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Input on a new TV show
« 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.
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Re: Input on a new TV show
« Reply #1 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!
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Re: Input on a new TV show
« Reply #2 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.  ;)
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Re: Input on a new TV show
« Reply #3 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
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Re: Input on a new TV show
« Reply #4 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.
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Re: Input on a new TV show
« Reply #5 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.
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Re: Input on a new TV show
« Reply #6 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
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Re: Input on a new TV show
« Reply #7 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
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Re: Input on a new TV show
« Reply #8 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


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Re: Input on a new TV show
« Reply #9 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:  http://www.scctv.net/?option=com_content&view=article&id=59


Prof Fred's Movie Marvels 1/2 - Seattle CableTV - '07


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
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Re: Input on a new TV show
« Reply #10 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?



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Re: Input on a new TV show
« Reply #11 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. 

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Re: Input on a new TV show
« Reply #12 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.
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Re: Input on a new TV show
« Reply #13 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?
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Re: Input on a new TV show
« Reply #14 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.
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