I watched a shark movie marathon on SyFy leading up to it, and as a result found this interview with screenwriter Jose Prendes. It did make me a bit melancholy how the AV Club spoke to Jose Prendes (in full disclosure, I don't know him). It reminds me of the time an interviewer asked me what was the worst movie ever made. Does my spiritual guide Michael Tolkin get asked this? (Answer: probably not. Also, Michael Tolkin once wrote an email to me that I treasure.)(PS I answered Triumph of the Will.)
It makes me mad people say all the SyFy movies are automatically "bad." There are some that are lazy, some that are cynical, some where people are cashing checks, but that is all movies. The SyFy ones where the people behind the scenes are fans as well differentiate themselves. And the fans can sniff out honesty vs cynicism, as I have said before. Do you think Sharknado director Anthony Ferrante (disclosure: we are FB friends) was serious when he had a guy get swallowed by a shark and chainsaw his way out? He did it because he is a fan, and made it for fans.
I think people mix up "bad" and "cheap." You know what movies are really bad? All the Transformers movies, both GI Joe movies, both Thor movies, the first Hulk movie, Pacific Rim, Battleship, on and on and on. They just look better. If you put the screenplays side by side, with no money attached, they are no smarter than the cheaper SyFy movies.
I had somebody once tell me that if they couldn't get a "real" movie made, they would just whip out a few quick b-movies. The truth is, people work just as hard making b-movies. I challenge anyone who thinks it is easy to make a b-movie to try and produce one. And then, if you can get that far, get somebody to distribute it. I have sold (I think about) 25 scripts in the last 15 years, and my ninth movie is coming out in September. I think that is a very high batting average for screenwriting, and I think many would agree.
Same with acting. Is there anyone worse than Megan Fox in Transformers? I think Sarah Lieving in Super Shark and Mega Shark vs Crocosaurus is much better, and probably got paid Transformer's coffee money. I think Danielle Donahue in Meateaters and Joni Durian in Haunted House on Sorority Row are better than Sarah Lieving, and probably got paid Super Shark's coffee money (in full disclosure, I wrote but did not cast both of these).
This really isn't written to fans. As I have said, fans can smell intent, and they are loyal if you are one of them. Those are the people that keep me going.
Until later I am at email@example.com.