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I had the afterburners on today, casting, getting a new scene out, prepping episodes #112 and #1113, discussing the upcoming VFX show and tell, organizing the concept sketches for the visual roll-out, providing notes on the preliminary ship sounds.  A dinner break with my friend Tara Yelland (Follow her here – https://twitter.com/t_yelland – but be warned: she’s sassy!), then it’s on to a review of the director’s cut of episode #109.

Today…

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She wheels, she deals, she produces…and sews.  Dark Matter Executive Producer Vanessa Piazza does it all!

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But maybe she should just stick to wheeling, dealing, and producing.

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This afternoon, I perused hideous medical saw-induced flesh wounds with the lovely Lynda McCormack.  Who happens to preside over the Dark Matter make-up department.

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Dark Matter Story Editor Trevor Finn models the new uniforms.

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What the heck is the Dark Matter construction up to?

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Your guess is as good as mine.

Finally, came across this today.  It’s a short action film producer by Dark Matter Executive Producer (and President of Prodigy Pictures) Jay Firestone for his then ten 12 year old son, Ross, starring…12 year old son Ross.  With a special cameo by Jay Firestone himself (in the role of Dad).  And guest starring Victoria Pratt and Victor Webster (Mutant X fans)!  Fast-forward to 2015 and Ross will be turning 25 in May!  As far as memorable presents go, this one ranks up there!

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Because you asked, extra nicely, here’s a picture of Dark Matter’s Commander Truffault of the Mikkei Combine (Torri Higginson) standing alongside ONE (Marc Bendavid).  Wait.  Is that  the mess hall?  What is she doing onboard the ship?

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Consulting Producer Ivon Bartok was looking a little piqued so we placed him in quarantine.  Nighty night to our brave little soldier.  See you Monday morning!

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The concept meet for episode #112.  Or was it the concept meeting for episode #113?  Whichever.  Andy Mikita is directing both.

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The request list in the production office kitchen.  I’m checking the fridge first thing next week.

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Production Assistant Kyle Dolphin models the Android look for an upcoming episode.

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A bottle of Vega V whiskey.  And upon closer scrutiny…

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A shoutout to a blog regular and her recent whisky/whiskey rant.  Hey, Ponytail, looks like the Dark Matter crew checks the blog as well.

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Thanks to everyone who was inquiring about my elderly pug, Jelly.  She seemed kind of logy the other night.  But I’m pleased to report that she’s back to her old cantankerous self.  Akemi suspects she just may have eaten too much omelet.

Speaking of Akemi – she’s the birthday girl tomorrow!  We celebrate with couple’s massages, a trip to the sunglass shop, sushi dinner, and the director’s cut of episode #108!

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Another day, another off-ship location.  This one a little harder to get into than your average space station.

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What’s in the big weird box?

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On Set Key Props Lisa Amaral Wright shows off another mystery box – with some inspired gak.

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Anthony Lemke (Dark Matter‘s THREE) rolls in from his second job as a refrigerator repairman.

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Funnyman Ennis Esmer (Dark Matter‘s Wexler) looking his nefarious best.

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Repairman/actor Marc Bendavid (Dark Matter‘s ONE) takes a break from cleaning the condenser coils.

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Key Make-Up, Lynda McCormack, is all smiles – as usual.  The hair and make-up trailer is so relaxed, I think I’m just going to live in it next year and forego the apartment.

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Script Supervisor Matti Huhta listens carefully to ensure the cast delivers every word of our precious dialogue.

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On Set Dresser Jean Brophey sports a custom made Dark Matter cap (actually, just a former Lost Girl baseball cap with the name of the new show taped over top).

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Executive Producer Vanessa Piazza cracks the whip.  And enjoys the coffee.

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Key Hair Renée Chan gets creative doing Torri Higginson’s hair.

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Received confirmation that the very first Dark Matter teaser trailer will hit the net tomorrow morning.  Watch for it!

Today, Paul and I completed our final pass on episode #113, the big season finale! Looking forward to hearing the reactions…

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Came across the following sign on one of our stages today.  Should I be worried?

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Also came across this little item on set today.  Not sure what it is, but I think I might need one.

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Our Dark Matter whisky club whisky collection continues to grow.  Another bottle of scotch…

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c/o 1st Assistant Director Brandon Tataryn.

