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Today, I turn this blog over to Dark Matter Costume Designer Noreen Landry who not only happens to be an incredible talent but, really, one of my very favorite people to work with.  Her costume meetings are always the highlight of any given prep week and I honestly can’t imagine doing the show without her and her amazing team.

On to her fan Q&A…

Ponytail writes: “For the lovely Noreen Landry, I’d like to know: Where do you get your ideas for the costumes?”

NL: Hi Ponytail, Thanks for your question.

My ideas for the costumes come from the wonderful scripts. I have made a point not to see any other Sci Fi movies or TV shows while I am on Dark Matter. I want the first images to be created from the script, not outside influences. Next step is research and more research, images, fabrics, more photos, and then usually the ideas come when I am driving or walking. I sketch my ideas with pastels and markers.

“How old were you when you learned to sew?”

NL: I learned to pattern draft and sew when I studied fashion design in the mid 80’s. On Dark Matter, I have a talented sewing room headed by the very gifted cutter, Anita, and my lead sewer, Jane, so I do not sew myself.

“What is your favorite color to work with? (I’m guessing black)”

NL: My favorite color….oh my I love all colors. Every color creates a feeling, sets a tone. Dark Matter’s palette does revolve around a lot of black grey and very muted tones.

“Would you rather design for a male or female character? “

NL: It really doesn’t matter if it’s male or female characters. I enjoy it all.

Rascilion writes: “”I had a question about Five’s normal ship-side costumes. Why does she wear clothing that looks contemporary to 2016, as opposed to the rest of the cast that has a generally more futuristic aesthetic? What inspired this somewhat anachronistic look?””

NL: Hi Rascilon. When I read the 1st script, the image of 5 came to me as color, lots of color. S he was the heart of our world, a character easy to connect to in a world of mistrust and confusion. The contemporary colorful costumes just added to this sense of the familiar and trust.

MaggieL80 writes: “”For Noreen:First show you ever worked on?”

NL: Hi Maggie. The first show I work on was Counterstrike starring Christopher Plummer.

“Favorite costume that you have designed for Dark Matter?”

NL: My favorite costume yikes that’s hard. I can’t answer it.

“What does your closet look like?”

NL: My closet is a mess…I love clothes way too much.

“Favorite shoes?”

NL: I love by boots.

gildermcc writes: “Hi, Noreen! Volunteer creator, former wannabe designer, here. Give me a shout if you need a quick crocheted cap or scarf…”

NL: Hi gildermcc. Right now, I do not need anything crocheted, but you never know what the future holds.

DARK MATTER — “Sometimes In Life You Don’t Get to Choose” Episode 212 — Pictured: Ellen Wong as Misaki Han-Shireikan — (Photo by: Russ Martin/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

MaggieMayDay writes: “For Noreen: how do your source your fabrics? Online, or do you go on shopping trips where you can get a literal feel for the textures and weight? Do you have a huge fabric stash, just in case? How many original pieces a week do you come up with, and how much “repurposing” of stock/standard clothing items do you do?”

NL: Hi Maggiemay. We do source fabrics on line but I like to feel the fabrics before we purchase them. I have a lot of fabrics and leather in the studio. Great fabrics are not easy to find so when we see something great, we pick it up.

How many costumes new costumes we make in a week really depends on the script for that episode. Usually around three but it could be as high as six. We really do not reuse a lot because our characters have been known to return, even from the dead.

ceresis64 writes: “Is there a certain style that you like to use to influence a design?”

NL: Hi Ceresis. The wonderful thing about designing costumes is that you can use lots of different styles depending on the character, from broken down miners to sleek ferrous corp guard and strong, sexy androids. I love the work of Iris Van Herpen and Jean Paul Gauthier.

Debra writes: “Debra writes: “No question for Noreen Landry, just a note of appreciation for women who look strong, or strong and sexy, but not sleazy. Love the costumes!”

NL: Hi Debra. Thank you very much for your lovely compliment. It is very important to me to create strong beautiful sexy costumes for woman.

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How much does the gang at Syfy International love Dark Matter and Dark Matter fandom?  So much that they were at the studio all this week, prepping and shooting an aftershow, After Dark, that will premiere following our season 3 premiere on all Syfy International channels.

As a participant in the After Dark segments for our first two episodes, I was required to be in hair & make-up for 8:00 a.m. sharp.  After Renee Chan (Key Hair) transformed my run-of-the-mill hairstyle into a true t.v. do, Dorota Mitoraj (Asst. Make-Up) made me t.v.-ready.  Pictured above, Dorota shows off her work.

Fellow Episode 301 After Dark guest Anthony Lemke (THREE) shows off his fresh new look – and drops off three boxes of donuts for the crew.  What a guy!

Each episode of After Dark will be hosted by Zoie Palmer (Android) and include varied guests – like Anthony Lemke and Rich Edwards, editor of SFX magazine.

A is for Android.

Overseeing today’s action was Kristin Mente (Production Manager, NBC Universal) and the rest of the Syfy International team.

Lots of coverage.

After the first After Show segment, I was asked to record a promo for our fans watching on SyfyDE.  This time, it was ME who was receiving direction.  “Can you say Hi Germany so it doesn’t sound like a question?”was my favorite. Hello?  Germany???

An impromptu meeting of the Dark Matter Whiskey Club.

For the second After Dark instalment, Jodelle Ferland (FIVE) took Anthony’s spot on the couch.  And were also joined by Syfy Wire’s Tricia Ennis.

The Episode 302 aftershow also included a segment guest-starring Suji that may or may not make the cut on account of her unpredictability.  On the bright side, at least she didn’t poop on set.

