

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Wow.  It’s unbelievable how quickly these sets are going up.  Hell, the gang in construction is so fast that they’ve taken to hanging around the Art Department in anticipation of the latest floor plans.

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As the bridge goes up, so do the corridors.

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Trevor considers the work-to-date.  Fortunately, he liked what he saw – which meant we didn’t have to tear it all down and start over again.

At this rate, we’ll have our sets up well before our target date – meaning construction will have plenty of time to build me that soap box racer!

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Check out the cool slot box label outside my office door.  “Executive Producer” would have been fine, but they went ahead and included “Showrunner” – which is nice, but I would’ve preferred “The Commodore”.  In fact, that’s how I’d like to be referred to moving forward.

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It wasn’t my first choice, but Natalie Cooper already snagged that.

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Hey, check it out!  Revised versions of episodes #1 and #2, just in time for the Art Department meeting…which also included props, costumes, and construction.

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2:00 p.m.  I arrived promptly, eager to get started.

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2:10 p.m.  Who called this meeting?  Beginning to suspect I’m the victim of some elaborate practical joke.

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2:27 p.m.  I’m overcome with concern for the other attendees.  Have they been kidnapped?  Accidentally locked themselves in the linen closet?  Worry gives way to panic and, ultimately, sleepiness.

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2:43 p.m.  I doze off but eventually wake up feeling refreshed.  Only to discover it’s the next day.  And someone took my wallet.

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Random point of discussion.  We’re going projectiles over lasers and blasters.  For the most part.

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Our awesome Supervising Art Director, the amazing Kimberly Zaharko, generating these handy preliminary set lists for episodes 1-3.  Color-coded to boot!  Dark blue for VFX, light brown for Construction and Paint, dark green for Playback, light green for Graphics, grey for Props, white for Special Effects, and invisible ink for the Subliminal Message Department.

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I came in this morning to discover that Alison and Trevor had redecorated, turning their desks around to face out toward the windows and daylight (and freedom) instead of facing the walls and dreary grey bulletin board.  Not sure how I feel about this.  I thought the scattering of lone thumbtacks was a nice touch, holding the promise of something more – an Art Department schematic, a colorful print, a Tiger Beat centrefold of Robby Benson – while simultaneously crushing their spirits. Also, this makes it much harder for me to sneak up on them whenever the mood strikes. :(

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Well look who started work at the Dark Matter production offices today.  It’s none other than Trevor Finn!  Blog regulars know that my working relationship with Trevor goes way back.  From his humble beginnings as Associate in Charge of Draining My Pet Baboon’s Anal Glands to Story Editor/Script Coordinator – he’s come a long way, baby.

Striking a pose from the cover of his breakout album, Straight Outta Scarborough

Striking a pose from the cover of his breakout album, Straight Outta Scarborough

Trevor also wrote what will be episode #8 of Dark Matter’s first season.  I’ll be sure to subject him to fan Q&A (aka “a good ole fashioned coal-raking”) after it airs.

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Oooh, check out the new cufflinks I picked up at TIFF Lightbox shop.  They had tie-fighters as well but they were just painted faces rather than actual sculpts.  This time next year, I’ll get a custom pair of our ship, The Raza.

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SOMA Chocolate (443 King St W and 32 Tank House Ln) is offering this roasted white chocolate bar – something that is, apparently, all the rage in Japan.  Tastes like creme brûlée!

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While out and about, Akemi encountered these adorable little girls who wanted to play with her for a REALLY long time.

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