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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?

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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?

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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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Last night, the gang convened for our second to last Walking Dead night of the season (Next up: Game of Thrones!).  In attendance: actor Roger Cross (SIX), actress Jodelle Ferland (FIVE), and VFX Supervisor Lawren Bancroft -Wilson.  We missed last week’s instalment so it was a double-header night.  We were all on the edge of our respective seats – or, in Jodelle’s case, the edge of the couch as she cuddled up all toasty warm with Lulu in her blanket.

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Roxanne Borris dropped by my office this afternoon with some delicious home made pastries.  As a result, I’ve now promoted her to 1st Assistant Art Director in Charge of Graphics AND Eclairs.

We had our production meeting today for episode #108.  For those wondering what such a meeting consists of, it essentially boils down to all of us getting together, going through the script, and making sure we’re on the same page.  1st Assistant Director Brandon Tataryn oversaw the action, producing a nifty 21 page breakdown of each scene’s components.  Here’s a peek at what you all missed.  Where were you?!

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Finally, let’s end this entry in traditional Mallozzi blog fashion: with an apology. This one goes out to Dark Matter Truck Supervisor Jessie Gibbs who I mentioned in a previous Meet the Costume Department blog post – with an accompanying photo of a different Jesse.  Apparently, learning everyone’s first names isn’t good enough. Also, apparently, my “No two people with the same first name” edict has been ignored.

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Okay, I lied.  Instead of an apology, let’s end this entry with a picture of a pound cake bacon & nutella melt:

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There.  Don’t we all feel better?

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Thanks for the plumbing advice.  I really should have consulted with you all from the start.  A half dozen frenzied jams of a handy plunger and the blockage was instantly dislodged, allowing the trapped water to finally run free – and right through the hole I put in the pipe with that coat hanger.

If this incident has taught me anything (besides “Try a plunger first before attempting to use a coat hanger to dislodge a blockage”), it’s that I don’t give you guys enough to credit.  If I’d asked for your opinions sooner, that red bucket wouldn’t be a permanent fixture under my sink now.  Now I regret writing all those Dark Matter scripts without your input!

Hey, guess who I ran into yesterday?  No, but close!  I crossed paths with Julie Benz, Defiance‘s Mayor Amanda Rosewater, and we ended up talking about our respective shows, our upcoming premieres, and unicorns.  Yes, unicorns.  Anyway, Julie is very active on social media, spearheading Defiance‘s social media campaign, and she had some great advice on rallying the online fandom.  A lot of it depends on you, dear blog readers, so I’ll be counting on your in the months ahead to help get the word out.

In the meantime, I’m thinking a live after-show would be great, a little online get-together where viewers can interact with the cast and crew, and get the behind-the-scene scoop on the series.  I floated the possibility and received the following, brilliant, response on twitter:

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Dark Chatter it is!  Thanks, TF!  Check back with this blog for more details!

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Director Bruce McDonald and Director of Photography Craig Wright conspire.

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2nd Assistant Director Emily Drake works crowd control during the episode #108 Art Department meeting.

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Keeping Director T.W. Peacocke in line.

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Galactic Authority Destroyer specs.   Build your own!

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Taking in a Costumes Meeting with Director Ron Murphy and the gang.

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Her name is Mackenzie Lawrence but I just call her Happy because, well, she always is.  Smiling.  Singing.  Dancing.  Even after her recent bout with that flu-like bug that was going around, she was back on set, greeting me with her trademark cheer.  She is, without a doubt, one of the most upbeat, exuberant, positive people I know – forever looking on the bright side of life.  Either that or I’m working with a crazy person.

Anyway, Mackenzie need our support!  She has produced, directed and stars in an online pilot called Press Pause.  What’s it about?  Well…

“Nora and Rose are entering the final year of their Undergraduate Degree when Nora is diagnosed with Early Onset Parkinson’s Disease. While their friendship and convictions are tested they girls find hope in humor.”

Check it out and help support Mackenzie by voting for her pilot.  The top two vote getters will have the opportunity to turn their pilots into a full web series.

http://www.storyhive.com/project/show/id/223

With two months to go before wrap, the excitement is building as our episodes begin to take shape.  I’m looking forward to our summer premiere, but perhaps looking forward to our official pre-premiere rollout even more.  We got A LOT of sneak peeks on deck: ships, cast, behind-the-scene pics.  In the meantime, how about these to tide you over…

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Capturing all of the Alex Mallari Jr. (FOUR) action.  And there’ll be plenty!

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Pendragon Corp: One of the multi-planetaries our crew may have to deal with.

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More mystery boxes.  A running theme in this series.

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A section of the ship’s lower levels.

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Interesting design.  But for what?!

Answers to come!

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