Who Wants to be a Syfy Filmmaker?

Syfy has held two contests in the past letting viewers select the title for one of their original movies only for the winning selections to sound so unimaginative you couldn’t believe Syfy needed viewer input to come up with it. Now they’re offering fans the chance to actually help create the movie itself, and I just have this inkling the end result is going to be the same.

Somehow I knew this day would come. I’ll let The Hollywood Reporter explain this brilliantly hairbrained idea Syfy has come up with:

Syfy is giving online fans a chance to write and design every aspect of an upcoming Saturday night creature feature.

The network is launching a production site, B Movie Mogul, where fans can vote and pitch ideas for the film, from title, creatures, wardrobe, dialogue and character deaths to promotional taglines. The resulting “script” will be shot as a two-hour Syfy original movie to be released next year.

“We constantly have fans e-mailing with compliments, complaints and questions about our movies, and this is a way of involving the fans in a new way,” said Thomas Vitale, executive vp programming and original movies. “This is where entertainment is going and just the start of many more things of this nature for Syfy.”

Syfy is teaming with entertainment site IGN on the site; the partnership will last 15 months and launch Friday. The first stage will have fans voting on one of three overall concepts for the movie: a 2010 apocalypse story, a Bermuda Triangle-set creature feature or a Roswell, N.M.-set alien movie. But the venture raises the question: What if fans create a lousy movie?

“When you have a lot of people working on something, good ideas will come out of it,” Vitale said. “We will have something that will be entertaining.”

The ultimate movie by committee – I see this as something that could be potentially fun to take part in and a total recipe for disaster.

What if fans create a lousy movie?

Okay, everyone, in the spirit of this Syfy venture, let’s all play along and post our own smartass response to that particular question. I’ll go first.

How could you tell the difference?

Who Wants to be a Syfy Filmmaker?

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  • DavidFullam

    Haven’t they done those 3 concepts 1000 times already? Yeah, this will create a highly original product, I’m sure.

    • Jerel Of The Dead

      It will be the usual shit

  • Jerel Of The Dead

    The only thing I would pitch to the SYFY is my idea for a squeal to Godzilla 98 called “Zilla Raids Again” aka “Zilla Against Neo Ghidorah.” The plot, the baby creature from the end of the 98 film has grown up and swims to Japan to battle a clone of King Ghidorah. meanwhile the US military try to stop Zilla before he reaches Japan, and (now) General Hicks sends an ex-CIA agent to the land of the rising sun in an attempt to discover what secret weapon Dr. Serizawa’s last living relative has created to stop the giant monsters that have attacked Japan since his great uncle helped destroy the original Godzilla back in 1954. There will also be a fight with a giant mutant cockroach at some point. Hell I may do this for shits and giggles.

  • James Coker

    I’ve made one that’s on par with a syfy channel movie, just look at my Avatar pic, it’s my death scene from my second student short “Fatal Error”

  • PelusaMG

    “When you have a lot of people working on something, good ideas will come out of it,”… True, unless it’s the Vatican Council!
    Please consider the environment before printing this message…