The little diva patiently awaits her big scene.

Spoiler alert!  Preview pics of The Raza’s newest crew member.

Finally, a huge thank you to the team from Syfy International.

Catch After Dark immediately following all new episodes of Dark Matter this June!

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Well, that’s it!  That’s a wrap on Dark Matter season 3.  Finally, a well-earned rest for our tireless cast and crew.

But there’ll be no respite for yours truly.  I have still two more edits, a handful of mixes, a season’s worth of music notes to get through and, starting immediately, a brand new season to plan, arc out, and break.   I have three weeks in Toronto and then another three weeks in Vancouver in which to put together my game plan and then the writers’ room reconvenes on June 12th (three days after our double-episode season premiere June 9th at 8:00 p.m.!).

Before that, however, there’s this Friday’s wrap party.

And before Friday’s wrap party, there’s a little Dark Matter special feature I’ll be helping the gang at Syfy International put together for you tomorrow.

Oh, and before I forget – we have a new episode title!

“Episode 38: My Final Gift To You”

Ooooh.  Sounds ominous.  And maybe a little sad?

Season 3 finale director Ron Murphy in action.

The green screen set-up for the big reveal.  Tracking marks for the SLOW PUSH.

Snackington leads the charge on the empanada front.

Setting up the last shot.

The final shot of Dark Matter’s third season.

The last official meeting of the Dark Matter Whiskey Club (Elliot, Norman, Alison, Paul, and Robbie).

We proudly maintain our 17 bottles/season pace.

Thumbs up from Anthony Lemke (THREE).  We’re good to go!  Home.

I’m very proud of what we’ve accomplished this season and can’t wait for you to see it!

A HUGE thank you to our incredible cast and crew.  Hope to see you all again later this year for season 4!

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Plotting my next move aboard The Raza.  Why, yes, those ARE ninja cat socks.  (Photo by Roger Cross)

Okay, gang.  Pull up your socks and get ready to vote.  We have two more episode titles to choose before season’s end.  Today, we pick a title of Episode 312, our penultimate shocker.  Your choices are…

Polls will remain open for 24 hours.  Vote away!

Another Raza triptych tease courtesy of Playback Operator Greg Whiteside.   Can you identify this classic movie?

Tomorrow, it all comes to a close as we wrap production on Dark Matter’s third season!

Finally, today’s blog is dedicated to Birthday Girl Akemi!

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I received a few comments after yesterday’s blog entry in which I considered early retirement to Tokyo once Dark Matter ends.  Ideally, in such a scenario, that would be two years from now after the show’s fifth and final season (although certain cast members have already started lobbying for an SG-1-like 10 year run). There is, of course, the possibility of another series (or two) in my future.  My military SF pilot is in play and I am actively pursuing the opportunity to revive two classic scifi shows I used to watch as a kid.  It’s all very preliminary, but any of the aforementioned would be fantastic projects.  Still, in the end, if none of them pan out and Dark Matter is my swan song, I’m satisfied with the mark I’ll have left on SF television – with over 350 hours  of produced scifi television to my credit and 100+ hours as a credited writer.  All in all, not bad for a comic/anime/SF geek whose Halloween ensembles included Han Solo, Wolverine, and Captain James T. Kirk.

Today, we were shooting in the Ferrous Corp lab.  Another amazing set by Production Designer Ian Brock and his team.

I need these screens for my office.

Alexandra Ordolis as Dr. Silas (photo by Renee Chan).

Nyx stunt double Brianna Goldie moonlights on the Ferrous Corp shipyard.

More early goodbyes! Last day for AD and fellow book enthusiast Natalie.

And also for Sound department’s Drew Williams who is, understandably, saddened at the prospect of turning in his boom and doing a slow Charlie Brown shuffle into the sunset.

And a first and final sitdown in post with my old pal David Thompson, a fantastic editor.

Uh, guys!  She’s right behind me, isn’t she?

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This evening, Jodelle joined Akemi and I for a traditional Thai Good Friday feast…

…if, say, we’d been in Thailand dining somewhere that didn’t really celebrate Easter.

By the time we were finished, Jodelle was ready for bed.

Yesterday was originally slated to be our last day of production on Dark Matter’s third season but, gosh darn it, we had three extra days’ worth of solid material we couldn’t bear to not shoot (especially because it would mean a 14 minute season finale), so we went ahead and scheduled three extra days.

BUT – some crew members had already made plans to leave us on Friday and so, yesterday, we said an early goodbye to some members of our Dark Matter family…

Goodbye to 3rd Assistant Director Tal Aulbrook.  Hey, Tal, what’s with the weird pose…

…Oh.  Never mind.

And goodbye to stand-in Alyssa Pawlak and A Camera Operator Joe Turner.

And a goodbye to – not pictured – Assistant Hair Pamela Mills who bid us all a fond farewell last night as well.

Until we meet again.

At, say, next Friday night’s wrap party.

Lulu wishes you all a Happy Easter.

Suji too!

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Saw this in the breezeway between our two stages this morning.  Very on point for Dark Matter’s this season.

A crew gift from the cast – my very own Raza Crew backpack.  I just have to buy a suit to match.

Costume Designer Noreen Landry and Executive Producer Jay Firestone go way back to their Lost Girl days.

VFX Producer Kerrington Harper makes herself a small a target as possible during blocking.

Brad, Craig, and Josh – blocking in the Ishida palace.

Pizza Friday!  Pizza Friday!

And, oh yeah!  We have a new episode title.  And this one was close!  Your winner is…

Episode 311: The Dwarf Star Conspiracy

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