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Title: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Blasko on July 02, 2012, 05:24:46 PM
I am a Media Studies & Theatre double major at Mercer University in Macon, GA. As such, I am involved with our local TV station, Mercer99. We will be starting a new series showcasing public domain horror and sci-fi films, called Dr. Blasko's Laboratory of Horror. We will show the films with host segments splitting up the movies at certain points.

We certainly want a bit of a comedic vibe as we have interactions between Dr. Blasko and his assistant Fritz. What I want is input from members here as to what would make these host segments enjoyable for viewers, especially those who may not be familiar with the films we are showing.
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Count_Zirock on July 02, 2012, 05:49:48 PM
Oooh, that's a tough nut to crack. I think it was John Barrymore who said, "Dying is easy; comedy is hard." It's hard to strike a good balance, especially between comedy and horror, and trying to be informative at the same time.
I'd need to know more details to offer any advice beyond that. Otherwise, it would be too generalized. Although, one piece of advice ALWAYS applies in entertainment: when you steal, steal from the very best!
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: horrorhunter on July 02, 2012, 06:38:59 PM
Uh.....prominently displayed cleavage. Fritz doesn't sound like a displayer of said cleavage, so...... bimbo walk-ons. Couldn't hoit.  ;)
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Blasko on July 02, 2012, 06:46:20 PM
Uh.....prominently displayed cleavage. Fritz doesn't sound like a displayer of said cleavage, so...... bimbo walk-ons. Couldn't hoit.  ;)

Our first episode will actually feature The Satanic Rites of Dracula, so there will be lots of (albeit censored) boob
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: horrorhunter on July 02, 2012, 06:54:00 PM
Our first episode will actually feature The Satanic Rites of Dracula, so there will be lots of (albeit censored) boob
     Can't go wrong with Hammer.
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Blasko on July 02, 2012, 07:21:02 PM
     Can't go wrong with Hammer.

Nope, though it is certainly the weakest of all the Hammer Dracula films, but hey, it's public domain :P There is a gag where Fritz mentions showing Horror of Dracula and I berate him because we don't have the budget. Next episode I get a phone call from a lawyer over saying the name of the film on air.
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: horrorhunter on July 02, 2012, 07:39:29 PM
Nope, though it is certainly the weakest of all the Hammer Dracula films, but hey, it's public domain :P There is a gag where Fritz mentions showing Horror of Dracula and I berate him because we don't have the budget. Next episode I get a phone call from a lawyer over saying the name of the film on air.
     Good stuff. You can always use the line about "...one bloodsucker complaining about mentioning another one." Make the lawyer schmuck an ongoing gag. Everyone loves to make fun of lawyers.  ;D
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Blasko on July 02, 2012, 07:43:42 PM
     Good stuff. You can always use the line about "...one bloodsucker complaining about mentioning another one." Make the lawyer schmuck an ongoing gag. Everyone loves to make fun of lawyers.  ;D

I did four years of mock trial in high school, won two national championships, and have campaigned for several local attorneys and judges so I can honestly say... you're absolutely right lol
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Fester on July 02, 2012, 08:14:16 PM
Be sure to check out our own folks as resources.  Penny Dreadful and Ormsby both have great shows.  Look at what they are doing and maybe you can find your own voice.

Over in Seattle, there was a program called Professor Fred's Movie Marvels.  He specialized in obscure (and public domain) movies.  Pretty good program for a community college. 

Schlock Cinema 101 . . .  I'd take that class!

Videos of his shows and a list of the movies he featured are available here:  http://www.scctv.net/?option=com_content&view=article&id=59 (http://www.scctv.net/?option=com_content&view=article&id=59)


Prof Fred's Movie Marvels 1/2 - Seattle CableTV - '07 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4To0EFIr2E#)

Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Blasko on July 02, 2012, 08:36:03 PM
Be sure to check out our own folks as resources.  Penny Dreadful and Ormsby both have great shows.  Look at what they are doing and maybe you can find your own voice.

Over in Seattle, there was a program called Professor Fred's Movie Marvels.  He specialized in obscure (and public domain) movies.  Pretty good program for a community college. 

Schlock Cinema 101 . . .  I'd take that class!

Videos of his shows and a list of the movies he featured are available here:  [url]http://www.scctv.net/?option=com_content&view=article&id=59[/url] ([url]http://www.scctv.net/?option=com_content&view=article&id=59[/url])


Prof Fred's Movie Marvels 1/2 - Seattle CableTV - '07 ([url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4To0EFIr2E#[/url])


Thanks for the suggestions! Just the kind of stuff I'm looking for.

Also, how do you guys feel about stage vs. green screen? Personally, I would much prefer to do everything on a set (we will probably have access to PBS's TV studio across the street), but green screen would obviously be easier and cheaper (which is what the governing body obviously wants to hear).

Another thing that I would like help on, and where everyone here can have a little bit of featured time, is our viewer mail. We are filming everything at the beginning of the year and then airing it throughout. Obviously, viewers can't really write in viewer mail, but its something I feel will really fit the type of show. I would like each one to fit the movie we are showing, so if anyone wants to ask a viewer question based on our schedule (which I would also love to hear thoughts on), you are more than welcome to. :)

September 8 – The Satanic Rites of Dracula
September 22 – Plan 9 from Outer Space

*-Start Halloween History of Horror Marathon, Name TBA-*

October 6 – Nosferatu
October 13 – Freaks
October 20 –The House on Haunted Hill
October 27 – Night of the Living Dead

*-Start Vincent Price Month-*

November 10 – The Last Man on Earth
November 24 – The Bat

December 8 – Santa Claus Conquers the Martians
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Fester on July 02, 2012, 10:00:22 PM
Sets versus Green Screen?

Hmm.  Both are wonderfully cheesy in their own ways. 

Sets--painted flats cardboard and/or wooden furniture give a great retro-kitsch look. See-Penny Dreadful's Shilling Shockers
Green Screen works fine for tacky model shots and cheap-looking backdrops (and thats not a bad thing in my book). Ormsby's Cinema Insane makes brilliant use of green screen and CG special effects.
Professor Fred took simple sets to its extreme. Some posters displayed against a curtain--probably the sound baffles of the studio.

The movie lineup is pretty good.  However, most are pretty well known. So you might want to be careful your act isn't a rehash (even accidental) of something that has been done before.  Don't want people to assume Dr. Blasko is knocking off MST3K or Dr. Gangrene.

The Viewer mail.  How do you want them?  Serious questions about the movies?  Or more like the "Dear BBC" letters from Monty Python's Flying Circus?  Should we submit them here or PM you?


Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: aura of foreboding on July 02, 2012, 10:06:41 PM
I'd always prefer actual sets over green screen.  But that is if the sets look good!  Painted flats can be wonderfully creepy if done right.  But if they don't look great (either in a realistic or campy  way), you might as well go with the green screen, especially if you are able to use the professional screens and chroma key at the station. 
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Blasko on July 02, 2012, 10:10:53 PM
Sets versus Green Screen?

