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January 27, 2015: Top 10 Most Depressing Series Finales!

Spoiler alert…for shows that have been off the air for anywhere between 5 to 34 years. Seriously.  There’s got to be a statute of limitations on spoilers. 10. Six Feet Under My favorite finale of all time.  It was only appropriate that a show that explored the realities of death should conclude with the multiple flash […]

January 26, 2015: Behind the scenes on Dark Matter! Shhhh. Don’t tell anyone!

I spent much of the weekend going over the two week’s worth of dailies we’ve amassed to date.  For those not in the know, “dailies” refers to the collected footage from the previous day’s shoot.  It’s always a good idea to familiarize yourself with the available material – especially when it comes time to do […]

January 25, 2015: Somewhere between druidic and herbaceous!

“I really like Joe,”said our Assistant Production Manager Robbie David.  “He’s always so positive.” “Positive?”asked my writer partner, Paul, instantly dubious.  Having known me for well over twenty-five years, he’d be the first to tell you that “positive” would probably be well down on the list of adjectives used to paint a picture of yours […]

January 24, 2015: Jelly’s big adventure!

Why, I wondered, is there blood on the floor?  And then: Why is there blood on the blanket?  And: Why is there blood on the dog bed?  Upon closer scrutiny, I had my answer.  Jelly had, somehow, snagged her dewclaw and torn it badly.  She seemed oblivious, more focused on the water bowl than her mangled paw, apparently […]

January 23, 2015: Our Dark Matter Girls with Guns pictorial!

An early blog entry today as I’m in Waterloo for a day of fun out of the sun.  Plenty of fireworks in store for us tonight as we shoot our explosive finish, so I’ve got my earplugs at the ready. I suppose it’s only fitting then that I make today’s instalment a Dark Matter Girls with Guns pictorial! […]

January 22, 2015: Director Paolo Barzman preps! The production shifts to Waterloo! And I eat doughnuts!

Day #2 of prep on episode #103 with director Paolo Barzman who traveled all the way from Hong Kong to work on Dark Matter!  I’d been hearing great things about the man for weeks and, after meeting I have to say – they weren’t wrong. He’s a foodie, a fearless eater, a chocolate aficionado – oh, […]

January 21, 2015: Lulu’s big day! Prep on episode #103 begins!

I’m pleased to report that Lulu’s eye surgery went swimmingly and she is now home and resting comfortably.  According to the technician, the procedure involved abrading her cornea to remove the dead tissue after which the surgeon pierced her eye with several pin pricks.  Now that I know the secret, I can save a little […]

January 19, 2015: Hello! You still alive?

“I want you to do a favor for me,”said my mother. “Okay,”I said, assuming she wanted me to look up some old friend now that I was in Toronto. “I want you to call someone for me…” Knew it. “Phone [man’s name] and find out if he’s still alive.” “What?” “I was his assistant many […]

January 19, 2015: Shooting in sunny Hamilton! Let’s check the mailbag!

Shooting in Hamilton today and it’s been c-c-c-cold!  Although it could be colder I suppose.  The problem with shooting in these warehouses is that it’s actually chillier indoors.  The last time we were here for a location scout, we encountered a delay and, instead of sticking around, we elected to wait outside…where it was warmer! […]

January 18, 2015: The week ahead! Football anguish!

Looking at a mighty busy week upcoming.  Production on Dark Matter‘s first two episodes shift to location work.  We’ll be in Hamilton Monday to Wednesday, then Kitchener Thursday to Friday.  I’ll be joining them on the outskirts on three of our five out days, but Wednesday and Thursday will see me at the production offices […]

January 17, 2015: Introducing 1st Assistant Director Brandon Tataryn! #FOURCLAN!

Sure, he has suspect taste in movies and, yeah, he’s a Denver Broncos fan but, damnit, I can’t help but really like 1st Assistant Director Brandon Tataryn – partly for his sense of humour, partly because he’s a fellow foodie and fantasy football enthusiast, but mainly because he’s the guy who makes sure WE get […]

January 16, 2015: Dark Matter production! 6 down, 83 to go!

Today marked the conclusion of our first full week of production on Dark Matter – or, as the call sheet will tell you: “Day 6 of 89?!  Today saw some sword slinging, cosmic cat and mouse, big reveals, and an FTL jump.  In other words, just another day at the office. The ladies can’t stop talking […]

January 15, 2015: Dark Matter in production! Discoveries made! Secrets revealed! Burgers eaten!

Another awesome – and exhausting – day on set.  We were in the ship’s underbelly, the corridors, and personal quarters as our crew dealt with the aftermath of some surprising events and shocking revelations.  Questions, questions and answers – which only beget more questions! Actor Alex Mallari Jr., Dark Matter’s FOUR, is back with a […]

January 14, 2015: Dark Matter in production! Zoie Palmer kicks ass!

Yes, Zoie Palmer kicked ass today.  For about eleven hours – punching, blocking, shoving, kicking, hurling, staring down, and choking out multiple opponents.  And that was just in the lineup to get lunch!  The extended action sequence we shot was intense, and Zoie looked like she’d been beating up guys all of her life (food […]

January 13, 2015: Dark Matter – from cast to characters!

Today, we shot two of the most important scenes of this first season (if not the entire series), and every member of our cast – Marc Bendavid, Melissa O’Neil, Anthony Lemke, Alex Mallari Jr., Jodelle Ferland, Roger Cross, and Zoie Palmer – delivered BIGTIME.  Sitting at the monitors, watching them in their first scene together, […]

January 12, 2015: Scotch, Swords, and Dance! Dark Matter Production Day #3!

Today kicked off our first full week on our standing sets before we shift to Hamilton/Waterloo.  Corridors and quarters were the order of the day and director T.J. Scott continues to deliver in a BIG way.  I received the latest set of dailies late last night and was downright giddy by the time I’d finished reviewing […]

January 11, 2014: Sleepless in Toronto! Looking ahead! A brand new Dark Matter feature!

Between my 5:30 a.m. wake-ups, the nagging rib injury, and one elderly fitfully slumbering pug, sleep has been very hard to come by lately.  And it isn’t going to get any easier anytime soon.  When the doctor said “It’s going to feel worse before it gets better.”, I just dismissed his words as a worst […]

January 10, 2015: Dark Matter, Episode #101, Second Unit Day #1!

It was just the boys today, Anthony Lemke (THREE) and Marc Bendavid (ONE), in for some anti-gravity fun and stunts.  Later, at the craft service table, they both had a special request: more Zero-G sequences!  I’ll see what we can do for them. While we were chatting, I couldn’t help but notice Anthony playing with […]

January 9, 2015: Dark Matter, Episode #101, Production Day One!

One day down; about ninety more to go.  And what a day it was!  Sparks!  Steam! Camera shake!  An unexpected downpour almost taking out a camera!  Stasis pods!  Reveals!  And apricot-coconut cookies!  What more could I ask for? Unfortunately, Zoie Palmer was the only cast member not present today (She’s enjoying a nice, relaxed long […]

January 8, 2014:

Well, as a result of the injury I sustained yesterday (see last entry for all the gory details), I was unable to turn or put any pressure on my side and had to spend the entire night lying flat on my back.  I also can’t twist, jump, run, or perform aerial gymnastics (the latter is […]

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