Sep 192013
 
By Erik "PK" Blackwell

We were recently contacted by kindred-spirits from the newly formed Space Opera Society (SOS), a Montreal-Canada based group of science fiction enthusiasts and professionals from Hollywood who’ve undertaken a journey and joined the ranks of other industry pros that have broken away from major studios and networks. Tired of big-corporate dictating how TV-shows and movies play out simply for the marketing dollars, SOS tells the “suits” to get lost and make way for a new generation of storytellers.

They, like many fans have felt the disappointment and heartbreak when their beloved characters and storylines are taken away or turned into something else over time because of greed and shortsightedness by those at the top of the corporate structure.

You may be thinking this sounds familiar, and it’s not entirely a new concept. Early last year, Hollywood legends Marc Scott Zicree, Doug Drexler, and Neil Johnson, formed an ambitious venture called Space Command, with the intent of making a series of 1950’s styled Hollywood quality space movies without the big studio interference. As of this writing the movies are still in development, but we’re eagerly looking forward to the results.

Space Command and SOS have one thing in common, kicking the “suits” out of the room and letting those who create the content have full and total control. One major example that SOS cites, is the cancellation of the popular rebooted sci-fi television series “V,” which ran from 2009-2011. The show was removed from the airwaves reportedly by a shortsighted network executive over low ratings, despite the fact the show had just hit a major arc in the storyline.

SOS has taken their mission even further by becoming a fully not-for-profit operation, focusing all of their time and money into producing the highest quality content. It’s additionally felt that by being not-for-profit, fans will enjoy the transparency of the operations, and feel more comfortable with donating and interacting.

Adding to the mix are acting and production professionals such as Armin Shimmerman, Vic Mignogna, Kevin Sorbo, Michele Specht, and Nick Tate. Helping SOS further unite those who like them, are simply wanting to create and share the types of Space Opera stories that have inspired us all.

Not limiting themselves to just television and movie formats, SOS is taking on the publishing world with its desire to produce space opera novels like those created similarly to the typical TV-tie-in paperbacks that were published in the 60s/70s/80s for SF shows like Star Trek, Space: 1999, Battlestar Galactica, and Buck Rogers. So far they haven’t touched the world of radio, and psst, hey guys, that’s our shtick, let us handle it ;)

Even though SOS is a fresh start-up, officially debuting on September 13, 2013 – They already have many shows under development, including: The Rock- 60 minute drama series, Royce Bannion- 30 minute Comedy drama series, Conquest of the Stars- 30 minute drama series, The Terror Formers- Horror TV movie, Starlight- 30 minute Comedy series, Space Opera Society Presents- Anthology series, and what even appears to be a sequel to the TV series “Space: 1999,” titled “Moonbase Alpha: Legacy.”

Can it get better? SOS want’s to be much more than just a producer of high quality science fiction. They’re attempting to become the central hub of the space opera universe, giving professionals and fans alike a single place to join together online and further the cause of this art-form. Fan-members/supporters will even be permitted to directly vote on shows, participating in the creation and development process of all content produced by the society. “Our projects are viewer-supported and viewer-invested, and as long as viewers want our shows to continue, they will. S.O.S. supports a ‘No Suits Allowed’ mentality.”

When a production company allows this level of fan involvement, it begs the question, will they accept fan work? The initial answer at the moment seems to be “no,” as they state in their FAQ: “S.O.S. will produce exciting new content. However, as part of our mission we are interested in optioning the rights to select classic franchises to continue the best of-yesteryear stories for today’s audience.”

Don’t give up just yet! They are allowing people to audition for their growing team, and who knows, you may just have the skills to help the society thrive and prosper! The society also tackles another issue, in that they don’t want to be thought of as producer of a web-series. Considering “web-series” to be simple short videos, whereas SOS will be broadcasting their productions via Transmedia. This will initially consist of streaming in HD through television, online, on-demand, and various Smart-devices. SOS created shows will be done so with special global licensing to allow easier distribution to television networks across the planet.

Launch of the Space Opera Society

By adopting a crowdfunding mode of financing, and a transparent business model, SOS will go where few production companies have gone before. In this regard, SOS is inspired by New York’s Metropolitan Opera, as the MET Members (fans and opera lovers), and SOS donors (fans and enthusiasts of traditional sci-fi shows), know that their investment will be used for production, and profits will be reinvested in the development and production of new projects.

SOS can also count on an outstanding team of international talent who have worked on such cult series as Space: 1999, Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek, Stargate, and more. SOS is launching its campaign on the Indiegogo crowdfunding platform, and will be live at the Montreal Comiccon to meet fans of the genre in person.

This is a pivotal moment in time for the entertainment industry, especially with the explosive growth of internet based shows, and big players from the world of Hollywood making an exodus to the indie-world of film and television development. The message is spreading, that artists and fans are standing united and saying they’re more interested in telling a fantastic story, and not record breaking profits.

If you’re like us and love a good space opera, then join in and help give these folks a chance to boldly go where Hollywood is too scared to trek.