Hmm.  Both are wonderfully cheesy in their own ways. 

Sets--painted flats cardboard and/or wooden furniture give a great retro-kitsch look. See-Penny Dreadful's Shilling Shockers
Green Screen works fine for tacky model shots and cheap-looking backdrops (and thats not a bad thing in my book). Ormsby's Cinema Insane makes brilliant use of green screen and CG special effects.
Professor Fred took simple sets to its extreme. Some posters displayed against a curtain--probably the sound baffles of the studio.

The movie lineup is pretty good.  However, most are pretty well known. So you might want to be careful your act isn't a rehash (even accidental) of something that has been done before.  Don't want people to assume Dr. Blasko is knocking off MST3K or Dr. Gangrene.

The Viewer mail.  How do you want them?  Serious questions about the movies?  Or more like the "Dear BBC" letters from Monty Python's Flying Circus?  Should we submit them here or PM you?

You can send however you want.

Our hands are tied as far as rehashing goes due to the requirement that all films be in PD. That being said, we want to do more popular films first to build our viewership on campus do they will tune in for lesser known films later on.
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: horror1o1 on July 02, 2012, 10:11:51 PM
I am a Media Studies & Theatre double major at Mercer University in Macon, GA. As such, I am involved with our local TV station, Mercer99. We will be starting a new series showcasing public domain horror and sci-fi films, called Dr. Blasko's Laboratory of Horror. We will show the films with host segments splitting up the movies at certain points.

We certainly want a bit of a comedic vibe as we have interactions between Dr. Blasko and his assistant Fritz. What I want is input from members here as to what would make these host segments enjoyable for viewers, especially those who may not be familiar with the films we are showing.

Are we talking like in a Monster Vison style?
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Blasko on July 02, 2012, 10:20:37 PM
Are we talking like in a Monster Vison style?

Pretty much lol

Oh, there's also a character named Carl who brings the viewer mail. He looks like the Ro-man in Robot Monster :P and Fritz is very much like Feldman in Young Frankenstein.
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: horror1o1 on July 02, 2012, 10:33:21 PM
Pretty much lol

Oh, there's also a character named Carl who brings the viewer mail. He looks like the Ro-man in Robot Monster :P and Fritz is very much like Feldman in Young Frankenstein.

Sounds good i'm excited.
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Fester on July 02, 2012, 10:33:36 PM
You can send however you want.

Our hands are tied as far as rehashing goes due to the requirement that all films be in PD. That being said, we want to do more popular films first to build our viewership on campus do they will tune in for lesser known films later on.

Good rationale for the film selection--make sense, now you mention it.  There are some wonderfully weird and strange Public Domain movies out there.  Good for season two.
I'll send out a some letters soon.
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Blasko on July 02, 2012, 10:43:29 PM
Good rationale for the film selection--make sense, now you mention it.  There are some wonderfully weird and strange Public Domain movies out there.  Good for season two.
I'll send out a some letters soon.

Thanks. Knew I was a fart smeller, I mean smart feller ;)
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: missdead13 on July 02, 2012, 11:10:12 PM
Our first episode will actually feature The Satanic Rites of Dracula, so there will be lots of (albeit censored) boob

We certainly want a bit of a comedic vibe as we have interactions between Dr. Blasko and his assistant Fritz. What I want is input from members here as to what would make these host segments enjoyable for viewers, especially those who may not be familiar with the films we are showing.

I volunteer as your assistant , if Fritz doesnt work out .  :laugh:  I do believe I am well equipped , so to speak, for the job . its right up my alley ;).
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: horror1o1 on July 02, 2012, 11:16:07 PM
I volunteer as your assistant , if Fritz doesnt work out .  :laugh:  I do believe I am well equipped , so to speak, for the job . its right up my alley ;).

Well maybe you will make it for the 3d show?lol!  ;)
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Blasko on July 02, 2012, 11:23:18 PM
I volunteer as your assistant , if Fritz doesnt work out .  :laugh:  I do believe I am well equipped , so to speak, for the job . its right up my alley ;).

Well he is constantly doing things that make Dr. Blasko want to fire him XD
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: missdead13 on July 02, 2012, 11:32:03 PM
Well he is constantly doing things that make Dr. Blasko want to fire him XD

see. you wouldnt have that problem with me . . at all.  ( wheres the smiley with angel wings & halo )  >:D
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Blasko on July 02, 2012, 11:33:00 PM
see. you wouldnt have that problem with me . . at all.  ( wheres the smiley with angel wings & halo )  >:D

Close enough ;)
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Count_Zirock on July 03, 2012, 03:02:19 PM
Green screen vs. sets. Well, MST3K had a great set. When the series ended, it was broken up and auctioned on eBay. Ten years later, when they wanted to do some new inserts for the DVD sets, they got some screen captures, used green screen, and it looked perfect! (They did have to build a new front console to hide the puppeteers.) If you have some great model builders, you could really make a nice quarter-scale set. Otherwise, I'd go with a real set. If you have some talented set painters in the theater dept., might as well use them! Then, some limited props. Steampunk is pretty popular now, so a lot of outdated computers spray-painted bronze and copper might look cool, with hidden dry-ice to look like steam is powering them. You could have a funky, green-screen computer monitor made from a cardboard box and bits of plastic, to put up your letters, and other info-- put up images from the movies, one-sheet posters, stills, etc.
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: horrorhunter on July 03, 2012, 04:47:14 PM
Green screen vs. sets. Well, MST3K had a great set. When the series ended, it was broken up and auctioned on eBay. Ten years later, when they wanted to do some new inserts for the DVD sets, they got some screen captures, used green screen, and it looked perfect! (They did have to build a new front console to hide the puppeteers.) If you have some great model builders, you could really make a nice quarter-scale set. Otherwise, I'd go with a real set. If you have some talented set painters in the theater dept., might as well use them! Then, some limited props. Steampunk is pretty popular now, so a lot of outdated computers spray-painted bronze and copper might look cool, with hidden dry-ice to look like steam is powering them. You could have a funky, green-screen computer monitor made from a cardboard box and bits of plastic, to put up your letters, and other info-- put up images from the movies, one-sheet posters, stills, etc.
     Yeah, and: Have a lab table with lots of beakers and tubes full of strange colored liquids (like Bernie Wrightson used to draw the crap out of); and include as many old monster toys/posters/props as possible. Like Uncle Milton Marx repops (or originals if ya got'em), reissue Aurora models, monster soakies , reprinted classic movie posters/lobby cards, reprinted life-size monster posters, etc.... We love seeing that stuff. It could really help to put the show over.  Zombie In Luv
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Blasko on July 03, 2012, 04:49:53 PM
     Yeah, and: Have a lab table with lots of beakers and tubes full of strange colored liquids (like Bernie Wrightson used to draw the crap out of); and include as many old monster toys/posters/props as possible. Like Uncle Milton Marx repops (or originals if ya got'em), reissue Aurora models, monster soakies , reprinted classic movie posters/lobby cards, reprinted life-size monster posters, etc.... We love seeing that stuff. It could really help to put the show over.  Zombie In Luv

