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This weekend, we celebrated Akemi’s birthday in the traditional way with a couples massage, sushi, and the annual purchasing of the sunglasses to replace the lost sunglasses I purchased the previous year.

It's customary to consume an entire bowl of banana chips prior to the massage.

It’s customary to consume an entire bowl of banana chips prior to the massage.

She's like that character from Ringu.  What was her name?  Sudoku?

She’s like that character from Ringu. What was her name? Sudoku?

Pork bun lunch at Momofuku

Pork bun lunch at Momofuku

The ole' fried chicken and caviar combo at Momofuku.  Just like they make down south.

The ole’ fried chicken and caviar combo at Momofuku. Just like they prepare it down south.

The cereal soft serve gave me a plethora of new ideas for some summer ice cream flavors.

The cereal soft serve gave me a plethora of new ideas for some summer ice cream flavors.

Sashimi at Sushi Kaji

Sashimi at Sushi Kaji

The lilybulb root and sea urchin cake at Sushi Kaji.  Just like mom used to make!

The lilybulb root and sea urchin cake at Sushi Kaji. Just like mom used to make!

Trout nigiri and roe at Sushi Kaji.

Trout nigiri and roe at Sushi Kaji.

Chu-toro nigiri at Sushi Kaji.

Chu-toro nigiri at Sushi Kaji.

We return home to a little something awaiting Akemi at the front desk.

We return home to a little something awaiting Akemi at the front desk.

Nadege macarons c/o Dark Matter VFX Supervisor Lawren Bancroft Wilson.

Nadege macarons c/o Dark Matter VFX Supervisor Lawren Bancroft Wilson.

Taking in the Toronto sun and wind.

Taking in the Toronto sun and wind.

Akemi's excellent chicken ramen at Kinto Ramen.

Akemi’s excellent chicken ramen at Kinton Ramen.

My pork ramen at Kinton Ramen.

My pork ramen at Kinton Ramen.

Back at it tomorrow as production continues on Dark Matter’s first season.  Our final day of episode #110 with our stunt coordinator John Stead at the helm, directing our crew and a most colorful collection of guest stars including…

https://twitter.com/torri_higginson

https://twitter.com/heyennisshutup

https://twitter.com/JessicaRSipos

https://twitter.com/Jon_Cor

#ConradPla

Oh, hey, while we’re on the subject, I’m also on twitter – although I rarely do any actual tweeting.  This blog keeps me busy enough…

https://twitter.com/BaronDestructo

Also on Facebook – although I rare do any actual updating outside of madly sharing lost dog/cat/parrot and “animal in need” posts:

https://www.facebook.com/baron.destructo

And, on Akemi’s insistence, I now have an instagram page – which she promises to keep updated:

https://instagram.com/joemallozzi/

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Star Trek has its trekkies, Firefly the browncoats, and the various Stargates their gaters (not gateheads as wiki would have you believe).  So, I figure that now, less than two months out from our world premiere, is as good a time as any to come up with a name for our Dark Matter fandom.

First, the show…

“The crew of a derelict ship awakens from stasis with no memories of who they are or how they got onboard.  Naming themselves numerically in the order in which they woke up, ONE through SIX, they begin their search for answers.  Facing threats at every turn, they have to work together to survive a voyage charged with vengeance, betrayal, secrets, and shocking revelations.”

So, what do you think?  Suggestions?  Army of Darkness?  The Crazy 8’s?  Marauders?

I’ll leave you to it.

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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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This picture has been sitting on the back wall of Dark Matter Costume Designer Noreen Landry’s office since the beginning of the season.  It’s not uncommon for her to tack up visual inspirations, but somewhat unusual for it to be something so nefarious looking.  Every time I visit wardrobe, my eyes always gravitate to this pic of the ballistic mask worn by the Taiwanese Special Forces and I think: “There’s got to be a way to work this look into the show.”

Well, finally, after five long months, I think we’ve found a way.  You can expect something like this group to be marching into your living room this summer…

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 Minus the kneepads.

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By the way, before I forget, here’s your digital access card to the SVRF (Sweater Vest Research Facility).  Don’t lose it!

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Today, we celebrated Elliot Sokolsky’s birthday in fine style, with whisky and whiskey!  We carted out half the collection and he had his choice – finishing the Oban.

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Then, it was time for the gifts – presented in this stylish carrying bag for fans of some guy the gals in the office described as “The Australian Justin Bieber”.

