Blog Profile / Joseph Mallozzi's Weblog

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February 18, 2015: And now a word from our interstellar sponsors!

Today’s blog entry, brought to you by Solar Soda and Cosmic Tonic.  For a taste truly out of this world! A division of Station Shaofun 2 Holdings, Ltd.  CEO of graphics, Roxanne Barris.  President of digital motion, Kelly Diamond. We know return to our scheduled blog entry, already in progress…  – haven’t worked together in […]

February 17, 2015: The many superhero shirts of Jay Firestone!

The first time I met Jay Firestone was about two years ago, while I was in town working on some nameless production.  My agent called to inform me that he had scheduled me a meeting with a very busy, very successful local producer.  I thought: “Sure, why not?”.  Ninety-nine percent of the time, these meet […]

February 16, 2015: Introducing Production Coordinator Alice Foster! Mailbag!

Sweet, soft-spoken, yoga enthusiastic.  You’d think I was describing myself but, in fact, I’m talking about the wonderful Alice Foster, Dark Matter‘s Production Coordinator.  And coordinate she does, juggling everything from travel and accommodations to – oh, just about everything else – with dextrous aplomb and unflagging cheerfulness. Show More Summary

February 15, 2014: For the scifi fan who has everything! And yet another big casting announcement to come!

Well, how cool is this?  I returned from my two days of location shooting in Hamilton to discover this sitting in my office.  While in London, Jay picked me up this box of customized Dark Matter marshmallows: Pretty cool, no?  They’re so awesome, I can’t bring myself to eat them. Of course I’m sure Akemi […]

February 14, 2015: Akemi and I take Jodelle on a foodly excursion!

“I ate like garbage box.” – Akemi today after lunch, her way of letting me know she ate too much. Pictured above: the chocolates I got Akemi for Valentine’s Day.  Jean-Paul Hevin, shipped from Paris.  They arrived three days ago and sat in the fridge because Akemi wanted to wait.  A dried fruit and nut […]

February 13, 2015: Back in familiar inertial dampened climate controlled faster than light territory!

It was nice to get back on the ship today after two days in Hamilton on two distant space stations.  Our travels to Cygni-4 and Shaofu 2 may be over, but we’ll always cherish the memories… And these commemorative Shaofu 2 decals we picked up for our ships and shuttles. Shooting in the mess, quarters, and […]

February 12, 2015: Space Travels with Amanda Tapping!

We’ve taken a break from our shipboard routine, journeying to the far flung corners of colonized space for a little R&R.  Our first stop was S-CYGNI-4, a remote way station renown for its sketchy entertainment district and signature cosmic croissants. Then it was off to check out the scene at space station Shaofu 2.  A little […]

February 11, 2015: Introducing Dark Matter Editor Wendy Hallam Martin! Amanda Tapping takes the directing reins!

Yesterday, I was working with editing wizard Paul Day on episode #101; today, I worked with editing wizardess (I think that’s what they call ‘em) Wendy Hallam Martin on episode #102.  We enjoyed a delightful afternoon, taking the episode apart and reassembling it like a jigsaw puzzle in a frustrating attempt to ensure none of […]

February 10, 2015: Introducing Dark Matter Dditor Paul Day!

There’s an old saying in the business: “We’ll fix it in post”.  In other words, when everyone else gets through screwing things up, it falls on the editor to work his/her magic and save the day.  Oh, you think I’m kidding but you’d be surprised how many adequate movies have been transformed into truly great films by the […]

February 9, 2015: Introducing Dark Matter VFX Supervisor Lawren Bancroft-Wilson!

Well, well, well.  If it isn’t former Stargate script coordinator, fellow fantasy football enthusiast, and self-styled Thai food expert Lawren Bancroft-Wilson who joins us – all the way from comparatively warmer Vancouver, B.C. – to take on the role of Visual Effects Supervisor for Dark Matter‘s first season. Lawren will be acting as the on […]

February 8, 2015: Reading! Watching! And, oh yeah, producing!

“My hair is hauntedly long.” – Akemi today, presumably comparing her hair to Ringu’s creepy crawling Sadako. I spent much of the weekend going over the director’s cut of episode #101 (directed by T.J. Scott, edited by Paul Day).  It’s pretty awesome – and will be awesomer still once they’ve addressed my persnickety notes (“add/trim […]

February 7, 2015: My all doggy blog post!

Honestly, my weekends are actually more jam-packed busy than my 12 hour days on set!  Errands to run, documents to gather, and a director’s cut of episode #101 to watch and give notes on.  Oh, and also squeezed in a Skype call from our old friend Alexander Ruemelin who ranks right up there with Carl […]

February 6, 2015: Enraged actors thirst for writer-producer blood!

Yesterday, I released the script for episode #110.  When I told Paul, he called me cruel for doing so without putting out #111 as well.  The script went out at 8:00 p.m. last night and, between set-ups, the actors were huddled around their cell phones, reading.  By the time I got home an hour later, […]

February 5, 2015: Dark Matter swag! Space Hair! And a Zoie Palmer exclusive!

Hey, check it out.  It’s my new cell phone case compliments of actor Alex Mallari Jr. (Dark Matter‘s FOUR) who evidently grew tired of me going without.   I repaid the favor today by bringing him the vegan no bake peanut butter chocolate squares Akemi made for him. Continuing the visual roll-out of our Android, […]

February 4, 2015: Space beer! Cosmic tonic! And out of this world girlfriends!

My last view of my home (away from home) before boarding the elevator that will whisk me to my car.  Despite the fact that I’m out the door at 6:00 a.m., Akemi and Bubba always get up to see me off.  And, hopefully, get a parting treat and belly rub.  Or, in Bubba’s case, just […]

February 3, 2015: Cars elves! Production! Prep! And our Walking Dead crossover!

“Somebody stole my car!”was my first thought as I stared out at the desolate lot.  A single automobile sat out there, occupying the spot formerly occupied by my Durango.  A Durango too, but cleaner, shinier, and less salt-encrusted. Yes, as with yesterday’s incident involving that homeless woman who turned out not to be homeless at […]

February 2, 2015: An unexpected encounter! Paolo Barzman at the helm! Amanda Tapping on deck!

“Hey!”said one of the set P.A.’s.  “There’s a homeless woman eating a sandwich at the craft service table!” While other crew members angled to get a look at our unexpected guest, I alone approached, drawn by a mixture of pity and sadness.  She looked so frail, her hair disheveled, bony fingers clutching what was probably […]

February 1, 2015: Psycho Vegan Superbowl!

“I’m psycho!”Akemi happily informed me. “Hunh?”was my response. “I’m psycho!”she repeated.  “I asked about when Jeff was coming back to Toronto yesterday and, today, you got an email from him saying he’s coming back!  I’m psycho!” “PsyCHIC,”I corrected her. Show More Summary

January 31, 2015: Cheesing! Toronto’s best rum cakes! And a script update!

“You’re cheesing me,”said Akemi. “Cheesing you?”I asked. “Yes, cheesing me.”  She elaborated: “Making fun of me.” “You mean teasing me,”I corrected her.  “Teasing.  With a t.” She frowned, brow furrowed, genuinely perplexed by the revelation.  “But cheesing makes more sense.” “It does?” “Yes because cheese is like a food bully, kind of aggressive, always going […]

January 30, 2015: That’s a wrap on Dark Matter episodes #101-102!

That’s it!  16 days up!  16 days down!  Today, we completed production on the first two episodes of Dark Matter’s first season.  The dailies look great, the cast and crew have been terrific, and director T.J. Scott has been nothing short of awesome. Next up: editing!  We’ll get a director’s cut of both episodes the week […]

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