Earbud Theater: Creating Speculative Fiction Audio Dramas Finding out what makes an audio drama click

Earbud Theater

This week, Casey Wolfe, Christine Weatherup and Nicholas Thurkettle chat with Summer about how Earbud Theater got started, the process of finding and polishing a story, the challenges of production and sound design, and about making sure it all stays fun.

There’s also a teaser from their episode “Bea Little” for your enjoyment… definitely check out the full episode in iTunes or at EarbudTheater.com

Next, Noah and Daren review Tomorrowland, the newest live action adventure from Disney, and Noah also adds his impressions about the remake of Poltergeist. The guys are not 100% satisfied…

“Time Lapse”: An Interview with Filmmaker Bradley King Once you've seen the future, you can't look away...

Bradley King, Time Lapse

This week, Summer chats with Bradley King, director and co-writer of Time Lapse, a stylish indie scifi thriller that won a number of film festival awards last year. The film is debuting in theaters and VOD (iTunes) on May 15, and will be available on DVD and Blu-ray on June 16.

Bradley talks about the creative process of getting the film written and shot, and the nuts and bolts of the editing process to make a story’s pace and flow better, no matter how many parts you love that have to get cut.

Movie Talk: Loving and Hating “Avengers: Age of Ultron” So much to enjoy, but we also needed more to love

Avengers: Age of Ultron poster cut

Here, there be tons of spoilers.

Avengers: Age of Ultron has generated a lot of buzz, positive, neutral, disappointed, and on occasion angry, so this week, Noah, Daren, Gini and Summer talk about the movie, the direction it seems to be shifting the Marvel Cinematic Universe towards, and what certain story choices (or avoidance of choices) might herald for upcoming films in the larger line.

Are we getting closer to superhero overload faster than anticipated, or are our expectations way too high after the bars set by Avengers and Captain America: The Winter Soldier?

Graham Shiels: Talking “Olympus” and “Lab Rats” With a love of imagination, Graham talks about fantasy, scifi, space opera, acting and more

Graham Shiels

This week’s guest is Graham Shiels, currently playing “King Aegeus” on Syfy Channel’s Olympus, and he tells us about his life-long love of fantasy and scifi, the types of stories he loved growing up and still enjoys, and more.

Graham also talks about playing out the character conflicts around Aegeus for the throne of Athens and his experiences with the green screens on set, about playing a comedic interpretation of a power-hungry billionaire who wants to be a bionic overlord on Disney XD’s “Lab Rats”, some of his upcoming projects, plus his passion for acting and for teaching acting.

TV Talk: Summer Season Series Kickoffs With plenty to choose from, you might want to put your TV near your outdoor grill

Slice of SciFi TV Talk

This week, Kevin Bachelder from Tuning Into Scifi TV joins Summer to chat about the TV series coming up for the late spring and summer seasons, and Wendy Hembrock provides a recap of WGN America’s Salem, for those who might be interested in checking out Season 2.

We also touch on 12 Monkeys, iZombie, Daredevil, Olympus, Orphan Black, The Messengers, Bitten, the final season of Lost Girl and Penny Dreadful. I think we need a Game of Thrones correspondent.

Are you watching any of these shows? Are you watching something we didn’t touch on? Tell us what you think!

Warriors and Werewolves: “The Dead Lands” and “Bitten” Reviewing an indie film, and Interviewing Laura Vandervoort

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This week, Noah has a review of The Dead Lands, an indie action-adventure that slides a teeny bit into mythological-fantastical storytelling that you definitely need to see.

Next, Summer has a quick interview with Laura Vandervoort, the lead actress of Bitten, about the upcoming events and expectations in Season 2 of Syfy’s hit series.

Both The Dead Lands debut in theaters and on VOD, and the Season 2 premiere of Bitten on Syfy Channel happen on April 17th.

“Olympus”: An Interview with creator Nick Willing The series creator and director talks about what went into creating the show

Olympus: Amanda Tapping, Nick Willing

This week, Nick Willing joins us to chat about how he created Olympus, what he finds appealing about the classic Greek Tragedies, about working with a large number of digital effects on a TV schedule, and more.

Olympus tells the story of how a few brave men and women banished the Gods to the realm of the unconscious – a place they called the Underworld or the Kingdom of Hades. The series follows the protagonist Hero (Tom York, Tyrant) as he seeks the truth about his past, which may be intertwined with the Gods themselves.