I'm a little hesitant to use my collectibles on set since they're mine lol
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: horrorhunter on July 03, 2012, 04:55:18 PM
I'm a little hesitant to use my collectibles on set since they're mine lol
     Take one for the team, dude.  >:D
     I don't blame you. My stuff stays home on the shelf.  :laugh:
     Those repops and reprinted posters are pretty cheap though. The fans would devour the ambience.  ;)
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Blasko on July 03, 2012, 05:12:06 PM
     Take one for the team, dude.  >:D
     I don't blame you. My stuff stays home on the shelf.  :laugh:
     Those repops and reprinted posters are pretty cheap though. The fans would devour the ambience.  ;)

Yeah, the posters would work fine. Would I be ok to have posters up for movies not in the PD?
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: horrorhunter on July 03, 2012, 05:21:49 PM
Yeah, the posters would work fine. Would I be ok to have posters up for movies not in the PD?
     More fodder for that lawyer bit! LOL
     OOOOPS.... here comes a real lawsuit!
     Seriously, I'd check with someone well versed in copyright law.
     I do know that Penny Dreadful and others have the Dollar Tree posters displayed on their sets, and have had for years. They must not have caught any grief.
     The Dollar Tree posters display some UniMons and The Big G. These things had to have been unauthorized. They were a buck each.
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Blasko on July 03, 2012, 05:36:31 PM
     More fodder for that lawyer bit! LOL
     OOOOPS.... here comes a real lawsuit!
     Seriously, I'd check with someone well versed in copyright law.
     I do know that Penny Dreadful and others have the Dollar Tree posters displayed on their sets, and have had for years. They must not have caught any grief.
     The Dollar Tree posters display some UniMons and The Big G. These things had to have been unauthorized. They were a buck each.

I got some neat little universal figures at DT for a quarter each actually now that you say that ^_^
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Count_Zirock on July 03, 2012, 05:59:16 PM
Is "Horror Hotel" still PD, or did it get copyrighted by Anchor Bay or someone like that? It'd be a good one to show, too.
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Blasko on July 03, 2012, 06:13:15 PM
Is "Horror Hotel" still PD, or did it get copyrighted by Anchor Bay or someone like that? It'd be a good one to show, too.

The City of the Dead or Horror Hotel as it is known in the US is owned by Drannen... which no longer exists as of September 2011, so it status is up in the air I would say.
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: thehawk on July 03, 2012, 06:39:37 PM
Hey, I'm Hawk. I'm one of the co-writers of the show. Though it is mostly Blasko's baby. I appreciate everyone's support and suggestions. I really looking forward to this project.



September 8 – The Satanic Rites of Dracula
September 22 – Plan 9 from Outer Space

*-Start Halloween History of Horror Marathon, Name TBA-*

October 6 – Nosferatu
October 13 – Freaks
October 20 –The House on Haunted Hill
October 27 – Night of the Living Dead

*-Start Vincent Price Month-*

November 10 – The Last Man on Earth
November 24 – The Bat

December 8 – Santa Claus Conquers the Martians

We have a really good lineup for the first season. I'm especially looking forward to Freaks, House on Haunted Hill and The Last Man on Earth. Three classic, and often overlooked pictures. I am overjoyed and honestly surprised that Freaks was available for us.
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Blasko on July 03, 2012, 06:52:29 PM
As soon as I learned Freaks was now PD, I knew we had to show it!

For fun, here is a bit of a makeup test. Definitely not final (my head was shaved, hence the wig, and I like having a beard)

(http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c22/PenguinDeluxe/e7f91d51.jpg)
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: horrorhunter on July 03, 2012, 06:57:07 PM
"Werewolf Vs. The Vampire Woman" is the chopped up version of "Werewolf Shadow", and I'm pretty sure it is PD. It's classic Paul Naschy werewolfery, and, still pretty darn good. It's already been stripped of all the "juice", so I don't think it would need further editing. I believe the only other Naschy PD flick is "Fury Of The Wolfman", which is easily the weakest Naschy monster flick. It is really downright wretched, and not worth your time. But, "Werewolf Vs. The Vampire Woman" is one to consider for season two.
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Count_Zirock on July 03, 2012, 07:22:52 PM
As soon as I learned Freaks was now PD, I knew we had to show it!

For fun, here is a bit of a makeup test. Definitely not final (my head was shaved, hence the wig, and I like having a beard)

([url]http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c22/PenguinDeluxe/e7f91d51.jpg[/url])

Actually, a shaved head is a good mad doctor look.
(http://nutrivize.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Diabolical-Dr.-Cyclops-Peterdsmith.com_.jpg)
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Blasko on July 03, 2012, 07:26:03 PM
Actually, a shaved head is a good mad doctor look.
([url]http://nutrivize.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Diabolical-Dr.-Cyclops-Peterdsmith.com_.jpg[/url])



True, but that would require me keeping a shaved head, which I don't want to do lol
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Count_Zirock on July 04, 2012, 06:11:39 AM
For fun, here is a bit of a makeup test. Definitely not final (my head was shaved, hence the wig, and I like having a beard).

([url]http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c22/PenguinDeluxe/e7f91d51.jpg[/url])

So, what age are you looking to play? A young, recently-graduated M.D. who's decided to specialize in "mad science." A few years older? A lot older? There's all sorts of gags that could involve all of those aspects. Also, you could explore what drove you to become a mad doctor. "I was homeschooled. My parents felt that public schools conflicted with their religious beliefs. They were devout followers of Cthulhu, and felt public schools weren't properly equipped to nurture my insanity and homicidal tendencies. Then they started installing metal detectors and armed guards in the schools, and my parents realized they'd completely screwed up!"
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Blasko on July 04, 2012, 10:38:10 AM
So, what age are you looking to play? A young, recently-graduated M.D. who's decided to specialize in "mad science." A few years older? A lot older? There's all sorts of gags that could involve all of those aspects. Also, you could explore what drove you to become a mad doctor. "I was homeschooled. My parents felt that public schools conflicted with their religious beliefs. They were devout followers of Cthulhu, and felt public schools weren't properly equipped to nurture my insanity and homicidal tendencies. Then they started installing metal detectors and armed guards in the schools, and my parents realized they'd completely screwed up!"