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Two more recent additions to our whisky club.  I like scotch, but I love bourbon – and that baby bourbon is a tasty one!

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1st Assistant Director Grant Boyle contributes yet another bottle to the club.

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And a little something from Director Bruce McDonald.

Allow me to continue to introduce to you the individuals who’ll be bringing you Dark Matter:

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Production Manager Robbie David enjoys a lonely lunch.  Check out the heartbreaking look in his eyes.

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B Camera Operator Anton Van Rooyen is as careful with his diet as he is with his camera.

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Pre-nuptial B Dolly Grip Phil Calambakas.  Sorry, ladies, he’s off the market!

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3rd Assistant Director Lauren Guyatt is super fun.  A terrific addition to any production – or party.

Dark Matter trailer!  Tomorrow!

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I admire people who dress like they just don’t care – what other people think. Lady Gaga.  Don Cherry.  And, of course, Dark Matter‘s Tabor Calchek.  I knew the gang in wardrobe was going to have a lot of fun dressing him – maybe, I suspected, a little too much fun.  So it was with a certain amount of trepidation that I made my way down to the costume department last month for a sneak peek at Tabor’s outfits. I was treated to a lot of comfy wear (see previous blog instalments) and then a bit of flash in the form of the type of shirt usually reserved for disco enthusiasts or East European gangsters.  I loved it, but had only one small request.  Instead of just having him in his underwear, lets give Tabor pants. Pleather pants!

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And, voila!  He’s ready for business.  Or a night out on the town!

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I was up at 4:30 this morning so that I could prepare my breakfast, see to the dogs, and then take the hour long drive to Hamilton for today’s 7:00 a.m. main unit call.  It was still dark by the time I rolled into the crew park.

Hell, it was so early, it was late!

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Shooting in the woods today.  And I mean that in two senses of the word.

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Also, occasional slashing and stabbing.

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“A” 2nd Assistant Camera, Michael Purdon, color codes sticks for blocking.

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Okay, what I mean is, when the actors come to set, the director will “block” a scene with them, deciding who moves where and when.  Once that has been decided, “marks” are placed on the floor (usually tape, color coded for each performer, but, in today’s case, sticks) so that everyone knows exactly where they should be standing and/or moving to in order to “hit their mark”.

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It was, thankfully, our final location day for episode #109.  I suppose it could’ve been worse.  It could’ve been raining.  On the other hand, it could’ve been just slightly better with the addition of snow.  Ah, I suppose I can just get Lawren, our VFX Supervisor, to add some in post.  How hard can it be?

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Consulting Producer Ivon Bartok and actress Melissa O’Neil (TWO) try to stay warm.  Hey!  It’s winter again!

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Akemi: We have to turn on the humidifighter.

Me: You mean humidifier.

Akemi: No, humidifighter.  It fights against dryness.

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Akemi was thrilled today as she received delivery of the custom keychains she ordered from http://www.benir.gallery.

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Along the same lines, I’m having this place – http://www.knottytie.com – to make me a couple of custom ties based on Hieronymus Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights.

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If this one works out, I might expand my wardrobe of weird classic artwork-themed ties…

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The Nightmare by John Fuseli.

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The Scream by Edvard Munch.

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The Smiling Spider by Odilon Redon.

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Medusa by Caravaggio.

I’d consider them conversation starters.

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After much consideration and soul searching, Akemi decided to cut her hair.  She really wanted to go short but others suggested she keep it long – so she split the difference and went medium.  Now she’s looking for tips on what to do with it.  I’m the wrong guy to ask.

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Before.

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Bubba is fascinated by the building go up next door.  He’s like an old Italian man at a construction site, whiling away the hours.

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My poor girl.  Even though she’s in good spirits and has a healthy appetite, her bad 16 year old hips are catching up with Jelly and, lately, she’s been unable to walk without assistance.  As a result of her immobility issues, she’s acquired a rash that requires me to slather baby diaper cream on her belly morning and night.  Ah, the things we do for love.

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Lulu, meanwhile, continues her unladylike ways.  The other day, actor Alex Mallari Jr. (FOUR) and his girlfriend, Allie, were over when Lulu loosened belch so loud and sustained she actually scared Allie.

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Yes, I’m talking about you.

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Lulu + Jodelle = BFF!

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Akemi doodles.

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