First day of shooting for science fiction comedy “Frackers”

The adventure begins

Hospital set for Frackers
Bennett Litwin (left) on the Frackers set

Bennett Litwin is on a grand adventure!

It’s hard to say when this adventure began.

  • Did it start when he was four years old and almost died?
  • When he had an out of body experience?
  • When Bennett had a dream that he turned into a script for “Frackers“?

Bennett wrote the first draft of the script in only four days.

On the set of Frackers
Getting ready to shoot a scene for Frackers

Today, after more than 30 rewrites, Bennett’s adventure continues.

Principal photography for “Frackers” began last weekend.

Video monitor - Frackers
Video monitor from camera for Frackers

I got to watch as Bennett, his creative team, the cast, and crew worked to bring the script to life.

After talking to the cast and crew on the set – a medical office standing in for a hospital – I came to realize that Bennett isn’t alone in this adventure.

Shooting Frackers
Shooting Frackers

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As always, the show is sponsored by our little online store: RetroSciFi.com.

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We make a monster!

This week, inspired by Build-A-Bear,  we make a monster!

And you can help!

Zombie Mitch
This is sort of what I would look like as a zombie.

Writer and podcaster, Christopher Gronlund joins us this week as we create a monster out of thin air!

We didn’t create the monster I originally envisioned. But that’s part of the fun.

This monster – part man, part something else – could inspire comic books, a movie, a book, short stories – all kinds of science fiction.

And, now, it’s your turn!

We want to see what you come up with.

Create monster drawings, stories, comics – whatever – based on the monster we create in the show. Or make your own monster.

Share your monsters on Twitter using the #MakeAMonster hashtag. We’ll share some of them on the website.

You can use our monster in your own works – free. It would be nice if you gave us credit, but it isn’t necessary.

Bottom line: go out and create some science fiction. And tell us about it!

Find Christopher online

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Making a short sci-fi video

 First Date with the Alien

This week, we finished working on a short comedy video.

Aliens have arrived on our planet. One woman is brave enough to date an alien.

This is her story.

How we did it!

  • I wrote the script about a year ago
  • Charlie Kristine bravely agreed to play “The Human”. Karl played “The Alien”, but wishes to remain anonymous.
  • Last July, we shot the video in my very hot garage.
  • Because I had spent a lot of time planning the shoot, it only took about an hour.
  • I kept the shoot very simple: the camera (Canon 5d Mark II) was locked down on a tripod and captured a simple two-shot.
  • The lighting was also simple: a large Diva RingLight on a light stand.
  • I recorded the dialog inside the car with a hidden Zoom H2n digital recorder.
  • Using iMovie on my Mac, I edited the video in a few hours this past weekend. Syncing up the dialog was easy because I could visually line up the sound waves of the camera audio with the audio from the Zoom recorder.
  • I adjusted the contrast of the video to make it look like it was shot outside at night.

Past project

A few years ago, I produced a short video called Robot Girlfriend or iGirlfriend. It has almost 75,000 views on YouTube.

In hindsight, I should have made this video a LOT shorter – maybe 60 or 90 seconds. Four and a half minutes is too long for this idea.

Lesson learned: keep your videos short, if possible.

Mitch’s ten-step film school

  1. Create one great-looking shot. It should look like it came from a movie, not an amateurish video.
  2. Repeat as necessary.
  3. Create one great and simple scene. Well written, acted, lit, composed, and edited.
  4. Repeat.
  5. Create one great and simple short video.
  6. Repeat.
  7. Create an awesome script for your feature film/video.
  8. Make sure your script is truly awesome before moving on.
  9. Put your team together.
  10. Make your feature.

Tell us about your science fiction projects here.

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Let the adventure continue!

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Sci-fi music: Dr. Who, Forbidden Planet, and me

In this episode of The Sci-fi Maker Show, you’ll hear how the theme music for Dr. Who was made.  You’ll also learn the unique story behind the soundtrack for the classic science fiction film, Forbidden Planet.

The mysterious Delia Derbyshire and Dr. Who

In 1963, in a lab full of mad audio scientists, Delia Derbyshire recorded the theme music for Dr. Who. The composer was so surprised by the results, he asked Delia if he had actually written it.

“Most of it,” replied Delia.

The avant garde composers for Forbidden Planet

In 1956, Louis and Bebe Barron created the groundbreaking soundtrack for Forbidden Planet.

Louis created the unique circuits that produced the odd “electronic tonalities” for the film based on mathematic equations he obtained from a peculiar book.

Now it’s my turn

For this episode of the show, I do a show-and-tell of science fiction music I created using my laptop, a cheap keyboard, and a microphone.

My home recording studio
My home recording studio

It’s kind of embarrassing, but I did this to encourage others to start creating their own science fiction music.

Now it’s your turn

I would love to hear the science fiction music YOU are creating. Just go to our contact page and tell me about your music. I would love to feature your work on future shows or on the website.

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