It's not very specific to be honest, nor do I want it to be, at least at this stage. The basic structure of the series is that each episode Blasko tries to take over the world, and his final "gift" to mankind is showing horror and sci fi films (though his plans always go awry)
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Sean on July 04, 2012, 11:18:31 AM
3 keys to success:  Physical comedy and bosoms.  And 'boiiing' sound effects ::)

OK, I'm kidding... but for laughs, click on this link and look for 'Jaws Boinged'...

http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=jaws+you+tube+with+boing+sound+effects&qpvt=jaws+you+tube+with+boing+sound+effects&FORM=VDRE (http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=jaws+you+tube+with+boing+sound+effects&qpvt=jaws+you+tube+with+boing+sound+effects&FORM=VDRE)
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Blasko on July 04, 2012, 01:36:32 PM
Speaking of bosoms, here is how we will be censoring the "naughty bits"

(http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c22/PenguinDeluxe/589f5ded.jpg)
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: horrorhunter on July 04, 2012, 02:17:46 PM
Speaking of bosoms, here is how we will be censoring the "naughty bits"

([url]http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c22/PenguinDeluxe/589f5ded.jpg[/url])

     That's a waste of two good Nosferatu heads. That girl was severely lacking in the chesticularity department. Too bad they didn't get Stephanie Beacham or one of the other top-heavy Hammer Honeys to do that part.  :'(
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Blasko on July 04, 2012, 02:48:58 PM
     That's a waste of two good Nosferatu heads. That girl was severely lacking in the chesticularity department. Too bad they didn't get Stephanie Beacham or one of the other top-heavy Hammer Honeys to do that part.  :'(

Well, we are going to use him every time. It was supposed to be a picture of my assistant, but when I was editing and looking through images, that image popped up and I absolutely died laughing.
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Zackuth on July 04, 2012, 07:04:06 PM
Also, how do you guys feel about stage vs. green screen? Personally, I would much prefer to do everything on a set (we will probably have access to PBS's TV studio across the street), but green screen would obviously be easier and cheaper (which is what the governing body obviously wants to hear).

I don't think I'd use a green screen, unless you have plans on have the scenery changing from episode to episode (and that does have some potential as you could host from different "locations", Transylvania, the Black Lagoon, in front of the Psycho house, etc).  Cardboard scenery that falls over from time to time that needs to be fixed by a seen or unseen handyman could become a running gag.

I do like the idea about a running gag with a lawyer.  I'd think about it long before I gave him a name.  You want it to be good and you'll get one shot at it.  Hmmm...maybe don't give him a name, just referenced as "the lawyer" on the show. 

Couple of thoughts.
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Blasko on July 04, 2012, 07:32:49 PM
Also, how do you guys feel about stage vs. green screen? Personally, I would much prefer to do everything on a set (we will probably have access to PBS's TV studio across the street), but green screen would obviously be easier and cheaper (which is what the governing body obviously wants to hear).

I don't think I'd use a green screen, unless you have plans on have the scenery changing from episode to episode (and that does have some potential as you could host from different "locations", Transylvania, the Black Lagoon, in front of the Psycho house, etc).  Cardboard scenery that falls over from time to time that needs to be fixed by a seen or unseen handyman could become a running gag.

I do like the idea about a running gag with a lawyer.  I'd think about it long before I gave him a name.  You want it to be good and you'll get one shot at it.  Hmmm...maybe don't give him a name, just referenced as "the lawyer" on the show. 

Couple of thoughts.

One of our running gags is our complete lack of budget. Myself and Hawk want to do a cheap practical set, but based on our funding, we have no idea if we can do it.

I wrote the lawyer off after the third episode, I'm not sure if I want to change that or not. Maybe have his brother come back for revenge? Or maybe he regenerates and we kill him off multiple times :P either way, we only refer to him as the lawyer or attorney.
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Zackuth on July 04, 2012, 07:57:05 PM
I wrote the lawyer off after the third episode, I'm not sure if I want to change that or not. Maybe have his brother come back for revenge? Or maybe he regenerates and we kill him off multiple times :P either way, we only refer to him as the lawyer or attorney.
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Wrote the lawyer out huh?   What happened?  Did he get killed running after an ambulance? ;D
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Zackuth on July 04, 2012, 09:35:49 PM
If you do bring him back, he should be brought back as a vampire, so he can truly be a blood-sucking lawyer. 
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Blasko on July 04, 2012, 09:56:12 PM
If you do bring him back, he should be brought back as a vampire, so he can truly be a blood-sucking lawyer.

omg that's glorious. We will definitely consider that XD
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Blasko on July 06, 2012, 08:34:00 PM
Bit of an update, the first four episodes are now written, minus our edits, so progress is coming along really nicely. We decided to keep the lawyer around, so he will be a recurring character as long as we can figure out something funny for him to do. Now we just need to finish writing the last half of the episodes, make up some character, set, and prop designs, and come up with a theme song :P The last part is actually the part that is stumping us the most. Go figure lol
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Zackuth on July 06, 2012, 08:50:20 PM
I've always thought Greig's In the Hall of the Mountian King a bit creepy.
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Blasko on July 06, 2012, 08:57:35 PM
I've always thought Greig's In the Hall of the Mountian King a bit creepy.

We want to have an original theme. You would think with my family's musical background I could do it with ease, but that doesn't seem to be the case lol
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Blasko on July 08, 2012, 12:19:48 AM
Figured I would show off the makeup test without the wig...

(http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/s480x480/536799_10151533945785012_1082689413_n.jpg)

Hawk said I look like Curly after an all night bender :P
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Fester on July 08, 2012, 01:31:39 AM

Hawk said I look like Curly after an all night bender :P

And that's a bad thing? :D

Makeup looks pretty good, but will the shading be too subtle for video?
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: aura of foreboding on July 08, 2012, 01:49:26 AM
I am going on record to say that I don't care for the mustache, but the rest looks good.  Maybe the wig will make the mustache look less frightening.   ;D  Other than that, good work!  Like Fester said, I am sure you will get the shading levels right after a few tests. 
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Blasko on July 08, 2012, 01:55:10 AM
I am going on record to say that I don't care for the mustache, but the rest looks good.  Maybe the wig will make the mustache look less frightening.   ;D  Other than that, good work!  Like Fester said, I am sure you will get the shading levels right after a few tests.

I'm planning on just having my regular facial hair, so the mustache will be gone. We are filming in HD, so shading should be fine once we start our tests.
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: aura of foreboding on July 08, 2012, 02:01:44 AM
Keep us all informed.   :)
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Blasko on July 08, 2012, 12:07:54 PM
Will do for sure!

The theme is still stumping me, but I do have an opening line for right before the song starts:

"Recorded in front of a dead studio audience, it's Dr. Blasko's Laboratory of Horror!"
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Blasko on July 10, 2012, 10:43:18 AM
Thought maybe you guys would like this. This video was made in April, as a test run/welcome for our crew members. As i said before, nothing in it is final, but just rather a test run with the makeup and voice. Everything was improv, but I think it was pretty funny, so I figured I would share.

http://www.facebook.com/v/10151533928535012 (http://www.facebook.com/v/10151533928535012)
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Count_Zirock on July 10, 2012, 06:29:40 PM
Will do for sure!

The theme is still stumping me, but I do have an opening line for right before the song starts:

"Recorded in front of a dead studio audience, it's Dr. Blasko's Laboratory of Horror!"
Is there a way you could change that up for each episode? One could be "dead studio audience," another could be "captive studio audience," then "sedated studio audience," "studio audience of zombies," etc. Then, at the end of each episode, you could have a credit that reads, "No animals were harmed or killed in the making of this show. Dozens of humans were needlessly slaughtered, however."
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Blasko on July 10, 2012, 06:32:35 PM
Is there a way you could change that up for each episode? One could be "dead studio audience," another could be "captive studio audience," then "sedated studio audience," "studio audience of zombies," etc. Then, at the end of each episode, you could have a credit that reads, "No animals were harmed or killed in the making of this show. Dozens of humans were needlessly slaughtered, however."

