Posts Tagged ‘Dark Matter’

Today, I feasted on chicken broth, congee, and all of your questions.  Check out my answers in the comment section of yesterday’s blog entry.

Are we doing this?  We’re #TeamRaza.  You’re damn right we’re doing it!

Prepare to take twitter by storm,  9 pm EDT/6 pm PDT.  Follow @DarkMatterFTL for all the details including tonight’s secret hashtag!

Looking for a Dark Matter-themed screen saver?  Well, you’re in luck.   Dark Matter Playback Operator @Videogreg1 assembled and forwarded me a slew of graphics from our awesome playback team (Kelly Diamond, Sumeet Vats, Victor Mare, Seth Molson)  I’ll be posting them throughout tonight’s twitter event. Download them to your laptops as a first step toward building your very own Raza!  

A little something from one of my favorite illustrators, @bannister01, to kick things off:

See you all on twitter tonight!

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Apologies for not checking in sooner.  I’ve been out of commission today, sick and sleeping off what I assume to be a touch of food poisoning.   Was it the curry ramen?  A fried oyster?  The lychee sake that tasted like dish washing soap?  I’ll avoid a Murder on the Orient Express gag here out of respect for spoilerphobes, but let me be clear – it WAS one of them.

Anyway, following my four hour mid-afternoon nap, I jumped online and discovered the Dark Matter Council was in the midst of another fabulous twitter campaign, perhaps my favorite yet –

I’m amazed by all of you who were inspired by many of the same mainstays of sci-fi that led me down this road.  Asimov, Clarke, Ellison, Alien, The ThingPlanet of the Apes, Star Trek: The Original Series…to name but a few.

I’m also touched and grateful to those of you who mentioned my name and my work, alongside those of my incredible cast and crew, as one of the things you love about Dark Matter.

Tomorrow night, we launch another tweet storm (9 pm EDT/6 pm PDT) to batter twitter…and whoever you care to tag with our deluge of ten of thousands of tweets!  Who, hunh?  Who, HUNH?!  WHO?!!  Follow @DarkMatterFTL for all the latest and tomorrow’s secret hashtag!

But before we storm the castle yet again, I’m going to dedicate this blog to you, the fans, and your healthy curiosity.  Got some burning questions about the campaign, yours truly, or anything Dark Matter-related?  Well post them in the comments section because I’ll be wading in with answer, ANSWERS, ANSWERS!!!

Dark Matter Playback Operator Greg Whiteside meanwhile (follow him here: @Videogreg1) has sent me a slew of Dark Matter-related graphics!  I’ll be tweeting them out throughout the event!

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And then there was one.

Another potential partner dropped out of the running today in our mad dash to save Dark Matter.  In the end it came down to money.  As much as both sides wanted to make it work, it was clear the gap separating us was too wide.  A valiant effort but to no avail.

And so, we switch focus to our final suitor – a delightful wildcard with a creative proposition.  Unfortunately, said proposition comes with its own set of complications, chiefest of which is a timeline that may stretch far past our drop dead date.  And yet, if the pieces come together and all the parties sign off (and that’s a pretty big 

I mean, look the size of it!), then we’d be looking at mini-series that would run, depending on budget, between 4-8 episodes – offering Dark Matter fans some form of closure.

In the meantime, time has officially run out on our second stage.  I heard the strike team is in place and ready to move.  I’m hoping we can move the Marauder to the breezeway in our remaining stage and buy our shuttle some more time while the Ishida cruiser, labs, and the Ferrous Corp shipyard come down.

It’s crazy to think that, not that long ago, we were actually thinking of expanding our stage space to make room for an alien ship interior, Galactic Authority facility, and underground bunker.  What a difference a month – and an altogether baffling network decision – make.

Regardless of how things go down between now and week’s end, the Dark Matter Council is planning on another enormous fan tweet storm this Friday night.  And, as a little thank you to you all for your continued support, I’m going to talk to Playback Operator Greg Whiteside about showcasing some of the amazing graphics our playback team has created over the show’s three seasons.

Whelp, still not dead yet!  But we’re in an 11th hour life or death scramble.  This gif, by Robert Ek, about sums it up –

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The Dark Matter movement is growing stronger!

First, here’s the data from our first tweet storm back on Friday, September 8th – #RockTheRaza

Now here’s the data from our last big tweet storm on Friday, September 15th – #LightTheRaza

The fact that we continue to build momentum is nothing short of amazing.  I have forwarded these fan metrics to the, uh, relevant parties.  Speaking of which…

Well, it all comes down to this week.  Specifically, in all likelihood, it will all come down to tomorrow.

Late Friday, we heard back from one of the three potential new partners we’ve been in discussions with regarding a fourth season pick-up for Dark Matter.  Even though it was a no, we took it in stride because this one was the longest of the long shots.  The show, admittedly, wasn’t the best fit for them, but the executive who championed us was a Dark Matter fan and gave it a go nonetheless – and for that, I am extremely grateful.

And, I am grateful to every one of you – from the members of Dark Matter Council who organized and ran this amazing campaign to all of you who took the time to tweet your hearts out.  It’s all come down to this…

So, it looks like tomorrow is THE day.

