Will 2016 be the year you make your own science fiction?

How will you spend 2106?

There are lots of new science fiction movies we are looking forward to seeing next year.

Maybe, you want more.

Is this the year you begin a real adventure and create your own science fiction?

Shooting the trailer for Frackers
Shooting the trailer for Frackers, a science fiction comedy

There are people all over the world creating their own science fiction projects.

And there’s never been a better (or cheaper) time to produce your own movie.

You can even shoot a movie with your smart phone. And, next year, we’ll produce some videos with our phone and share them with you.

I think we’re all going to learn a lot.

We’ll also be talking to science fiction writers and give you a chance to ask them your questions.

We’re hoping to have some contests for video creators and writers next year.

And, we’re going to start our own science fiction movie next year.

Stay tuned!

Before you go, do this!

Tell us about your science fiction projects here.

Please leave us a rating and review on iTunes or Stitcher.

Let the adventure continue!

 

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2015 Sci-Fi Maker Holiday Gift Guide

10 gifts for science fiction creators (or for yourself)

This is a great time to be a sci-fi maker.

Lots of cool tools and toys for people who want to create science fiction – or just play!

I have used all of these products (except the 3-axis gimbal) and couldn’t be happier with them.

Products

Doctor Who Tardis Cookie Jar Lights & Sounds (affiliate link)

How cool is this? It’s a cookie jar! It’s a TARDIS!
No, it isn’t bigger on the inside than the outside, but it has lights and sound effects!

Star Wars R2-D2 Measuring Cup Set (Exclusive and Officially Licensed) (affiliate link)

Everyone can use measuring cups.
Everyone can use an R2-D2.
Now you can get both in one!
Done!

Scrivener
Scrivener is a great tool for writers .
It’s a word processor that lets you organize your research and notes in one tool.
Full disclosure: there is a learning curve.

Lynda.com (10 day free trial)
If you want to create your own science fiction, this is one of the best online resources on the planet.
Learn scriptwriting, video editing, special effects, animation… the list goes on.

GoPro HERO4 SILVER (affiliate link)

1080p or 720p video that looks fantastic!
It also has a touch display on the back.
Combine this with a handheld gimbal (below) and you can make some incredible shots for a science fiction video.

Filmic Pro
Yes, you can shoot a movie on your smart phone.
If you have an iPhone, this gives you a lot more control on how your video looks.
I use this app on my iPhone and iPad.
There are competing solutions for Android, but I have an iPhone.
If you have experience with an Android app that does this, I’d love to hear about it.

Feiyu Tech G4 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal for GoPro Hero4/3+/3 and Other Sports Cameras of Similar Size (affiliate link)

This is an amazing product that allows you to shoot incredible mobile shots with your GoPro camera that are so smooth, people will think you shot it with a drone.
Full disclosure: I am not sure about support for this product. So, you’re taking a chance if you buy one. Check out some online videos and decide for yourself.

Diva Ring Light 18″ Super Nova Dimmable Ring Light (affiliate link)

My favorite video and still photography light!
Produces a nice, soft, flattering light that is daylight balanced.
If you had two or three of these lights, you would have a complete lighting package for a movie!

Zoom H1 Handy Portable Digital Recorder (affiliate link)

A great-sounding digital recorder for about a hundred bucks.
Works great for hand-held interviews or location audio.

Black n’ Red Twin Business Notebook, Hardcover, Wired, 8-1/4 x 5-7/8 Inches, 70 sheets/140 pages, Black (L67000) (affiliate link)

I just dig how these notebooks look.
This would be a great inexpensive gift for writers or other creatives.

Flying Saucer + Evil Robot + Cow Shirt
UFO Flying Saucer Evil Robot Cow Shirt

This shirt has it all. The perfect gift for a science fiction creator or fan with a warped sense of humor.
From RetroSciFi.com – the official store of the Sci-Fi Maker Show.
Designed by the talented Rick Leddy of Rick’s Robots.

 

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Go out and make your own sci-fi!

Star Wars!

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, opens in theaters December 18, 2015.

Will this movie inspire a new generation of filmmakers like the original Star Wars?

Lindsay, the Alien Hunter holding a ray gun
Lindsay, the Alien Hunter

In this episode of The Sci-Fi Maker Show, I explain why there has never been a better time to create your own science fiction.

I also describe my simple four-part filmmaking school.

Links

Before you go, do this!

Tell us about your science fiction projects here.

Please leave us a rating and review on iTunes or Stitcher.

Let the adventure continue!

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