We are Deep Six, a hard science sci-fi series. Co-creator Davin Lengyel (Pure Pwnage, Space Janitors), Jaymie Matthews (UBC Astrophysicist) and Robert Godwin (Author or publisher of over 100 books, including several with Stanley Kubrik's technical...
Hello! We are some of the core team working on Deep Six - a Sci-Fi Web Series using Practical FX, Miniatures, Rear Projection, Models and other old school techniques, and we're also aiming to creating the most scientifically accurate Sci-Fi show since 2001: A Space Odyssey. Here to answer your questions about the show, or anything else you'd like to know, are:
DAVIN LENGYEL: Davin grew up in Saskatchewan, earning a B.Ed, B.Sc and B.Eng. More importantly, he made 6 ninja films. Moving to Toronto for law school at UofT, he fell in love with the idea of producing shows for a living. He left the law firm to help friends bring the web series Pure Pwnage to television. Since then, he has worked on dozens of web series, including “Space Janitors” which won the 2013 Canadian Comedy Award and 2014 Canadian Screen Award for best series. His work has been seen by over 10,000,000 viewers.
JAYMIE MATTHEWS: Jaymie Matthews is an astro-paparazzo revealing the hidden lives of stars by eavesdropping on their music broadcasts. His interstellar iPod is Canada’s first space telescope, MOST (Microvariability & Oscillations of STars), monitoring tiny vibrations in the light of ringing stars. His research sounds more like astromedicine than astrophysics: “ultrasound” images of stellar embryos, diagnosing hyperactivity in pre-teen suns, and taking the pulses of “zoomer” stars. Prof. Matthews is also an astrometeorologist forecasting weather on distant exoplanets.
His day job: Professor of Astrophysics at the University of British Columbia. In addition to MOST, Prof. Matthews is on Science Teams for NEOSSat – a Canadian asteroid-hunting mission – and BRITE Constellation – a Canadian-Austrian-Polish mission to study the brightest stars in the night sky. He’s Co-Investigator for the French CoRoT satellite, and on the Asteroseismic Science Consortium for NASA’s Kepler mission hunting for alien Earths.
In 2006, Dr. Matthews was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada.
ROBERT GODWIN: World renowned Author and Space Historian Robert Godwin graced our production set with his presence to consult, inform and delight us with stories of Apollo 13, Neil Armstrong and, of course, 2001: A Space Odyssey.
In addition to the 130+ books that Godwin has either written, edited and/or published, he was also Space Curator at the Canadian Air and Space Museum in Toronto from 2008 - 2011 and had a main belt asteroid, 4252 Godwin, named in his sake for his efforts in documenting space history and raising awareness about Near Earth objects, with his brother Richard. He released the first time synchronized multi-camera video of the Apollo 11 moonwalk, created the first digital VR panoramas from the Apollo lunar missions and also co-authored 2001 The Heritage and Legacy of the Space Odyssey with Frederick I. Ordway III, technical adviser to Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey.
FIRST EDIT Keep those great questions coming Redditors. Here's a video we filmed with Jaymie Matthews giving us an exclusive tour of UTIAS - University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies. Jaymie shows us the science that will one day make the Fiction of Deep Six... reality!
SECOND EDIT Here's our social media links for the show. Wow! We can't even begin to thank you enough for all these great questions, positive vibes and support for our little show that could. Believe it or not, in this day and age an online fan base can be the difference between getting a TV series or not... so with that in mind, please:
and use #DeepSixSeries out there kids. Tag us and we'll RT. Open to any and all Cross Promotion opportunities, media, blogs, podcasts, interviews, and Davin will do a personalized video live from set for pretty much anyone who helps us in any way! (May or may not be true once we're filming... but he'll do some). If you want to get in touch, please feel free to email [email protected].
THIRD EDIT Well we powered through a good 7 hours here folks, Rob and Jaymie and I are nursing hangovers, Davin hasn't slept since he decided to do this show... but they'll be back! Just on a little break. Please keep asking questions, even for next couple days, and we'll answer them all. I'm the producer on the project and can answer some of these, but please keep the questions coming for Davin, Rob and Jaymie and SHARE THIS THREAD ON YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA SO MORE PEOPLE CAN READ THIS FANTASTIC AMA! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! I've done about 10 of these but this one was really special. Great questions, hugely entertaining and informative. Cheers Reddit.
FOURTH EDIT - January 2nd, 1pm - In order to keep answering questions, as Davin is supremely tied up getting our rear projection images prepped and storyboards and working with actors and all kinds of other fun stuff, we're joined today by co-creator Mika Collins - answering from https://www.reddit.com/user/MikaCollins - she just landed back in Canada from South Africa. Not only is Mika the Co-Creator of Deep Six, she's also one of our primary Cast Members!