Category: Production design

BYSO Podcast 72: “Guy in a Suit” Monsters

Backyard Space Opera: Independent stop motion filmmaking

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 66: Marveling at Matte Paintings

Backyard Space Opera: Independent stop motion filmmaking

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

Backyard Space Opera: Independent stop motion filmmaking

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…


BYSO Podcast 43: How to attend a Sci Fi convention

Backyard Space Opera: Independent stop motion filmmaking

Hi everyone, welcome to another Backyard Space Opera podcast! This week we reflect on exhibiting at CondorCon 2017, the longest running Sci Fi convention in San Diego. We discuss all the great contacts we made and how we tried to learn from all the wonderful attendees and exhibitors at the show. We discuss picking the…


BYSO Podcast 39: Production Update

Backyard Space Opera: Independent stop motion filmmaking

Hi everyone, welcome to another Backyard Space Opera Podcast! This week we discuss the current status of our next short film production. We’ll examine the process for finding a fast and ultra cheap method for creating live action armor costumes. We also talk about our newest advance in stop motion animation provided by our friend,…


BYSO Podcast 35: Guns and Gadgets

Backyard Space Opera: Independent stop motion filmmaking

Hi everyone, welcome to another Backyard Space Opera podcast! Today we examine our favorite Sci fi guns and gadgets from the history science fiction and fantasy movies and television.  We’ll discuss the how simple designs can be just as impactful as complex,  how sound design can make or break a great gadget, and how serving…


BYSO Podcast 30: Costume Craziness

Backyard Space Opera: Independent stop motion filmmaking

Hi everyone welcome to another Backyard Space Opera Podcast.  This week we go costume crazy with special guest Kristen.  We’ll discuss various types of costuming including a special form of costume expression, Disney Bounding.  We’ll also give our top 5 movie costumes of all time and discuss the critical role that costumes bring to a…


BYSO Podcast 24: Space Ship Shenanigans

Backyard Space Opera: Independent stop motion filmmaking

Hi everyone, welcome to another Backyard Space Opera Podcast.  This week we examine the greatest space ships of movie history, but with an important twist, we’re excluding the Star Wars and Star Trek franchises.  Join us as we examine the specific shots of the space ships, how they were constructed, and how each movie was…


BYSO Podcast 16: Reflections on San Diego Comic Con 2016

Backyard Space Opera: Independent stop motion filmmaking

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 11: Top 10 Practical Special Effects

Backyard Space Opera: Independent stop motion filmmaking

Welcome again to Backyard Space Opera podcast! This week we review our top 10 practical special effects. Join us as we discuss all the great films and effects that impressed us through the years and shaped our love of movies today.  We look at the behind the scenes tales and legends of these fantastic movies…