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Well, looks who’s back to close out the year.  Yes, it’s director Ron Murphy, here to book-end Dark Matter’s third season with a season finale that will, well, blow your minds.

Today, I traveled to capitol of Zairon for the big Ishida Palace dinner scene.  Who are the invited guests?  Well, you’ll have to wait until episode 312 to find out, but here’s a sneak peek at one of the table pieces compliments of Set Key Props Lisa Amaral Wright.

And while they were eating fruits and vegetables at the Ishida Palace, Ivon, Kerrington, Elliot and I were two minutes away enjoying a decidedly different meal…

Hey!  Who feels like choosing our next episode title?   Your choices are…

What, pray tell, could this episode be about?

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Director Steve DiMarco takes a stroll through the pod room (photo by Renee Chan).

The pods – one of three new looks we’ll be featuring in season 3.

I believe the sign is self-explanatory.

Crew blocking.  Or the line-up for today’s oreo cake dessert.

Director Bruce McDonald shows off his mad sword skills.

From the Wayne Gretzky collection.  Brantford Ontario’s smoothest drinking.

Sitting down with the international press.

And finally, I found this sitting on my desk today courtesy of 1st Assistant Art Director Roxanne Borris.  And, inside, a little bedtime reading:

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Guys!  Help me approve a few visual effect shots for Dark Matter’s upcoming third season…

Needle in a cosmic haystack.

Intruder alert.

We’ve got company.

Alas, only low-rez screen shots but they’re just a taste of what’s in store for Dark Matter fans this summer.

VFX Supervising Producer Lawren Bancroft-Wilson has got some awesome eye candy in store.  And just wait until  we get to the season finale.  It’s gonna be sheer madness!

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Whoa!  Is that right?  Day 62 of 91?  We’re over two-thirds of the way through production on Dark Matter’s third season.  To quote Akemi: “How possible?”

On-set action from a, uh, future episode.  Teku Fonsei (Andrew Moodie) calls the shots on the Ishida Cruiser.  Photo c/o D.G. Hagey

A few screenshots from our season 3 premiere (“Being Better Is So Much Harder”) c/0 VFX Supervisor Lawren Bancroft-Wilson.

Hey, to those of you wondering about our premiere date…join the club!  I’ve yet to hear official word but, if I were a betting man, I’d tell you to clear your June schedule.

Another awesome concept design from the mind of Set Designer Karl Crosby. What’s (or who is) in the pod?

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Set aside what you’re doing – taxes, homework, transplanting organs – and take a minute or two to cast your vote for another Dark Matter episode title.  Your choices:

You have 24 hours to weigh in!

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John Stead directs Andrew Moodie (aka Teku Fonsei) on the bridge of the Ishida cruiser.

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What, pray tell, is going on with all the black?

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New Look FIVE courtesy of Renee Chan and Jodelle Ferland!

To those of you asking for the hot sauce recipe I used last week, I direct you to this Jamie Oliver video which I used as a guide –

EXCEPT – I used habanero peppers over cayenne, brown sugar and a touch of honey over white sugar, organic apple cider and a spoonful of organic apple puree over apple juice, smoked merken pepper from chile over chili powder, and shallots over onions.  I also skin the tomatoes before including them in the mix.

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photo courtesy of Roger Cross

photo courtesy of Roger Cross

And that’s a wrap on Dark Matter Season 3 Production Phase II.  The third and final phase commences a little over a week from now.  Until then, it’ll be R&R&R (Rest and Relaxation and Reading) for me.

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Unfortunately, not everyone made it to the hiatus.  But those that did have earned a well-deserved break from 7:30 a.m. crew calls and 7:30 p.m. wraps.

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A rare shot of the bridge from fake space.  This is usually where the actors kick back between scenes.

(Security feed playback courtesy of 1st Assistant Art Director Sumeet Vats and 2nd Assistant Art Director Victor Mare)

Hey, do me a favor and keep an eye on The Raza nest cam while we’re away!

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Let’s celebrate Valentine’s Day (except in Pakistan where it’s apparently been outlawed) with a brand new episode title!  Here are the results of yesterday’s fan poll:

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Wow.  This one wasn’t even close.  I honestly thought “This Galaxy’s Most Notorious” would have put in a better showing, but what do I know?  That’s why I just write and produce the episodes and leave the naming to those more qualified.

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The “helmet” for Episode 307 is a glorious thing.  Gorgeous workmanship by On Set Key Props Lisa Amaral Wright.

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A few more pods for your consideration c/o Set Designer Karl Crosby.

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If and when I get that new military SF series off the ground, I’ve already reserved Karl’s seat on the hero destroyer.

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A costume design sketch from, appropriately enough, Costume Designer Noreen Landry.

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Director (and Dark Matter Stunt Coordinator) John Stead calling the shots.

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And ordering our the new crew (?!).

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Incoming transmission.  But who’s calling?  Commander Nieman, I presume?  (Playback still c/o 1st Assistant Art Director Sumeet Vats).

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Our apartment is now a veterinary clinic.  Poor Lulu, laid up by a paw injury enjoys some R&R.

This is poor Bubba and his hacking old man’s cough.  Based on the x-rays, the early prognosis isn’t good, but we’ll learn more after tomorrow’s ultrasound.

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Despite this, he seems happy during the day and his appetite is good.  This afternoon, he hit the park with doggy uber (aka Akemi).

Tonight, Akemi and I celebrate Valentine’s Day by taking Bubba for some blood tests, eating leftover pork, and watching Gail Harvey’s director’s cut of Episode 306!  Pretty romantic.

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