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I was up at 5:30 a.m. this morning so that I could make the one hour drive over to space station Vega V for our 8:00 main unit call.

After passing through customs and checking my weapons, I consulted the space station’s kiosk for entertainment options:

First up, breakfast…

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The dining room offers a beautiful view of the nearby (relatively speaking) nebula. I enjoyed a shot of Aldebaran Whisky, a pint of Spice Beer, then chased them both down with a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster.

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They were out of Bulgar Ashkhan so I had “the special”, a selection of this galaxy’s most memorable pastries.

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Director T.W. Peacocke skips breakfast to concentrate on other things.  Like, say, shooting a t.v. show.

Next stop…

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Akemi: We have to turn on the humidifighter.

Me: You mean humidifier.

Akemi: No, humidifighter.  It fights against dryness.

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Akemi was thrilled today as she received delivery of the custom keychains she ordered from http://www.benir.gallery.

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Along the same lines, I’m having this place – http://www.knottytie.com – to make me a couple of custom ties based on Hieronymus Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights.

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If this one works out, I might expand my wardrobe of weird classic artwork-themed ties…

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The Nightmare by John Fuseli.

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The Scream by Edvard Munch.

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The Smiling Spider by Odilon Redon.

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Medusa by Caravaggio.

I’d consider them conversation starters.

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After much consideration and soul searching, Akemi decided to cut her hair.  She really wanted to go short but others suggested she keep it long – so she split the difference and went medium.  Now she’s looking for tips on what to do with it.  I’m the wrong guy to ask.

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Before.

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Bubba is fascinated by the building go up next door.  He’s like an old Italian man at a construction site, whiling away the hours.

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My poor girl.  Even though she’s in good spirits and has a healthy appetite, her bad 16 year old hips are catching up with Jelly and, lately, she’s been unable to walk without assistance.  As a result of her immobility issues, she’s acquired a rash that requires me to slather baby diaper cream on her belly morning and night.  Ah, the things we do for love.

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Lulu, meanwhile, continues her unladylike ways.  The other day, actor Alex Mallari Jr. (FOUR) and his girlfriend, Allie, were over when Lulu loosened belch so loud and sustained she actually scared Allie.

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Yes, I’m talking about you.

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Lulu + Jodelle = BFF!

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Akemi doodles.

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Welcome to Vega 5!  Through the ship’s docking collar to customs and registration.

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Sub-level access corridor.

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The latest addition to our whisky/whiskey club, resident Dark Matter badass, THREE (Anthony Lemke)…

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Brings us the latest addition to our whisky/whiskey club: a local bourbon-style whiskey from Prince Edward County.

Came across this in the wardrobe department the other day…

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I was tempted but, ultimately, passed.  How fresh could those shoulder pads be?

Wow.  I repeat.  Wow!  SyFy sent us the rough cut of the early Dark Matter promo they’ve been working on and it is awesome.  We’re a long way from finished visual effects so you’ll have to wait for the NEXT trailer to see those, but THIS trailer is pretty amazing all the same.  I must have screened it a couple of dozen times for the cast and crew.  A big congrats and thanks to SyFy’s Bill Trojanowski and his team.  Can’t wait for you all to see it.

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The sharply-dressed Bruce McDonald completed work on episode #107 and now heads to editing for his director’s cut.  From what I hear, he’s got A LOT to work with.

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Director T.W. Peacocke, two days into episode #108, spends his lunch break prepping for a loooong afternoon in the quarters and corridor.

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Director Ron Murphy oversees the episode #109 production meeting.  He’s all smiles – and why not?  He’s already shot half the episode.

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For those of you complaining about a lack of actor Marc Bendavid (ONE) on this blog, here’s a snap of him reviewing his sides – while embracing Cat Shirt Thursdays.

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Costume Designer does Cat Shirt Thursday with style.

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Another gathering of the Dark Matter whisky/whiskey club!

And, finally, as promised – the Android visual roll-out continues.  You asked for it and here it is.  The Android’s hair…

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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 #108). It was uncomfortably cold when I arrived but, after an hour or so, the weather warmed up.  Then it rained, and it got cold again.  I took the looooong drive back to Etobicoke and arrived in time for main unit lunch, then spent the rest of the late afternoon and evening on set, first watching Director T.W. Peacocke shoot scenes for episode #108, then watching Director John Stead shoot outstanding (in both senses of the word) scenes for episode #105.  What a day!  And the high point was a double dose of actress Jodelle Ferland who is, quite frankly, perfection.

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A little something from the Art Department and Transport to help set the mood. Anyone remember Damnation Alley?

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Director Bruce McDonald is a rock star!

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Dressing warmly – and peacefully – for the weather.

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The rarely seen sled cam.

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I tried to shoo this homeless man off set – until I realized he was VFX Supervisor Lawren Bancroft-Wilson.

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Moving video village.  That tent came in handy today.

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Second unit for episode #108 was shooting in the cabin (background) while second unit for #106 was shooting in the barn (foreground).

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A couple of Lemke’s: Anthony and Tanya (no relation).  Note: Anthony’s injuries sustained during one of our trademark heated “script discussions”.

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Directors Bruce McDonald and Ron Murphy exchange pleasantries – before the rivalry begins.  Ron fires the first salvo by stealing their camera.

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Ron directs actress Jodelle Ferland (FIVE) on shuttle spotting.

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Watch your step back to crew park!

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Like I said, those tents sure came in handy.

Tomorrow, another visual piece of the android puzzle.  What’ll it be, belt or hair?

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 and Zoie herself confided that, while she doesn’t usually get nervous before a scene, this one was a bit of an exception.  Not that it showed.  She NAILED it.  The crew had a hell of a time keeping it together during the four takes – but completely lost it, along with the equally terrific Marc Ben-David, during the rehearsal.  I’ve spent the past two hours walking around the apartment, shouting “TWOOOO DOZEN!” at the top of my lungs.  Mark it!  Episode #107, Scene 27A, Int. Ship – Corridor H: ONE and the Android.  I guarantee it’ll be making the youtube rounds after it airs.

Tonight, there is no bigger Zoie Palmer fan than me.  With the possible exception of Akemi who has watched the first six cuts of Dark Matter‘s first season and has completely fallen in love with her character.

Speaking of our dear Android, how’s this little sneak peek at what we have in the works:

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She rules Post Production with an iron fist – respected, admired and, in some cases, feared.  She makes damn sure the episodes are locked, the deliveries made, and the trains run on time.  Cross her at your peril!  She is Rachel Sutherland, Dark Matter Post Production Producer!  And she is a force to be reckoned with!

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And positively delightful company.  I always get to editing early just so that we can chat.  She’s one of those people who you can talk to for days on end.

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AND she’s a fellow foodie who, on occasion, will surprise me with treats.  Cookies! Chocolate!   Two extra days of editing!

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This weekend, we’re hitting Buca Restaurant on King.  Taleggio cheese, duck yolk, and fresh white truffle pizzas beware.  We’re taking no prisoners!

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