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It’s your second-to-last chance to vote on a new Dark Matter episode title!  Also, the one chance to vote on the second-to-late Dark Matter episode of the show’s second season!

The nominees are:

The polling stations close in 24 hours!

The BTS pics from Dark Matter’s first season continue to be uploaded at a record pace over at my dedicated Dark Matter twitter account.  Click here (@DarkMatter_show) to find it and then click the “follow” button for the visually splendrific updates.  Like, for instance…

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This shot of the gang kicking back between set-ups.  Or…

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This peek at production on Episode 1.  Or…

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This Butch and Sundance snap.

Meanwhile, I’ve been having a lot of fun over on reddit where I’ve been interacting and chatting with fans of both Dark Matter and Stargate.  In the case of the latter, one of my recent posts that has received a ton of upvotes is this former blog entry:

Top 10 Running Gags in SG-1

Head on over and subscribe to both sub-reddits as I’ll be contributing to both on a daily basis.  And it’s a wonderful opportunity to interact with even more fans!

Finally, today, let me leave you with a little mystery screen shot as we count down toward the Dark Matter season 2 premiere…

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Theories?

 

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Today was a good news, bad news, good news, bad news, good news day.

Good news: I arranged to have a local ice cream donut truck swing by set this afternoon after lunch as a thank you to our amazing cast and crew.  Essentially it’s a European sugar and cinammon-encrusted donut, lined with nutella, and stuffed with soft serve vanilla ice cream.  Faaaantaste-tic!

Bad news: Even though we had two units shooting (main and second), The Chimneys truck could only set up outside one studio.

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Good news: Fortunately, second unit was shooting only five minutes away and we arranged for the truck to be there through and lunch and well into the late afternoon, plenty of time for everyone to make their way over.

Bad news: Unfortunately, the ice cream machine broke down partway through the service.

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Good news: But not before I got mine.

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Also good news: Looks like General Drago (Paulino Nunes) managed to snag one too before returning to his ship.

Also also good news: The truck will be back later in production for those who missed it.

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The Art Department’s Roxanne Borris is designing the insignia for Zairon’s sworn enemy, The Republic of Pyr.  Thoughts?  Preferences?

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Love this guy!  I haven’t had this much fun working with a director since, well, one of the last times I worked with this director:

https://josephmallozzi.wordpress.com/2008/05/02/may-2-2008-thats-a-wrap/

It’s been great hosting Will Waring on Dark Matter and I can’t wait to do it again – next season.

Hey, we have a new episode title!  The fans have chosen:

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“Episode 24: Wish I’d Spaced You When I Had The Chance”.

And I lose another one.😦

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So over on my dedicated Dark Matter twitter account (@DarkMatter_show), I’ve been uploading a slew of BTS photos.  Someone asked why I wasn’t featuring the Android and I informed them that there was a good reason for that – but couldn’t elaborate.  To tide you over, here are a couple of pics of the perfect Android hand, moulded and sculpted from actress Zoie Palmer’s very own.

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And here’s a closer look at her bar code tattoo as she’s pictured here in her season 1 look.

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Speaking of different looks, check out a pre-Raza FIVE on her Galactic Authority mug shot.

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A shot of the board room today in advance of our final cast read-thru of the season.

We’re in the stretch run of production on Dark Matter’s second season.  Two weeks to go!  And three final episodes to name.  Next up, Episode 211.  Your choices are:

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Polling stations will be open for the next 24 hours.  Cast your ballot now to avoid disappointed!

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The Imperial Court of Ishida.  Wait!  Who’s on trial?  And what’s in the garbage bin?

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Mascot for the Ishida Koi baseball team: Elliot the Ecstatic Emblem!

Some of the Ishida cruiser onscreen displays courtesy of Kelly Diamond and the gang in Playback:

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So, over on alt. Dark Matter twitter account (@DarkMatter_show) I uploaded the above pic, snapped very early on in the show’s first season.  It’s a beautiful set, beautifully lit, with gorgeous playback displays and…a truly awful star field out the front.  The production purchased it from somewhere in the middle east – and it didn’t come cheap.  It was, I was told, a top of the line star field often used in planetarium shows and displays.  Which would have been great – had I been putting on a planetarium show or display.  On camera though, the stars looked terrible – big and bright and oh-so-fake.  Our attempts to dial them down were less than successful and a consultation of the handy guidebook that accompanied the purchase proved equally problematic given that it was entirely in Farsi.  Despite our eventually securing a translation, the damn star field never quite worked and, in the end, the majority of our looks out the window had to be helped along by VFX Supervisor Lawren Bancroft-Wilson and the visual effects department.

