opening credits

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"Dr Beyond" Opening Credits

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"Dr. Beyond and the Agents of ABOVE" -- the opening credits to a 1987 sci-fi TV show that never existed! If you'd like to see a full YouTube series based on these credits, please check out https://www.gofundme.com/drbeyond to support our plans to film 12 episodes this year. A project this ambitious involves a lot of dedicated people, so let me go down the list: First up, the talented Samantha Newark, the iconic voice of Jem and Jerrica from “Jem and the Holograms,” lent a truly authentic 1980s element to our labor of love, and we can’t thank her enough for being our unofficial patron saint in this undertaking. The theme song, “Control,” by Leslie Irene Benson and Jason Reed Milner of The Sweetest Condition, played a big role in making this happen -- the first time I heard it, I couldn’t imagine using any other song for this! So it’s a good thing they allowed me to use it :). Check out their work at their official site, TheSweetestCondition.com, on facebook at FB.com/TheSweetestCondition, on youtube at YouTube.com/TheSweetestCon and on Twitter & Instagram: @TheSweetestCon. My wife, Katrina Pogue, was an endless source of support with makeup and costumes, not to mention putting up with me vanishing into the editing lair for countless evenings! I was blessed with an extraordinary team of actors: Hoai-Huong Oxenrider made the perfect Bianca Yong, and the first time she put on the goggles and white coat she looked more like the character than even my own mental image! Her dedication and enthusiasm did a great deal to motivate me to go bigger/better/faster/farther myself! Joanna Eve Winston was really the only choice for Columbia; as soon as the character was fully formed, I knew the perfect person for the role would be the woman whom I first met when she strode into a steampunk ball playing a Victorian detective and looking like Pam Grier fell into a Jules Verne novel. She’s a tremendously versatile performer, and the potential ongoing series will take advantage of her skills far beyond looking menacing at the camera! Isabella DiLoreto sometimes seems to me like she IS from several different time periods at once, so the role of Hiker, time-traveller with ennui, was virtually tailor-made for her. She was tremendously dedicated at every point and put up with a lot of fairly outlandish requests (“could you turn around and point the sword again, but a little faster and about two inches higher?”) with good humor, as well as adding a lot of interesting mythos to the character’s backstory. Philip Schoppenhorst: Let’s put it this way — Edgar Steinfeld was a LOT more of a nonentity before Philip came along. The character was always a part of the project, taking up the rear, but he became more of a full partner once Philip took the role. His remit was “young Jeffrey Combs, Re-Animator era, but with the creepiness dialed down and the charm dialed up,” and he did better than anyone could have asked. Tiffany Marie Briscoe is the sort of person that, when I said "so, the role is a slightly freaked-out sullen teenager with an obsession with the morose, talks to the dead and wears a bunch of military surplus gear" immediately responded with "I like/love her already!" And she was always game for weird stuff like "hang from this tree over a green screen and look really panicked.” Liz Jackson is going on her second decade of being somehow involved in mad schemes of mine, and her versatile acting style was well-suited for the villain of our piece. Her knack for expressing disdain with a cocked head and curled lip was highly evocative of the kind of “Joan Collins in ‘Dynasty’” effect we were going for. Lastly, big thanks to Patrick Greathouse and The Asylum House, who lent their haunted house to us for an evening to shoot most of the interiors, and my friends Jerry and Katherine Ritchie, who contributed the use of their study for all of Caroline Regina’s scenes. Much appreciated to everyone -- this has been a long, rollicking trip (wh...