GALACTIC GALAXY: EPISODE TWO

In Galactic Galaxy episode two Pam & Fen agree to help the locals deal with the dreaded Trotta Beast in exchange for some much-needed space fuel. The Dar Kuzar is not pleased at all with his minions progress on his Cage of Darkness. “ALRIGHT FINE, I MEAN, HOW BAD CAN A SPACE BEAST BE?”

Featuring Jeff Lewis who played the beloved character Vork in Felicia Day’s “The Guild” & Julia Morizawa who plays Dr. Bright from the wildly popular podcast “The Bright Sessions.” The writing team included Charles Horn, writer on the first “Robot Chicken: Star Wars” special.

GALACTIC GALAXY is an irreverent space saga filled with action, suspense, and a healthy dose of the absurd. It is the story of a Space Werewolf named Fen who teams up with a Space Trucker named Pam to rob an illegal space disco in order to fulfill his destiny and save the Galaxy.

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Comedy Sci-Fi

Created & Directed by Anthony Ferraro

Featuring: Jeff Lewis, Rhomeyn Johnson, Daniel Kusunoki, Jonathan Castile, Julia Morizawa, Bobbie Breckenridge & Geoffrey Gould

GALACTIC GALAXY: EPISODE ONE

In Galactic Galaxy episode one Space Werewolf Fen, Pam Redcup and her agoraphobic mechanic Tom must escape the evil Dar Kuzar who has become enraged with his button technicians. “THE JOURNEY OF A THOUSAND PARSECS BEGINS WITH WITH A SINGLE PARSEC”

Featuring Jeff Lewis who played the beloved character Vork in Felicia Day’s “The Guild” & Julia Morizawa who plays Dr. Bright from the wildly popular podcast “The Bright Sessions.” The writing team included Charles Horn, writer on the first “Robot Chicken: Star Wars” special.

GALACTIC GALAXY is an irreverent space saga filled with action, suspense, and a healthy dose of the absurd. It is the story of a Space Werewolf named Fen who teams up with a Space Trucker named Pam to rob an illegal space disco in order to fulfill his destiny and save the Galaxy.

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Comedy Sci-Fi

Created & Directed by Anthony Ferraro

Featuring: Jeff Lewis, Rhomeyn Johnson, Daniel Kusunoki, Jonathan Castile, Julia Morizawa, Bobbie Breckenridge & Geoffrey Gould

NEW SCI-FI WEB SERIES CHANNELING CULT CLASSICS HEAVY METAL AND KUNG FURY FEATURING JEFF LEWIS OF THE GUILD LAUNCHES THURSDAY JUNE 14

Galactic Galaxy, created by Anthony Ferraro, is a hilarious, action-packed adventure in space.

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“I finally achieved all my goals in life…in one show: playing a sci-fi villain who snorts lines, in a series that looks like a comic book.”-Jeff Lewis, Actor The Guild

Galactic Galaxy is an irreverent sci-fi comedy web series like no other. This rotoscope style space odyssey, in the spirit of the cult classic 80’s film Heavy Metal, was meticulously crafted by creator and director Anthony Ferraro.

The talented cast features Jeff Lewis (Vork in Felicia Day’s The Guild) and Julia Morizawa (Dr. Bright from The Bright Sessions). The writing team includes Charles Horn (Robot Chicken, Star Wars Special) who said about the series “Anthony has a unique visual style that I haven’t seen before.” -Charles Horn, Writer Robot Chicken, Star Wars Special

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Galactic Galaxy follows the epic journey of Fen, a space werewolf who teams up with non-nonsense space trucker Pam Redcup to rob an illegal space disco and fulfill his destiny to save the galaxy. What is particularly distinctive about Galactic Galaxy is the graphic novel look of its video production. By combining live action performances with 3D sets and landscapes the show evokes the comics of the 70s and early 80s. Galactic Galaxy is a love letter to the sci-fi saga genre, filled with action, suspense, and a healthy dose of the absurd.

“Anthony’s creative abilities have brought to life a style not often seen in the digital series world,” -Suzette Laqua, Executive Director of Vancouver Web Fest

“I love that Anthony is tapping into the sci-fi fandom without being cliche and of course, adding humor into the mix is always a welcome change from overly serious dystopian dramas!” -Sarah Penna, COO of Frolic Media & Co-Founder of Big Frame

Episode one of Galactic Galaxy will be released on YouTube on June 14, 2018 :

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Anthony Ferraro Of Create Sci-Fi Speaks with Web Vee Guide During Vancouver Web Fest 2018

Create Sci-Fi’s own Anthony Ferraro talk with the good people at WebVee Guide about his web series Galactic Galaxy that just played at the 2018 Vancouver Web Fest 

How To Rehearse & Work With Actors, The Rehearsal: Step 8 How To Make A Sci-Fi Short Film

In this tutorial on Create Sci-Fi,  I go over how to run a rehearsal before shooting your project. I take you through the process of working with the actors and how to encourage camaraderie quickly.

