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BYSO Podcast 80: Interview with Dakota Morgan of Fancorp Network

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Hi everyone, welcome to another Backyard Space Opera podcast! This week we talk with podcaster and filmmaker Dakota Morgan of Fancorp network. We’ll discuss his new giant monster project, Phoenix Kaiju as well as staying positive and focused in order to move forward in the creative arts. Enjoy! Backyard Space Opera Podcast is all about…


BYSO Podcast 79: Movie Review of The Shadow Zone

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Hi everyone, welcome to another Backyard Space Opera podcast! This week we review a feature length micro budget, genre mixing film, The Shadow Zone by Moonlight films. We’ll talk about the cool aspects of this film as well as lessons to learn for own projects. Enjoy and be sure to check out The Shadow Zone…


BYSO Podcast 78: A Micro Budget 2d Animation Discussion

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Hi everyone, welcome to another Backyard Space Opera podcast! This week week we discuss options for micro budget 2d animation.  We’ll examine the various computer program options for getting started as well as the pros and cons of each. We’ll discuss options for developing specific skills for making 2d animation. Enjoy! Backyard Space Opera Podcast…


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

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Hi everyone, welcome to another Backyard Space Opera podcast! This week we discuss more science fiction short films with a dystopian flavor. We’ll discuss “Helios” and “From the Future with Love.” We examine some great sci fi armor and props but also talk about some art design lessons to learn. Enjoy! Backyard Space Opera Podcast…


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

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Hi everyone, welcome to another Backyard Space Opera podcast! This week we finish our interview with Will Orr. We focus on animation and independent video game production. Will gives us lots of great technical advice as well as provides fantastic inspiration for independent creators. Enjoy! Backyard Space Opera Podcast is all about low budget science…


BYSO Podcast 75: Special Guest Will Orr Part 1 – Production Sound

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Hi everyone, welcome to another Backyard Space Opera podcast! This week we discuss production sound with special guest and production sound professional Will Orr.  This is part one of two, with part two focusing on Will’s other passion, indie video game development and animation.  Will provides great insight into getting quality sound and the pitfalls…


BYSO Podcast 74: Cody’s Soapbox – Blade Runner 2049

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Hi everyone, welcome to another Backyard Space Opera podcast! This week is the first ever “Cody’s Soapbox”. Cody gets his nerd rage on by discussing Blade Runner 2049. We’ll also examine sequels and remakes in general. Enjoy! Backyard Space Opera Podcast is all about low budget science fiction, micro budget filmmaking, and independent science fiction…


BYSO Podcast 73: How to Create Science Fiction and Fantasy Settings

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Hi everyone, welcome to another Backyard Space Opera podcast! This week we take a closer look at the story element of “setting” in science fiction and fantasy. We’ll discuss overall approaches to creating a great setting as well as some specific elements that we especially like and loath. Enjoy! Backyard Space Opera Podcast is all…


BYSO Podcast 72: “Guy in a Suit” Monsters

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Hi everyone, welcome to another Backyard Space Opera podcast! This week we take a closer look at practical creature effects, especially the “guy in a suit” work used in Japanese tokusatsu like Godzilla and other great creatures from Stan Winston and Rick Backer studios. Enjoy! Backyard Space Opera Podcast is all about low budget science…


BYSO Podcast 71: Production Updates with Special Guest Host Rob Roman

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Hi everyone, welcome to another Backyard Space Opera podcast! This week we get caught up on all our production progress including Rob Roman’s Space Jack web series. We’ll discuss navigating road blocks and looking for opportunities to grow in every challenge. We’ll discuss my latest finished project, a self published book called Blockbuster Parenting as…


BYSO Podcast 70: Movie Review of World of the Uncanny

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Hi everyone, welcome to another Backyard Space Opera podcast! This week we review the feature length micro budget sci-fi, horror, noir, comedy, The World of the Uncanny. We talk about the great elements of this film as well as lessons to learn. We’ll specifically examine the issue of acting in micro-budget films and how to…


BYSO Podcast 69: Reflections on Who Con San Diego 2017

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Hi everyone, welcome to another Backyard Space Opera podcast! This week we reflect on Who Con San Diego 2017. We’ll further examine how small fandom conventions can be a great place to both learn and connect with fellow creators. We discuss several specific great discoveries including the fantastic non-profit group, Pop Culture Hero Coalition. Enjoy!…