When we got our second season pick up, the first thing to go was that pricey star field.  We took a page out of Stargate: Universe’s playbook, replacing it with a simple black curtain studded with tiny lights and tinsel.  At less than a tenth the cost, it looks roughly a thousand times better.

How’s that for behind the scenes trivia?

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Also part of the DarkMatter_show’s twitter feed season 1 flashback were these pics of our cast – back when they were young, oh-so-innocent and, frankly, didn’t know any better.  Jodelle Ferland (FIVE) above, and the boys (Alex Mallri Jr., Roger Cross, and Anthony Lemke) below.

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Anyways, I’ve put a handy little widget in the right sidebar of this blog that will allow you to keep up with the latest twitter developments.  Oh, and before I move on, there was also this –

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First version of the Ferrous Corp guard outfit that was eventually toned down considerably to basic black.

So, hey, amid the prep, post, on-set action, and spinning ideas for season 3, I now have considerably more free time on my hands and have returned to my reading ways.  Here are a couple of recommendations I’m throwing your way:

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Beyond Redemption By Michael R. Fletcher

This title topped the list of author/blogger Terry Ibele’s “Six Amazingly Bizarre Sci-Fi & Fantasy Novels You’ve Never Heard Of” –

https://octotea.wordpress.com/2016/04/16/six-amazingly-bizarre-sci-fi-fantasy-novels-youve-never-heard-of/

Intrigued, I purchased a copy and was absolutely blown away by the most outrageously heinous characters in the most outrageously good fantasy novel I’ve read in recent memory. If you like your fantasy (grim) dark, this is the book for you.

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4 Kids Walk Into A Bank by Matthew Rosenberg, Tyler Boss, and Thomas Mauer

It opens with a D&D dragon-slaying expedition and ends with a diner reveal.  In between, it’s sheer comical, caper-centric, character-driven brilliance.

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At present, my love for this title knows no bounds.  Check it out.

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Turncoat by Alex Paknadel and Artyom Trakhanov

via BOOM! Studios: “300 years since humanity was brutally subjugated by the alien race known simply as the Management. Two years since these invaders abandoned Earth to return to their home world. Following her participation in the brutal massacre of human-alien hybrids left behind by the Management, resistance fighter Marta Gonzalez declines to join the new human government and starts her own private detective agency instead. Gonzalez is forced to confront her own bloody past and acknowledge the fact that the transition from oppression to emancipation is anything but clean.

The latest from Alex Paknadel (Arcadia), one of my favorite comic book writers.

Okay, off to get in a little more reading and a little more season 3 story spinning before tonight’s Game of Thrones premiere.  Who’s watching?

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The construction of the “big metal mystery doors” – Dark Matter, season 1.  Just a few of the BTS pics I’ll be uploading on a daily basis over at my dedicated Dark Matter twitter account (here: @DarkMatter_show).  Tell your friends!

Also, bonus pic!  Alex Mallari Jr.’s (FOUR) very first costume fitting:

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All smiles.  Little did he know what he was getting into!

Well, a little over two weeks to go before we wrap production on Dark Matter’s second season (and, from what I hear, about a week to go before they announce our premiere date), and as most thoughts turn to post-production, MY thoughts turn to season 3.  Whereas the show’s first season was a slow-burn mystery, season two promises to be a more action-driven, SF-laden, VFX-studded extravaganza.  As for season 3 – well, as I said from the beginning, I have a 5 year plan and I’m approaching each season as if they were instalments in a book series, with their beginnings, middles, and ends.  Specifically with regard to season 3, I’ve got the season-long arc, the character arcs, the individual narrative arcs, and the 13 episodes.  All that remains is the heavy lifting – sitting in a room for three weeks and beating out the stories.  We’re aiming for mid to late June and, as usual, you’ll get access to all of the behind-the-scenes action: placeholder titles, lunch orders, and all!

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves here.  We still have a second season to complete!

Here’s a little something from Kelly Diamond and the playback gang – Marcus Boone’s mugshot in the G.A. database:

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Received these from VFX Supervisor Lawren Bancroft-Wilson this morning – two choices on the size of the Reynaud ship.  We’re thinking of going with 01 – bigger, more menacing.  What do you think?

So, my new Dark Matter-centric twitter account (@DarkMatter_show) is off to a rollicking start.  I started it as an alternate account dedicated to live-tweeting the show upon its return but decided to make it a little more interesting by uploading a slew of BTS pics – some old, some new – along with a little comment on each.  For instance…

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Concept design for the space station’s docking arm. We elected to go with hangars instead.

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Preliminary concept designs for The Raza.

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Stasis pod designs.

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Concept design for “the trench” in which our Android takes her spacewalk in Episode 103.

Meanwhile, on set…

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Oh, damn.  Pineapple sighting!

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