Ha, I like that :) We will definitely consider it.
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Blasko on July 11, 2012, 02:50:50 PM
I found this at Goodwill today and had to get it. Only 99 cents, it will work perfectly on our set. It is supposed to light up, but the wiring is messed up. We can get it fixed up though. Its actually pretty sweet with the light on, because it almost has a disco ball effect lol

(http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c22/PenguinDeluxe/ec81359b.jpg)
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Scatter on July 11, 2012, 03:02:25 PM
I LIKE IT!! My local Goodwill has hit the skids. Haven't found anything cool there in ages.
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Blasko on July 11, 2012, 03:03:34 PM
I LIKE IT!! My local Goodwill has hit the skids. Haven't found anything cool there in ages.

Its been a while for me too. I think last cool thing I found was Apocalypse Now on LaserDisc :P
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Scatter on July 11, 2012, 03:05:05 PM
See, where I am they got all fancy and opened a Goodwill Boutique. All the cool stuff goes THERE for 5x the price.

Goodwill Boutique.........PLEASE. That's like bottling Mad Dog 20/20 with a cork.
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Blasko on July 11, 2012, 03:09:18 PM
See, where I am they got all fancy and opened a Goodwill Boutique. All the cool stuff goes THERE for 5x the price.

Goodwill Boutique.........PLEASE. That's like bottling Mad Dog 20/20 with a cork.

The town I live in is very poor... which means everything at our Goodwill is cheap! :D
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Scatter on July 11, 2012, 03:11:49 PM
The town I live in is very poor... which means everything at our Goodwill is cheap! :D

See, I live in a snobby "equestrian town". Everybody around me has more money than I have.
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Blasko on July 12, 2012, 11:10:09 PM
Here's a few new test shots!

(http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/165836_10151886125715012_326456629_n.jpg)

(http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/251840_10151886128315012_1699383607_n.jpg)

(http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc6/251924_10151886128915012_1526364927_n.jpg)

(http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/552512_10151886131325012_111733342_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Count_Zirock on July 13, 2012, 02:03:25 PM
Those goggles are pretty cool. You might want to consider blacking in the eyeholes on the skull, unless they will light up when you fix the wiring.
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Blasko on July 13, 2012, 04:33:24 PM
Those goggles are pretty cool. You might want to consider blacking in the eyeholes on the skull, unless they will light up when you fix the wiring.

Yeah, the skull is in actually kinda rough shape lol Its going to need a good cleaning and detailing. I'm not sure if I want to put lights in the eyes or not, but they will definitely be addressed.
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Blasko on July 13, 2012, 09:49:02 PM
My internet was down for a while, so I spent the time on the phone with hawk, discussing a few minor points in the series.

How does everyone feel about the lawyer being named Mr. Chaney?
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Zackuth on July 13, 2012, 09:59:48 PM
My internet was down for a while, so I spent the time on the phone with hawk, discussing a few minor points in the series.

How does everyone feel about the lawyer being named Mr. Chaney?

I don't know...how about Mr. Leech?
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Blasko on July 13, 2012, 10:11:44 PM
I don't know...how about Mr. Leech?

I think we wanted to throw in another classic horror reference.
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Count_Zirock on July 14, 2012, 12:17:26 AM
How does everyone feel about the lawyer being named Mr. Chaney?
He could be with the firm of Chaney, Chaney, & Rains. They could call themselves "the firm of a thousand cases," because that's how many they've won! When you kill off the lawyer, his son could call up looking for him, warning you that "things could get hairy" if his father doesn't turn up soon.
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Blasko on July 14, 2012, 12:23:15 AM
He could be with the firm of Chaney, Chaney, & Rains. They could call themselves "the firm of a thousand cases," because that's how many they've won! When you kill off the lawyer, his son could call up looking for him, warning you that "things could get hairy" if his father doesn't turn up soon.

Oh my God, that is brilliant! XD
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Blasko on July 14, 2012, 12:38:13 AM
Just for you guys, a special sneak peek at our tentative opening (not final)

Dr. Blasko's Laboratory of Horror Opening 1.0 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMBZB1wSsqs#)
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Blasko on July 14, 2012, 09:43:51 PM
Our website is up!

http://drblaskoslab.blogspot.com/ (http://drblaskoslab.blogspot.com/)

Plus, I have hacked Braeden Orr's Twitter page and made it my own. He's an actor you've probably never heard of. #HIPSTERSCIENCE

www.twitter.com/Dr_Blasko (http://www.twitter.com/Dr_Blasko)


All in all, we have a great foundation for when the show starts. I couldn't be more pleased with our progress.
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Scatter on July 15, 2012, 08:16:51 AM
Dude.............SO looking forward to this!
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Zackuth on July 15, 2012, 08:22:44 AM
It looks good!!  I'm really impressed.
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Blasko on July 15, 2012, 03:05:12 PM
Oh God, now I'm feeling pressured to produce something good XD

Really important question now. The episode will be shown on local TV, as well as posted online. The question though is, what would you rather see? Just the sketches, or the sketches with the movies (they are PD, so no trouble posting them)?
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Scatter on July 15, 2012, 03:17:11 PM
Oh God, now I'm feeling pressured to produce something good XD

Really important question now. The episode will be shown on local TV, as well as posted online. The question though is, what would you rather see? Just the sketches, or the sketches with the movies (they are PD, so no trouble posting them)?

We need the entire horrific experience!!  :D
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Blasko on July 15, 2012, 03:29:57 PM
We need the entire horrific experience!!  :D

Oh, don't worry, it will be horrific! XD

BTW, I'm having WAY too much fun tweeting in character XD
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Blasko on July 16, 2012, 06:37:24 PM
We still need viewer questions! Send them in and you can be featured on the show!

http://drblaskoslab.blogspot.com/2012/07/send-in-your-viewer-questions.html (http://drblaskoslab.blogspot.com/2012/07/send-in-your-viewer-questions.html)
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Blasko on July 19, 2012, 01:38:56 PM
Still need questions, so feel free to send them!

We're well over halfway done with the writing process and so far we are very happy with what we have written so far :)
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Universal_Adam on July 19, 2012, 01:40:19 PM
What kind of questions do you want?
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Blasko on July 19, 2012, 01:41:24 PM
What kind of questions do you want?


Anything really, though related to the movies helps too! Here's more info:

http://drblaskoslab.blogspot.com/2012/07/send-in-your-viewer-questions.html (http://drblaskoslab.blogspot.com/2012/07/send-in-your-viewer-questions.html)
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Universal_Adam on July 19, 2012, 02:11:34 PM
Anything really, though related to the movies helps too! Here's more info:

[url]http://drblaskoslab.blogspot.com/2012/07/send-in-your-viewer-questions.html[/url] ([url]http://drblaskoslab.blogspot.com/2012/07/send-in-your-viewer-questions.html[/url])



I have a question.