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And inside – more whisky!  And a salacious magazine detailing the faux erotic goings-on behind-the-scenes of Fifty Shades of Grey.  Get it?  The guy’s name is Grey!  Christian Grey!  And he seduces fifty women at a reunion concert of the 80’s soul band Sade.

Tomorrow, I’m off to Hamilton for a morning of fun in the sun.  And Torri Higginson!

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My sweetheart seems to be feeling under the weather tonight.  No, my OTHER sweetheart.  Well, technically, my first sweetheart.  At 16 years, Jelly is my longest relationship.  She’s getting a bit fussy in her old age, more demanding, less inclined to suffer fools (mainly my other pug, Bubba), but I think that just makes her more lovable.  She’s a daddy’s girl.  Despite her bad hips, arthritic joints, deafness, and weak eyesight, she always greets me with an enthusiastic fervor usually reserved for pan-fried chicken hearts.  Tonight, not so much.  Not sure what’s up.  Maybe she’s got a lot on her mind…

Did you see the Dark Matter teaser trailer?  78k+ views in four days!  Did you share it with your friends?  Your family?  Complete strangers?  Did you get it out to other SF enthusiasts?  Maybe William Shatner and Wil Wheaton are looking for a new scifi series to get hooked on?

Well, just in case, here’s the link:  https://youtu.be/1TqwBlTQfTg

I guarantee, this show will be more addictive than those honey and tabasco roasted pecans I made last year.

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Two units shooting today on our standing sets.  While John Stead was directing the action on the bridge and the infirmary, Ron Murphy was directing the action in the training room and various quarters.  Scenes from four different episodes were on the docket today.  Meanwhile, Director Martin Wood was busy prepping episode #111, while Director Andy Mikta was prepping episode #112.

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John Stead directs Marc Bendavid (ONE).  Crew blocking.

I spent most of the day agonizing over and, ultimately, writing two new scenes for episode #112.  Tomorrow, I kick things off with a soundscape meeting (deciding on all the awesome ship tones), then head to the production offices for a pre-VFX Visual Effects meeting – again for episode #112 (It’s a big one!).  I’ll while away the afternoon in my office, writing the two new scenes for #110.

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Kyle models the soon-to-be space suit.

Amid all of the prepping, producing, writing, and editing, I have managed to get some time off.  For eating and sleeping, mostly, but also to check out a couple of horror movies with good buzz…

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A simple but creepily effective and, ultimately, unnerving horror film.  I’m not sure what was more unsettling: the babadook or that annoying kid.

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A small, independent film with a great premise and a lot of good scares.  Eerie.

I spent most of today out and about, checking out possible locations for our last few episodes.  We were on the lookout for: a high-tech facility, cool corridors and stairwells, operating theaters, a dining room, and a field emitter room…

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This chamber offers a great-looking entrance and exit – when it’s not being used to wash hospital gurneys.

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Line Producer Norman Denver and Production Designer Ian Brock kick back between autopsies.

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See if we can switch out that thing in the middle for a power saw.  We’ve got a tough nut to crack.

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1st A.D. Brandon Tataryn finds his light.

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Suitably creepy corridor.  Could you imagine it, just a little bit dimmer – with some unfathomable creature crawling toward you from the other end?  Yes?

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To be honest, I’d try my luck in the creepy corridor with the crawling creature before I’d brave this catwalk.

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“I’ve never seen a group so excited about a stairwell before.” – Guy who was giving us the tour of the place.

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Director Andy Mikita in prep.

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When the alarm that sounds like an air raid siren sounds, please put these one.

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Ian invites you to share a seat with him on the hallucinogenic carpet.

Tomorrow, we follow up with a location photo look-see.  And then, I’ve got to write that Android(s) scene!

In yesterday’s blog entry, I thanked all of the people who helped make Dark Matter a reality.  BUT, I forgot one important supporter.  Thankfully, longtime blog reader Ponytail reminded me…

“Joe you forgot one person behind your success…the one who keeps the home fires burning, offering endless support, taking care of the kids, a culinary expert, flying companion and dog escort, a constant source of amusement and delight, beautiful partner, perfect distraction from job stresses, ideal Tokyo sidekick and personal translator, equally talented with endless energy, and beloved by all. Where would you be without Akemi.”

…and reduced Akemi to tears.

So, yes.  A special thanks to my awesome girlfriend who takes care of business on the home front while I’m away…

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…and also sends me off every morning with these awesome bento box lunches.

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