Or it really needs to be with time about to run out on our second stage holding the Marauder, the Ishida cruiser, and our swing sets.  Tick, tick, tick…

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Dark Matter fans unite!  And prepare to shake the internet!

First, join us on reddit at 7 pm EDT/4 pm PDT for an AMA (Ask Me Anything) with the cast and yours truly!

Then prepare to tweet the lights out at 9 pm EDT/6 pm PDT with the Dark Matter cast, crew, and fellow fans.  And – who knows? – maybe even a surprise tweeter or two!  Follow @DarkMatterFTL for the latest…and the secret #hashtag!

As I said in yesterday’s blog, the moment we start trending, I’ll start posting bloopers.  And, for every 15 minutes we continue to trend, I’ll post another.  And another.  And another!  How’s that for incentive?  Here’s a taste of what’s to come…

A few campaign links from our many supporters:












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In fact, we ARE doing it.  All that online passion – the tweets, retweets, tagging and hash tagging – is having an effect. It’s impressing some, concerning others, but surprising all.  It’s thanks to you that we are where we are, with three potential new partners in deep discussion.  As I’ve been saying all along, pulling this off is still a longshot, but you’ve gone above and beyond the call in raising awareness and letting everyone out there know exactly how much Dark Matter means to you.  And now we need you to pour it on for the big finish.

TOMORROW – at 9 pm EDT/6 pm PDT Dark Matter is taking twitter by storm.  Follow @DarkMatterFTL for the secret hashtag of the night, and the SLAM twitter at the appointed time.  

Last week saw us hit 210 000 tweets for the event, trending #4 in the U.S., #2 in Canada and Los Angeles, #1 in New York.  Tomorrow, we’re going to shatter that record.  Like last week, we’ve got some surprise guests joining the tweet storm.  And, to make things even more interesting, I’ve got something for you all…

Bloopers!  And lots of them.

I’ve been sitting on about 30 minutes of outtakes from Dark Matter’s second and third season.  Akemi has spent the whole day editing them down to 1:30 – 2:00 segments (sitting on the couch, doing a lot of laughing).  The second we start trending tomorrow night, I will release the first blooper segment on twitter.  And then, one every fifteen minutes for as long as we trend.

Here’s a taste –

Before the tweet storm, at 7 pm EDT, 4 pm PDT, join me and the rest of the Dark Matter cast for a reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything).  Just register here and show up at the appointed time with your questions: https://www.reddit.com/r/DarkMatter/

I’m also trying to organize some Facebook living with a couple of cast members.  Stay tuned for news on that!

I left the following message on the Dark Matter subreddit and wanted to give it a wider audience:

Like I said, this is harder than it appears at first. On top of finding a home, there are a bunch of contractual issues to contend with, AND we have to make sure we can get enough money to make the show. All of this before we lose our set, our cast, and our crew.

The odds are against us, but we’re all in. I’ve been at 11 since hitting Toronto and finding out about the show’s official cancellation – online, on the phone, messaging, emailing – doing absolutely everything I can to get this done. If we succeed, then it will have all been worth it. If I fail, I’ll have known I did right by my cast, crew, and fandom. 

Some fandom art…

@mhysatweets with the DM movie posters!

@Nick23371162 with this beautiful painting of The Raza in orbit.

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Alright, let’s lead with this announcement…

Yes.  This Friday night at 7 pm EDT/4 pm PDT, I will be joining Melissa O’Neil, Anthony Lemke, Alex Mallari Jr., Jodelle Ferland, and Zoie Palmer for a reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything).  Roger Cross, the hardest working man in showbusiness, is busy…working!…but promised to do his damnedest to stop by.  So head on over to the Dark Matter subreddit, register, and get ready to let the questions fly!

What exactly is a reddit AMA?

Then, at 9 pm EDT/6 pm PDT, prepare to tweet and retweet your hearts out as we prepare to deluge twitter with a second Dark Matter tweet storm.  Last week saw us trending in the U.S. for about four hours, hit #2 in Canada and L.A., #1 in New York, with over 210 ooo tweets.  This week, I’m thinking we’re going to do even better.

And admit the AMA and the tweet storm, we’ll see what we can do about getting a little Facebook live action going with the cast.

So, who’s in?  Mark your calendars and follows @DarkMatterFTL for all the latest on the Dark Matter Fan Initiative.

A couple of articles on the campaign –

Hell Hath No Fury…Like Dark Matter Fans

Can Fan Influence Get Dark Matter Back On The Air?

The TV, Eh? podcast discusses the campaign (29 minute mark)

Well, we that conference call went swimmingly today.  Love this group and really hope it works out but there are so many pieces in play that the timeline becomes our biggest foe here.  We talked through a number of different scenarios, all of which will require different approaches and sign-offs – which mean a definitive answer on this one isn’t in the cards this week.  HOWEVER, there have been a flurry of discussions – and an end of week target – for an answer on the other two fronts.

The odds are still, as one of our prospective partners put it, “medium to long”, but we’re not giving up!  And need you fans more than ever.  Rest up because we are going to SLAM TWITTER this Friday night!

P.S. Check out the #DarkMatterMoments hashtag on twitter and post your favorite #DarkMatterMoments

Some fan art…

@tingyi_yang with some love for our resident gak geek, FIVE –

@Michele6784 dabbles in oils…and mercenaries –

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