Dr. Blasko

Do you remember Teddy Ruxpin?  I do..and he had that Caterpillar friend..remember that too?


_Adam
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Blasko on July 19, 2012, 02:21:06 PM

I have a question.

Dr. Blasko

Do you remember Teddy Ruxpin?  I do..and he had that Caterpillar friend..remember that too?


_Adam

Its so funny you mention that, because I actually found the caterpillar at a flea market a few weeks ago XD

Keep them coming haha
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Blasko on July 25, 2012, 12:01:44 AM
After much discussion, we have decided that since Mr. Price has a film featured during the Halloween History of Horror Marathon, and due to the films scheduled, Vincent Price month is cancelled for November. Taking its place instead will be Roger Corman Month, featuring The Little Shop of Horrors and Creature from the Haunted Sea!

For those who were looking forward to The Last Man on Earth, do not fret, we will be showing that film at a later date.
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Blasko on July 31, 2012, 02:16:00 AM
One more scheduling change, after much debate (aka, I hated the script I wrote), we have decided to replace House on Haunted Hill with The Last Man on Earth. I believe this change is for the best due to the strength of the material we have written for it.
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Blasko on August 01, 2012, 12:59:40 AM
Here is a mock up of what Assistant Carl will look like, once we have the funds together for the costume:

(http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/555600_10151942527250012_1424174218_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: charp13 on August 02, 2012, 11:49:52 AM
Your website looks fantastic!! You look like an extremely talented young man, Dr. B.!!  I think you're gonna bring something wonderful to Mercer U.!  :)
I have been out of town, but I am gonna crawl under a foosball table later today, and see if it's till there.
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Blasko on August 02, 2012, 12:56:34 PM
Thank you so much for your kind words! We're hoping to do something truly great and memorable.

One more question for you folks. Should we film the show in color, or black and white?
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Zackuth on August 02, 2012, 01:52:16 PM
Both offer something, but you might want to try black and white first.  That will offer a better mood for your program.  But if people do complain too much, you can always "get a budget increase for color".
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Blasko on August 02, 2012, 02:42:21 PM
Both offer something, but you might want to try black and white first.  That will offer a better mood for your program.  But if people do complain too much, you can always "get a budget increase for color".

That would be funny.

My only concerns are these:

1. The first movie we show, is in color.
2. Studies show that horror movies are scarier in black and white, but comedies are funnier in color (at least as perceived by the audience viewing them)

Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Zackuth on August 02, 2012, 08:07:25 PM
That would be funny.

My only concerns are these:

1. The first movie we show, is in color.
2. Studies show that horror movies are scarier in black and white, but comedies are funnier in color (at least as perceived by the audience viewing them)

How would you feel about matching with the movie.  If it's a black and white show, you film in black and white, if it's color, you film in color.  You can explain that you bought a second hand color generator which "goes out" occasionally.
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Blasko on August 02, 2012, 08:48:55 PM
How would you feel about matching with the movie.  If it's a black and white show, you film in black and white, if it's color, you film in color.  You can explain that you bought a second hand color generator which "goes out" occasionally.

I think we're going to do the show in color, but do the final episode of Roger Corman month (Creature from the Haunted Sea) in black and white and use such a gag. I think that's brilliant.
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Count_Zirock on August 03, 2012, 01:12:41 AM
So...if someone with really slow DSL service wanted a DVD-R of the show, how much would you estimate, including shipping? $10-$12 per episode?
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Blasko on August 03, 2012, 09:38:30 AM
So...if someone with really slow DSL service wanted a DVD-R of the show, how much would you estimate, including shipping? $10-$12 per episode?

I was actually thinking about doing a DVD release at the end of the season, with every episode included, for probably $20 plus shipping. We'll have to figure out the logistics of that, though.
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Haunted hearse on August 03, 2012, 10:08:27 AM
Maybe you could have a switch on the wall, that switches your show to black and white, when ever you have a black and white film, to make that part of the show.
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Jitters on August 03, 2012, 11:18:36 AM
Maybe you could have a switch on the wall, that switches your show to black and white, when ever you have a black and white film, to make that part of the show.

Hey!  I had that idea for a show I wanted to do!  I'd better get crackin' on it.  :)

Oh, and good luck Dr. Blasko!
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Blasko on August 03, 2012, 03:47:06 PM
Thanks for the input. I think we're going to keep it as is for now.
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Blasko on August 04, 2012, 07:07:05 PM
Here is something I just whipped up quickly as a test, a little bumper to go to commercial:

dblohbumper (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzN3H4iDAws#ws)

The picture was taken by a Mercer University student when the SUPERMOON came out. Works very nicely!
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Count_Zirock on August 04, 2012, 07:13:58 PM
Nifty!
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Blasko on August 05, 2012, 08:20:25 PM
A few bits of good news! First and foremost, the entire first season has been scripted! Second, I found out that our station has changed its advertising policy, and we will be selling ad space now (before it was only on campus ads we did for free, but now we can do off campus stuff for a price). This will go a long ways in helping fund the show.

Also, someone outbid me on a colored Diamond Select Wolfman with 1 second left. I will end that person.
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Blasko on August 06, 2012, 07:26:45 PM
Does anyone have any advice for building our lab of a set? We're trying to figure out a cheap way to go about it, as far as the background props go.
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Haunted hearse on August 06, 2012, 07:52:58 PM
Does anyone have any advice for building our lab of a set? We're trying to figure out a cheap way to go about it, as far as the background props go.
If you have a chance, see "The Lost Skeleton of Cadaver" (I think) In the cometary, they got a pegboard, painted it silver, and attached a whole bunch of gauges they bought on Ebay.  A huge lever should be part of the wall decor.  Maybe an operating type table, another table where you can put various chemicals and other scientific paraphernalia, and if you can, maybe use an electrical device that creates a "Jacobs Ladder". 
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Blasko on August 06, 2012, 07:54:59 PM
If you have a chance, see "The Lost Skeleton of Cadaver" (I think) In the cometary, they got a pegboard, painted it silver, and attached a whole bunch of gauges they bought on Ebay.  A huge lever should be part of the wall decor.  Maybe an operating type table, another table where you can put various chemicals and other scientific paraphernalia, and if you can, maybe use an electrical device that creates a "Jacobs Ladder".

