Sharknado & Syfy Original Movies: Panel with Syfy Executive VP, Tom Vitale

Category : Arisia, Conventions, E-vents, Entertain Me, Featured, Movies, Television

It takes a certain kind of fan to enjoy Syfy Original Movies. The appeal of these films vary from person to person; whether it stems from an appreciation of the tongue-in-cheek nature these films embrace, to fans supporting actors they enjoy, to people who enjoy sharing these movies with a group of friends in a viewing party. Certainly, a major attribute to their success is the professionalism and earnestness each member of the cast and crew brings to each film. It is the ability to sell the story and action which allows these films to capture the magic of the B movie genre.

 

 
I am a self-professed fan of the Syfy Original Movie. Those readers among you who have seen me at a convention, know I can often be found behind the panelist table discussing these movies. My time at Arisia this year was no different when I had the opportunity to sit alongside Tom Vitale, Executive Vice President of Programming  & Original Movies for Syfy and Chiller. Along with my fellow panelists Randee Dawn, Bob “MovieBob” Chipman and Michael McAfee, we discussed the origin of Syfy original movies, the productions and the future of these films.

 

Syfy original movies take approximately 14 months to produce, from concept to wrap. In most instances, Syfy assumes about half of the production costs, splitting them with the production studio. While in their heyday, Syfy was producing two movies per month, audiences have no doubt noticed a decline in new titles. The network feels the market has become over-saturated, leading to the decision to cut back on production. The next original movie is slated to air in April. The schedule will then return with some regularity. Last year, Syfy made the decision to move original movies from their long held Saturday night time slot to Thursday night. This move seems to work in their favor and will likely remain the time slot for the foreseeable future. However, with the lack of fierce programming competition in the summer, Syfy may take advantage with marathons of previously aired original movies.

 

After-market distribution of original movies is one aspect where consistency is elusive. Licensing can be convoluted and governed by producing rights, filming location, as well as international sales and DVD release windows. This explains why some movies do not make it to DVD or will not be available through streaming sources, such as Syfy’s website, Netflix, Hulu or Amazon.

 

Sharknado has been the greatest success Syfy has experienced with an original movie. The title was able to capitalize on it’s success with a theatrical release when Fathom Events approached the network to create a special one-night only midnight screening across the country. Syfy does field requests for original movie screenings for film festivals and large fan events, recognizing these films are often better viewed with a crowd.

 

With regard to the types of films represented in the stable of original movies, there is an inherent pull towards creature features. Whether it is a romantic nostalgia for the Creature Double Feature many fans remember, or the idea of facing an uncontrollable beast of nature is unknown. Undoubtedly, every sub-genre gets its day, depending on the mood of audiences – initially it may have been aliens or natural disasters, tomorrow it may be robotic animals. The interests of the audience dictate which foes will see the small screen.

 

Which Syfy Original Movies have you enjoyed? What about these films paying homage to the B movie genre appeals to you?

At The Con – Arisia 2013

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Category : Arisia, Conventions, E-vents, Featured

Jessa Phillips is joined by Misty Pendragon to discuss Arisia 2013. Every year, the city of Boston opens their arms to geeks of all aspects for a weekend of fun, music and parties! This year, the Boston Westin Waterfront played host again to Arisia, a convention which embraces the geek community with lots of interesting panels, fantastic artwork, plenty of shiny baubles and, did we mention, parties!?!

 

 

For more about Arisia, check out the website at http://www.arisia.org.

You can find more of Jessa Phillips & Misty Pendragon on our official home at Good To Be A Geek.

Also check out Misty’s interview with Terrence Znudich & Darren Lynn Bousman, the men behind The Devil’s Carnival and Repo! The Genetic Opera, on page 431 of Carpe Nocturne’s Winter 2012-2013 issue – http://www.carpenocturnemagazine.com

 

CONTACT
Questions? Comments? We want to hear from you! Feel free to post a comment on the podcast entry at http://www.goodtobeageek.com, or email us at gamer@goodtobeageek.com. You can also email David at dlucier[at]goodtobeageek.com, email Jessa at jphillips[at]goodtobeageek.com.

Special thanks to Sterling for the use of his music in the podcast. Be sure to check out his Magnatune profile page to learn more about him and discover more of his music.