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Oct 252012
 
3000 FANS

Krypton Radio Newswire

In late breaking special news at this hour, Krypton Radio which is run and staffed by a bunch of crazy people too looney for modern society. Celebrated October 25, 2012 as a day that made them cry, laugh, giggle, and curl up into the fetal position as earth’s crust cracked and hell was reportedly to have frozen over at the news that they had achieved their 3000th fan on the social networking site Facebook.

Station owner Gene Turnbow in between fits of hysterical laughter and throwing darts at interns, was quoted as saying “I’m in shock really, I had always hoped we’d reach a diverse audience and it seems we achieved that quite well. Facebook as maddening as it can be at times, has been a wonderful medium for us to connect with fans and see how many are interested in what we do, so this is just a thrill that we finally hit the 3000 mark! But this was a massive team effort, with shows like Stolen Droids, Corsair’s Closet, Day Zero, our DJ Gary DaBaum, and all the talented people who’ve helped us build KR to what is now, I’m eternally grateful.”

We caught up with Producer Susan Fox who was launching pineapples off the roof of the office building with a trebuchet, “Of course I’m happy about the news, it means a lot that people are enjoying our site and tuning in to our station.  Between the fantastic music we play and the stories we cover, KR really is a station by fans for fans.” she said.

Senior Editor PK couldn’t be reached for comment as he was chasing the news crew with a shotgun and yelling at us to get off his property. But we assume he’s just as happy as the rest of the Krypton Radio staff, at the news of reaching the 3000th mark on Facebook.

From the cast and crew at Krypton Radio, thanks to everyone who enjoys our site, the music, our radio shows, and the just plain awesome content we put out. Don’t forget to checkout our Kickstarter Campaign, we’re about to get 20% cooler!

May 062012
 
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic

A Krypton Radio Special Review by Producer, PK

Krypton Radio looks at new music additions and finds a surprise in the Brony fandom

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic

We’ve heard about the Brony culture before, but for the first time Krypton Radio takes an in-depth look at what we never knew about the show, the music, and the fans.

We’re always looking for new and interesting music that fits in the genres we cater to, primarily Superhero, Comic Book, Science Fiction, Steampunk, Fantasy, and Gaming. But lately we’ve been getting suggestions for music based on a different fandom that was a little surprising. Some of the KR staffers had been bringing up songs from an animated children’s show called My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic which debuted in 2010, and admittedly an initial reaction to what looks like a little girls cartoon was that of skepticism. Although we’re hard pressed to turn down a good song, so when checking out some of the fan made music, it peaked our interest enough to look at the actual show music as well.

I agree, when someone comes to you and says I got some great music from a show featuring brightly colored talking ponies named Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Fluttershy, Rarity, Rainbow Dash, and Pinkie Pie; it’s a little hard to take seriously at first. But we gave it a chance, and yes not all of the music seems appropriate for the bulk of our audience (although we’re digging the Discord EuroChoas Mix like crazy). Though during our searches on YouTube and related fan sites, we’ve come to develop an appreciation for a fanbase that has many parallels to that of mainstream Science Fiction and Fantasy. Whose fanbase’s have also suffered from ridicule and misunderstandings among some media and the public. My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (MLP:FiM) while primarily aimed at young girls in the 7-10 year-old range, has drawn some attention and criticism for attracting many male adult fans, commonly known as Bronies.

Despite its origins and current target audience, the show has displayed that time and time again that it has interesting and engaging characters,  humor that even adults can enjoy, and stories that help teach people of all ages important life lessons. From a musical standpoint, which is what attracted us initially, the show’s music is expertly crafted by composers Daniel Ingram and William Anderson. Rivaling and even surpassing some big-budget movie music productions for similar children’s content, with Broadway inspired musical segments of such joyful quality you can’t help but smile. The fan created music has truly blown us away on professionalism, with animated shorts, music videos, and original compositions that look as though they were from a major Hollywood studio.

During our search we came across a documentary on MLP:FiM by a YouTube user called Saberspark,which he created for a school project on the subject of deviant cultures. Saberspark does an excellent job of exploring aspects of the show’s history, characters, and fan culture. Although despite a slightly sarcasm laden fanboy defending his turf approach, the video covers important details to bring non-fans up to speed on why the show has become wildly popular and how it’s impacted pop-culture and people’s lives.

The video was published in December of 2011 and has been updated as of March 2012.

Watch the documentary after the break: Continue reading »

Apr 052012
 
Krypton Radio

There’s A Lot of Names We Could Call You, But We Have to Keep It Clean

Krypton Radio Bull Session

Krypton RadioOk so we posted the other day on our Facebook Page, seeing what we could get in the way of suggestions for names for our fans. If you’re not entirely clear on what we’re babbling about, it’s the nicknames that fans of radio stations get. For example there are many radio stations called “The Edge”, and their fans tend to be called “Edge Heads” or something of that nature. So after a few rounds of tossing beanie babies out the window at local mimes, and Nerf fights in the office, we thought it might be cool to have a nick name for our fans.

We lurked the Facebook pages for shares and responses, and here’s the suggestions (serious or not) we’ve gotten from fans and fellow staffers so far: Continue reading »