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Casting A Minor Celebrity Will Increase Interest In Your Short Film Or Web Series

One great way to elevate the status of your web series is to cast a known actor who has been off the radar. In film, Quentin Tarantino is the master of this. With our modest web series production budgets, we can scale this practice down. For example, if your web series is sci-fi you would try and cast a memorable day player who was in several episodes of the TV series Star Trek: Enterprise (2001–2005). If you are making a comedy perhaps you look for a lead actor from an 80’s TV show that you’ve not seen show up in anything in a while. Making a Thriller? Find that actor from that memorable X-Files episode, you get the idea. My colleagues and I are always trying to think of actors for our projects that people know, but don’t know they know, until you remind them. If your script and concept are solid and you are organized and persistent, you can land one of these actors for your show.

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Some examples of would be Beverly Owen (later re-placed by Pat Priest) as the teenage niece on, “The Munsters”. Shelley Hack and Tanya Roberts who both replaced the Kate Jackson character in the original, “Charlie’s Angeles”. Jenilee Harrison and Priscilla Barnes who both replaced Suzanne Somers character in the 70’s & early 80’s TV Show,” Three’s Company”.

Some people may be skeptical but when you have invested all of your time and energy into a project you want to make sure you’ve done everything to ensure the success of your show. Securing an actor that resonates in the pop culture zeitgeist can go a long way in stimulating interest in your project. Consider casting a recognizable actor in a minor role as the Mom or Dad, the Boss, the Quirky Neighbor, the Spaceship Captain… I could go on.

Here is the Hack. Consider this type of an actor for a supporting role in which you can shoot their appearances across your entire season in one day. Once you have an actor in mind you need to consult IMDB Pro to learn who represents them. If they list an agent and manager the manager is preferable as they tend to have a more personal relationship with their clients. If it’s just an agent then use the agent.

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Your Video Production Music On A Budget Can be Royalty Free And Not Suck

I want to share with you some simple scoring solutions I’ve come across and use a few myself. Music is often not dealt with as part of pre-production in tight budget scenarios. A lot of time and effort goes into location scouting, production design, casting and the monumental task of simply scheduling everything. Editing becomes a priority immediately after shooting simply because you want to see what you got. But the score is often ignored by most filmmakers and becomes an afterthought. Not because of ignorance or poor planning mostly because they are the last steps and often fall under the proverb “I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it”!

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Often times scoring falls to the editor by default and he or she will score with temp music that you do not have the rights to but helps with pace and tempo. That becomes a slippery slope, you can become married to a tempo and energy and then never get the rights to that track. Also if your picture cuts are married to the music once you change it out recutting is inevitable and that’s going to be double the work. Worst case scenario is your cut was better with music you cannot obtain, that will haunt you. My hack is simple, create a music library of the vibe you want for your project. I Would recommend 3 to 1, three song options for each scene or a moment you will be scoring. Make it clear these are the only options. That way the editor can audition the tracks from that group of preselections that are in your budget or already cleared.

The good news is great news actually, getting the rights to a piece of music to score your production has become very affordable and there are many free options. Filmmakers can get cheap or free scores by creating them through software programs like GarageBand or an online service like Filmstro that allows you to score your video with their library. Websites like Pond5 and Audiojungle have tracks you can get the rights to for around $20. If you consider the time investment of the free options $20 is a bargain. Also with the low-cost sites like AudioJungle and Pond5 you can download any track before you actually buy it. This makes it easy to fill up your projects music library. It will have an audio watermark but that is fine for trying out tracks in your edit. You can also find some free options too. I’ve used Free Stock Music quite a few times. And for free sound effects an excellent resource is Freesound.

GARAGE BAND
Creating your own scores with GarageBand can be rewarding, it’s not too difficult to learn and with the newer version you can import your video. GARAGE BAND TUTORIAL

FILMSTRO
Is a customizable music library that always you to control several aspects of a music track to customise it to your image. It is subscription based. FILMSTRO TUTORIALS

AUDIO JUNGLE
Is part of Envato Market. At AudioJungle you can buy royalty-free music and sound effects inexpensively. The site is home to a bustling community of audio composers and producers. They offer ‘Music Kits” to customise and rearrange music tracks without using complex software. Basically, they give you the separate elements of a track.

POND 5
Similar to AudioJungle, Pond5 is a New York-based online marketplace for royalty-free media. The company licenses stock footage, stock music, stock photography sound effects, after effects, images and 3-D models.

Free Stock Music
There are many free tracks on this site. They offer a 100% royalty free license that allows you to use the music in all types of productions, for worldwide distribution, forever. There are never any licensing fees.
FREESOUND
Freesound is a collaborative database of creative-commons licensed sound for musicians and filmmakers. They have just about any sound effect you are looking for.

There should be an option on this list to fit your creative and budgetary needs. I hope you found this article useful. For more tips and shared experience visit my youtube channel Create Sci-Fi with plenty of informative videos on creating content.