BYSO Podcast 68: Interview with Filmmaker Paul Salamoff

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Hi everyone, welcome to another Backyard Space Opera podcast! This week we’re just back from Who Con 2017 in San Diego, where we got to interview writer, director and special effects artist, Paul Salamoff.  He gives some great hints about micro budget special effects as well as great advice about pursuing dreams of filmmaking. And…


BYSO Podcast 67: Short Film Shout Out – The Fisherman and The Plot Device

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Hi everyone, welcome to another Backyard Space Opera podcast! This week is another Short Film Shout Out.  We’ll examine the “product placement” short from Red Giant, The Plot Device. We also discuss the “creature feature” short, The Fisherman. We’ll discuss the how visual effects can drastically shape the genre feel of a movie and the…


BYSO Podcast 66: Marveling at Matte Paintings

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Hi everyone, welcome to another Backyard Space Opera podcast! This week we talk about matte paintings, the classic visual effects technique that can fantastically elevate a movie.  We’ll examine our inspirations and discuss how digital technology gives everyone access into this awesome art form. Backyard Space Opera Podcast is all about low budget science fiction,…


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

Hi everyone, welcome to another Backyard Space Opera podcast! This week we review the awesome low budget fantasy adventure, DragonFyre (aka Orc War).  We’ll discuss the great aspects of this movie that we can apply to our own micro budget efforts.  We’ll also continue our ongoing examination of the best choices for special effects in…


BYSO Podcast 64: Ace Tucker Space Trucker – A Science Fiction Comedy Serial Podcast

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Hi everyone, welcome to another Backyard Space Opera podcast! This week we talk with Jim Tramontana, creator of Ace Tucker Space Trucker Serial Sci-Fi Comedy Podcast. We get to hear all about Ace Tucker as well as Jim’s other projects. We also get Jim’s thoughts on micro budget genre media creation, plus Cody weighs in…


BYSO Podcast 63: Interview with Writer and Artist Rob Roman

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Hi everyone, welcome to another Backyard Space Opera Podcast! This week we talk with writer and artist Rob Roman about his new micro budget Sci-Fi web series project.  We’ll discuss the importance of pushing forward, embracing budgetary limitations, finishing projects and sharing with the world. We also get a great glimpse into a project at…


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

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Hi everyone, welcome to another Backyard Space Opera podcast! This week we finish our discussion of San Diego Comic Con International 2017. We continue our examination of how to use conventions to make connections and foster a positive creative community.  And of course we geek out on all the awesome stuff that was on display…


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

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Hi everyone, welcome to another Backyard Space Opera podcast! This week is part 1 of our convention coverage of D23 and SDCC 2017. We’ll give you our unique thoughts recorded literally on the drive back late Sunday night. Then come back for part 2 to hear our thoughts after we’ve had a chance to rest,…


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

Backyard Space Opera: Independent stop motion filmmaking

Hi everyone, welcome to another Backyard Space Opera Podcast! This week we again examine a couple of Sci-Fi short films, James Cameron’s awesome stop motion test film Xenogenesis from 1978 and Gavin Rothery’s post apocalyptic tale The Last Man from 2014.  We’ll discuss how both these films used micro budget techniques to make something special…


BYSO Podcast 59: Interview with Animator Frederik Villumsen

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Hi everyone, welcome to another Backyard Space Opera Podcast! This week we interview animator Frederik Villumsen of Craft (itsoncraft.com). Frederik has worked on many fantastic films including Song of the Sea. In this inspiring interview we discuss his work in animation and how his new company is supporting up and coming creative talents. Enjoy! Backyard…


BYSO Podcast 58: Voorhees – A Friday the 13th Fan Film

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Hi everyone, welcome to another Backyard Space Opera Podcast! This week we talk with Cody Faulk of Wet Paint Pictures about his new movie, Voorhees – A Friday the 13th film. We’ll discuss his approach to making micro budget genre movies and get more insight into making a great Friday the 13th Fan Film. You…


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

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Hi Everyone, welcome to another Backyard Space Opera Podcast!  This week we continue our series examining storytelling elements and how to improve writing in the science fiction and fantasy genres by discussing the “MacGuffin”.  We talk about the various shapes, sizes, and flavors our MacGuffins can take and how science fiction and fantasy stories provide…


BYSO Podcast 56: Vehicle Vehemence – The Best Car Designs of Science Fiction

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Hi everyone, welcome to another Backyard Space Opera Podcast! This week we celebrate cars!  We discuss our favorite vehicle designs from sci-fi movies and television.  We’ll examine the critical attributes that make these cars stand out and how we can apply these lessons to our own micro budget efforts. Also, be sure to check out…