TheHawk's roommate is an engineer and promised to build us a Jacob's Ladder. He's also Asian, so we're good  to go! lol

I've seen that film, but forgot about how crude the set was. Thanks for the reminder! I don't think we'll have an operating table (doesn't happen in the script), but we will definitely have some sort of desk with lots of stuff (including a brain in a jar, labled "J. Black", the name of one of our Media professors)
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Blasko on August 07, 2012, 09:39:34 PM
Good news and bad news! Bad news, our budget is only based on ads sold. Good news! You can buy ads that will run on Mercer99 in the Middle Georgia area, as well as online. $25 will get you a 30 second ad, and every dollar goes to DBLOH, and nothing else! We will greatly need all the help we can get! We will even put the ads on our website ad extra incentive!
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Blasko on August 08, 2012, 11:40:29 PM
We are really unsure if we can get enough ads to get the show going, especially since 0 spaces have been purchased. We're getting very worried that this project will get stalled :(
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Count_Zirock on August 09, 2012, 01:11:32 AM
We are really unsure if we can get enough ads to get the show going, especially since 0 spaces have been purchased. We're getting very worried that this project will get stalled :(
$25/30 secs and no local businesses will bite? That's pathetic! Seriously, the economy may be bad, but $25 bucks is a steal! What're you charging to shoot the ads for them? Maybe that's the obstacle? I can't understand how a local business that depends on campus dollars could turn down $25 for a 30-second spot, when even $50 would be practically giving ads away!
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Blasko on August 09, 2012, 09:28:55 AM
$25/30 secs and no local businesses will bite? That's pathetic! Seriously, the economy may be bad, but $25 bucks is a steal! What're you charging to shoot the ads for them? Maybe that's the obstacle? I can't understand how a local business that depends on campus dollars could turn down $25 for a 30-second spot, when even $50 would be practically giving ads away!

Nothing. $25 has us shoot it, edit it, and run it.
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Haunted hearse on August 09, 2012, 10:45:43 AM
I tried to E-mail you using this e-mail address.
Braeden.M.Orr(*at*)live.mercer.edu.
Is this correct?
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Blasko on August 09, 2012, 10:49:49 AM
Odd, I didn't get anything. Try 10630661(*at*)live.mercer.edu

Oh, actually, there's no . at the end. In my post that was a period. Sorry!
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Count_Zirock on August 09, 2012, 09:09:33 PM
Nothing. $25 has us shoot it, edit it, and run it.
You shoot, edit, and give them 30 seconds for $25?! And no one's bit on that? That's theft, man! People should be beating down your doors for that rate! If I had ANYTHING to sell, I'd jump at that price!
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Blasko on August 09, 2012, 10:49:14 PM
You shoot, edit, and give them 30 seconds for $25?! And no one's bit on that? That's theft, man! People should be beating down your doors for that rate! If I had ANYTHING to sell, I'd jump at that price!

We've got one ad currently, thanks to haunted hearse. That'll buy what's left for Blasko and Fritz's costumes, so there's that, at least. If you could guys, spread the word! This really is a great deal if you have any type of business, product, project, etc.
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Scatter on August 10, 2012, 06:39:34 PM
I'm thinking of starting a 900 line dedicated to primate dating. Squatch Match.com
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Blasko on August 10, 2012, 11:59:01 PM
If you want to advertise it, I've got your hook up ;)
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Monster Bob on August 11, 2012, 08:13:31 AM


You need to shoot and air a pilot. It would be tough to get anyone to finance a "concept".


Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Blasko on August 11, 2012, 09:30:11 AM
This is all done through our college. Our hands are tied. Besides, let's say worst case scenario the show doesn't come to be. The ads will still run on TV and online on other programming.
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Blasko on August 13, 2012, 11:07:51 PM
Well, we're putting in our own money now to help fund the show. We are still selling ads, so everyone is more than welcome to shill whatever they may have!

HauntedHearse, I'm working on your ad. I had family in town all week so its been a VERY slow process. I'm also moving on Friday, so it may be until the weekend before you see the final ad. Regardless, it and the others will be ready for the first episode's debut.
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Count_Zirock on August 14, 2012, 02:58:53 AM
Have you contacted Little Baby's Ice Cream? Seems like this show is made for them!
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Blasko on August 14, 2012, 06:56:35 PM
Guess what? We have a kick starter for anyone who wants to donate and help back our little project! We're only $200 away from our goal!

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2147348250/dr-blaskos-laboratory-of-horror-best-and-worst-pd (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2147348250/dr-blaskos-laboratory-of-horror-best-and-worst-pd)
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Blasko on August 14, 2012, 09:45:37 PM
If anyone knows anyone who might be interested in buying ad space, please let them know. I really have no idea who to try to ask around here lol We've cut down on our budget a good bit, and it should all be feasible, but I'd love to be able to spread the word on projects others might be working on as well.
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Count_Zirock on August 15, 2012, 07:50:37 AM
Try contacting some of the monster magazines. VideoScope can be reached via Phanmedia(*at*)aol.com. Try Famous Monsters of Filmland, Mad Monster Magazine, and Scarlet Street. You could try some of the cons, too, like Dragon-Con, Monsterpalooza, Mad Monster Party, and Chiller Theatre Expo. Try some of the specialty video companies, like Shout Factory, Rhino, Kino/Lorber, and Something Weird Video.
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Blasko on August 15, 2012, 02:09:03 PM
Thanks for the suggestions! Here's hoping I hear back :)
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Count_Zirock on August 15, 2012, 05:31:36 PM
You might also try any spooky attractions that run in the area at Halloween. Most of those start up the last weekend in Sept., and run through til Halloween. They could start running ads in early Sept.
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Blasko on August 16, 2012, 12:02:17 AM
Thanks for the advice. We're going to be really cutting it close with the ads, donations, kickstarter, etc.
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Blasko on August 16, 2012, 08:09:57 PM
So now I'm brig told they don't know if they want to air the show. Between this and losing my job, FML.
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Count_Zirock on August 17, 2012, 08:42:11 PM
That really blows, dude. We're all pulling for ya, hoping it happens.
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Blasko on August 28, 2012, 01:43:42 PM
Well, we're back on! Not only that, but we have finally found an ideal location for filming that is an actual space, and can easily be made to look like a mad scientist set!

(http://img688.imageshack.us/img688/1676/img13091y.jpg)

(http://img546.imageshack.us/img546/6104/img13131.jpg)


This part of the space reminds me of Portal 2

(http://img850.imageshack.us/img850/1091/img13141.jpg)

(http://img855.imageshack.us/img855/6313/img13151.jpg)


As a little in joke, we're going to have this in the background, poking fun at one of our favorite professors, Dr. Jay Black

(http://img193.imageshack.us/img193/719/img13311.jpg)


Also, a big happy birthday to TheHawk, my good friend, co-writer, and co-star, who turned 21 today! Woot!
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: neonnoodle on August 28, 2012, 03:40:00 PM
I love it...totally love it!  That place already looks like a house of horrors.  A little creative lighting and black paper on the windows, a few props, and you have a proper set.  Of course, you MAY find out--upon moving in--that the place is really HAUNTED.  Didn't you wonder why the price was so cheap?
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Count_Zirock on August 28, 2012, 08:56:56 PM
Place has a lot of potential! Go nuts with it, and good luck!
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Blasko on September 01, 2012, 11:36:48 AM
Thanks guys! We purchased a lot of stuff yesterday, so we're officially deep in the red with our own money lol We are still selling advertisements, so if interested, please e-mail or pm me about details!