From Trash To Blast! How To Make A Sci-Fi Recycle Bin Laser Blaster Gun

Any good Sci-Fi project is going to need a Blaster, Laser Gun, Ray Gun, Photon Rifle, the list goes on. There are many ways to go about making these weapons for your sci-fi arsenal be it for a film, a cosplay or simply for display. In this article, I want to share with you an inexpensive and fun solution. I’ve come across a lot of craft builds with recycled plastic bottles lately and I thought hey, I have an overflowing recycle bin with a  bunch of material for some Blaster building so I figured I’d give it a try. Here I’m going to share with you what I came up with.

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First I dug into my recycle bin and found some bottles that were interesting and got out some tools.

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I roughly arranged some silhouettes for my recycle bin blaster and this was the winner.

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I start by cutting the bottom off of the water bottle.

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I merge it with a ridged chip container.

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I cut off the top of a cleaning bottle to make a hand grip. I saw that in some online video and it stuck in my head, it’s very clever and works nicely. I hot glue these parts together.

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What I learn here is that the hot glue melts this plastic bottle that is my barrel which was not what I wanted. I had to cut off the damaged excess and I decided to take this opportunity to add some more dimensions. I added a hand soap bottle as a collar that I slid over the damaged area and that cleaned it up and looked good. A happy accident as they say.

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Then I add the trigger. I simply repurposed the trigger from the cleaning bottle. To make it fit I rough out a hole in the handle with a Dremel tool to pressure fit this trigger in the handle. You could also cut a hole with an Exacto blade. It is not a practical trigger so I just secure it in place with glue.

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Next up is a spent deodorant bottle added to the top as some sort of scope. Also, I add the ball from the deodorant model to the bottom of the handle and this interesting sports bottle cap finishes off the profile nicely.

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Everything gets a light sanding so it will better accept the paint.I base coat it with a flat black primer and just dusted it a little bronze over that.

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Painting is done with a dry brush technique. Using a metallic paint with a very light amount on the brush that is further lightened by brushing onto a paper towel. The paint is applied by just lightly brushing the surface and a brushed metallic look is achieved. To add some dimensionality I add some gold metallic by extra lightly brushing the high points and that gives it a nice glow. The final touch is introducing sparse green metallic highlights in places that might be buttons or decorative just to give it a little more life.

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To make the Blaster look real and to give it some character a weathering pass is needed. That is simply some watered down brown and black paint that is washed over the entire piece. It is then quickly wiped off with a paper towel.  The dark wash remains in the low points, cracks and crevices, this gives it the illusion of being an actual object.

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Who knew space blaster hiding out right in my recycling bin! Now if I was doing a sci-fi project and I wanted to suspend your disbelief make you believe it was a real future or a parallel universe I probably wouldn’t use this prop Blaster. However, if I was doing a sci-fi fantasy like a Barbarella or a comedy this is exactly what I would use.

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The Look: The Galactic Galaxy Production Diaries

This week I want to talk about the look of my web series Galactic Galaxy. What really makes Galactic Galaxy unique and frankly me proud is the graphic novel treatment. Most often it is compared to The 80’s epic cartoon Heavy Metal. Which is a happy accident or maybe not I actually saw that movie in the theatres? I’m pretty sure we snuck out of The Great Muppet Caper and into another time and space… I digress. Many of my SciFi influences for the show are from The early 80’s Heavy Metal Comics or Metal Hurlant when it was first released and featured Mobius and my favorite Philippe Druillett, so though it was unintentional, it certainly makes sense.

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I did lots of research on how to technically turn live action into illustration, the most obvious was Rotoscoping. Rotoscoping is an animation technique used by animators to trace over footage, frame by frame. The most influential for me was 1977 Wizards by Ralph Bakshi but that was very basic and more of a Broll filler. But like Heavy Metal an indispensable influence. I would not exist without those movies. More recently were the beautiful movies from Richard Linklater, Waking Life and A Scanner Darkly which are beautiful. Bob Sabiston is the man responsible for that work and it is stunning. So much so that it is the other end of the spectrum, the time money and sheer artistry behind that method was well beyond my means

maxresdefaultI used to say back to the drawing board but what is more accurate these days is, back down the google rabbit hole. I started looking into DIY desktop solutions from great resources like Red Giant and Video Co-Pilot. Shout out to Andrew Kramer, once you start to learn about SciFi DIY you can probably trace 80% of it to his tutorials. I was not able to find exactly what I needed so I started to cobble together bits and pieces from various resources until I came up with something that might work in theory. After some initial tests, I was able to come up with something that would work for my budget and not compromise my vision.

The basic process I came up with was a combination of online tutorials, some basic software and a year of trial and error. In essence, I Shoot on green screen and then key out the live action (remove the green). Then I apply a series of filters that turn the actors into an illustration. To add depth and movement a virtual film camera is introduced via Adobe After Effects to combine the 2D live action with a 3D background. To really sell this look I add very subtle camera moves and a few other subtle tweaks with film grain and lens flares.

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In the end, it is a lot of work for a primarily DIY production. Many long hours were put into the creation of this show and I cannot wait to show you the end result. Be sure to subscribe and follow my video channel for more Sci-Fi filmmaking How To.