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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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“It’s like when you make ganache and you put it in the fridge and when you take it out it’s an hour too early and it’s not yet set.  That’s what it was like.”

Akemi describing Bubba’s stool sample this morning.

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Today, we took Bubba a very relaxed Bubba (he’s already on vacation!) to see his oncologist.  This was the result of our meeting –

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In a nutshell, no to chemo but yes to targeted therapy which is comprised of a single pill (Palladia, which sounds like a great scifi world) given every second day. In a perfect world, it will target the tumors in Bubba’s lung and not the person charged with  administering said pill since the instructions explicitly caution anyone handling it to wear gloves while doing so!  We’ll alternate the Palladia with Prednisone, an anti-inflammatory.  I’m also going to look into a few promising-looking home therapy treatments.

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Suji and Bubba.  They’re like an old married couple.

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Despite her recent injury, even Lulu gets in on the action.

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Meanwhile, on Dark Matter, it was business as usual in the Raza underbelly.

Finally, presenting Dark Matter’s diabolical and deadly Misaki Han like you’ve never seen her before…

Ellen Wong Flips Out:

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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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The polls are open once again.  Cast your vote for your preferred Episode 303 title:

Then enjoy these gorgeous pod designs, c/o phenomenal Set Designer Karl Crosby…

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Here’s a sneak peek at the temp VFX for that “creeping advance”.  VFX Supervisor Lawren Bancroft-Wilson feels it needs a color adjustment to give it less of an ocean blue feel.

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Set Designer Karl Crosby’s latest creation is this awesome set piece for the discerning off-world miner.  Pictured above is the color version of the close-to-final form.

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Check out the level of detail.  Preliminary option 3.

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Ready to roll design.

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A peek behind the curtain.  A Work In Progress pic from the arm manufacturer.

While back on the home front…

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Suji eyes her snack.

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Bubba and Lulu ready to dig in.

Well, Bubba has an appointment next Friday for an ultrasound and possible CT scan.  What was supposed to be a simple check-up last night turned into a five hour ordeal that saw us close out the night at the local Veterinary Emergency center.  Both sets of x-rays taken yesterday show shadows in his lungs and the doctors are concerned, especially considering the recent surgery to remove two suspicious lumps near the base of his ear.  Sigh.  Our poor old man.

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Give up the questions and nobody gets hurt!

As I mentioned in yesterday’s entry – in a bid to jam even more into Jodelle Ferland’s already jam-packed schedule, I’ve arranged for her to do a little fan Q&A on this blog.  So, if you have a question for Dark Matter’s FIVE, please post them in the comments section by Saturday…otherwise you’ll miss this great opportunity and have to wait until the next show I cast her in.

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Today, we welcomed director Craig David Wallace (SlasherTodd and the Book of Pure Evil) to the Dark Matter whisky club.  And, while he was here, also asked him to direct Episode 310.  Talk about great timing!

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The commendation presented to Lieutenant Kal Varrick as MVP of the Galactic Authority Softball Tournament.  Designed by 1st Assistant Art Director/Graphics Roxanne Borris.

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Is this the end of The Raza?  Probably.  Plans are to scuttle the standing sets and move the production to Hawaii for a tropical planet look.  (photo c/o Ivon Bartok)

A first look at the new Ishida holo-tablet WIP.  What do you think?  Akemi loves it, but I think she’s biased.

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Ever wondered what Jodelle Ferland eats for breakfast?  What comic books she’s reading?  What is her favorite episode of Dark Matter?  Well, wonder no more because now YOU have a chance to ask her!

Starting today, the comments section of this blog is the place to post your burning questions for Dark Matter’s FIVE.  You have until this weekend before I bundle them up and send them to The Raza via a compressed subspace data burst.  So what are you waiting for???

Meanwhile, on the production front…

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The Galactic Authority seal of honor.  A Roxanne Borris-design.

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Director Ron Murphy and Co-Executive Producer Robbie David scheme.

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On set with the Android, Zoie Palmer. img_6411I’m…not sure.

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Director Paul Day sets up his shot with an assist from Director of Photography Craig Wright.

Bookending this blog entry with adorableness…

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Winter-ready Suji.

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