Also, due to time constraints, we are pushing the first two episodes back a week, but everything else will be on time. Thanks guys!
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Blasko on September 03, 2012, 05:56:17 PM
We've gotten a lot of work done in a short amount of time! We are SO close to being able to start filming, its not even funny. We are still accepting ads and donations as we still need all the help we can get!

Also, we have an official time slot of Saturdays at 8pm on Mercer99. Woot! Also, check out the new site here:

http://www.mercer.edu/mercer99/Mercer_99.html (http://www.mercer.edu/mercer99/Mercer_99.html)
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Blasko on September 12, 2012, 01:43:31 PM
After many delays, we finally got the costumes in and we will film this weekend! Here's some more good news! My new job will allow me to do a lot of editing with Final Cut Pro and After Effects, so the quality should see a slight increase, but the biggest news is that we will be filming in a TV studio now! Yay!

That being said, we are still in need of funds, and in order to raise funds we are still selling advertisements for whatever you may wish to advertise, and for only $25! Message me with what you want and we can discuss business :)
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: vintagehalloweentoys on September 13, 2012, 02:46:33 PM
What do I like to see in a good horror host.....

Do you have a sexy sidekick? Cool lighting (Green or red lights always look cool). A coffin (every horror host needs a coffin somewhere on set....even if they're not a vampire). Make sure you have good audio....I see a lot of stuff that looks good and sound terrible. Adding some sound effects (crazy mad scientist laughing, screams, howling, wind blowing, etc).

I was lucky enough to be a little kid in the late 70's/early 80's, and Sir Grave Ghastly was the King of cool Horror Hosts. He had a "Viewer Art Gallery/monster gallery" where he would show all these bad drawings that little kids did (and as you get older, you appreciate just how awesome and hilarious some of those bad drawing actually are). Sir Graves also had this segment with "The Blob"....He drew a couple of weird looking eyes above his lip, and the camera zoomed in with an oval (blocking out everything but the eyes and mouth), and he would sing funny songs....I always looked forward to seeing The Blob.

Have a great time with it, but try to keep a little bit creepy for the kids here and there (I loved being scared just enough when I was little....It made me want to watch more). Post some stuff on YouTube when you get it done....Good luck!
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Blasko on September 13, 2012, 04:08:31 PM
No coffins (at least all the time, there may be a gag or two featuring one along the way though). We've got lots of ideas in store, though there won't be a lot of scares in the host segments. Sorry, but we're playing for laughs lol
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Blasko on September 15, 2012, 05:38:29 PM
Well, after much discussion, lobbying, etc, the decision has been made to push the debut of the show back until January 19th. Yes, I know that is a long ways off, and there must be a lot of changes made, but trust me when I say, its for the best. We will have more time to generate funds, get our sets together, and produce a much better project. On the plus side, because of the extra time (we will be filming in a few weeks, but the shows won't debut until next semester), not only will there be MORE episodes than orginally planned, but they will debut once a week (save for a two week hiatus due to Spring Break).

And to haunted hearse, due to this delay, your ad (which has been completed) will run for the entire school year, even without the show airing, due to this delay. Sorry about that friend! We are still accepting ads for this semester (and next if you wish to pay for both) if anyone is interested. It will go a long way, I can assure you of that.
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Blasko on September 16, 2012, 01:53:26 PM
Here is the new schedule!

January 19 – The Satanic Rites of Dracula
January 26 – Plan 9 from Outer Space

February 2 – Nosferatu
February 9 – Freaks
February 16 –The Last Man on Earth
February 23 – The Screaming Skull

March 2 – Dementia 13
March 23 – Little Shop of Horrors
March 30 – Creature from the Haunted Sea

April 6 - Hunchback of Notre Dame
April 13 - White Zombie
April 20 - Reefer Madness
April 27 - Night of the Living Dead
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: RedKing on September 16, 2012, 02:37:34 PM
Nice line up Dr B but I dont think Freaks is PD
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Blasko on September 16, 2012, 02:58:13 PM
Nice line up Dr B but I dont think Freaks is PD

It is. Anton Lavey of all people purchased the rights many years ago and released it into the public domain.
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: RedKing on September 17, 2012, 09:21:44 AM
LOL that is awesome! I never knew it was PD or that Anton LaVey bought the rights! There are so many great PD movies that you'll have material for your show for years! Are you going to post your show on youtube as well as air it on the college channel?
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Count_Zirock on September 17, 2012, 11:25:18 AM
"Freaks" had such a tragic history. Based on the 1923 short story "Spurs," Tod Browning, a former carnival performer, tried to get it made as early as 1927 (with Lon Chaney, of course, although it's unclear what role he would've played). When it was finally greenlighted at MGM, Louis B. Mayer told Browning he wanted a film "more horrifying than 'Dracula!'" The film ended Browning's career and lost over $160K at the box-office.
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Monster Bob on September 17, 2012, 11:40:16 AM


FREAKS is such a fabulous film. I first saw it at an art house theater in the early 80s (I wasn't even sure it still existed at the time), a double bill with the old MANIAC, where they gouge a cat's eye and have (as I remember) a couple of gals in the basement fighting with hypodermic needles. What a show that was.
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Count_Zirock on September 17, 2012, 12:21:24 PM
Dwain Esper leased "Freaks" from MGM for 25 years, for $5000 upfront plus royalties. He recut it, and ran it under various titles. He only re-released it as "Freaks" in 1947. When the film reverted back to MGM in 1962, Esper only returned the 64-minute studio cut, even though he'd been given all the elements to the original, 90-minute cut. All of that footage is now considered lost. MGM started renting it to colleges and art houses after a successful 1962 screening at the Cannes Film Festival. When LaVey bought the rights is sketchy. I can never find an exact date, just "the early 1980s." At least two sources claim it's still copyrighted by MGM/Warner Bros. LaVey may have discovered MGM's copyright had expired (just as Universal had allowed the copyrights to expire on "Hunchback" and "Phantom"), and copyrighted it himself, then allowed it to become PD.
Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Blasko on September 17, 2012, 12:36:23 PM
Freaks is without a doubt one of the most intriguing films in history. Not only in how the film came to be, but everything that came afterwards.

Yes, the series will be online, as well as televised. I'm hoping to start re-working the currently written scripts and start on the added episodes tonight (but we'll see how that goes).

Title: Re: Input on a new TV show
Post by: Dr. Mortose on September 21, 2012, 08:46:19 AM
 The best advice I can give you on content is this: Watch other Horror Hosts' shows!!! A lot of the older stuff is available to view on YouTube. Zacharly is a must, there are a few bits of Vampira.
 Other hosts can be found online. Both The Vortex and Monster Channel do a great job showcasing these shows. Mine is showing on Vimeo and soon The Monster Channel.
 On DR. MORTOSE COMMANDS we use both sets and green screen. A small set isn't to hard to create. Be careful with the green screen though, if you don't have someone who is good at the whole chromokey thing and getting it too look right, don't bother with it.
 Good luck! I will be checking on your progress......BWA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA!