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Dreaming of making movie magic?

Get individual and small group instruction in various SFX techniques.

To sign up call 949.345.1165

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Creature Creation

Learn to make creatures using just a few essential techniques and basic materials.

Stop Motion

Learn to build and animate professional quality stop motion puppets with common materials.

Mask Making

Learn to sculpt, cast, and paint latex masks. 

Visual Effects

Learn VFX techniques like chroma key, rotoscoping, and compositing. 

Writing

Learn to find the writing techniques that work for you as well as methods to get your stories produced, published, and shared.

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BYSO Podcast Bonus: Applied Heroics Non-Profit Campaign

May 4, 2018
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BYSO Podcast 94: Interview with Author Justin Robinson

April 27, 2018
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BYSO Podcast 93: Interview with Frederik Villumsen of Craft

April 19, 2018
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BYSO Podcast 92: WonderCon 2018

April 12, 2018
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BYSO Podcast 91: Interview with William Conlin of Making Apes

April 3, 2018
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BYSO Podcast 90: A Special Announcement

March 28, 2018
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BYSO Podcast 89: 2nd Annual Yardies

March 20, 2018
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BYSO Podcast 88: Interview with Erich Grey Litoff, Co-Founder of Stan Winston School of Character Arts

March 9, 2018
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BYSO Podcast 87: Movie Review – Beyond

March 8, 2018
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BYSO Podcast 86: CondorCon 2018

March 8, 2018
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BYSO Podcast 85: How to Create Anti-Heroes

March 8, 2018
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BYSO Podcast 84: Science Fiction Comedies

March 8, 2018
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BYSO Podcast 83: Big Budget Bash – Bright

March 8, 2018
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BYSO Podcast 82: Interview with Filmmaker Anthony Risen

March 8, 2018
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BYSO Podcast 81: Cody’s Soapbox – The Star Wars Prequels

March 8, 2018
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BYSO Podcast 80: Interview with Dakota Morgan of Fancorp Network

December 11, 2017
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BYSO Podcast 79: Movie Review of The Shadow Zone

December 3, 2017
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BYSO Podcast 78: A Micro Budget 2d Animation Discussion

November 27, 2017
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BYSO Podcast 77: Short Film Shout Out – Helios & From the Future with Love

November 20, 2017
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BYSO Podcast 76: Special Guest Will Orr Part 2 – Animation and Indie Video Games

November 13, 2017
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BYSO Podcast 75: Special Guest Will Orr Part 1 – Production Sound

November 5, 2017
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BYSO Podcast 74: Cody’s Soapbox – Blade Runner 2049

October 28, 2017
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BYSO Podcast 73: How to Create Science Fiction and Fantasy Settings

October 19, 2017
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BYSO Podcast 72: “Guy in a Suit” Monsters

October 12, 2017
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BYSO Podcast 71: Production Updates with Special Guest Host Rob Roman

October 4, 2017
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BYSO Podcast 70: Movie Review of World of the Uncanny

September 27, 2017
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BYSO Podcast 69: Reflections on Who Con San Diego 2017

September 20, 2017
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BYSO Podcast 68: Interview with Filmmaker Paul Salamoff

September 12, 2017
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BYSO Podcast 67: Short Film Shout Out – The Fisherman and The Plot Device

September 4, 2017
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BYSO Podcast 66: Marveling at Matte Paintings

August 29, 2017

BYSO Podcast 65: Movie Review of DragonFyre (aka Orc War)

August 21, 2017
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BYSO Podcast 64: Ace Tucker Space Trucker – A Science Fiction Comedy Serial Podcast

August 14, 2017
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BYSO Podcast 63: Interview with Writer and Artist Rob Roman

August 6, 2017
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BYSO Podcast 62: San Diego Comic Con 2017 – Part 2

July 31, 2017
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BYSO Podcast 61: Disney D23 and San Diego Comic Con 2017 – Part 1

July 26, 2017
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BYSO Podcast 60: Short Film Shout Out – James Cameron’s Xenogenesis and Gavin Rothery’s The Last Man

July 17, 2017
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BYSO Podcast 59: Interview with Animator Frederik Villumsen

July 10, 2017
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BYSO Podcast 58: Voorhees – A Friday the 13th Fan Film

July 3, 2017
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BYSO Podcast 57: A MacGuffin Discussion – How to create Sci Fi & Fantasy MacGuffins

June 25, 2017
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BYSO Podcast 56: Vehicle Vehemence – The Best Car Designs of Science Fiction

June 19, 2017
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BYSO Podcast 55: Movie Review of Kill Command

June 11, 2017
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BYSO Podcast 54: The Rock Monster of Lingendar, The 48hr Film Project, and me

June 3, 2017
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BYSO Podcast 53: Never Hike Alone – A Friday the 13th Fan Film

May 27, 2017
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BYSO Podcast 52: Production Meeting

May 18, 2017
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BYSO Podcast Bonus: Interviews with Cast and Crew of Athena

May 12, 2017
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BYSO Podcast 51: Movie Review of Athena

May 8, 2017
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BYSO Podcast 50: Podcasting, Marketing, and Micro Budget Filmmaking with special guests Ryan Stockstad and Scott McMahon

April 30, 2017
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BYSO Podcast 49: Interview with Fantasy Novelist Andy Peloquin

April 22, 2017
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BYSO Podcast 48: Interview with Screenwriter Michael Varrati

April 15, 2017
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BYSO Podcast 47: Reflections on Wondercon 2017

April 8, 2017
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BYSO Podcast 46: Writing Young Adult Sci Fi With Janet Racciato Author of the Jade Series

March 31, 2017
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BYSO Podcast 45: Creating Objects of Power

March 25, 2017
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BYSO Podcast 44: Ryan Stockstad of Halloween Horror Picks and the 48 hour film project

March 17, 2017
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BYSO Podcast Bonus: Sneak Peek at Kong Skull Island

March 10, 2017
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BYSO Podcast 43: How to attend a Sci Fi convention

March 10, 2017
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BYSO Podcast 42: 1st Annual Yardys

March 1, 2017
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BYSO Podcast 41: Mentor Mayhem

February 24, 2017
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BYSO Podcast 40: Movie Review of Hunter Prey

February 18, 2017
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BYSO Podcast 39: Production Update

February 10, 2017
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BYSO Podcast 38: Pulp Tales – Dungeons and Dragons Edition

February 3, 2017
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BYSO Podcast 37: Serial Character Celebration

January 28, 2017
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BYSO Podcast 36: Public Domain Pitching

January 18, 2017
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BYSO Podcast 35: Guns and Gadgets

January 13, 2017
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BYSO Podcast 34: Pulp Tales – The Robot Kit by Diana Lee Woody

January 6, 2017
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BYSO Podcast 33: Movie Review of Dark Was the Night

December 29, 2016
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BYSO Podcast 32: Techno Babbling

December 21, 2016
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BYSO Podcast 31: Interview with Johann Karlo of Gun Driver

December 13, 2016
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BYSO Podcast 30: Costume Craziness

December 8, 2016
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BYSO Podcast 29: Video Game Glory

November 29, 2016
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BYSO Podcast 28: Zedfest Short Films

November 17, 2016
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BYSO Podcast 27: Zedfest Features

November 9, 2016
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BYSO Podcast 26: Script Craft Part 2

October 31, 2016
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BYSO Podcast 25: Script Craft Part 1

October 26, 2016
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BYSO Podcast 24: Space Ship Shenanigans

September 28, 2016
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BYSO Podcast 23: Post Apocalyptic Party

September 20, 2016
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BYSO Podcast 22: Story Strategies

September 14, 2016
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BYSO Podcast 21: Short Film Shout Out

September 3, 2016
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BYSO Podcast 20: Movie Review of Primer

August 29, 2016
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BYSO Podcast 19: Movie Review of Dark Space

August 24, 2016
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BYSO Podcast Bonus: Revenge of the Cohost

August 22, 2016
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BYSO Podcast 18: Script Scrying

August 15, 2016
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BYSO Podcast 17: Pulp Tales – Lens Driver Prelude

August 11, 2016
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BYSO Podcast 16: Reflections on San Diego Comic Con 2016

August 1, 2016
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BYSO Podcast 15: Fan Film Frenzy

July 19, 2016
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BYSO Podcast 14: Big Budget Bash – The Fantastic Four

July 11, 2016
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BYSO Podcast 13: Stop Motion Madness

July 5, 2016
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BYSO Podcast 12: Movie Review Harbinger Down

June 26, 2016
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BYSO Podcast 11: Top 10 Practical Special Effects

June 20, 2016
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BYSO Podcast 10: Interview with Filmtrooper Scott McMahon – Part 2

June 13, 2016
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BYSO Podcast 9: Interview with Filmtrooper Scott McMahon – Part 1

June 6, 2016
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BYSO Podcast 8: Short Film Shout Out

May 24, 2016
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BYSO Podcast 7: Pulp Tales 3 – Ranger of the Shattered Lens part 3

May 16, 2016
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BYSO Podcast 6: Movie Review of Manborg

May 9, 2016
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BYSO Podcast 5: Pulp Tales – Ranger of the Shattered Lens part 2

May 2, 2016
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BYSO Podcast 4: Movie Review of Awaken the Dead

May 2, 2016
Backyard Space Opera Podcast 003 Alien Outpost

BYSO Podcast 3: Movie Review of Alien Outpost

April 25, 2016

BYSO Podcast Episode 2: Pulp Tales – Ranger of the Shattered Lens Part 1

April 13, 2016
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BYSO Podcast Episode 1: Introductions and Movie Review of Shockwave Darkside

April 1, 2016