Good To Be A Gamer is sponsored by Good To Be A Geek – let your geek run wild! Opinions expressed on Good To Be A Gamer are those of the hosts and/or guests and do not necessarily represent those of Good To Be A Geek. Good To Be A Geek is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License

 

Good To Be A Gamer Podcast Update

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Category : Conventions, E-vents, Featured, Game On, PAX East, TempleCon

 

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EVENTS
Arisia
Westin Boston Waterfront – Boston, MA
1/18/13 -1/21/13
http://www.arisia.org

Jessa will be a panelist on 2 panels in the Gaming Track:
Gender & Gaming – Saturday, 1/19 @ 11:30am
Gaming Year in Review – Sunday, 1/20 @ 2:30pm

 

TempleCon
Crown Plaza – Warwick, RI
2/1/13 – 2/3/13
http://www.templecon.org

 

DICE Summit
Hard Rock Hotel – Las Vegas, NV
2/5/13 – 2/8/13
http://www.dicesummit.org

 

Total Confusion
Holiday Inn – Mansfield, MA
2/21/13 – 2/24/13
http://www.totalcon.com

 

PAX East
BCEC – Boston, MA
3/22/13 – 3/24/13
http://east.paxsite.com

 

WonderCon Anaheim
Anaheim Convention Center – Anaheim, CA
3/29/13 – 3/31/13
http://www.comic-con.org/wca

 

 

CONTACT
Questions? Comments? We want to hear from you! Feel free to post a comment on the podcast entry at http://www.goodtobeageek.com, or email us at gamer@goodtobeageek.com. You can also email David at dlucier[at]goodtobeageek.com, email Jessa at jphillips[at]goodtobeageek.com.

 

Special thanks to Sterling for the use of his music in the podcast. Be sure to check out his Magnatune profile page (http://magnatune.com/artists/sterling) to learn more about him and discover more of his music.

 

Good To Be A Gamer is sponsored by Good To Be A Geek – let your geek run wild! Opinions expressed on Good To Be A Gamer are those of the hosts and/or guests and do not necessarily represent those of Good To Be A Geek. Good To Be A Geek is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

 

Good To Be A Gamer Podcast, Episode 109 – Week of 01/01/2012

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Category : Featured, Good To Be A Gamer

Recorded 01/08/2012

 

 
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Dreamcast the Movie: Super Mario Bros. Results
Mario: James Gandolfini
Luigi: Will Arnett
Peach: Jayma Mays
Toad: Nick Frost
Yoshi: 3 way tie: Andy Serkis, Seth Rogan, Jonah Hill
Bowser: 3 way tie: John C. Reilly, Brendan Gleeson, Jack Nicholson
Wario: 2 way tie: Danny DeVito & John Noble
Director: Terry Gilliam

 

Dreamcast the Movie: Eternal Champions
http://www.goodtobeageek.com/?p=2626

 

NEWS

-Microsoft Discusses Xbox Live Security Issues [IGN]

http://xbox360.ign.com/articles/121/1215973p1.html

-Major Nelson reports the top Games Played on Xbox Live [Major Nelson Blog]
http://majornelson.com/2012/01/06/top-games-of-2011/

- Crysis 2, Super Mario Galaxy and Gears of Wars 3 Are Among the Most Pirated Games of 2011 [TorrentFreak]
http://torrentfreak.com/top-10-most-pirated-games-of-2011-111230/

-Finalists Announced for Game Developers Conference [GDC Site]
http://www.gdconf.com/news/game_developer_choice_awards/skyrim_bastion_lead_finalists_.html

-Steam continues to Grow & Show No Signs of Stopping [GameSpy]
http://pc.gamespy.com/articles/121/1215997p1.html

-Toxic Games Qube released on Steam [Qube Site]
http://qube-game.com/

-Asura’s Wrath Story Trailer [IGN Entertainment YouTube Channel]
http://youtu.be/pAEwZ_MJd5g
 

EVENTS

 -Arisia
January 13-16, 2012
Boston Westin Waterfront – Boston, MA

http://arisia.org

 

-TempleCon
February 3-5, 2012
Crown Plaza – Warwick, RI

http://www.templecon.org

 

-Total Confusion
February 23-26, 2012
Holiday Inn – Mansfield, MA

http://www.totalcon.com

 

CONTACT

Questions? Comments? We want to hear from you! Feel free to post a comment on the podcast entry at http://www.goodtobeageek.com, or email us at gamer@goodtobeageek.com. You can also email David at dlucier[at]goodtobeageek.com, email Jessa at jphillips[at]goodtobeageek.com.

Special thanks to Sterling for the use of his music in the podcast. Be sure to check out his Magnatune profile page to learn more about him and discover more of his music.

Good To Be A Gamer is sponsored by Good To Be A Geek – let your geek run wild! Opinions expressed on Good To Be A Gamer are those of the hosts and/or guests and do not necessarily represent those of Good To Be A Geek.

Good To Be A Gamer Podcast by Good To Be A Geek is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License