Today, I completed a first draft of episode #12 in which the various arcs we develop over the course of the show’s first season converge in a story about identity, loyalty, and friendship, culminating in a shocking conclusion that sets the stage for an even more shocking finale. It joins my first draft of episode #9, on a virtual shelf, until the intervening bunch of scripts get done. Paul is halfway thought #5 while Rob and Trevor have started work on scripts for episodes #7 and #8 respectively. Ideally, I’ll have a bunch of first drafts to review by the time I come back from Japan on September 21st.
Yes, I’m off to Japan next week for 10 glorious days of cultural enlightenment and eating my face off. Before then, however, there’s plenty to do. Tomorrow, a conversation with our VFX guys, Mark Savela and Lawren Bancroft-Wilson, to discuss the first four episodes. Next week, Tuesday, another conference call with our Line Producer and Production Designer – also about episodes #1-4, and ship and space station designs. And I’m hoping we’ll have our first three directors slotted before I leave.
When I get back from Japan, I’ll have roughly two weeks to do my passes on episodes #5-8 before I head to Toronto for our first official week of prep: more meetings in which we’ll discuss key crew members and casting.
At present, the plan is to head to Toronto for that week of meetings during which I’ll stock our new Toronto place with everything we’ll need: dog mats, dog beds, kitchen gadgets, pillows, toiletries, and a big-ass winter coat. Then, I go back to Vancouver to pick up my dogs – and girlfriend – and make the final move. Since we’ll no longer have access to a handy backyard, I’m going to also have to buy a doggy stroller to make life a lot easier for Jelly – and Akemi. On top of all that, I’m going to have to find an animal clinic where Jelly can continue her accupuncture treatments:
Is it helping her? Well, tough to say. Between the accupuncture, Metacam, painkillers, pulsed electro-magnetic dog bed, and joint pills, SOMETHING is working.