“Olympus”: An Interview with Matt Frewer We talk with Matt about his role as Daedalus on the Syfy series

Olympus: Syfy Channel

This week, actor Matt Frewer talks with Summer about Olympus, the new series he’s starring in on Syfy Channel.

Matt talks about the surreal amount of green screen work he’s doing on the series, on his approach to what drives Daedalus both before and after his son Icarus dies, and helping out Hero on his quest. Matt also talks about The Librarians, and writing & directing his own projects in the future.

“12 Monkeys”: Interview with producer Travis Fickett The long road to get "12 Monkeys" on TV has been well worth it

12 Monkeys Unmake History

This week, 12 Monkeys co-creator and co-executive producer Travis Fickett chats with Summer about the 5-year journey to bring the series to production with Syfy, about being a fan of a number of other genre shows (including hopes that Constantine can join 12 Monkeys on Friday nights for both shows’ Season 2’s next year), and more.

Check out Twitter for Travis and writing partner & co-creator Terry Matalas, and definitely check out 12 Monkeys if you haven’t already started… the season finale will air on Friday April 10.

2015 Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival Chat with Mike Stackpole Get a preview of the Festival from the Scifi Track Program Director

IHSFF 2015

This week, Michael A. Stackpole joins Summer, Noah and Daren to talk about the International Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival, at the Scottsdale 101 Theaters March 26-April 2, running along with the Phoenix Film Festival.

Mike is the program director for the Scifi track, and he tells us about the many scifi short films he watched to curate the Shorts A and Shorts B track that viewers will be able to watch this year. He also talks about the features selections, and a couple that really wowed him.

Discussing “The Mourning” Digging deeper into an indie supernatural thriller

The Mourning

On this special Slice of SciFi episode, Summer, Tim Callender and Jill Heller review and discuss The Mourning, a supernatural thriller about the sudden return home of a man who 20 years earlier had been declared MIA and presumed killed during Desert Storm.

Warning: There are plenty of spoilers included in this discussion.

Our reactions to the movie were mixed and varied wildly, much of it arising from confusion about ambiguities in the story that might have been introduced to heighten the mystery but only managed to confuse the story points instead.

“The Mourning”: Interview with Director and Cast A group interview about making an indie supernatural thriller

The Mourning

This week on Slice of SciFi, Summer chats with some of the creative team behind The Mourning, a supernatural thriller about the sudden return home of a man who was declared MIA and presumed killed during Desert Storm, and the mystery surrounding where he’s been for 20 years and why he hasn’t aged a day since then.

Director and co-writer Marc Clebanoff, co-writer and lead actor Michael Walton, Dominique Swain and Brooke Lewis talk about how the story came about, and much more.

TV Talk: Spring Finales, Summer Starts, and On Demand Specials Watching way too much TV, but finding gems in unexpected places

Parallels from FOX Digital Studios

This week, Kevin Bachelder (Tuning Into Scifi Television) and Sean From Edwards (Flight Test Land) join Summer to discuss the spring genre television picks. Talk ranges from the season finales, spring premieres, and more.

Then, Summer and Sean review a new VOD movie from Fox Digital, Parallels. It raised many more questions than it answered, and that turns out to be a good thing in the end.

Shop Talk: Discussing “Proxima” by Stephen Baxter This vast, sweeping space opera has captivated Tim and Jill

Proxima by Stephen Baxter

This week, Tim and Jill discuss “Proxima” by Stephen Baxter, the first novel in a new space opera epic by Stephen Baxter.

There is a spoiler-free overview and mini-review of the book at the top of the discussion, followed by a long detailed spoiler-filled examination and breakdown of the story, so pay attention to the spoiler warnings we mention before we cross that bridge, if you haven’t read the book yet and don’t want to be spoiled.

And for the record, Tim slides in his first Lensman mention less than 2 minutes in (you’re welcome, Gary!)

Star Trek Collectibles: Alec Peters on the Propworx Auctions The CEO of Propworx talks about the auctions, his favorite Trek, and more

Propworx / Star Trek: Axanar

This week, CEO and Founder of Propworx Alec Peters drops by to talk about the upcoming series of Star Trek memorabilia and props auctions (see more images at Propworx)

Alec also chats about his personal favorite Treks, the upcoming production milestones for Star Trek: Axanar, and the feature film slated to begin production this year for release in 2016.