Category: Movie Review

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

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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 55: Movie Review of Kill Command

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Hi everyone, welcome to another Backyard Space Opera Podcast! This week we discuss the independent science fiction movie Kill Command. We examine the superb visual effects of the movie and debate how great computer graphics doesn’t necessarily translate into a good movie. Enjoy! Click here to check out a great article on Kill Command from…


BYSO Podcast 51: Movie Review of Athena

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Hi everyone, welcome to another Backyard Space Opera Podcast! This week we review the sci fi action short film, Athena by Rogue Division. We’ll discuss all the great aspects of this short, and as always, we pull out topics and lessons to apply to our own micro budget sci fi movie making efforts. We also…


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

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Hi everyone, welcome to another Backyard Space Opera podcast! This week we interview filmmaker Ryan Stokstad of the web series Halloween Horror Picks. Ryan tells us about his show and his work on films entered into the 48 hour film project. We’ll further examine several of these short films including “A Tale of Two Zombies”,…


BYSO Podcast Bonus: Sneak Peek at Kong Skull Island

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Hi everyone, welcome to a bonus episode where our special contributor Kristen discusses attending the LA premiere of Kong: Skull Island and gives her evaluation of the film.  Enjoy! Backyard Space Opera Podcast is all about low budget science fiction, micro budget filmmaking, and independent science fiction and fantasy media creation. We live in a…


BYSO Podcast 42: 1st Annual Yardys

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Hi everyone, welcome to another Backyard Space Opera podcast! This week we celebrate the 1st annual BYSO awards, “The Yardys”. As our one year anniversary approaches, we look back at all the movies we reviewed to name our favorites in several categories including: costumes, practical effects, visual effects, make up effects, story, music, and acting….


BYSO Podcast 40: Movie Review of Hunter Prey

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Hi everyone, welcome to another Backyard Space Opera podcast! This week we review the low budget sci fi movie, Hunter Prey by Sandy Collora of Batman: Dead End fame. We’ll revel in the beautiful images, the superb armor costumes, the awesome miniature shots, and the fantastic alien makeup effects. However, we also discuss how the…


BYSO Podcast 33: Movie Review of Dark Was the Night

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Hi everyone, welcome to another Backyard Space Opera Podcast!  This week we get a little more cryptid crazy by reviewing the low budget horror thriller, Dark Was the Night.  We’ll discuss what happens when a great creature concept and cool folklore is watered down into another “paint by numbers” monster movie.  We’ll discuss some specific…


BYSO Podcast 28: Zedfest Short Films

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Hi everyone, welcome to another Backyard Space Opera podcast!  This week we discuss the short films of the Zedfest film festival.  We’ll give our opinions about the good, the bad, and the strange of the festival.  We’ll discuss how story, budget, and technical polish come together to make or break a short film. Check out…


BYSO Podcast 27: Zedfest Features

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Hi everyone, welcome to another Backyard Space Opera podcast! This week we discuss our recent adventures at Zedfest film festival.  We’ll examine three fantastic features that were at the festival, Virtual Revolution, Gun Driver, and The Broadcast.  Each of these great low/micro budget movies brings something special that we found extremely inspiring. http://media.blubrry.com/backyard_space_opera/p/s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/backyardspaceopera/byso_podcast/BYSO_podcast_027.mp3Podcast: Play in…


BYSO Podcast 23: Post Apocalyptic Party

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Hi Everyone, welcome to another Backyard Space Opera Podcast.  This week, we party post apocalyptic style by reviewing three micro budget short films set in the post nuclear waste land, Phoenix 9, State Zero, and Kortex.  Check them out on youtube and then hear our thoughts as we take many lessons to aid us in…


BYSO Podcast 21: Short Film Shout Out

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Hi everyone, welcome to another Backyard Space Opera Podcast.  This week we bring you another examination of short films. We compare and contrast two surreal genre shorts.  The first is the 1980 fantasy Black Angel, which was thought to be lost but newly rediscovered.  The other is the recent comic book adventure Dr. Professor’s Thesis…


BYSO Podcast 20: Movie Review of Primer

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Hi everyone, welcome again to Backyard Space Opera podcast. This week we examine the critically acclaimed micro budget time travel thriller, Primer.  We’ll talk about this film’s wondrous qualities from a filmmaker point of view, but we’ll also put on our Space Ranger helmet and discuss its short comings from a Sci-Fi fan point of…


BYSO Podcast 19: Movie Review of Dark Space

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Hi Everyone, welcome to another Backyard Space Opera podcast! This week we review the movie Dark Space.  Join us as we discuss this strange mash up of monster movie and space solider action movie.  We’ll wonder at the awesomeness of the film’s super science armor and the strange decision to make an audience sit through…


BYSO Podcast 16: Reflections on San Diego Comic Con 2016

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Hi everyone, this week Kyle is hosting solo, but we still have a great little show with reflections on San Diego Comic Con 2016.  We’ll talk about seeing the special effects legend Fon Davis and the Dark Crystal fan film contest winner.  We also announce our plans for getting everyone involved in the next film project….


BYSO Podcast 15: Fan Film Frenzy

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Hi Everyone, welcome to Backyard Space Opera Podcast. Today is Fan Film Frenzy where we discuss fan films in general and examine some tent pole short films including Batman Dead End, Punisher Dirty Laundry, Mortal Kombat Rebirth, and Star Wars Tie Fighter. Join us as we unravel this interesting and complicated topic. Batman Dead End: https://youtu.be/3j7d3lIAkes…


BYSO Podcast 14: Big Budget Bash – The Fantastic Four

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Welcome again to Backyard Space Opera! This week we look at a big budget movie that was universally disliked by critics and fans. We examine the ins and outs of a a movie that had a lot of potential but seems to have been the victim of studio system flaws.  We take lessons about editing…


BYSO Podcast 13: Stop Motion Madness

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Welcome to Backyard Space Opera.  This week we discuss the magic of Stop Motion Animation by examining some great super short movies.  We look at “The Bottle”, “Battery Life”, “Red Witch” and “Jail Break”.  These are great examples of the awesome special effects that can be created with little money and lots of passion. The…


BYSO Podcast 12: Movie Review Harbinger Down

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This week we review the kickstarter funded sci-fi horror movie Harbinger Down, created by the legendary Alec Gillis.  We discuss the ups and let downs of a movie that could have been a high point of self funded independent movie making but ended being a sad copy of former glory.  We glean valuable lessons to…


BYSO Podcast 8: Short Film Shout Out

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Welcome back to another BYSO Bright Side of the Moon movie review in which we discuss a low/micro budget Sci Fi or Fantasy movie with a focus on the cool and interesting aspects of the film without complaining about the technical limitations that come with a lower budget. This week is the first Short Film Shout out!  Join us…